Here Are The Styling Differences Between The 2020 Chevy Silverado And 2020 GMC Sierra

Under the skin, the 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 and 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 are quite similar. Both roll on the same GM T1 platform, and both offer the same powertrain and drivetrain combos. The two pickups are even produced side-by-side in the same production facilities. However, despite the mechanical similarities, these two pickups have a variety of exterior styling differences to help set them apart, as highlighted in the following GM Authority Comparison

Before we jump into this, we should note that the following comparison will focus only on the 1500 light-duty 2020 Chevy Silverado and 2020 GMC Sierra, specifically the Silverado LT and Sierra SLE trim levels. With that, lets check out the styling differences between these corporate cousin pickups.

2020 Chevy Silverado

2020 GMC Sierra


Without a doubt, the most significant styling differences between the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado and 2020 GMC Sierra can be found in the front fascia. Here we see completely different grille treatments, with the Silverado equipped with a wider, more rectangular air intake divided into an upper and lower section, whereas the GMC Sierra has a more shapely front intake with broad horizontal inserts.

The headlamp housings are also quite different, with the 2020 Chevy Silverado using thin, horizontally oriented lighting elements, and the Sierra using C-shaped housings with C-shaped inner lighting signatures. The lower fascias complete the unique styling differences in the front end.

Front Three Quarters

Moving towards the profile, we find fewer difference than in the front, but there are still some unique styling cues worth pointing out. For example, the 2020 Chevy Silverado gets the Silverado badge high on the front fenders, whereas the GMC Sierra displays the engine type. The wheel wells are also different, with a more angular look on the Sierra, versus the rounded lines on the Silverado.

2020 Chevy Silverado

2020 GMC Sierra


The profile view reveals some small styling line differences for the doors and fenders. What’s more, the Sierra displays the nameplate in the lower door section, while the rear wheel wells once again mirror the fronts, with an angular design for the Sierra, and a smoother, rounder design for the 2020 Chevy Silverado.

2020 Chevy Silverado

2020 GMC Sierra

Rear Three Quarters

The rear three quarters view doesn’t really show too much of a difference, although there is some unique badging depending on the trim level selected.


The rear end completes the unique styling differences, most notably with the tail lamp design, where we see an angular, chunky look for the 2020 Chevy Silverado, and a straighter, simpler design for the Sierra.

The rear bumpers are more or less identical, but the tailgates are different, with the Chevy using a rectangular protrusion for the debossed Chevrolet logo, while the GMC using a more stylized approach that mimics the shape of the Sierra’s front grille.

Both the half-ton Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra are set for refreshes for the 2022 model year that will deliver revised front and rear ends and – more importantly – new interiors, along with several other new features and updates.

Which of these models do you like more in terms of styling? Let us know by voting in the poll, and make sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Silverado news, GMC Sierra news, Chevrolet news, GMC news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.

Jonathan Lopez: Jonathan is an automotive journalist based out of Southern California. He loves anything and everything on four wheels.

View Comments (34)

  • Interior : Chevy. More specifically, the High Country

    Exterior : It's complicated, I like the wheel wells on the Chevy and the GMC wheel wells are look terrible.

    Both front ends need improvement. The GMC is too gaudy and cheap looking with all the chrome. The Chevy frontend is too busy.

    The lines on both are terrible as the hood is two or three inches higher than the box.

    I will go with the Chevy since it atleast has round wheel wells.

    • I think they both have their flaws.
      The Sierra grill is pretty ridiculous looking.
      The Silverado tailgate looks strange from behind (at least in person on the road), and the front fender and bumper still look like they don't match to me.

  • Chevy looks better from the side view, with the round wheel wells. I would take the Chevy truck, put the GMC taillights, tailgate, and grill on it, drop the C on GMC, center the GM in the grill and tailgate, ect. Combine options for both trucks. and go back to the drawing board for the new center stack dash, looks like someone screwed a ipad to the dash because they were late for a party or something.

  • Both trucks are looking ugly the 2014 thru 16 Chevy is the styling they need to go back to an all v8 should pack at least 390 horsepower this day an age they need to step up there quality all around I’m a Chevy guy but the last few Silverados I’ve owned a 2014 an a 2017 they feel under powered with the 5.3 compared to the competition get rid of the 5.3 or make it better

  • It would be interesting to see how they compare in an air tunnel and those GMC wheel wells are awkward.

    • I think they would compare pretty favorably to a large brick in an air tunnel.
      It's really too bad they went so boxy with these trucks this time.

  • does any one know if GM will offer a regular cab with a short bed any time soon ? I saw one in Mexico and they have them in the UK but not in the states ?

  • Chevy Front Quarter Panels...
    The lower part of the front quarter panels on the Chevy are laughable. First time I saw the new Chevy front 1/4's, my thought was WTF is that? At best they are ridiculously goofy...like someone pulled the keel off their boat and then super-glued it to the side of the boat. IMO this area makes the Chevy look like a cheap snap-together toy model. This piece appears as if it is barely connected to the vehicle. Somehow, the lower front area should at least have been visually tied into the front clip. That area of the assembly looks extremely weak. I have already seen a couple Chevy's out there with that keel-like piece just flapping in the wind. It's embarrassing as GM fan.

  • I see many fellas here on smartphones at the dealership service break room getting their F-150 engines replaced.....

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