Ford F-150 vs GMC Sierra 1500

If you need a capable truck for your next project in the greater New Orleans area, both the Ford F-150 and GMC Sierra have reputations that precede them. While you’d be in great hands with either pickup, the team at Bohn Ford wanted to find out which has more to offer drivers in Harvey and Metairie.

To answer our question, we compared the Ford F-150 vs. GMC Sierra 1500 side by side and found ourselves a clear winner.

Ford F-150 vs GMC Sierra 1500: Engine Specs and Towing

Both trucks start strong out of the gate with comparable standard engines; the GMC Sierra 1500 features a 4.3L ECOTEC®3 engine that generates 285 horsepower, while the 3.3L V6 engine in the Ford F-150 produces 290 horsepower.

However, if you really want to maximize your towing capabilities, opt for the 3.5L EcoBoost® engine in the Ford F-150, one of six available engine options. This engine generates 500 lb-ft of torque and can help you tow up to 14,000 pounds.

The GMC Sierra, on the other hand, can be equipped with five different engines, with the 6.2L ECOTEC®3 engine helping you reach a maximum towing capacity of 11,800 pounds when properly equipped. This engine also produces 460 lb-ft of torque.

With a 2,200-pound difference in towing capabilities, drivers in the GMC Sierra 1500 may find themselves a bit more limited.

F-150 vs Sierra 1500: Payload Capacity and Cargo


When you’re considering how much volume you can carry, both the Ford F-150 and GMC Sierra 1500 let you load up a lot of stuff. Both trucks offer three cargo bed options and provide excellent cargo volume measurements.

The Ford F-150 places fewer restrictions on the weight of the items in your bed with a maximum payload capability of 3,325 pounds. The GMC Sierra 1500 requires you to be a little more judicious with what you bring along with a maximum payload of just 2,250 pounds.

Driver-Assist Features

On the way to your job site, both the Ford F-150 and GMC Sierra offer driver-assist features to help you get there safely. For example, in heavily trafficked areas, both trucks provide a Forward Collision Prevention system that looks out for hazards up ahead and issues an alert, or automatically hits the brakes if necessary, to avoid a potential collision.

If you have a trailer in tow, you may find docking a bit easier with the Ford F-150. This truck makes a Pro Trailer Backup Assist™ feature available, which makes it easier to reverse your trailer into a tight parking spot or launch a boat into the ocean. It does this by giving you control over the trailer’s direction by turning a nob on your dashboard.

Without this kind of technology, drivers in the GMC Sierra 1500 may have a more difficult time docking a cumbersome trailer after a long haul.

Ford F-150 vs GMC Sierra 1500 Review: Our Top Pick

After comparing the Ford F-150 vs. GMC Sierra 1500 on the topics of towing, payload, and driver-assist features, we found that the F-150 has more to offer drivers in Harvey, Metairie, and New Orleans.

If you want to get behind the wheel of this pickup for yourself, come to Bohn Ford and we’ll get you out for a drive. Contact us to test drive the Ford F-150 today!