The GMC Sierra 1500: Everything you need to know
Full-sized pickups like the GMC Sierra 1500 offer something for everyone, from a tough work truck to a kitted out luxury vehicle.Are you considering buying a full-sized pickup? Here’s everything you need to know about the GMC Sierra.
Seating and Capacity Specs: The GMC Sierra, like many full-sized pickups, offers many options for bed and cab size. Here are the choices that are available:
Cab Size: Both the second and third generations of the GMC Sierra are available in three cab designs: regular cab, double cab, and crew cab.
Regular cab: The regular cab has one bench, with seating for three people. There are two doors and no back seats
Double cab: The double cab has either a bench or bucket seats in the front, and a bench in the back seat. There are four full doors, just like a sedan, although the back doors are smaller than the front doors.
Crew cab: The biggest cab option has seating for five to six passengers. Like the double cab, the crew has a bench or bucket seat in front and a bench seat in the back. The big difference is the eight additional inches of leg room in the rear seats and the fact that all four doors are the same size.
Engine Options and Fuel Economy: The third generation of the GMC Sierra has five engine options, while the second generation Sierra offers three engine options. They are:
· 285-horsepower V6: This is the base engine for both generations. It gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg combined in two-wheel drive.
· 310-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder: This engine is available only on the third generation. It gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg combined fuel economy.
· 5.3 liter 355-horsepower V8: This engine, available on both generations, gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg combined fuel economy in two-wheel drive.
· 6.2 liter 420-horsepower V8: The most powerful engine, available on both generations, also gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg combined fuel economy.
· 277-horsepower Turbodiesel: This engine option was introduced for 2019 and gets 26 mpg combined fuel economy, according to GMC. It is the first time a diesel engine is made available on the Sierra 1500. Prior to this, drivers who wanted a diesel engine needed to opt for a heavy-duty GMC truck.
Ratings: The GMC Sierra 1500 ranks just outside the top three mid-sized pickups. However, it does have some standout features:
· The third generation’s max towing capacity of 12,500 pounds when properly equipped is the second best in class.
· The third generation’s MultiPro™ tailgate is a unique feature that isn’t offered by other manufacturers.
Great truck for budget-conscious shoppers to save money.