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Is The GMC Sierra Better Than The Ram 1500?


There’s a big debate going on among fans of full-size pickups as to which is king of the hill. Two trucks that are consistently at the top of their game year after year are the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 and the 2016 Ram 1500. Both are worthy contenders for full-size truck bragging rights. Each truck comes out swinging with an arsenal of engine choices, innovative technologies, handsome styling, and sheer muscle.

Let’s compare both of these popular light-duty pickup goliaths and see which truck rules the day. We’ll look at exterior and interior styling, technology, performance, towing capacity, fuel economy, and safety.

Silver GMC Sierra

GMC Sierra Sports Fresh New Styling

We start with exterior styling. Both the Sierra and the Ram are good-looking trucks. If you like the overpowering “big rig” look that smacks you in the face, then the Ram’s exaggerated exterior with the pronounced grille and bulging hood may be to your liking. The new 2016 GMC Sierra comes off of a recent redesign that gives it a fresh and broad-shouldered appearance. An all-new aggressive front grille, LED signature lighting, powerful angular wheel openings, a taller beltline, and wider stance gives the Sierra 1500 a ruggedly modern look that means business.

 Sierra Offers Versatility & Convenience

Whether you use a truck for work or play, you want it to be able to handle whatever you can throw at it. The 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 for sale near Kansas City at McCarthy Chevrolet Buick GMC gives you what you’re looking for. You can select from three bed lengths: Short, Standard, and Long. High-strength steel means durability for even these large loads. Plus, the Sierra comes with a unique CornerStep™ bumper with handholds for easier bed access.

Other innovations you find on the Sierra include available LED box lighting, eight tie-down hooks, and an available remote-locking tailgate. The 2016 Dodge Ram also features a choice of bed lengths, adjustable tie-downs, available cargo box lighting, and remote locking tailgate.

 Sierra’s Top-Quality Interior Matches Up

On the inside, the 2016 GMC Sierra scores with an updated interior that achieves new levels of refinement, comfort, quiet, and convenience. You won’t sacrifice an ounce of creature comfort with the Sierra’s long list of standard and available appointments that make it feel more like a luxury car than a truck.

This is particularly the case of the Sierra’s top-of-line Denali model which offers opulent leather seating, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum trim accents, available heated and ventilated seats, and other upscale amenities.

The Sierra’s cabin has been custom-tuned for exceptional quietness. Plus, you’ll enjoy the convenience of a large center console big enough to swallow a laptop, folders, or an iPad®. Locking storage underneath the bench seats on the SLE and SLT models affords additional storage options. The driver-centric cockpit features a row of classic analog gauges and intuitive controls. A multi-function display in the middle of the instrument cluster can be customized to provide essential driver information, as well as show playlists and other entertainment options.

The Dodge Ram’s interior also has some commendable features, including its own version of the multi-view display, leather seats, wood accents, and a large center console. The craftsmanship, quality of materials, and upscale feel of both the GMC Sierra and the Dodge Ram interiors leave little to be desired.

Black GMC Sierra

 Technology Features Go Head-To-Head

Taking a look at technology, we find that the GMC Sierra and Dodge Ram both offer a comprehensive assortment of high-tech infotainment capabilities. The Sierra features an available 8-inch diagonal Color Touch Radio touchscreen with multiple customizable screens. Five USB ports, a 12V charging outlet, an available wireless charging pad, and available 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity set the Sierra apart. Plus, the Sierra also features Apple CarPlay™, allowing you to tap into the many functions of your compatible iPhone®, including sending and receive texts by voice, and accessing your playlists and Apple Maps. An OnStar® RemoteLink™ App lets you control your Sierra just about anywhere, including remote starting your vehicle, pinpointing its location, and obtaining key vehicle metrics.

The Sierra’s long list of technological innovations also includes Bluetooth®, smartphone integration for hands-free calling, natural voice command recognition, navigation, streaming audio, SiriusXM® Radio, and an available premium BOSE® sound system.

The Dodge Ram counters with its own UConnect® infotainment system that offers many comparable features as the Sierra, including Bluetooth®, voice commands, an available Wi-Fi hotspot, and a large, customizable touchscreen display.

 Sierra Offers More Horsepower & Towing Capacity

We turn our attention to perhaps what matters most for discriminating light-duty truck buyers, and that’s performance, towing capability, and fuel economy. Both the GMC Sierra and the Dodge Ram have a lot to offer with genuinely competitive capabilities that stack up well against one another.

Let’s start with the 2016 GMC Sierra. The Sierra pulls out ahead of the Dodge Ram with its available 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine with Active Fuel Management, Direct Injection, and Variable Valve Timing that pumps out an authoritative 420 horsepower. That’s more horsepower than any other light-duty pickup. And the Sierra’s available EcoTec3 3.5-liter V8 offers the best V8 fuel economy in any full-size pickup with the ability to tow up to 7,200 pounds. The 6.2-liter V8 promises a best-in-class towing capacity of 12,000 pounds.

Additionally, the Sierra features such important capabilities as Trailer Sway Control, Hill Start Assist, Tow/Haul Mode with Powertrain Grade Braking, Hill Descent Control, and automatic locking rear differential.

By comparison, the Dodge Ram 1500 offers a standard 3.6-liter Pentastar® V6 engine that achieves 305 hp with a 7,610-pound towing capacity. The Ram’s 5.7-liter Hemi® V8 pumps out 395 horsepower for a max towing capacity of 10,650 pounds. The Ram also offers a 240 horsepower 3.0-liter V6 Ecodiesel engine. And the Dodge Ram is similarly equipped for towing with such features as Hill Start Assist and Trailer Sway Control, as well as other towing-related features. Both the Sierra and the Ram offer fuel-efficient 8-speed automatic transmissions and excellent 4-wheel-drive capabilities.

 Sierra And Ram Feature Excellent Safety Technologies

When it comes to safety, the GMC Sierra takes innovation to the next level with a host of available high-tech safety features. These include Lane Keep Assist, Intelligent Brake Assist, IntelliBeam technology, Front and Rear Park Assist, and a Rear Vision Camera. The Sierra also features a class-exclusive Safety Alert Seat that gently vibrates in the direction of oncoming danger.

The Dodge Ram also offers its own suite of advanced safety technologies that are similar to the Sierra’s. Both the Sierra and the Ram earn high safety scores from both the IIHS and the NHTSA.

In the final analysis, the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 for sale at McCarthy Chevrolet Buick GMC and the 2016 Dodge Ram 1500 are two excellent light-duty, full-size pickups that should be on everyone’s short list. But when it comes to more horsepower, greater towing capacity, and all-around Professional Grade quality, we think that the Sierra comes out on top.

 Sierra Is The Professional Grade Choice

But don’t take our word for it. Why not stop by our Kansas City GMC new car dealership and take a GMC Sierra for a test drive. Do you own comparison and we think you’ll come away convinced that the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 has what you’re looking for in a rugged, reliable, and supremely capable pickup. It’s just one of the many outstanding 2016 GMC trucks and SUVs for sale in Marshall, MO here at McCarthy Chevrolet, Buick GMC.

Our money-saving GM factory incentives and special dealer discounts make it more affordable than ever to drive off in a new GMC this summer. And you’ll save even more when you check out our like-new GM-Certified Pre-owned vehicles. In the market for a bargain? We have an excellent of top-quality used cars under $15,000 for sale near Marshall, MO.

Stop by our dealership today and get behind the wheel of a new Professional Grade GMC truck like the 2016 GMC Sierra today. We’re conveniently located at 1550 W. Arrow, Marshall, MO 65340. Call us today at 888-349-0368.

Keep Our Missouri Roads Safe – Don’t Text and Drive

Too many lives have been lost due to the tempting urge to text while driving which is why McCarthy Auto Group is taking a strong stand against texting and driving. Studies prove that teens who text and drive spend approximately 10% of their driving time outside of their lane. There is also a minimum of 5 seconds where the driver’s attention is taken away from the road when sending a text message. These frightening statistics provide significant reason for why at McCarthy Auto Group, we are determined to stop texting and driving.

McCarthy Auto Group is proud to support Miss Johnson County 2016 Kendall Schoenekase in her Kansas Care Campaign to keep both Kansas and Missouri roads safe. Kendal shares her impactful story about why she started her Kansas Care Campaign on her website, and she is passionate about putting an end to texting and driving.

With amazing new technologies offered in our many of our vehicles at McCarthy Auto Group, texting while driving can be prevented and McCarthy Auto Group is committed to keeping our Kansas and Missouri roads safe. If you have been affected by texting and driving and want to get involved, you can visit Kendall Schoenekase’s Facebook page to get more information and let your voice be heard. McCarthy Auto Group wants everyone to be safe on the roads, but it all starts with you. Save a life… don’t text and drive.



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