Max Payload And (Literally) Max Towing
The 2017 GMC Sierra has a max towing capacity of 12,500 pounds. This is good enough to be best-in-class, out-towing the F-150 by 300 pounds. The Ram 1500 is a distant third with a max tow rating of 11,000 pounds. Note that in order to hit this figure, you’ll need to opt for a Sierra packing a 6.3-liter V8 and the optional Max Trailering package, which is an extra $1,145.
On the payload front, the Sierra is absolutely crushed by Ford. Its max payload capacity is just 2,250 pounds whereas the F-150 can haul an impressive 3,270 pounds. The Ram 1500 is a close second with a max payload capacity of 2,000 pounds. Since most people tow more than they haul, the Sierra narrowly takes the edge over the F-150 in the capabilities department. If you plan to buy a truck strictly for work you may want to consider the F-150 and its beefier bed.