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Two sides of the same coin, although vastly different. This best describes the battle between the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 vs 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500. Although built on an identical platform, it may not become apparent at first glance how these two trucks differentiate themselves from one another. A closer look will demonstrate how GMC and Chevy have created unique experiences while utilizing many of the same components. Ultimately, what the main difference comes down to between the two vehicles has to do with material quality, features, and looks.
The Sierra is a premium model from GMC, and it’s treated as such, meaning the experience feels top-notch regardless of what trim level you purchase. While Chevy’s pickup truck has been gaining premium features lately, those features have generally already been a part of the Sierra 1500 for some time. The Silverado 1500 has historically been offered at a slightly lower price, something that’s expected to happen again this year, is paying a bit more to get better features worth it? The answer is yes, and ultimately one of these pickup trucks will give you a better and more luxurious experience overall.
Inside of the 2022 Sierra 1500, the materials that the cabin is constructed with feel leaps and bounds more premium than those in the Silverado 1500. Best of all, many of the associated trim levels get exclusive interior designs, all of which are suited to their trim levels’ purpose and aesthetic. For example, if you opt for the AT4 trim, the interior resembles more of a sporty look. The color scheme inside of this trim level is Jet Black and Kalahari, the latter of which is a brown, almost leather-looking color. Along with an aluminum trim that surrounds the cabin and its components, its interior is unlike any of its contemporaries.
That’s not all as trim levels such as this also include 10-way power-adjustable leather seats with both heating and ventilation. Even lower-tier trims such as the SLE get heated seats. Higher-tier trims for the Sierra 1500 offer up a 16-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with a massage feature, providing an unheard-of level of luxury for a powerful pickup truck.
That’s not to say that the 2022 Silverado 1500 is void of many of these same features, except the materials certainly feel less premium. Many of the more expensive materials are reserved for much pricier models. Additionally, the interiors, although relatively admirable, lack the same stunning feeling of the GMC’s interior, which is both premium and luxurious. To get the very best that Chevy can offer for the Silverado 1500’s interior, then you will be spending an abundantly higher cost to secure a higher-tier trim level such as the High Country.
A saving grace for Chevy this year is the use of the same infotainment center as the Sierra 1500, which for this year’s Sierra 1500 includes a massive 13.4-inch touchscreen. Against last year’s models, this is a massive upgrade for both trucks, as last year’s offerings only included an eight-inch screen instead. For owners of either truck, this is a welcomed upgrade.
The length of the screen stretched horizontally, not vertically. This ultra-wide appearance lends itself to a beautiful and sleek design that displays apps with multiple layers of information available at once. Its appearance is simply stunning, with a chrome trim surrounding its glossy panel, and in the case of the Sierra 1500, a physical volume knob is integrated on the left-hand side of the infotainment center, something that many purists are sure to admire - Chevy instead uses that space for air vents.
Familiar favorites make a return, more notably wireless Apple Carplay and Android Auto. By syncing your smartphone to the infotainment center, you can utilize both Android and Apple-specific apps. Along with this, you can use your infotainment center to stay connected to loved ones or work calls with the ability to make or take phone calls, as well as text messages directly from your phone’s contact book. However, this year brings forth a new addition, and that’s Google integrations. This is used without a smartphone, unlike Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but it includes most of the major functions of Android Auto thanks to its Google integration. This means that you can access maps and download other apps directly from the Google store just as you would with Android Auto.
Coupling the ultra-wide infotainment center with the available 12.3-inch Driver Information Center, both of these trucks look as if they’ll remain relevant for years to come. This Driver Information Center displays all of the standard information that you would have normally found here with analog gauges such as your speedometer, fuel tank, etc. However, a completely digital screen allows for a wide variety of information to be displayed, including tire pressure, a compass, and even towing information. Both trucks also offer an available 15-inch HUD that displays information onto the windshield, and since the text and visuals are transparent, it won’t get in the way of your vision.
Super Cruise is another feature that GM stated was making its way to its trucks, and both trucks are benefited by it this time around. Ultimately, the implemented technology is rather similar between the Chevy and GMC models. Super Cruise isn’t brand new to the industry as a whole, but its inclusion on both of these models marks the first time for a pickup truck. SuperCruise only works on roads that are compatible with the software, but there are currently over 200,000 miles of compatible roads, with more added often.
On a compatible road, you can take your hands off the wheel and allow your vehicle to not only adjust your speed automatically but make slight turns following the road. The best part is that SuperCruise is taken two steps further, and these trucks can utilize this feature even when towing something, which makes a hands-free towing experience for the first time. Additionally, automatic lane switching is present on both trucks, which is bringing us all one step closer to a future of automated driving. In the here and now, it’s quite impressive for both pickup trucks.
The exteriors are a high point of contention between any two pickup trucks. From a visual standpoint, many drivers are likely to agree that the Sierra 1500 has a more sleek and premium look to it. However, the maximum cargo space in the bed remains the same between the two, the same as last year. For reference, the 2021 Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500 had a maximum cargo capacity of 89.1 cu. ft with the long bed, 71.7 cu. ft with the normal bed, and 62.9 cu. ft. with the short bed. Because of this, both trucks still offer the most amount of bed space of any pickup truck in their segment.
One thing that the Sierra 1500 offers that isn’t at all available on the Silverado 1500 is the CarbonPro bed. Although the size is the same as that of the Silverado 1500, the GMC CarbonPro bed is made with a much more durable material than the standard metal. This carbon fiber design will have the advantage of a surface that’s harder to stain, scratch, or get damaged in any way. The GMC Sierra also incorporates the MultiPro multi-function tailgate, offering up to six different angles and configurations designed to help you load and unload your cargo easier than ever before. Overall, the 2022 Sierra is the perfect blend of premium and functional, making your workday easier and more comfortable.