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GMC vs. Chevrolet?

So, my family's always been big on GM vehicles, and my father ALWAYS buys from Chevy, but never GMC. I asked him what the difference between the two is (despite the obvious cosmetic differences) and he said that they're "just built a little better".


In all honestly, what really is the true difference between GMC and Chevy? And does it make a difference when buying/leasing a vehicle from either of them?

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Your dad is funny. Other than the cosmetic differences they are the same. They are built by the same people on the same assembly line with the same parts (again, other than the cosmetic differences). One is not built any better than the other, in fact some would argue that the GMCs tend to be better built with fewer rattles but that's up for debate.

The biggest difference would come down to the dealer experience, your local GMC dealer may be run better and provide better service than your local Chevy dealer or vice-versa. It doesn't really come down to brand, at least in my experience. My local GMC dealer has been awesome the couple of times I've taken my truck in, the GMC dealer I bought from a couple of hours away...meh.
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The old rule was GMC brand always were considered a little better interior quality than the Chevy brand, thus GMC always cost a couple of more bucks. Who knows what applies now.

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I have owned 2 GMCs and a handful of Chevys.

Why did I choose GMC over Chevy?

For my 1990 GMC Safari minivan, we got one with the middle row seats as captain chairs and an aisle to the rear seat. (Pulled the rear seat out most of the time and hauled cargo or luggage in it, but nice access to the ice chests, picnic basket, etc.)

For my 2015 Canyon, there were some significant differences to the Chevy version. I think the only significant difference in 2019 is the soft touch interior.

EDIT: I might add, I think the OEM headlights on the Canyon may be superior to the Colorado, based on comments here.
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The difference when I priced out my preferred options for a 2016 was $1500 (GMC was higher) - since the $1500 didn't buy anything extra that I wanted I went with Chevy. As others have noted - no substantive difference in major components.
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The differences have been all over the board over the years and models. Sometimes it's nicer interior materials, sometimes package content, most often when it came to the early FS trucks the only difference was the grill and emblems.

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I have owned 2 GMCs and a handful of Chevys.

Why did I choose GMC over Chevy?

For my 1990 GMC Safari minivan, we got one with the middle row seats as captain chairs and an aisle to the rear seat. (Pulled the rear seat out most of the time and hauled cargo or luggage in it, but nice access to the ice chests, picnic basket, etc.)

For my 2015 Canyon, there were some significant differences to the Chevy version. I think the only significant difference in 2019 is the soft touch interior.

EDIT: I might add, I think the OEM headlights on the Canyon may be superior to the Colorado, based on comments here.
A big difference between the two in 2015 was Auto 4WD on the Canyon. That almost made me go with the Canyon, but I preferred the looks of the Colorado.
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Just my opinion, but years ago it seemed GMC was built for more commercial grade use. I don't know if they were tougher or had less creature comforts, but that is what I remember from the 60's and 70's.
However, now it seems GMC is all about luxury. It's seems to have more high end features and packages available compared to regular ole' Chevy.
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I agree with member wheelburns on the look of the Colorado. The front of the Colorado is just cool. It looks like a mean beast coming at you, especially if you have the projector beam headlamps, they're like eyes staring you down.
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Just my opinion, but years ago it seemed GMC was built for more commercial grade use. I don't know if they were tougher or had less creature comforts, but that is what I remember from the 60's and 70's.
However, now it seems GMC is all about luxury. It's seems to have more high end features and packages available compared to regular ole' Chevy.
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The difference when I priced out my preferred options for a 2016 was $1500 (GMC was higher) - since the $1500 didn't buy anything extra that I wanted I went with Chevy. As others have noted - no substantive difference in major components.

Yeah, those were some of the things I've noticed. Honestly, when I built both the Colorado and Canyon, I put the same options in and the Canyon always came out a little more expensive every time. From first glance, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference of the interior quality, but they've got to put something else these trucks for them to be more expensive than their Chevy counterparts!

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GMC stands for "Give-up More Cash" (when you buy one) haha

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I agree with member wheelburns on the look of the Colorado. The front of the Colorado is just cool. It looks like a mean beast coming at you, especially if you have the projector beam headlamps, they're like eyes staring you down.

It really does look like a beast! The front really is cool, and I liked it a lot better than the Canyon. The more I look at it, the more I love it. Mine has the projector-beam headlights on it, and you're right, they do look like eyes compared to the standard ones on the WT and LT!
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Your dad is funny. Other than the cosmetic differences they are the same. They are built by the same people on the same assembly line with the same parts (again, other than the cosmetic differences). One is not built any better than the other, in fact some would argue that the GMCs tend to be better built with fewer rattles but that's up for debate.

The biggest difference would come down to the dealer experience, your local GMC dealer may be run better and provide better service than your local Chevy dealer or vice-versa. It doesn't really come down to brand, at least in my experience. My local GMC dealer has been awesome the couple of times I've taken my truck in, the GMC dealer I bought from a couple of hours away...meh.

Yeah, we started going to a dealer here on the island after a friend of my dad's recommended it to us. We know the guy in there well now after leasing four vehicles from him, so he takes care of us. I honestly figured there was no difference, but I thought why not put it up here and hear from some people who have more experience with trucks than I do! Thanks
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One Has lock washers on the nuts, the other on the bolts. Depends on who's telling the story which one is which.
I prefer the look of the GMC personally, but they don't make a ZR2 version so I got the Chevy. If you like both, go with whichever dealer you like best. Specifically which one has the best SERVICE department. The Sales department are off your team as soon as you sign, and they're probably never really on your team to begin with.
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GMC and Chevy trucks are build in the same plants to the same standards and to the same quality.

Now depending on the model and year it can change what is offered as options or features. Some times they can be identical others a little different.

It comes down to the smaller details that are standard on the GMC and if you like the styling and added trim better.

Small things like the trim inside is real aluminum. You do get the dash pad in the better models. They do have the option of a two tone brown interior that Chevy lacks.

You just need to sit down and look at the small differences and see if it is what you want. Also the styling is a matter of what you like.

I generally like buying GMC as there are less of them around. I also like the Canyons styling as it looks more like the full size trucks. I also was able to get a decent deal on mine and got a fully loaded truck for the price of the lesser.

The negative on the GMC is the wood trim as it is bad fake wood. Even my wife's GMC has real wood trim and it still looks fake.

Note look at the ZR2 and Denali as they are the most loaded and it will give you an idea of what is available and then you can see what options falls off as you move to other the other models.

You will not go wrong with either. Just pick the one you like.
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Yeah, those were some of the things I've noticed. Honestly, when I built both the Colorado and Canyon, I put the same options in and the Canyon always came out a little more expensive every time. From first glance, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference of the interior quality, but they've got to put something else these trucks for them to be more expensive than their Chevy counterparts!
Not really . . . mainly marketing angles that's all.
Being that they are built at the same plant with the same engines and most other parts it does come down to preference. To us, the GMC always had the more squared off real truck like styling cues in area like fenders, grille and other lines. The Colorado design seems more SUV-like with a more flowing design with curves and a more elegant appearance. So the Colorado can be equipped also with more upscale and functional features. Even the GMC Denali only has maybe 3 or 4 items than a well equipped Colorado LT (ie, cooled seats, heated steering wheel, phone charge pad, etc)

In the end, it all is a preference and your tastes and money !

Also, often overlooked is you can get the Luxury and Convenience Packages in the Colorado LT which takes it up another notch with more upscale things and a two tone Dark Ash/Black seating and interior leather option. . .

LT Convenience Package, includes
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GMC is "Professional Grade"





As others have mentioned, they share many parts, and are built in the same factories by the same people. The difference is simply in appearance, and the availability of features, and option packages.



GMC is typically "ahead" of Chevy by a step. Like mentioned, the Auto 4x4, and padded centre console lid were only available on the 2015 Canyon, not the 2015 Colorado, but the features later "trickled down" to the Chevys. In the 2019 Sierra, you can get the 6.2L V8 in the AT4, but you can't get that engine in the Silverado Trail Boss. GMC Denalis usually take luxury a step beyond anything you find in a Chevy.

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I have a ZR2 but I like the looks of the Canyons raised up 4 inches with larger tires, then I do the Colorados raised with tires


Back in the day, 50-60's, GMC was more farm/industrial trucks, they had a larger 6cylinder motor and if you got one of 2 V8's (283 or 350)they came with 4 main bearings instead of 2 that were in the Chevy truck. Plus a better transmission and bigger rear -end, They were built to last more then a day on the farm...
back then Chevy had a different motor then Pontiac which was different then Oldsmobile which was different then Buicks and parts did not interchange until the late70's, then they went to one motor fits all....sort of

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