|22,800||Max Towing (lbs)||18,510|
Heavy-duty trucks make excellent choices for buyers seeking the capability to tow mid-size trailers or handle mid-range payloads. They range in features from spare vinyl interiors in basic work trucks to luxurious leather interiors decked with powered amenities. When you need a heavy-duty truck in the mid-range of capability, whether you want it for work or traveling with your RV, you want a truck that will stand up to the jobs it needs to do with the most convenience available. If you compare the 2022 Ford F-250 vs 2022 GMC Sierra 2500 HD, one of these trucks stands out as a frontrunner with more to offer buyers in virtually every capacity.
Both the 2022 F-250 and 2022 Sierra 2500 start out their entry-level trims with vinyl seats and flooring to suit a basic work truck interior with bare-bones infotainment systems and the choice to add four-wheel drive with plenty of options for packages to boost convenience or capability. Once you reach the second trim level, both trucks begin to offer more features buyers will want for a personal vehicle, like cloth seats, carpets, and more powered accessories. Where the trucks differ at this point shows itself in safety features. Ford gives the 2022 F-250 standard driver-assist features with the XLT trim, such as Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, a Blind-Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert and Trailer Coverage, and Pro Trailer Backup Assist.
GMC offers a lot of driver-assist technology to buyers, but the only trim that actually sees it as standard equipment is the uppermost Denali trim. The few available safety features that are standard for lesser trims are hitch guidance, Teen Driver, and a rear seat reminder. While these are great features, they don’t help you on the road. Both manufacturers do offer buyers the option of adding safety features to any trim level, including entry-level, but only Ford makes them standard equipment across the rest of the trim levels. This is an unfortunate aspect of what the 2022 Sierra 2500 has to offer, and it continues through many of the other tech offerings available for the GMC truck in contrast to Ford’s more inclusive tech, which comes standard.
Capability for a heavy-duty truck is one of its most important attributes. You buy heavy-duty so you can tow and haul, but those capabilities now come with a lot of technology to assist the driver in making it simpler and safer. Starting with the engines, the 2022 F-250 comes standard with a gas-powered 6.2-liter Flexfuel V8 paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. This engine generates 385 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque and offers standard tow/haul mode with power assist for uphill and downhill grades. Two more engines are available for the Ford F-250: a 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8 that pairs to a 10-speed TorqShift transmission, and a 7.3-liter gas-powered V8, both of which offer higher towing and payload capacities.
For the 2022 Sierra 2500, the standard engine is the 6.6-liter gas-powered V8 that produces 401 hp with 464 lb-ft of torque and is also paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. With this engine, buyers get a tow/haul mode and hill descent control as standard. One more engine is available for the GMC Sierra, which is the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel V8 which creates 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque and is paired to the Allison 10-speed automatic transmission. Each engine available for both trucks will have a weight allowance that varies between the differing cab and box size combinations, but in most cases, the 2022 Ford F-250 will tow more than the 2022 GMC Sierra 2500.
Ford offers its diesel engine with driving modes for different terrain, like deep sand and snow or slippery conditions, and also offers its transfer case with electronic shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive when that option is added. GMC gives the Sierra 2500 an electronic transfer case as well, with four drive modes for terrain management. In terms of the exterior features, much of the standard equipment is similar between the two heavy-duty trucks, such as 17-inch wheels, cargo bed lighting, and trailering mirrors. Both trucks will come with the option for a spray-in bed liner and tonneau cover, though Ford offers an extra set of tow recovery hooks for the back bumper in contrast to the GMC with its front recovery hooks as the only choice.
One fairly large distinction between the two trucks shows up in the construction of the body. Ford builds the 2022 F- 250 with military-grade aluminum-alloy material, and it’s the only manufacturer that offers this light, high-strength exterior, which reduces the overall weight of the body and resists rusting. This alloy allows Ford to then put more weight into the internal construction of the truck, which arguably makes the Ford a tougher machine. The 2022 GMC Sierra 2500 is no slouch, being made of high-strength steel with a fully boxed frame, but the Ford has the advantage in this arena.
When it comes to off-roading, any buyer serious about driving a heavy-duty truck in places where you need it for work knows that certain aspects of a truck’s operation make off-roading easier. If you need to drive through a muddy job site in the pouring rain, get through unplowed back roads in the dead of winter, or you need to climb a steep sandy hill, your truck needs the chops to get through it. Both Ford and GMC offer versions of off-road variants, though one big difference is that GMC has only one dedicated off-road variant for the 2022 Sierra HD: the AT4. Ford offers a dedicated off-road variant for all but the two entry-level trims of the 2022 F-250, starting with the Lariat.
It's worth mentioning that both manufacturers do offer an off-road package that can be added to other trims. For the 2022 Ford F-250, any trim can add the FX4 Off-Road package, and the GMC allows any but the entry-level Pro trim to add the X31 Off-Road package. These packages provide a scaled-back off-road truck, but only Ford allows the entry-level work truck to be outfitted this way. So, if you use your HD truck for work and really need the off-road capability, Ford is the only option here. Ford’s Tremor Off-Road package similarly adds the extra capability of a fuller range of off-road equipment like the built-in winch that’s hidden behind the front bumper, which can handle up to 12,000 pounds and can be operated remotely. You won’t find that on the 2022 GMC Sierra.
Other features Ford offers in the Tremor package include Trail Control which is like low-speed cruise control, Rock Crawl mode, best-in-class water fording up to 33 inches with dedicated water fording vents, and 35-inch traction tires. With GMC’s AT4 variant, you get a lot of the same off-road equipment that comes in the X31 package, like skid plates, a transfer case, and Rancho shocks, but not anything dedicated to making this a more impressive off-road-ready machine.
With the AT4, you get the option to add fancier tech to make trailering easier, better-towing capacity, and a pair of red tow hooks on the front bumper (as compared with tow hooks on the front and back bumpers for the F-250), but nothing that really makes it worth spending extra. Even the tires are only 18 inches for all-terrain, not dedicated off-road tires. For off-road packages and capability, the 2022 Ford F-250 has a much better set of features for the money with the Tremor Off-Road package.
Trucks have always been part of making hard work easier with hauling and towing heavy loads, but we also love our trucks for fun. Technology in the last decade has come a long way, and it has made it possible for us to incorporate a more seamless transition from home to work and from work to play. When it comes to infotainment, both the 2022 F-250 and the 2022 Sierra 2500 offer plenty of services for buyers to enjoy smartphone connectivity and streaming, not to mention the inclusion of connected services that allow for a wide range of options for safety and connectivity.
Each of these trucks eventually delivers a full package of desirable features, though the entry-level work trucks will have rather sparse offerings. Ford and GMC both give their work trucks Bluetooth, a rearview camera, and a touchscreen. Two USB ports are standard for charging smartphones. Ford offers its version of connected services with FordPass Connect, which gives its customers complimentary access to remote features like locking and starting your F-250, and GMC gives buyers access to GMC connected service with a few complimentary features like vehicle health and maintenance schedule, though buyers need to pay for remote services. GMC does give its entry-level trim Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but steering-wheel-mounted controls don’t show up until the second trim level.
Though Ford waits until the second trim to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, it does give buyers steering wheel-mounted controls. GMC will offer a larger 8-inch touchscreen in upper trims, along with several additional features like an upgraded Bose sound system and navigation, but Ford delivers a much wider range of choices for its upper trims with its SYNC 3 and SYNC 4 infotainment systems, both of which give buyers upgraded features. SYNC 3 comes with a larger 8-inch screen and Alexa connectivity, while SYNC 4 includes a 12-inch screen with over-the-air updates and cloud access for saving preferences and data. GMC does offer available Alexa connectivity, but no over-the-air updates or the larger 12-inch screen. For technology, Ford truly offers more to buyers across the trims.