The 2019 Ford F-250 Platinum and GMC Sierra 2500 Denali are two heavy-duty trucks with big personalities. But, with so many truck options available between the two models, it can be tough to sort them out. So which should you choose? Our comparison guide will help you answer this tough question.
More Muscle: 2019 Ford F-250 Platinum
In the world of heavy-duty trucks, muscle comes first. As per usual in this segment, the Ford’s heavy-duty truck provides two optional engines: gas and diesel. The 6.8-liter V8 helps you roll out in style, with 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. For even greater power, upgrade to the turbocharged 6.7-liter diesel V8 engine, which boosts capabilities with 450 horsepower and 935 pound-feet of torque.
Back on the GMC Sierra 2500 Denali, you also get your choice of gas or diesel powertrains. Both are potent, if not as powerful as Ford’s options. GMC’s 6.0-liter gasoline V8 makes 360 horses and 380 pound-feet of torque. The turbocharged 6.6-liter diesel V8 produces 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque.
Biggest Heavyweight: 2019 Ford F-250 Platinum
As you might have guessed, the F-250 Platinum is also the champion of towing and hauling. Depending on configuration, this heavy-duty truck can tow conventional trailers weighing up to 21,000 pounds. The GMC Sierra 2500 Denali maxes out at 13,000 pounds’ worth of conventional trailer.
Our Ford heavyweight also hauls more, moving max payloads of 7,640 pounds, depending on configuration. Back on the Sierra 2500 Denali, payloads max out at 3,950 pounds.
High-End Ride: 2019 Ford F-250 Platinum
Both the F-250 Platinum and Sierra 2500 Denali are top-of-the-line luxury trucks. Both are decked out with plush leather upholstery, exterior chrome trim, and big shiny wheels.
But the F-250 Platinum has the edge here, thanks to this truck’s smoother take on performance. When you’re heading out on a road trip, this luxury truck actually has you looking forward to the drive.
Back in the Sierra 2500 Denali, the ride is a bit stiffer. This isn’t atypical of heavy-duty trucks, but in a luxury truck of this caliber, most drivers hope for a smoother ride.
Lowest Price: 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 Denali
As you might have guessed, the less-powerful GMC Sierra 2500 Denali comes with a lighter price tag, with a starting price of $58,095. The F-250 Platinum has a slightly steeper price, starting at $63,335.
The 2019 Ford F-250 Platinum may cost a little bit more, but this truck delivers a lot more than the Sierra 2500 Denali. Besides increasing muscle, Ford’s heavy-duty luxury truck also gives you a smoother, more comfortable ride. We think you’ll agree that it’s the best pickup truck for your heavy-duty jobs.