Used Car: 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid Review
The 2011 GMC Sierra Hybrid gets better fuel economy than other full-size trucks and rides comfortably, but some rivals offer higher-quality interiors and better driving dynamics.
The 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid is ranked:
At 20/23 mpg city/highway, the 2011 Sierra Hybrid is more fuel-efficient than most 2011 full-size pickups. Still, some reviewers complained about a rough transition between the gas engine and electric motors, which makes the Sierra Hybrid feel less powerful than it actually is. Some critics also noted that the truck’s regenerative brakes feel a bit touchy, which is a common complaint among hybrids. Still, when the powertrain isn’t transitioning between gas and electricity, most reviewers said the Sierra Hybrid provides ample power. The hybrid powertrain is paired with an electrically variable transmission, and the Sierra Hybrid is available with rear- or four-wheel drive. The rear-wheel drive Sierra Hybrid can tow up to 6,100 pounds. In contrast, the gas-only Sierra 1500 can tow up to 10,700 pounds.
Reviewers weren’t overly impressed with the Sierra Hybrid’s interior. One critic was disappointed that it is outfitted with materials found in the base non-hybrid Sierra, rather than those from the upper SLT and Denali trims. The Sierra Hybrid is a crew-cab truck and can seat six people with a front bench seat, or five with the available front bucket seats. Reviewers found both the front and back seats plenty spacious and comfortable. The base 3HA trim comes standard with a front bench seat, a six-speaker stereo with satellite radio, Bluetooth and dual-zone automatic climate control. The upper 3HB trim adds leather seats, power-adjustable front bucket seats, rear parking sensors, a Bose stereo with USB port and navigation. A backup camera and power sunroof are also available.
Other Trucks to Consider
The 2011 Ford F-150 gets good fuel economy for a non-hybrid full-size pickup. The F-150 has 302 horsepower and gets 17/23 mpg city/highway with the base V6. The F-150 can also tow up to 11,300 pounds when properly equipped.
While it can’t match the Sierra Hybrid’s fuel economy, the gas-only 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 is otherwise very similar to its hybrid sibling, and it gets decent fuel economy for the class. The Sierra 1500 can tow much more than the Sierra Hybrid as well.