2022 GMC Sierra 1500 vs 2022 Ram 1500

Trucks were not invented for nothing. When we need to get a job done right and quickly, there’s no better tool to rely on than a pick-up truck. This has always been the case, and it’s been achieved through sheer power and grunt. However, this is only one side of the story these days and trucks are much more than meets the eye. Getting the job done is still the primary focus of a pickup truck, but there are more ways to achieve it than ever before. We are talking about technology and many manufacturers have started implementing a large number of technology in their pickup trucks to perform these tasks in a way that keeps up with the times. Today we look at the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 vs 2022 Ram 1500and we’ll figure out which truck is the best value for money.

But first we’d like to take a quick look at the pricing of these two pickups, as it will continue to be a major point of discussion. The price of the 2022 Sierra 1500 starts at an MSRP of $32,495. This means the Sierra 1500 will come at a lower starting price than the 2022 Ram 1500, which has an MSRP of $34,400. With eight trim levels for the Sierra 1500 and six for the Ram 1500, there’s no shortage of configurations here, and in some ways will affect the available technology that comes with your truck.

Why you are all here

Let’s not waste time, you want a pickup truck for a number of reasons, but towing is probably one of them. Towing performance is one thing, and easily the most important. However, that’s not the whole story these days, as we’ve mentioned before. Both the 2022 Sierra 1500 and 2022 Ram 1500 offer many forms of technology built to aid in towing, but which truck does it better? Of course, the potential of a pickup truck is reflected in its towing capacity, and the Sierra 1500 can indeed tow more with a maximum capacity of 13,200 lbs against the Ram 1500’s 12,750 lbs. With that out of the way, we can now begin discussing of towing technology.

As with most new vehicles, the majority of the tech you’ll find is in the infotainment center, including the towing tech. The Sierra 1500 and Ram 1500 both do infotainment centers differently. On the Sierra 1500, the infotainment center is a 13.4-inch screen that displays in widescreen. Alternatively, the 2022 Ram 1500 implements an available 12-inch screen that sits high in the cabin. Ultimately, screen orientation comes down to preference, as both can comfortably display a lot of important information.

Both the Sierra 1500 and Ram 1500 use this infotainment center as a viewpoint to display camera feeds. Each vehicle is available with a series of cameras wrapping around it, and these cameras work together to create a series of camera angles for the driver to activate. When towing, these cameras allow you to monitor your trailer at any time and activate unique views such as bird’s eye view for easy reversing. However, the Sierra 1500 has a transparent trailer camera angle that intelligently combines the camera behind your truck with the one behind your trailer, and its usefulness is obvious.

It is quite important to be aware of information about your vehicle such as tire pressure. This is even more important when it comes to a trailer that brings several extra wheels into the mix. To remedy this, both vehicles provide you with all this information via the Driver Information Digital Cluster Display. Both implementations are good enough, but the Sierra wins easily with its 12.3-inch cluster, alongside an available 15-inch HUD. Because the cluster in the Sierra 1500 is so large, it can display all the gauges you’d normally find here, such as the fuel level, odometer, and speedometer. For the Ram 1500, on the other hand, it will display some information, but in a much tighter package.

Unique differences?

There are a few unique differences between these two trucks, namely in the way drivers can tow. For example, the Ram 1500 has something called Trailer Reverse Steering Control, and this feature allows the driver to skip the steering wheel when parking a trailer. Instead, the driver can turn a knob located below the infotainment center. Turning the knob in a certain direction tells the truck to steer in that direction, and the result is a much easier method of properly parking your trailer. While this is a feature we’d like to see in the Sierra 1500, GMC also has a feature that’s exclusive to its truck and much more useful.

Within the Sierra 1500 you can get Super Cruise. While we’ve seen this feature in Cadillac models for a few years now, this is the first time it’s available in a GMC and the first time it’s worked in towing. First, what is Super Cruise? Completely hands-free driving. To explain it best, there are currently over 200,000 miles of road that support the feature, and when you’re driving on one of these roads, the light bar on top of your steering wheel turns green. When the light is green, it means you can safely take your hands off the handlebars and your feet off the pedals. Accelerating, braking and light turning are all possible while using Super Cruise. That said, how does it help with towing?

The implementation of Super Cruise on the Sierra 1500 means you can benefit from hands-free driving, even while hauling cargo. Correct; when you are towing and you are on a Super Cruise compatible road, you can still use this feature as intended. Best of all, Super Cruise now supports automatic lane switching, which safely maneuvers your vehicle between lanes to overtake slower cars without driver intervention, something previously unheard of. When using this feature, it feels straight out of science fiction and is definitely something Aries will probably consider for themselves in the future.

The black interior of a 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali shows the steering wheel and infotainment screen.

The trucks on track

We’ve kind of reached a point in the auto industry where the value of your vehicle, like a pickup, isn’t just determined by the power it makes. Today we expect more from our vehicles and that becomes abundantly clear when one truck falls short of the other. While performance wasn’t the focus of our discussion today, the Sierra 1500’s performance is still better than the Ram 1500 and at a lower price to boot. Add all the great trailer technology to the mix and the Sierra 1500 becomes the ideal choice.

This is not to say that the Ram 1500 is a terrible vehicle, far from it. But if you put a much nicer truck next to it, its value starts to deteriorate. In the here and now, GMC offers a pickup truck that not only costs less than its competitor, but also surpasses it in performance and trailer technology. It’s not surprising if we see more than a few Ram enthusiasts coming to GMC this time around. To avoid further damage to the Ram 1500’s image, they need to drop the price or find a way to improve the overall experience and compete with the Sierra 1500.

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