2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid Review
Test drivers’ biggest gripe about the GMC Sierra Hybrid is that it’s not a great value for a pickup truck. Its base price is almost twice that of the gas-only GMC Sierra 1500, and it doesn’t offer nearly as many standard features as other trucks in its price range. Not only is the Sierra Hybrid expensive, but test drivers dislike its regenerative brakes, which can feel mushy, and its maximum towing capacity is less than a similarly-equipped gas-only crew cab Sierra 1500.
However, these faults don’t keep test drivers from recommending the GMC Sierra Hybrid. Like other pickup trucks made by General Motors, it has a very smooth ride, and although its acceleration is somewhat unpredictable when the gas engine kicks in, it has plenty of power. Plus, the Sierra Hybrid’s upper-level trim is well-equipped with standard features, and in any trim level, test drivers say it is well-made.
If you’re shopping for a hybrid pickup truck, the GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid and its corporate twin, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid, are the only games in town. However, if you’re looking for a good combination of value, capability and fuel economy, you’ll want to shop elsewhere.
Other Trucks to Consider
The Ford F-150 Ecoboost’s fuel economy ratings can’t match the Sierra Hybrid’s, but it gets good gas mileage compared with other models that offer a similar amount of power. Plus, the turbocharged Ecoboost engine is available on less-expensive trims of the F-150, so you don’t have to shell out extra money or sacrifice bed length in order to get it, the way you do for the Sierra Hybrid.
Shoppers looking for a good value should consider the Toyota Tundra. It’s not particularly luxurious on the inside, but buyers who need a capable work truck will appreciate the simple controls and easy-to-use electronics. However, the Tundra’s price is competitive with other trucks, and it adds a few more gadgets to its standard features list than other trucks do.
Details: GMC Sierra Hybrid
The GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid is available in 3HA and 3HB trims, and is only available as a crew cab. The gas-only GMC Sierra 1500 is reviewed separately. The only major change for 2012 is a revised infotainment system and the addition of a standard rearview camera to 3HB trims.
See the full list of 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid specifications.
- "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 is steep, but so are the potential gas savings versus conventional Sierras." -- Consumer Guide
- “Some green-oriented businesses might like the truck's reduced carbon footprint, and contractors who do a lot of city driving might even recoup the initial price premium after a few years. For most people, though, the … GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid will likely remain an overpriced curiosity." -- Edmunds