Avg. Price Paid:$11,001 - $26,328
Original MSRP: $19,375 - $47,675
MPG: 15 City / 20 Hwy
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2009 GMC Sierra 1500 Interior

This interior review was written when the 2009 GMC Sierra 1500 was new.

Regardless of whether a standard, extended or crew cab, the 2009 GMC Sierra 1500's spacious, comfortable and versatile cabin ranks among the best.

The pure-pickup interior is completely different from the luxury inspired interior, and was primarily designed with the blue-collar worker in mind. It features larger buttons/controls, and door handles in order to operate the interior while wearing work gloves.

  • "Interior materials are high quality. And although the passenger cabin still bespeaks "work truck," it is much more attractive and comfortable than the cabins of any of its predecessors." - The Washington Post
  • "The interior exudes style and comfort. The instrument cluster provides a full range of information, including such data as tire pressure." -- Kelley Blue Book

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The standard cab is only available with a 40/20/40 split-back bench seat, in which the middle 20 percent can be folded into an armrest with two cupholders and a storage compartment. The extended and crew cabs come with the same front seat format if selected with a pure-pickup interior package; however, these cabs do offer individual front bucket-seats for the luxury-inspired interior. In addition the dashboard in both interior configurations has been pushed forward creating ample legroom for adults. Some reviewers criticize both the bucket and bench seats for lacking side support in turns. Reviewers agree the extended and crew cabs offer plenty of backseat room.

  • "The seats are firm and comfortable." --Kelley Blue Book
  • "Ample room for adults. Both the bucket and bench seats lack side support in fast turns but are firm and comfortable" -- Consumer Guide
  • "Crew cab models feature a huge back seat, while the extended cab's rear bench is acceptable for most adults, so long as it's not a cross-country trip. It's hard to be uncomfortable with plenty of space for your 10-gallon hat." --Car and Driver

Interior Features

The Sierra's interior utilizes premium interior materials, which include chrome details, wood grain trim, low-gloss plastic, leather-like vinyl, plush cloth, and real leather, all of which contribute to the Sierra's high-quality looking interior.

Standard features on the most basic Sierra with the Pure-Pickup interior includes dual-zone air conditioning with individual manual-climate settings for driver and right front passenger, a Driver Information Center, tire pressure monitor, interior lighting (door-handle activated illuminated entry), two dash-mounted, 12-volt auxiliary power outlets, adjustable-tilt steering column, and an AM/FM stereo with standard XM satellite radio. Choosing the luxury-inspired interior allows buyers to add features like cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate controls, and a Bose speaker system.

  • "We found it hard to choose between the "pure pickup" interior and the "luxury-inspired" interior, because both were handsome and functional." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The gauges are easy to see and read. Sierra's Pure Pickup interior places radio and climate controls high on the dashboard, just out of easy reach. The available luxury interior mimics that of the Yukon large SUV, with controls mounted lower but within easy reach. The optional navigation system absorbs some audio controls but doesn't complicate their use. Denalis expand on the luxury interior, with upgraded trim and a more upscale feel." -- Consumer Guide



For interior storage, the pure-pickup interior package has two large pockets on both door panels, and has two (upper and lower) deep glove boxes on the passenger side. The luxury inspired interior has a deep center console tucked between the front bucket seats, which can be locked for security concerns.  The seat on the middle position of trucks with front bench seats also hides a storage compartment.  In extended cab models, the rear seat folds up, creating a large and useful flat-floored cargo area.

  • "On both extended and crew cabs, [the] rear seat cushion flips back against seatback, leaving a large cargo area with a nearly flat floor." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Storage options aren't as high-priority as they are in other trucks" -- PickupTrucks.com
  • "Its elevated stadium-style rear seat has a 60/40-split design and folding center armrest, and it can be easily folded up with one hand to provide an uninterrupted load floor." -- Kelley Blue Book
Review Last Updated: 7/17/09

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