2016 GMC Sierra 1500 vs 2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD

Are you looking for a pickup truck that will do some serious hauling? You have come to the right place! The GMC Sierra truck was made to quench drivers’ thirst for power and all-around good looks. But there isn’t just one Sierra, there are actually three different models in the lineup for you to choose from: the 1500, the 2500HD, and the 3500HD. When working with our customers, we usually find them struggling with the decision between the classic 1500 and the beefier 2500HD. That is why we chose to present a comparison of these two models to help you decide which Sierra truck is right for you.

First, let us point out that both the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 and 2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD are available with a variety of cab size, box length, drivetrain, engine, and color options to meet your needs and style preferences. Both models are also available with the Denali nameplate, which is perfect if you have a huge appetite for additional chrome and luxury.

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2016 GMC Sierra 1500 VS 2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD

4.3L EcoTec3 V6

5.3L EcoTec3 V8

6.2L EcoTec3 V8
Engine Options

6.0L V8 SFI (CNG) Gaseous

6.6L Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8

6.0L Vortec VVT V8 SFI
420 Max. Horsepower 397
12,000 pounds Max. Towing Capacity 18,000 pounds
2,260 Max. Payload Capacity 3,275 pounds

2016 GMC Sierra 1500 and 2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD Engine Options and Power

Even with the handsome appearance, the most important part of the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 and 2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD is the beating heart under the hood.

The 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 can be equipped with one of the following engines:

  • 285 horsepower 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 (305 lb.-ft. torque; 5,500 to 7,600-pound maximum towing capacity; 1,770 to 1,960-pound maximum payload)

  • 355 horsepower 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 (383 lb.-ft. torque; 6,100 to 11,000-pound maximum towing capacity; 1,690 to 2,260-pound maximum payload)

  • 420 horsepower 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 (460 lb.-ft. torque; 9,100 to 12,000-pound maximum towing capacity; 1,650 to 2,140-pound maximum payload)

One of the following engines can be paired with the 2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD:

  • 301 horsepower 6.0L V8 SFI (CNG) Gaseous (333 lb.-ft. torque; 13,000 to 14,200-pound maximum towing capacity; 2,287 to 2,879-pound maximum payload)

  • 360 horsepower 6.0L Vortec VVT V8 SFI (380 lb.-ft. torque; 13,000 to 14,800-pound maximum towing capacity; 2,942 to 3,534-pound maximum payload)

  • 397 horsepower 6.6L Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8 (765 lb.-ft. torque; 12,900 to 18,000-pound maximum towing capacity; 2,423 to 3,275-pound maximum payload)

(Please note that maximum towing capacity and payload may vary based on drivetrain, cab size, box length, and rear-axle ratio)

To learn more about the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 and 2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD, please call Davenport Autopark or stop by our dealership during business hours to test drive both models!

2016 GMC Sierra 1500 at construction site
Front profile of 2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD
2016 GMC Sierra 1500 with ladder
Rear profile of 2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD

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