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GMC Sierra 1500 vs. Toyota Tacoma

When we compare the GMC Sierra 1500 to the Toyota Tacoma, the GMC Sierra 1500 has the advantage in the area of base engine power. The Toyota Tacoma has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency and overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the GMC Sierra 1500 versus the Toyota Tacoma, the Toyota Tacoma is a better car than the GMC Sierra 1500.

GMC Sierra 1500 versus Toyota Tacoma Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used GMC Sierra 1500 ranges from $42,989 to $67,527 while a used Toyota Tacoma from the same model year range is priced between $30,995 to $48,579. For a new model, the GMC Sierra 1500's price is between $45,733 and $66,719, with the Toyota Tacoma priced between $28,264 and $45,924.

GMC Sierra 1500 versus Toyota Tacoma Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the GMC Sierra 1500 is 8.2 out of 10 while the Toyota Tacoma's quality rating is 8.5 out of 10. This results in the GMC Sierra 1500 being ranked 4 out of 14 Best Full-Size Trucks and the Toyota Tacoma being ranked 2 out of 11 Best Midsize Trucks.

GMC Sierra 1500 versus Toyota Tacoma Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency

For engine performance, the GMC Sierra 1500’s base engine makes 310 horsepower, and the Toyota Tacoma base engine makes 159 horsepower. The Sierra 1500 is rated to deliver an average of 20 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 528 miles. The Tacoma is rated to deliver an average of 21 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 485 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

GMC Sierra 1500 versus Toyota Tacoma Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities

The GMC Sierra 1500 has the advantage of higher towing capacity and payload capacity, while the Toyota Tacoma has the advantage of higher ground clearance.

Available Cab Types and Bed Lengths

The GMC Sierra 1500 is available in a Crew Cab, Extended Cab, or a Regular Cab configuration, and the Toyota Tacoma is available in a Crew Cab or an Extended Cab configuration. The GMC Sierra 1500 offers bed lengths of 69.9, 79.4, and 98.2 inches, and the Toyota Tacoma offers bed lengths of 60.5 and 73.7 inches.

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2023 GMC Sierra 1500

2023 Toyota Tacoma

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$45,733 - $66,719

Used Asking Price:

$42,989 - $67,527

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

30.7%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$28,264 - $45,924

Used Asking Price:

$30,995 - $48,579

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

13.8%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.2 / 10

Reliability:

8.4 / 10

Retained Value:

7.8 / 10

Safety:

8.5 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.5 / 10

Reliability:

8.5 / 10

Retained Value:

8.9 / 10

Safety:

8.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

2 / 13
3 / 14
4 / 14
5 / 14

iSeeCars Rankings

2 / 11
2 / 11
2 / 11
6 / 10

Summary Review

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Summary Review

Toyota’s Tacoma has been the sales leader in the midsize segment for decades. While other brands quit this market, Toyota continued to polish the gem that is the Tacoma pickup.

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Pros and Cons

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Pros and Cons

  • Wide range of trim levels and styles from affordable barebones to serious off-road
  • Best in class retained value
  • Strong track record of overall reliability
  • Composite bed eliminates corrosion concerns

  • Beware the recent few used years with transmission issues with some recent models
  • Interior oddities like a low, flat seat
  • Not as refined as most competitors, overdue for a full update
  • Towing capability less than segment best

Available Body Styles

Pickup Truck

Available Body Styles

Pickup Truck

Available Cab Types

Crew Cab, Extended Cab, Regular Cab

Available Cab Types

Crew Cab, Extended Cab

Available Bed Length(s)

69.9 inches, 79.4 inches, 98.2 inches

Available Bed Length(s)

60.5 inches, 73.7 inches

Available Drivetrain Options

Diesel, Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

SLE, AT4X, SLT, Elevation, Pro, Denali Ultimate, Elevation Standard, AT4, Denali

Trim Levels

TRD Off-Road, SR, SR V6, SR5 V6, Limited, SR5, TRD Pro, TRD Sport, Trail Special Edition

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 100000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

2 years

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4.25 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

310 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque:

430 foot-lbs @ 3000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.070 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

9000 lbs

Max Payload:

2240 lbs

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

159 hp @ 5200 rpm

Torque:

180 foot-lbs @ 3800 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.041 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Max Payload :

1685 lbs

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.7 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

4X2 / 4X4

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

19 / 22 / 20

Range (city/hwy):

456 / 528 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.7 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

4X2 / 4X4

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

20 / 23 / 21

Range (city/hwy):

422 / 485 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Available

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Available

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

N/A

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

43.1 inches

Front Leg Room:

44.5 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

66 inches

Rear Head Room:

Not yet available

Rear Leg Room:

Not yet available

Rear Shoulder Room:

Not yet available

Cargo Space:

Not yet available

Overall Interior Volume:

Not yet available

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.7 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.9 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

58.3 inches

Rear Head Room:

34.9 inches

Rear Leg Room:

24.6 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

56.5 inches

Cargo Space:

Not yet available

Overall Interior Volume:

85.6 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4430 lbs

Width:

81.2 inches

Height:

75.7 inches

Length:

211 inches

Wheelbase:

126.5 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.9 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3915 lbs

Width:

74.4 inches

Height:

70.6 inches

Length:

212.3 inches

Wheelbase:

127.4 inches

Ground Clearance:

9.4 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

17.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted steel

Tire Size:

255/70R17

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

P245/75R16