2023 GMC Sierra 1500 vs. 2023 GMC Sierra 2500: What's the Difference?

2023 GMC Sierra 1500
2023 GMC Sierra 1500


2023 GMC Sierra 2500 HD

Starting MSRP


Engine Options

310 hp to 420 hp

Horsepower Range

401 hp to 445 hp
420 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 new pickup truck in the The Villages area, you’re in the right place! At Sullivan Buick GMC, we offer a wide variety of cars, trucks, and SUVs from Buick and GMC, designed to cater to almost every budget and lifestyle. Whatever your unique driving needs may be, we’re confident you’ll find something to love in our lineup! Our flagship pickup truck is the GMC Sierra, which is available as a light-duty (1500) and heavy-duty (2500) model. If you’re not sure whether the GMC Sierra 1500 or 2500 better suits your needs, check out the comparison guide below!



2023 GMC Sierra 1500 vs. 2500: Price & Trims

The first key difference between the GMC Sierra 1500 and 2500 is in their pricing. As a light-duty pickup, the Sierra 1500 starts at a lower price than its heavy-duty counterpart, making it a great choice for Williston drivers on a budget. The Sierra 1500 also offers more trim levels to choose from, with eight available configurations compared to five on the Sierra 2500. Here are the starting prices for both models:

  • 2023 GMC Sierra 1500: MSRP from $37,200
  • 2023 GMC Sierra 2500 HD: MSRP from $42,200

2023 GMC Sierra 1500 vs. 2500: Performance Specs

Now let’s take a look at what you get under the hood of these two pickup trucks. Both models deliver plenty of power as befits a GMC truck, and both come with multiple engine options to choose from. The Sierra 1500 comes with four available powertrains while the 2500 only offers two, but the 2500 delivers top-level horsepower and torque with its 6.6L Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8–including a staggering 910 lb-ft of torque! Check out the engine specs for both trucks:

2023 GMC Sierra 1500 Engine Options

  • 2.7L Turbo Engine: 310 hp / 420 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

2023 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

2023 GMC Sierra 1500 vs. 2500: Towing Capability

Finally, let’s look at the difference between the GMC Sierra 1500 and 2500 in their towing power. Whether you’re hauling cargo to a worksite or bringing an RV out on a road trip, you can do it with ease behind the wheel of both of these models! However, if you’re after top-level towing capabilities, you’ll want to go with the heavy-duty Sierra 1500, which offers 5,500 pounds more towing capacity than the 1500:

  • 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 Towing Capacity: Up to 13,000 pounds
  • 2023 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Towing Capacity: Up to 18,500 pounds

Compare GMC Trucks in Person at Sullivan Buick GMC!

Still deciding between the GMC Sierra 1500 or 2500? Check out how they handle on the Dunnellon roads for yourself! Contact our office to see what models we have available, and we’ll get you behind the wheel in no time. You can also contact us or check out our model research for more information on the Sierra and the other vehicles in our lineup.


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