2019 GMC Sierra 2500 HD vs 2019 Ford F-250

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  • 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 HD

    A blue 2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD facing left

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    2019 Ford F-250

    A blue 2019 Ford F250 facing right

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    36 gallonsFuel Tank Size34 gallons
    42.8 inches/45.3 inchesHeadroom/Legroom40.8 inches/43.9 inches
    7-inchStandard Touchscreen4.2-inch

    When it comes to heavy-duty pickup trucks, it is hard to go wrong with either the GMC Sierra 2500 HD or the Ford F-250. By looking at the 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 HD vs 2019 Ford F-250, pitting them against each other point by point, it is easy to see they each have their own strengths and advantages. In terms of raw numbers, the F-250 certainly provides horsepower and towing capacity that cannot be matched.

    As you look closer, however, these differences reveal themselves to be quite minor. Unless you fit within a very narrow window for what you need in terms of towing capacity, either of these trucks should work equally well for getting the job done. As you look inside them, the 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 HD reveals itself to be a gorgeous truck that provides you with luxury and convenience options that cannot be beat.

    While these are both safe trucks, the 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 HD includes a couple features that the Ford F-250 does not—or they are standard on the Sierra and optional on the F-250 at comparable price points. At the end of the day, these are both excellent trucks—the GMC Sierra 2500 HD just has a few extra things going for it that are going to keep GMC-lovers very happy. Ford fans might not be converted any time soon, but ultimately that is their loss.

  • Power and Performance

    A closeup of the Duramax badging available on a Sierra HD

    When it comes to pure numbers, it is true that the 2019 Ford F-250 has the advantage in terms of engine power and what that means for performance. However, the differences between these two trucks are quite minimal. For the majority of truck owners, the distinction will be practically non-existent, and all that matters is getting the level of performance you need.

    The 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 HD has two engines available. The first is a Vortec 6.0L Variable Valve Timing V8 engine that provides up to 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. There is also an available Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8 engine that offers up to 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque with an Allison 6-speed automatic transmission. That is a tremendous amount of power for a truck.

    By comparison, the 2019 Ford F-250 also has two engines available. The first is a 6.2L V8 engine that provides up to 430 hp and 385 lb-ft of torque. What Ford really brags about, however, is the available 6.7L Power Stroke V8 Turbo-Diesel engine that offers up to 450 hp and 935 lb-ft of torque. There is no denying that those numbers are impressive, but just how much of a difference is there really?

    Between the most powerful engines these trucks can have, the Ford F-250 offers 5 hp more and 25 lb-ft of torque. For bragging rights, those numbers are quantifiably higher, but ultimately you are not going to feel anything. It is a 1% difference in horsepower and about 3% difference in torque. In other words, they are functionally identical when it comes to how much power you get from the engines of these two trucks.

    In terms of actual performance, the Ford F-250 also has an advantage. The maximum towing capacity for the 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 HD is 14,500 LBS while the F-250 can tow up to 18,000 LBS when properly equipped. That is a noteworthy distinction, but unless you need more than 14,000 LBS of towing and less than 18,000 LBS you are never going to actually see that difference.

  • Features and Technology

    A look at the luxurious interior of a Sierra HD, one of the reasons it won 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 HD vs 2019 Ford F-250

    When looking at the features available on two different vehicles, it is important that you always consider comparable models and trim levels in terms of price. This gives you the most realistic sense of what two trucks have to offer and what you can get for your money. In this case, consider the 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Denali and the 2019 Ford F-250 King Ranch, which are quite similar in price.

    The Sierra 2500 HD Denali includes an 8-inch Infotainment system with Navigation, a Bose premium sound system, and a wireless charging area for compatible devices. The driver’s seat is leather-appointed, heated, and includes 10-way power adjustability with 2-way power lumbar control and two memory positions. There is also an 8-inch driver information center that is customizable and dual-zone climate control. Numerous USB and power ports make it easy to charge devices or connect to the entertainment system for streaming audio.

    By comparison, the 2019 Ford F-250 King Ranch includes an 8-inch Infotainment system with Navigation, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, and ports for charging but no wireless charging area. It has a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat that is heated and includes memory settings. There is an 8-inch driver productivity screen in the instrument panel and the King Ranch includes dual-zone air conditioning.

    All in all, the interior features and tech options for these two trucks are pretty comparable. The customizable options of the driver’s information display on the 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 HD is a nice touch, as are the power lumbar controls in the driver’s seat. While the inclusion of wireless device charging in the Sierra 2500 HD Denali may seem minor, it is a great benefit if you have devices that can utilize that option. Ultimately, the interior of the Sierra 2500 HD Denali is laid out in a way that many people consider easier to use and superior overall.

  • Safety

    A dark blue Sierra HD Denali in front of a snow-covered mountain after having won 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 HD vs 2019 Ford F-250

    Nothing is more important than the safety features on a truck. No amount of engine power or towing capacity matters if you and your passengers are not safe when you are on the road. It is important to not only look at what is available overall with different vehicles but also to keep in mind what features are standard at comparable trim levels. Consider the 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Denali and the 2019 Ford F-250 King Ranch, which are similar in price, and the safety features they each include.

    The GMC Sierra 2500 HD Denali has an impressive suite of safety features including numerous airbags, daytime running lamps, and StabiliTrak with stability and traction control. The Denali includes forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and both front and rear park assist. It has an auto-dimming rearview mirror and includes a teen driver system. This lets you assign a certain key fob to a teen driver; any time that key is in use, certain systems are enabled or disabled, such as limiting music volume. This helps teach safe driving habits to anyone just getting comfortable behind the wheel and even includes an in-vehicle report card so you can see how your teenage driver is doing and where they can improve.

    While the 2019 Ford F-250 King Ranch has a lot of great safety features, too many of them are optional instead of being included. It includes numerous airbags and AdvanceTrac with roll stability control. Additional safety features such as lane-keep assist and blind-spot monitoring are options that are available but will cost you more. Even a spray-on bed liner, which is standard in the 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Denali, is an extra option with the King Ranch.

    Overall, these are both safe trucks. There are just some features that really should be standard for the Ford F-250 King Ranch, considering the price point for this trim level, which are instead optional.

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