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There's nothing quite as American as the pickup truck. Born of practicality and necessity in America in the 1920s, the early truck was nothing more than a tool for farmers and tradesmen who needed a more efficient and easier way to get their work done. It turned out that trucks were far more capable than horses and revolutionized how Americans live, work, and travel. Today, trucks are still used as workhorses, but they offer so much more. Looking at the 2022 Ram 1500 vs 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 shows us exactly what that entails and how far the pickup truck has come over the last century.
For years, the pickup truck was a utilitarian workhorse designed only with function in mind. That's not the case today, at least not when you shop for the 2022 Ram 1500. Known as the most luxurious truck brand in the segment, Ram holds nothing back in their road warrior as if to prove that working hard doesn't mean sacrificing comfort, luxury, or innovation. What's even more impressive is that Ram manages to keep the truck affordable, with the 2022 Ram 1500 starting at $34,400.*
While GMC shares Ram's passion for luxury, the 2022 Sierra 1500 falls short of the opulent Ram 1500. Car and Driver gives the 2022 Ram 1500 a 10 out of 10 rating for its unmatched luxury and impressive capability. So, what about the 2022 Sierra 1500? It scores an 8.5 out of 10 for its technology and luxury but, as everyone knows, both of those come at a premium in what GMC calls the Denali treatment.
You won't find any truck in the segment that doesn't offer multiple powertrain options. This is the case for the 2022 Ram 1500, which promises the fastest, most efficient, and most powerful powertrain lineup in Ram 1500 history. How does Ram keep that promise? It all starts with the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine.
The Ram 1500's Pentastar V6 engine with eTorque is a staple in the fleet and, like every engine in the 1500's lineup, is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. This combination delivers 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque to make the Ram 1500 quick to accelerate and capable of towing up to 7,730 pounds. This power and capability don't come at the cost of efficiency, with the standard engine averaging 20 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway on rear-wheel-drive models and 19 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway on four-wheel-drive models.
If you're looking for a HEMI, Ram offers its 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with or without eTorque, both versions of which deliver 395 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque. However, the eTorque system boosts the maximum towing capacity of this engine from an already-impressive 11,610 lbs to an astounding 12,750 lbs. Despite this boost in power, the 5.7-liter is surprisingly efficient and is rated for up to 18 MPG in the city and 23 MPG on the highway. For greater efficiency and power, look no further than the Ram 1500's 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6. The most powerful half-ton diesel on the market, the EcoDiesel delivers 260 horsepower, 480 lb-ft of torque, and a maximum towing capacity of 12,560 lbs. It also makes the Ram 1500 one of the most efficient trucks in the segment, as it is rated for 23 MPG in the city and 33 MPG on the highway.
You won't find as much capability in the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500's powertrain lineup. While GMC made several improvements to its 2.7-liter Turbo and 3.0-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel engines, neither can compare to what's under the hood of the 2022 Ram 1500. For starters, the Sierra's Duramax diesel doesn't reach the Ram 1500's torque threshold, falling short at just 460 lb-ft of torque. GMC's powertrains as a whole–the 2.7-liter Turbo, 5.3-liter EcoTec V8, 6.2-liter EcoTec V8, and the Duramax–are also noticeably less efficient, and that means spending more time and money at the pump.
The 2022 Ram 1500 TRX is the wild card in the lineup and earns the truck an enormous lead over competitors like the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 and its new AT4X trim. Ram manages to combine jaw-dropping power with capability and opulence in the TRX. This is a feat that not even GMC can match.
The TRX is the fastest, quickest, and most powerful mass-produced truck in the world, thanks to the 6.2-liter Supercharged HEMI V8 under its hood. The engine delivers 702 horsepower, 650 lb-ft of torque, and a launch from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. Without hitting the brakes, the TRX can reach a top speed of 118 mph in the blink of an eye. GMC's AT4X trim pales in comparison with its standard 6.2-liter V8 engine delivering only 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.
Beyond a need for speed, the 2022 Ram 1500 TRX also offers a long list of off-road components that make it more than capable of handling the most punishing and grueling terrain in the country. These components range from its high-strength steel frame that maximizes stability to its unique suspension system and TRX-exclusive Bilstein Black Hawk e2 adaptive performance shocks that instantly absorb the bumps of even the harshest terrain to optimize ride quality, control, and performance. The Dana solid rear axle improves traction on rough terrain, while tech features like the Drive Mode Selector and Launch Control give you real-time data and more control over how the TRX performs.
GMC promises that the 2022 Sierra AT4X is the peak in premium off-roading, but it comes up short of the 2022 Ram TRX. The Sierra AT4X sits on an off-road chassis with its suspension tuned specifically for off-road driving, and the AT4X's Multimatic dampers, unique springs, and front and rear e-locking differentials add to its agility and capability. But while these features undeniably boost the AT4X's capability, you won't find anything comparable to the TRX's Launch Control or exclusive components like the Bilstein shocks that take the Ram to the next level and effortlessly combine the need for speed with the need for adventure.
The early pickup truck set a precedent in the industry that trucks should help drivers work smarter and not harder. A century ago, this simply meant helping drivers get from Point A to Point B more efficiently. Today that looks a little different, as we see in the 2022 Ram 1500 and Ram's ability to raise the standards across the segment yet again.
The 2022 Ram 1500 offers an extensive suite of functional features that range from the class-exclusive RamBox cargo management system to intuitive trailering technology. The RamBox cargo management system makes use of every available inch in the Ram 1500's bed by adding an extra storage area above the wheel wells that's lockable, weatherproof, drainable, and offers power when you need it via a 115-volt auxiliary outlet. The 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 doesn't offer anything comparable and, instead, forces you to rely on the bed of the truck and the cabin to store your items.
Both the Ram 1500 and Sierra 1500 offer multifunction tailgates and an impressive suite of trailering technology that makes towing heavy loads stress-free. The Ram 1500's multifunction tailgate is unique to the segment with its 60/40 split swing-away doors that open up to 88 degrees for easy access to the bed. When this isn't convenient, the tailgate also opens flat to the traditional position. The Sierra's MultiPro Tailgate doesn't offer swing-away doors but relies on a primary and inner gate with load stops that double as a work surface and full-width step.
There's no shortage of state-of-the-art technology on the 2022 Ram 1500 and the 2022 Sierra 1500. On the Ram, this technology is designed to give you greater confidence behind the wheel when you're towing a heavy load. The Ram's Trailer 360-degree Surround View Camera gives you a bird's eye view around the truck and trailer in one convenient location—the center touchscreen display. While the Sierra offers 14 unique views, you'll have to rely on different tools, like the rear camera mirror, depending on the view you need.
The Ram 1500 also distinguishes itself from the Sierra 1500 with tools like Trailer Reverse Steering Control. The tool is designed to simplify how you navigate a trailer in reverse by allowing you to use a Trailer Steering Knob to position the trailer exactly where you want it. This saves time, eliminates confusion and stress behind the wheel, and makes you look like a pro in even the tightest spaces! You won't find anything like this on the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500, which is another huge advantage for the Ram.