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Like any industry that manufactures goods for consumers, the makers of automobiles are always striving to do their best. The benefits of this perpetual contest are not necessarily reaped by the manufacturers, but by the customers themselves. When it comes to those whose accomplishments are measured by the sweat on their brow, they require tools of the trade that exemplify quality and efficiency. Those responsible for the infrastructure that make up the world we live in need a special type of vehicle. For years, both GMC and Ram have fulfilled this obligation, and both companies continue to strive to be the leaders in their respective fields. Today, this contest is going to be poked, prodded, and thoroughly examined as we look at the heavier side of their work-inspired vehicles. It's the 2022 GMC Sierra 2500 HD vs 2022 Ram 2500. These two workhorses have duked it out for years, and today we're going to name one the winner.
You don't need to be an expert in mechanical engineering to understand that big trucks require big engines. We wouldn't expect anything less from two manufacturers who have made a name for themselves by providing America's blue-collar workers the ability to get the most arduous tasks and heaviest of workloads accomplished. This contest between the two starts as so many others have, with a decisive look at what's under the hood of the 2022 GMC Sierra 2500 HD and the 2022 Ram 2500.
Just as many of its predecessors have, the Ram 2500 is equipped with a Hemi—just saying the word in conversation conjures up images of muscle cars roaring across the finish line. We can assure you; this isn't your granddad's Hemi. The Ram 2500's 6.4L Hemi is among the most potent Mopar offerings of the modern age. Boasting 410 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque, those are numbers to catch the attention of any performance-minded enthusiast. Ram's engine also lays claim to being reliable, with a service life measured in hundreds of thousands of miles. No small feat, mind you. A 6.7L Cummins diesel is also available, which can generate 350 hp and 850 lb-ft of torque.
GMC counteracts Ram's offerings by taking the high road and offering its customers a solid standard gasoline engine and the option of a higher-performance diesel motor. The 2022 Sierra 2500 HD comes with a 6.6L V8 that generates an impressive 401 hp. This is accentuated by the engine's capability to generate 464 lb-ft of torque and its maximum payload capacity of 3,979 pounds. While this is more than adequate for many, it's the other available engine option that thoroughly outclasses the Ram 2500 and gives the Sierra 2500 HD an advantage over its competitors.
In recent years, the diesel engine has made a remarkable comeback. GMC provides exceptional performance with a turbocharged 6.6L Duramax diesel engine. Not only does this workhorse provide an unbeatable 445 hp, but it also offers a mind-blowing 910 lb-ft of torque and a maximum towing capacity of 18,510 pounds. In addition to those impressive numbers is the 10-speed transmission that the Duramax is equipped with, giving you greater flexibility and a smoother ride than the 6-speed transmission that Ram uses with its diesel engine.
Of all the technological advancements that have been made within the automotive industry in recent years, the advent of driver assistance features that enhance safety is easily the most important. While performance and comfort have always been prominent selling points for many when looking for an ideal vehicle, they both pale in comparison to the peace of mind one enjoys by knowing that their commute will have them arrive at their destination safe and sound. Naturally, both GMC and Ram are known for manufacturing safe vehicles that have a variety of features that help protect you, your passengers, and those who share the road with you. When it comes to rating various safety features on different makes and models of vehicles, it has less to do with what the individual items themselves are and more to do with accessibility. After all, why should peace of mind come with a high price tag attached?
Drivers who opt for the Ram 2500 are offered an ample amount of safety features. However, the number of items that come standard represents a sparse minimum. Six airbags and stability control come standard, as does a tire pressure monitoring system. The features that are available for a price include a roadside safety kit that includes a fire extinguisher and spare fuses, among other items. Noticeable by its absence on the list of standard features is a driver assistance package that includes blind-spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert. Rear parking assist and a backup alarm are available for the Ram 2500...for a price. For drivers who want to feel safe, peace of mind and assurance are certainly available, but they will cost you extra.
GMC makes safety slightly more accessible for their customers, and its standard features outnumber Ram's offerings. Much like the Ram 2500, the Sierra 2500 HD comes equipped with six airbags and GM's Stabilitrak system, which provides extra stability control for anyone behind the wheel. GMC further matches Ram by also providing a standard tire pressure monitoring system. However, GMC's raises the ante as a locking differential comes standard, as does roll stability control. These features all come in handy, as does GM's Teen Driver system, which is great for the younger drivers of the world developing the habits practiced by responsible drivers.
While earth-shattering performance is certainly important in a big truck, you also need reliable warranty coverage to ensure your truck performs its best for years to come. The first time you drive a new vehicle home, there are a few thoughts that are most likely going through your head. While you can feel the engine running and you can glance over at the dashboard to make sure warning lights aren't flickering, there's something special in knowing that should the unforeseen occur or the unthinkable happen, you're looked after by the coverage extended to you by the manufacturer. Both Ram and GMC offer their drivers competitive coverage that's needed for the modern world.
Both manufacturers offer a standard bumper-to-bumper warranty. Ram and GMC also honor this coverage for the same period of three years or 36,000 miles. GMC offers no deductible and will even cover the cost of towing the vehicle to a dealership as well as parts and labor. Upon first glance, it appears that the powertrain warranties are relatively similar to one another as they both last for five years or 60,000 miles. Upon closer examination, it's more than apparent that GMC is interested in offering just a little bit more.
Both companies extend their powertrain warranties to a period of 5 years/100,000 miles for vehicles equipped with diesel engines. However, Ram won't cover any damage from normal use and has no coverage regarding the vehicles' tires or any maintenance. GMC once again outclasses their competition by offering the first maintenance visit completely free of charge when you buy a new Sierra 2500 HD.
Much like the minimal safety features that Ram offers, their warranty coverage can be easily described as "bare bones" for the lack of a better term. Additional coverage is available, but any Ram not manufactured in the current model year requires a surcharge. While the extended packages offered by GMC come with a surcharge as well, they cover a great deal more and include such incentives as pre-paid maintenance. This is another point in GMC's favor and proof that reading the fine print in any important purchase is always in your best interest.