Both cost roughly $107,000. Which one would you pick?
The GMC Sierra EV finally made its debut today, but only in Denali Edition 1 trim. It will be the only Sierra EV available for the 2024 model year, and it's charged with building a reputation before the AT4 and Elevation trims arrive in 2025. Our reveal article has all the relevant detail, but one particular bit of information led to 10 minutes of head-scratching.
GMC says the Denali Edition 1 will arrive in 2024 with an MSRP of $107,000. That means it's slightly more expensive than the Hummer EV Pickup, which retails for $106,245 in EV3X trim. In reality, you have to part with at least $200,000 to get a Hummer EV, thanks to GMC's extremely slow rollout campaign. But those issues will hopefully be resolved in a little more than a year from now when the Sierra EV goes on sale.
Obviously, we had to compare these two electric trucks to see which one is going to be the best buy.
We dig the look of the Sierra EV. The closed-off grille with the giant "GMC" logo (illuminated) stands out nicely, and we appreciate the fact that the brand's existing design DNA is also incorporated. The C-shape LEDs are a common theme on other GMC products, and we're big fans of those Wolverine-like claws placed where the headlights would normally be.
GMC also went against the EV status quo by not fitting an LED light bar that stretches the entire width of the front fascia, and the designers deserve a reward just for that.
The rear is truck design 101, but with neatly integrated LED taillights and GMC's MultiPro Tailgate.
The Hummer may be a decent whip, but it has an image problem. Gas-powered Hummers were just so unnecessary, and they quickly became a symbol of America's reputation for conspicuous consumption. Sadly, the new Hummer EV is more of the same. It's 9,000 pounds of gratuitous look-at-me sheet metal.
Still, it isn't hideous. We like that the front light bar has been neatly segmented to call to mind the original Humvee's grille slots, and the chunky, flared box arches of the pickup certainly give it presence. The rear isn't revolutionary, but it's not offensive either, and while this particular angle looks relatively generic, the overall appearance is cohesive, if a little shouty.
Both cars use GM's Ultium platform and battery technology. The Edition 1 Hummer with the 1,000-horsepower tri-motor setup is sold out, and by the time the Sierra is introduced in early 2024, it will compete with the tri-motor EV3, which produces 830 hp. The torque figures for the EV3 have not been published yet, as the Hummer is being launched in stages, just like the Sierra EV.
Hummer claims 830 hp is enough to get the 9,000-lb pickup to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. It can tow 7,500 lbs, but we don't know for how long. With a claimed range of 300 miles without anything hitched to the rear, we suspect most people won't be using this or the Sierra for towing. If you want to tow, get a heavy-duty truck.
The Sierra Edition 1 is launching with a dual-motor setup producing a GM-estimated 754 hp and 785 lb-ft of torque. The Hummer has a WTF Mode, also known as launch control. The Sierra has a less obnoxious Max Power mode, which gets it to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. Congratulations, you can beat a Golf GTI in a drag race.
GMC's Sierra is slightly more practical and can tow 9,500 lbs. As mentioned earlier, EV pickups don't have the best reputation when it comes to towing. Still, we'll reserve comment until the Sierra EV has been scientifically proven to be rubbish at towing.
The big win here is the range. While Hummer man has to stop for a refill after 300 miles, the Sierra can go 400 miles between recharges.
As for off-roading, the Hummer will likely be the champ. Thanks to Extract Mode, the Hummer can increase its ground clearance to 15.9 inches. The Sierra's adaptive suspension can only lower or raise the truck by two inches. The Sierra has, however, inherited most of the Hummer's off-road features, including four-wheel-steer and CrabWalk.
To give the Hummer EV usable range, GM had to bolt a massive 205 kWh battery between the wheels.
GMC has yet to provide details about the Sierra's battery pack, but we know that it can be used to charge other EVs using a 6 kW socket and can power essential house services for 21 days.
Both cars are built on the same 800-volt architecture, which can handle 350 kW fast charging. Both vehicles can add 100 miles of range every 10 minutes when using fast charging.
The Sierra's home charging times are still a secret, but there's a good chance it will be better than the Hummer. Thanks to that giant battery, the Hummer needs 16.5 hours to charge at a Level 2 home charger. Most home chargers charge an EV in half that time.
The two cars will likely boast the same sort of build quality. The Sierra Denali Edition 1 is equipped with all the excellent features, including a 16.8-inch-diagonal touchscreen infotainment system and an 11-inch digital instrument cluster.
The Hummer has a 13.4-inch touchscreen and the same 11-inch digital instrument cluster. Thanks to shared components, both cars run the same Google-powered operating software. Features include wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Google Voice Search, and access to the Google Play Store.
The Sierra has a classier interior, if only because it does away with a traditional shifter, leaving more room for stuff. Having lived with the Mustang Mach-E for a while, we also prefer the portrait layout to Hummer's landscape layout.
Both cars are equipped with GM's Super Cruise, including all the most important driver assistance systems.
Whichever one you choose, GM still ends up with your money.
Though these two EV trucks are very similar, the customers are bound to differ. The Sierra EV is aggressively styled, but the Hummer is the king of vulgarity. Let's put it this way: As good as the Hummer is (and it has many positive attributes), it's impossible to drive one without looking like a *rhymes with slick*.
We like the slightly toned-down nature of the Sierra, though it's perhaps not quite as good-looking as the Chevrolet Silverado EV. The interior is also nicer, and the entry-level models will be much cheaper than any Hummer you can ever buy.
To us, the Hummer is an exercise in flamboyance that doesn't make that much sense unless you bring emotion into play. The Sierra is more logical, and that's why we like it more.