Video: Ford F-150 Raptor vs. GMC Sierra AT4 – We Compare GMC And Ford’s Most Off-Road Worthy Trucks!

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We know the Ford F-150 Raptor vs. GMC Sierra AT4 is not apples-to-apples, but…

Comparing the Ford F-150 Raptor vs. GMC Sierra AT4 isn’t just about off-road ability or power. If it were, the Raptor would obviously come out on top. If you look at these trucks as a potential lifetime owner, or as a daily driver, things begin to look different. Both of these trucks are remarkable half-ton trucks for very different reasons.

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The Ford Raptor:

Full disclosure; this 2020 Ford Raptor was purchased by TFL Studios (for a LOT of dough) – so it’s ours. Over the next year or so, we will use it, and our 2021 Ram TRX as benchmark off-road pickup trucks. In many ways, the Raptor is a forward-thinking machine. With its high-tech, high-output twin-turbocharged 450 horsepower 3.5L EcoBoost V6, it makes 510 lb-ft of torque. The Raptor engine is paired to a paddle-shifted 10-speed automatic transmission.

What makes it special is all of the additional gear slapped to the frame. Aside from completely unique components (like long-travel, beefed up A-arms), the Raptor features class-exclusive active FOX 3.0 Internal Bypass shocks. They use Live Valve technology that adapts to terrain in real-time and can be controlled by a flip of a switch. Off-road, it is an animal.

The GMC Sierra 1500 AT4:

There are three things that set the GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 Diesel apart from a regular half-ton GM product. It is a luxury-appointed pickup truck that has an optional, multi-view camera system. It’s one of the most impressive setups in the business. It also has a little bit of off-road kit. AT4’s unique suspension design incorporates Rancho monotube shocks and they gave it a two-inch lift.

The most important addition is the brilliant 3.0-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine. It is rated up to 277 hp and 460 ft-lbs of torque at 1,500 RPM. This I6 was recently created by GM, and it’s one of TFLtruck’s favorite powertrains. It’s connected to a 10-speed automatic transmission. It is smooth and remarkably efficient.

In this video, Andre and Nathan argue about which is better for their money. It’s more than Ford F-150 Raptor vs. GMC Sierra AT4. It’s a practical truck that off-roads fairly well, versus a serious off-roader that can serve as an impractical daily driver.

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.