2010 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid Review
While the GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid shows that GM gets great results with its two-mode hybrid system, that doesn't mean it's a good match for all consumers.
For the most part, the GMC Sierra wows reviewers with its combination of midsize sedan efficiency and pickup capability. The Detroit Free Press says, "Boasting a 40% increase in EPA city fuel economy to 21 m.p.g., the Silverado and Sierra crew-cab pickups are the first vehicles to combine hybrid efficiency with big-truck capability."
But while reviewers are impressed with the truck's technological sophistication, others question if the Sierra Hybrid is spreading itself too thin. In order to maximize fuel economy, some truck capability has been compromised. And, in order maintain full-size truck capability, the Sierra Hybrid's fuel economy is impressive for a truck, but doesn't come close to the fuel economy of smaller hybrids. The Sierra Hybrid also has a significant price premium over the gas-only model. Even with a $2,200 government tax credit, if gas prices stay low, it will take a while for the savings at the gas station to make up for the extra in the Sierra Hybrid's sticker price. If you care more about saving money than saving the earth, the conventional Sierra is a better choice.
Still, several reviewers say that if you need a truck and want to go a little green, the Sierra Hybrid should work for you, particularly if you do a lot of city driving, which is where the truck makes most of its fuel economy gains. So, for urban contractors who need a truck but are sick of watching their profits go in the gas tank and out the tailpipe, the Sierra Hybrid makes sense. It also makes sense for people who want to put the saving the planet before saving money. We should also note that while the Sierra Hybrid costs quite a bit more than the base Sierra, for that extra money you do get a luxuriously outfitted interior, a crew cab, some nice tech options and significant green cred. And, who knows? If gas prices skyrocket, the Sierra Hybrid just might pay for itself.
Other Trucks to Consider
The Sierra Hybrid is similar to the Chevy Silverado Hybrid, as well as the gas-only GMC Sierra 1500. The Sierra 1500 has better towing and hauling capabilities, and starts at about $18,000 less than the Sierra Hybrid -- but the Sierra Hybrid comes with a crew cab, while the base Sierra only comes with a regular cab. The Silverado Hybrid has similar capabilities to the Sierra Hybrid and costs about the same. If you want a hybrid truck, check out the Silverado Hybrid and go for the truck that you can negotiate the lowest price for.
However, if you don't want a hybrid, consider the gas-only Sierra and Silverado, as well as the Ford F-150 and the Dodge Ram. The F-150 has innovative high-tech work tools, while the Ram has clever storage solutions and a ride that some reviewers call the best in the full size pickup class. In short, it's a great time to be a pickup buyer and its hard to make a bad choice in this competitive class.
Details: GMC Sierra Hybrid
The Sierra Hybrid and the Silverado Hybrid were both introduced for 2009. For 2010, little has changed, though the one available engine, a 6.0 liter V8, is now flex fuel capable. The Sierra Hybrid is available only in a four-door crew cab with a short bed.
- "Offers the fuel efficiency and lower emissions of a hybrid with zero compromise to the truck utility side of the equation." -- Road and Track
- "GMC's Sierra and the similar Chevrolet Silverado are among the best large pickup trucks for refinement and available features. The Hybrid model's price premium will likely be steep, but so are the potential gas savings versus conventional Sierras." -- Consumer Guide
- "As long as regular gasoline continues selling for less than $2 per gallon, two-mode - and for that matter, every other hybrid--is a tough sell. . . .But this leap-ahead technology will soon enjoy its day. When gas prices again surge past $3 per gallon on their way to $4, investing a few thousand dollars to gain five or more mpg will seem like a genuinely shrewd move." -- Automobile Magazine
- "Lots of GM truck goodness plus some green cred." -- Car and Driver
- "I loved the comfort and ease at which the Sierra went about its chores. Yet, I thoroughly enjoyed my week with the fine looking GMC, but if it were my signature on the check, I would opt for a less expensive model." -- MarketWatch
- "If you need a full-size pickup truck, but want to use as little gasoline as possible, GM has built what may be the roughest, toughest hybrid this side of a transit bus. As long as the tax credits last, the payback period's not bad, and if you're OK with a crew-cab body, you won't have to compromise any truck functionality." -- HybridCars.com