What's better than a traditional truck? A road warrior with jaw-dropping power and capability. What's better than a powerful V8 engine? Having three to choose from. That's the benchmark that Ford sets with its Super Duty lineup of trucks, and it's this standard that sets the stage for a race that slates the 2022 Ford F-250 vs 2022 GMC Sierra 2500 HD. Which truck will come out ahead?
Ford and GMC are both renowned automakers in the American automotive landscape, and that makes this race between their latest three-quarter-ton trucks even sweeter. Ford's role in making transportation accessible to the world is interwoven with GMC's early efforts to build capable trucks like the early model Rapid truck that made history as the first to climb Pikes Peak in Colorado in the early 1910s. This is the spirit of capability that embodies the 2022 F-250 and the 2022 Sierra 2500 HD.
A quick glance at these two powerhouses immediately puts the Ford ahead of the GMC. The full-size F-250 starts at $35,200 for 2022, which is significantly cheaper than the 2022 Sierra 2500 HD at $36,200.* You'll also find that you have more trims to choose from in the Super Duty lineup courtesy of the XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited trims. With the GMC, your choices are limited to the Pro, SLE, SLT, AT4, and Denali. But what other differences distinguish the Super Duty from the Sierra HD? Let's find out.
The 2022 F-250 is one of the most capable Super Duty trucks ever made, and that's thanks to not one or two available V8 engines, but three! Yes, you read that right. The F-250 comes standard with the 6.2-liter V8 engine that's known as the "Boss." This engine is mated to a TorqShift G 6-speed automatic transmission to deliver 385 horsepower, 430 lb-ft of torque, and a maximum towing capability of 15,800 pounds.
Next in the F-250's powertrain lineup is none other than Godzilla himself. The 7.3-liter V8 engine is built for hauling heavy loads thanks to its pushrod design that optimizes low-end torque for towing and is responsible for delivering 475 lb-ft of torque, 430 horsepower, and a maximum towing load of 19,500 pounds. It's mated to Ford's TorqShift 10-speed automatic transmission that enhances shift performance and gives you up to six selectable drive modes (Normal, Slippery, Tow-Haul, Eco, Deep Sand/Snow, and Rock Crawl) to customize the truck's performance.
The most capable beast in the F-250 lineup is a 6.7-liter Powerstroke Stroke turbodiesel V8 engine that's paired with the TorqShift 10-speed automatic transmission. Designed specifically for hauling, the Power Stroke churns out a best-in-class 475 horsepower and 1,050 lb-ft of torque. It's also responsible for the F-250's maximum towing capability of an unbeatable 22,800 pounds.
Unlike the Super Duty's three-powertrain lineup, the 2022 Sierra 2500 HD only offers two V8 engines. The 6.6-liter gas V8 comes standard on every model and is paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission. This combination delivers 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque with a towing maximum of 17,370 pounds. For better hauling capability, you can opt for the 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8 that's paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission to deliver 445 horsepower, 910 lb-ft of torque, and a maximum towing capability of 18,510 pounds, all of which pale in comparison to the Ford Super Duty.
Workhorses like the F-250 and the Sierra 2500 HD are often praised for their ability to tow heavy loads, but there's more to the trucks than just what they can haul. Ford proves that even a road warrior like the F-250 can handle itself on the trail with the available Tremor Off-Road Package that readies the truck for dirt road adventures. GMC answers in kind with the Sierra 2500 HD AT4 trim.
The Tremor Off-Road Package is available on the F-250 4x4 Crew Cab and outfits the truck with everything it needs to get a little mud on the tires. Sitting two inches higher thanks to a front lift, the Tremor package adds 35-inch maximum-traction tires and boosts the Super Duty's prowess on the trail to deliver a best-in-class approach angle of 31.7 degrees and a best-in-class water fording capability of 33 inches. You won't find this capability on many other trucks in the segment.
The package also outfits the Super Duty with a limited-slip front differential that extends the truck's capability on harsh terrain. The selectable Trail Control and Rock Crawl mode give you even more control over the truck's performance, with Trail Control serving as a driver-activated cruise control that lets you focus your attention on the trail ahead while the system takes over acceleration and braking. But let's say that you're on the trail and you find yourself stuck in the mud, and not even Trail Control or Rock Crawl mode can help you out of this dicey situation. What do you do?
The F-250's integrated electric winch can truly save the day. The optional add-on is a great tool to have when you're on the trail and delivers up to 12,000 pounds of winching power via its 70-foot high-strength line. It's also the only winch in the segment to work via wireless remote control, which means you don't have to be inside the truck to operate it. This is even more convenient and adds another layer of safety since you can actively monitor the truck's position and the winch at all times.
GMC's answer to the Super Duty's Tremor Off-Road Package is the Sierra 2500 HD AT4, which is a separate premium trim and far more expensive than Ford's package. The AT4 outfits the Sierra 2500 HD with a two-speed transfer case that automatically shifts between two-wheel and four-wheel-drive based on the terrain. The AT4 also adds Hill Descent Control, skid plates, an Off-Road driving mode, and an off-road suspension, all of which ready the Sierra for the trail. However, these components only result in an approach angle of 27 degrees and a ground clearance barely over 10 inches, neither of which matches an F-250 with the Tremor Off-Road Package.
Cutting-edge technology is at the heart of the 2022 F-250, whether you're using its connectivity, towing features, or safety and driver-assist tools. This smart technology starts in the digital cockpit that offers a 12-inch touchscreen display that's home to Ford's exceptional new SYNC 4 infotainment system. Through the system, you can sync your smartphone using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, navigate the quickest route, or see what's behind the truck and your trailer via the rearview camera.
The F-250's most notable technology is the Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System with Pro Trailer Backup Assist. The camera extends your view around the truck and trailer. Trailer Reverse Guidance uses guidelines to show you the direction of the truck and the trailer, which is even more helpful when you're using the Pro Trailer Backup Assist tool. This feature allows you to use a knob on the dashboard to control the direction of the trailer while in reverse, which takes the guesswork out of parking and navigating congested areas.
Aside from trailering technology, the available WiFi hotspot, upfitter switches, and other technology, the F-250 is also outfitted with a suite of safety tools that actively work to enhance your view and minimize the potential for collision. These tools are part of Ford's Co-Pilot360 suite and build on features like Pro Trailer Backup Assist. The suite includes Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking to bring the truck to an emergency stop if a collision is imminent, Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward Collision Warning with Brake Support to make cruising at highway speeds stress-free, and a Blind Spot Information System with Trailer Coverage to monitor the sides of the truck and trailer.
You'll find many of the same safety and technology features on the 2022 Sierra 2500 HD, with a few notable differences. The Sierra's touchscreen display is smaller than the F-250, maxing out with an 8-inch option. Trailering technology is comparable with the Prograde Trailering System and the in-vehicle trailering app; however, don't expect to find anything like the Pro Trailer Backup Assist on the Sierra. This is a huge difference that puts the F-250 legions ahead of the Sierra 2500 HD.