2022 GMC Sierra 1500 vs. 2500

2022 GMC Sierra 1500 vs. 2022 GMC Sierra 2500
2022 GMC Sierra 1500


2022 GMC Sierra 2500 HD

Starting MSRP


Engine Options

310 hp to 420 hp

Horsepower Range

401 hp to 445 hp
383 lb-ft to 460 lb-ft

Torque Range

464 lb-ft to 910 lb-ft
13,000 pounds

Max Towing Capacity

18,500 pounds

If you’re looking for a powerful new pickup truck in the Denver area, you’ve come to the right place! At Transwest GMC, we’re proud to offer a full inventory of Buick and GMC vehicles, including SUVs, sedans, pickup trucks, and hybrids. One of the best pickups you can find right now is the GMC Sierra, which is available either as a light-duty (1500) or heavy-duty (2500) variant. These are both great trucks, but which one best suits your lifestyle: GMC Sierra 1500 or 2500? Transwest GMC is here to help you make an informed decision – we’ve put together a guide outlining the difference between the GMC Sierra 1500 and 2500 below.



2022 GMC Sierra 1500 vs. 2500: Price & Trims

When deciding between the GMC Sierra 1500 or 2500, one of the first things you’ll want to look at is the price. The GMC Sierra 1500 is classified as a light-duty pickup truck, while the Sierra 2500 is part of the heavy-duty lineup that also includes the top-level Sierra 3500. As such, the Sierra 1500 is more affordable by about $5,000 (for the entry-level trim) than the Sierra 2500. In addition to being more affordable, the Sierra 1500 also comes in eight available trims, compared to the five in the Sierra 2500. Here are the starting prices for both trucks:

  • 2022 GMC Sierra 1500: MSRP from $35,400
  • 2022 GMC Sierra 2500 HD: MSRP from $40,200

2022 GMC Sierra 1500 vs. 2500: Performance Specs

In addition to more trim levels, the GMC Sierra 1500 also comes with more engine options than its heavy-duty counterparts. You can pick from two available engines if you go for the Sierra 2500, and four available engines for the Sierra 1500. However, if you want top-level horsepower and torque, you’ll need to choose the 6.6L Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8, which only comes with the GMC Sierra 2500. Here are all the engine specs for both trucks:

2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Engine Options

  • 2.7L Turbo Engine: 310 hp / 348 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel I6 Engine: 277 hp / 460 lb-ft of torque
  • 5.3L V8 Engine: 355 hp / 383 lb-ft of torque
  • 6.2L V8 engine: 420 hp / 460 lb-ft of torque

2022 GMC Sierra 2500 Engine Options

  • 6.2L V8 Engine: 401 hp / 464 lb-ft of torque
  • 6.6L Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8 Engine: 445 hp / 910 lb-ft of torque

2022 GMC Sierra 1500 vs. 2500: Towing Capability

A major difference between the GMC Sierra 1500 and 2500 comes in their towing capabilities. One of the key deciding factors when picking out a new truck is its towing capacity, particularly for those looking to haul cargo to and from a worksite around Brighton. Both the GMC Sierra 1500 and 2500 boast powerful towing capabilities, but the heavy-duty Sierra 2500 ultimately has the edge. Here are the minimum and maximum towing numbers for both models:

  • 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Towing Capacity: Up to 13,000 pounds
  • 2022 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Towing Capacity: Up to 18,500 pounds

Find Your Next GMC Truck at Transwest GMC

Now that we’ve gone over the difference between the GMC Sierra 1500 and 2500 on paper, you might be interested in seeing how these pickups stack up on the road! Contact our office or stop by our dealership to set up a test drive around Thornton and we’ll get you behind the wheel right away. You can also contact us with any questions, or for more information about our lineup of new and pre-owned GMC trucks. And be sure to keep an eye on our new vehicle specials if you’re looking to save on your next ride in Henderson!


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