|2017 GMC Sierra 2500||2017 Ram 2500|
|Turbo., 6.6-L, V-8 Diesel||Engine||Turbo., 6.7-L, 6-cyl. Diesel|
|Six-speed Auto||Transmission||Six-speed Auto|
|Yes||Integrated Trailer Brake||No|
2017 GMC Sierra 2500 vs. 2017 Ram 2500
The progress and improvements made to the heavy duty pickup truck class of the automotive industry are just staggering. Models like the GMC Sierra HD and the Ram heavy duty family have been class leaders for several years running. Comparing the 2017 GMC Sierra 2500 vs. 2017 Ram 2500 shows just how well these trucks have evolved to meet the needs of the 21st-century owner. The two trucks offer some of the best scores for towing, hauling as well as overall performance. To be honest, the Ram 2500 had bested the Sierra in a few areas, but for the current model year, GMC engineers introduced a new turbocharged Duramax diesel engine that quickly closed – or erased much of any advantage the Ram heavy duty pickup had over the 2017 Sierra 2500.
When GMC was developing the turbocharged, 6.6-liter, V-8 Duramax diesel engine for the 2017 GMC Sierra 2500, they didn’t just drop in the hugely powerful power plant and call it a day. The new turbo-diesel engine simply plays its part in a cohesive system that offers world-class towing ability. Making 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque represent increases to each category of 12 and 19 percent, respectively. By comparison, the closest analogous engine that comes with the 2017 Ram 2500, turbocharged, 6.7-liter, six-cylinder engine tops out at 370 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque. Furthermore, the 2017 Sierra 2500 comes with an integrated trailer brake controller where the Ram 2500 does not. Additionally, this year’s Sierra 2500 also offers an exhaust brake, fifth-wheel towing capability and a trailering camera system.
Interior features for the 2017 Sierra 2500
The 2017 GMC Sierra 2500 isn’t just one of the heavy duty pickup truck segment’s most powerful options, it is also one of the smartest. Engineers from the automaker have provided future owners of the 2017 Sierra 2500 with a connectivity suite that would be just as at home in a luxury sedan or SUV. Of course, the GMC 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is almost universally available across the premium truck’s lineup as is the ability to use smartphone apps with the GMC IntelliLink infotainment system.
Another area that may draw buyers away from the 2017 Ram 2500 to the 2017 GMC Sierra 2500 is useful storage cubbies located in the Sierra’s cabin. The center console of the 2017 Sierra 2500 is easily large enough to hold a laptop or store hanging file folders.