While the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are quite similar, sharing the same engine lineup, drivetrain and underlying T1 platform, there’s also quite a bit to differentiate these two light-duty pickups. Some of the most dramatic differences can be found on the outside, where both vehicles sport styling unique to each nameplate. Which leads us to ask: based on styling alone, which of these trucks would you prefer to own?
Before we launch into this thing, it’s worth pointing out that the differences between the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are, in fact, more than skin deep. For example, the current Silverado doesn’t offer Adaptive Ride Control suspension on any trim level, whereas Sierra buyers get it on the Denali. Further examples would include availability of the CarbonPro bed and MultiPro tailgate, both of which are exclusive to GMC.
With that covered, let’s look into the aesthetic differences between these two machines. To note, the vehicles pictured here are the base models (WT for Silverado, and Sierra base for the Sierra) with a Crew Cab, Short Box configuration, rear-wheel drive and Summit White paint.
Up front, the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra have completely different fascia treatments. The intake sections and grille is a squared-off shape on the Silvy, whereas the Sierra has a few more bends and curves to its nose. The same can be said of the headlight housings.
However, the profile views show far more similarity than the front views, with an identical window line, door handle design and roofline. That said, there are a few notable differences worth pointing out—for example, the sideview mirrors and fender lines are both unique between the two trucks.
The rear view provides additional styling differences. Interestingly, the roles here are reversed in terms of stylistic complexity, with the Chevrolet Silverado’s taillamp housings being the more complex design compared to the rectangular taillamps of the GMC Sierra. The tailgate design is also an important point of departure with regard to aesthetics.
So, dear reader, based on styling alone, which of these two trucks would you rather have? Let us know in the poll below, and don’t forget to subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Silverado news, GMC Sierra news, Chevrolet news, GMC news and around-the-clock GM news coverage.