When someone wants a luxurious pickup truck, the Denali name is usually near the top of their list of options. The GMC Sierra 1500 Denali is an upscale, pickup truck that still has all the goods to get the job done. It boasts strong performance numbers, offers top-notch technology, and a cabin that features some of the best materials in the segment.

The only real downside to the Denali is its price. If you want something nearly as luxurious that’s quite a bit cheaper, consider the Ram 1500 Laramie. While a true competitor to the Denali would be Ram’s own 1500 Limited, that trim level comes with its own hefty price tag. The Laramie trim level offers a long list of available luxurious features and materials, one of the smoothest rides in the segment, and similar visual appeal to the Denali for less money.  

2018 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali

2018 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali exterior

The GMC Sierra 1500 Denali is no joke of a pickup. The vehicle has a bold exterior featuring a lot of chrome, some eye-catching wheels and a couple different configurations. The truck has magnetic ride control, available Tri-Mode power steps, and heated and ventilated leather seating. An 8-inch , infotainment screen sits on the dash, equipped with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and GM’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi. The system is one of the best in the industry.

The truck also comes with some advanced safety features, including lane keep assist, low-speed automatic braking, forward collision alert, and GM’s safety alert seat. GMC has a new truck for 2019, but it won’t be out until fall of 2018. If you're in the market for a pickup truck now, this is a smart choice, but it sure is pricey.

2018 Sierra 1500 Denali pickup truck

Price: $52,900 base MSRP

Engine: 5.3-liter V8 (355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque) or 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque)

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Drivetrain: Two or four-wheel drive

Performance: 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds

EPA Mileage Rating: 16 mpg city / 22 mpg highway (5.3-liter), 15 mpg / 21 mpg (6.2-liter)

Payload/Towing Capacity: 1740 lbs / 9,300 lbs

Seating Capacity: 5

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2019 Ram 1500 Laramie

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie

Ram has an all-new truck for 2019, and unlike GMC’s truck, it’s out this spring. If you’re after something upscale like the GMC Sierra 1500 Denali, but can’t foot the bill, the 2019 Ram 1500 Laramie may be the perfect ride for you. The truck features a high-quality interior, one of the smoothest rides in the segment, and a couple different configurations. Inside you get a standard 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. You have the option to upgrade to the new 12-inch system. Aside from the technology, the Laramie gets heated and ventilated leather-trimmed seats, a huge backseat with seats that recline, tons of storage space for items, and a long list of standard and available safety equipment and technology.

Available safety features include blind spot monitoring, park assist with stop, rain-sensing wipers, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and a surround view camera. While this equipment is optional, even with it added, you’ll come in under the Denali’s price tag.

2019 Ram 1500 Laramie interior

Price: $40,690 base MSRP

Engine: 5.7-liter HEMI V8 (395 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque) or 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with optional eTorque technology

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Drivetrain: Two or four-wheel drive

Performance: 0-60 mph to be released

EPA Mileage Rating: 15 city / 22 highway

Payload/Towing Capacity: 2,300 lbs / 12,750 lbs

Seating Capacity: 5

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