The GMC Sierra 1500 effectively proves that a pickup truck can be both beautiful and brawny. The full-size Sierra 1500 offers an impressive towing capacity, as well as the ability to pamper a family of six with available leather seats, ample soft-touch surfaces and an integrated Wi-Fi hot spot.
2014 to Present: GMC Sierra 1500
Introduced for the 2014 model year, the current GMC Sierra 1500 is a full-size pickup truck that shares its platform with the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The latest Sierra features a bold front grille and sharp angles throughout its exterior design. The result is a muscular appearance that perfectly matches the truck’s highly capable powertrains.
Available with rear- or four-wheel drive, the Sierra 1500 is offered in a wide variety of body styles and trims. Short- and long-bed configurations are offered, as well as regular cab, extended cab and crew cab body styles.
GMC offers three engine choices, including a base 4.3-liter V6 engine that produces 285 horsepower. A 355-horsepower, 5.3-liter V8 and a 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8 are also offered. A six-speed automatic transmission was standard across the model line at launch, while an eight-speed automatic became available with the 6.2-liter V8 starting with the 2015 model year.
The base GMC Sierra 1500 is a fairly straightforward no-frills pickup truck, but it does include some nice standard features for the price including cruise control, a USB port and an audio system with a color display. There’s also a convenient corner step for the rear bumper.
The Sierra 1500 is available with many features normally reserved for luxury vehicles including heated and ventilated front seats, wireless smartphone charging, aluminum trim, a soft-touch dashboard, Bluetooth connectivity and a Wi-Fi hot spot.
The full-size truck segment is brutally competitive, and the Sierra 1500 competes with models that include the best-selling Ford F-150, as well as the Ram 1500, Nissan Titan and Toyota Tundra. If you like the Sierra’s muscle and capability, the related Chevrolet Silverado 1500 might also be considered.
Earlier GMC Sierra 1500 Models
The GMC Sierra 1500 was redesigned for 1999 and available in regular cab and extended cab body styles. For 2004, GMC added a four-door crew cab model. This generation provided seating for up to six passengers and was available with rear- or four-wheel drive. Engine choices included a base 4.3-liter V6, a mid-grade 4.8-liter V8 and a top-tier 5.3-liter V8 engine. GMC introduced different Sierra variants throughout this generation’s model run, including a luxurious and performance-oriented C3 model and the high-end Sierra 1500 Denali.
The next GMC Sierra 1500 arrived for the 2007 model year. It represented a complete redesign, which included a new exterior, interior, frame and suspension. Although the powertrain options remained similar to the outgoing model’s, each engine received modifications that resulted in increased power and efficiency. A four-speed automatic transmission was standard at launch, while a six-speed automatic became available later in the generation.
Available in regular cab, extended cab and crew cab models, this generation can be equipped with either a short, standard or long bed. Higher trim levels include GMC’s luxury-inspired interior that is shared with the Yukon. The base Work trim is sparsely equipped, while higher trim levels include SLE, SLE2, SLT and Denali. SLT models include leather seating, an upgraded audio system and a heated windshield washer system. Optional features include navigation, a moonroof and a power-sliding rear window.