2018 Ford F-250 vs GMC Sierra 2500

The 2017 Ford F-250 is an all-new truck this year, as is the rest of the Super Duty family-- that's a big deal for any heavy-duty truck line. So, let's see how the 2017 Ford F-250 measures up against one of its popular rivals, the GMC Sierra 2500.

2018 Ford F-250 vs GMC Sierra 2500

Styling: Ford F-250

How a truck looks, especially a heavy duty, probably shouldn't be that important compared to things like capability and durability, but it is. Plenty of buyers choose the F-250 who are never going to need its full towing and hauling abilities, but they like the big, tough, capable image it portrays. The New F-250 is all that and more, instantly recognizable now as the F-150's big brother.

The Sierra 2500 is a lot like the light-duty Sierra 1500, but it sits a little higher off the road. The front fascia is also slightly higher than the regular Sierra. The GMC has a flashier look than some of its rivals, but it's still as macho as it needs to be. However, the more modern styling of the new F-250 definitely gives it the edge here.

Powertrains: Ford F-250

The standard format for a heavy duty pickup appears to be one gas and one diesel engine option, and that's exactly what you'll find with the Ford F-250. The gas engine is a 6.2-liter V-8, producing 385 horsepower and 430 lb.-ft. of torque. The diesel is a carryover from last year, the 6.7-liter V-8 turbodiesel that develops 440 horsepower and a massive 925 lb.-ft. Both come mated to six-speed transmissions, but other than that, they have little else in common with each other.

Guess what? The format holds for the Sierra 2500, which also offers one diesel and a one gas engine. Both of these engines are outgunned by the Ford engines. The gas engine is a 360 horsepower 6.0-liter V-8, and the diesel is a 6.6-liter V-8 boasting 910 lb.-ft. of torque.

Capability: Ford F-250

When it comes to maximum payload, the Ford's gas engine is the one to choose, as it offers a top rating of 4,200 pounds. Of course, if serious towing is what you're going to do with your F-250, the 925 lb.-ft. of the turbodiesel really comes into its own with a maximum tow rating of 18,600 pounds.

It would be harsh to describe the GMC as a lightweight in capability, but the maximum payload rating of 3,534 pounds is far below the Ford's. Unfortunately for the GMC,the story is similar with towing as well. The best the Sierra can handle is 18,100 pounds, which isn't quite enough in this company.

Interior: GMC Sierra 1500

You won't find as many trim levels in the F-250 as you get with the F-150, but a lot of thoughtful touches in Super Duty have been borrowed from the F-150. At one end of the spectrum, you can get high quality leathers and seats with massage functions, but every model from the XL to the Platinum can also have vinyl floors so dirt from work boots doesn't get into plush carpets.

If you want a truck that feels like a luxury sedan inside, only bigger and higher up, the GMC Sierra 2500 is probably the way to go. In fact, the super-opulent Denali trim that sets the standard in this area actually accounts for around half of all Sierra HDs sold.Those numbers are especially impressive considering the seriously high price of the Denali. The Ford is very nice inside, but the GMC definitely takes the honors here.

Learn More about the Ford F-250

If you want the macho image of a heavy duty pickup truck with plenty of bling, you're probably going to love the GMC Sierra 2500, especially in Denali trim. But in every other way that matters, the all-new 2017 Ford F-250 is our winner and your best bet.