2010 GMC Sierra 1500 Review
The GMC Sierra 1500 offers something for everyone: full-size truck utility and, if buyers want it, a dose of luxury.
With three cabs, three cargo beds, six engines, five suspension and four interior packages, the GMC Sierra can be custom built to each buyer's specifications. With large truck sales in a steep decline, buyers should be able to find some very good incentives and options on the GMC Sierra, which also has one of the best fuel economy ratings in the class. However, if you want an even better fuel economy rating, check out the GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid. It has all the capabilities of the Sierra, but uses less gas. The hybrid is only a good choice if you put saving the earth over saving money. The Hybrid starts at almost $19,000 more than the gas-only Sierra's base price -- so gas prices would have to skyrocket for you to save a significant amount of cash.
The Sierra offers two interior styles -- a basic "pure pickup" style and a more luxurious SUV-type style. New Car Test Drive says, "Those who plan to use their trucks for commuting to work, carrying lots of family members and towing boats, may prefer the SUV-style interior, while those who use their trucks primarily as working tools will opt for the more utilitarian-oriented pure pickup design."
While the Sierra stays with the competition when it comes to capability and comfort, it trails fresher offerings from Ford and Dodge when in comes to gadgets and storage solutions. The Ford F-150 has optional tech gadgets like Ford's SYNC system, which allows the driver to control the entertainment and other systems in the truck with voice commands. The Dodge Ram has available innovative in-bed storage compartments, as well as a multitude of storage cubbies in the cab. The Ram also has a coil-over suspension which many reviewers say gives it the smoothest ride in the class. The F-150 and the Ram also start at about the same price as the Sierra, making them very tempting alternatives.
If you're shopping for a full-size pickup, also consider the Sierra 1500's platform-mate, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The two are mechanically identical, though General Motors tends to market the Sierra as more upscale than the Silverado.
The Sierra was last redesigned in 2007, and changes for 2010 are minimal. All Sierra engines are now flex fuel capable, which means they can run on gasoline or E85 ethanol. The six-speed transmission is available on more models than in previous years, as is the rearview camera. StabiliTrak is now standard on all models. Inside, the Sierra now has a standard USB port, which allows drivers to play stored music files through the Sierra's stereo. The port also charges some handheld devices.
- "It's hard to beat [the Sierra and Silverado's] all-around excellence and utility." -- Car and Driver
- "Looking to extend their leadership in the pickup truck segment, GM engineers and designers have created a new breed of pickup, one offering an improved chassis, more precise steering and not one but two quieter, more upscale interiors." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "This latest GMC Sierra is very suitable for a wide array of truck buyers, from the general consumer to the contractor. -- Edmunds
- "GMC's Sierra and the similar Chevrolet Silverado are among the best large pickup trucks for refinement and available features. Any truck buyer would be well-advised to give these big rigs a long, hard look. " -- Consumer Guide
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