GMC Sierra 2500HD vs RAM 1500

2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD
2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD
$45,400MSRP
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2025 RAM 1500
2025 RAM 1500
$40,275MSRP
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2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD
$45,400MSRP
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2025 RAM 1500
$40,275MSRP
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$45,400

MSRP

$40,275

Average price

$52,544

Average price

$31,708

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9157

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9059
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Expert reviews

8.0 out of 10

Expert reviews

8.3 out of 10
Pros
  • Massive cabin with luxury trimmings
  • Diesel’s excellent towing capability
  • Strong acceleration
Cons
  • Thirst for fuel
  • Feels barge-like when parking
  • Near-twin Chevrolet Silverado HD is cheaper
Pros
  • Premium interior materials
  • Spacious
  • Impressive off-road capability available stock
Cons
  • Advanced safety features are not standard

Reviews Summary

Sitting at the top of the Sierra’s six available trims, the Denali Ultimate is newly added for the 2024 model year and comes with nearly every available option that can be included on this full-size truck.

The Denali Ultimate trim level is offered on both the 2500 and 3500 HD models. Each provides a higher degree of towing and payload capacity than what’s available in the standard GMC Sierra 1500. To put it bluntly, the Sierra HD models are pickup overkill for anyone simply looking to tow a couple of jet skis or haul a moderately-sized camper. The “HD” in the name stands for “Heavy Duty,” and its capabilities (and price) reflect this.

Powered exclusively by a 6.6-liter turbocharged Duramax diesel V8, the HD Denali Ultimate we test drove has a maximum towing capacity of 22,500 pounds—a 4,000 pound increase versus the 2023 model. Need to tow something along the lines of construction equipment or, say, a small island? Stepping up to the Sierra 3500 HD equates to a max tow rating of 36,500 pounds when using a gooseneck trailer hitch.

Okay, so the Sierra HD lineup has serious chops for getting tough tasks done. But how does it stack up against the competition? Hop aboard as we take a look at every aspect of the HD Denali Ultimate, from how it drives, to the user-friendliness of its infotainment system, trailer tech, and whether this new top-of-the-range trim is worth the price.

Reviews Summary

There's a new super-luxe trim joining the perennial favorites. There's lots and lots of new tech, including a hands-free driver-assistance system. There are new powertrain options, bringing more power at better efficiency. And we're told we can expect the fully electric Ram 1500 REV and plug-in hybrid Ram 1500 Ramcharger soon, too.

Verdict: The full-size truck market just seems to get more and more competitive every year, and Ram just brought its offering back up to the front of the pack. Whether it will stay there another five years remains to be seen, but this update has certainly proven the brand is motivated to fight.

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3

Seating Capacity

6
2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD
2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD
$45,400MSRP
Overview
Overview
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2025 RAM 1500
2025 RAM 1500
$40,275MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD
$45,400MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2025 RAM 1500
$40,275MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
Overview
MSRP
$45,400
$40,275
Average price
$52,544
$31,708
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.4
4.5
Expert reviews

8.0 out of 10

Read full review

8.3 out of 10

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Pros & cons
Pros
  • Massive cabin with luxury trimmings
  • Diesel’s excellent towing capability
  • Strong acceleration
Cons
  • Thirst for fuel
  • Feels barge-like when parking
  • Near-twin Chevrolet Silverado HD is cheaper
Pros
  • Premium interior materials
  • Spacious
  • Impressive off-road capability available stock
Cons
  • Advanced safety features are not standard
Summary

Sitting at the top of the Sierra’s six available trims, the Denali Ultimate is newly added for the 2024 model year and comes with nearly every available option that can be included on this full-size truck.

The Denali Ultimate trim level is offered on both the 2500 and 3500 HD models. Each provides a higher degree of towing and payload capacity than what’s available in the standard GMC Sierra 1500. To put it bluntly, the Sierra HD models are pickup overkill for anyone simply looking to tow a couple of jet skis or haul a moderately-sized camper. The “HD” in the name stands for “Heavy Duty,” and its capabilities (and price) reflect this.

Powered exclusively by a 6.6-liter turbocharged Duramax diesel V8, the HD Denali Ultimate we test drove has a maximum towing capacity of 22,500 pounds—a 4,000 pound increase versus the 2023 model. Need to tow something along the lines of construction equipment or, say, a small island? Stepping up to the Sierra 3500 HD equates to a max tow rating of 36,500 pounds when using a gooseneck trailer hitch.

Okay, so the Sierra HD lineup has serious chops for getting tough tasks done. But how does it stack up against the competition? Hop aboard as we take a look at every aspect of the HD Denali Ultimate, from how it drives, to the user-friendliness of its infotainment system, trailer tech, and whether this new top-of-the-range trim is worth the price.

There's a new super-luxe trim joining the perennial favorites. There's lots and lots of new tech, including a hands-free driver-assistance system. There are new powertrain options, bringing more power at better efficiency. And we're told we can expect the fully electric Ram 1500 REV and plug-in hybrid Ram 1500 Ramcharger soon, too.

Verdict: The full-size truck market just seems to get more and more competitive every year, and Ram just brought its offering back up to the front of the pack. Whether it will stay there another five years remains to be seen, but this update has certainly proven the brand is motivated to fight.

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Popular Features & Specs
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