2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Interior
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Regardless of the model you choose, you will find that the 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 has spacious and comfortable seats. But many shoppers will be disappointed when they look at the Sierra’s minimalist interior which includes little storage. The Sierra does offer tech features and interior cubbies, but only with trim upgrades, which means you’ll pay more.
- "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." -- Washington Post
- "Our lengthy test drive took us over rough, washboard gravel roads, yet the Sierra's cabin retained library-like calm and quiet." -- Kelley Blue Book
- “The pricey SLT and Denali trims dress up the cabin significantly, with a unique upscale dash and door panel treatment, a full center console and attractive wood grain and metallic accents." -- Edmunds
The standard cab is only available with a 40/20/40 split-back bench seat. This arrangement allows the middle 20 percent to fold into an armrest with two cupholders and a storage compartment. Extended and Crew Cab models have a 60/40 folding rear bench. The SLE trim offers a center arm rest the folds down and a lockable storage compartment.
Extended and Crew Cab models offer better seats. Front bucket seats with six-way power seat adjusters, manual recline and lumbar adjustment are available on the SLE trim. These seats with a few upgrades come standard with the SLT and Denali trims. These seating options increase the Sierra 1500’s price significantly, but if you plan on taking your truck to construction sites, the basics should suit you fine.
When it comes to comfort, reviewers are quite pleased with the Sierra’s seats, and say they are firm comfortable and provide plenty room for adults -- even in the back seat.
- "The same can be said of the back-seat area in the crew cab models, which offers ample room and comfort. 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
- "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
Base models don’t come with many standard interior features. Work Truck trim for Regular, Extended and Crew Cab models, have air conditioning, a basic audio system, coat hooks, two auxiliary twelve volt power outlets, a tilt steering column and a mechanical jack and wheel wrench that are located in the back of the cab.
Tech features cost more. Bluetooth, cruise control, power door locks, remoteless key entry and steering wheel mounted audio controls are available on base models. This year, OnStar comes with all trims except the Work Truck Trim.
To get features like a rearview camera, remote vehicle start, navigation or XM Radio, you must upgrade to the SL trim or higher.
Because the Work Truck trim only supplies the basics, upgrade to the Denali trim for a more luxurious feel. This model, however, has a hefty price tag, and starts at $43,459. That price more than doubles the cost of the Work Truck model. If you can’t spend that much, select an Extended Cab Long Box SLT. You’ll get things like a Bose Premium Speaker System, a USB port and OnStar for $36,080.
- "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 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
- "The pricey SLT and Denali trims dress up the cabin significantly, with a unique upscale dash and door panel treatment, a full center console and attractive wood grain and metallic accents." -- Edmunds
For interior storage, the base model has two large pockets on both door panels, and two (upper and lower) deep glove boxes on the passenger side. 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. If carrying a lot of interior cargo is a priority, however, know that the Ford-F150 and Dodge Ram both offer more interior storage cubbies.
On the outside, carrying capacities vary depending on box size selected. The standard box is available with the Regular and Extended Cab and has 60.7 cubic feet of space. The Long Box is also available with the Regular and Extended Cabs, and offers 75.5 cubic feet. The Short Box comes with the Crew Cab and has the least amount of space: 53.2 cubic feet.
- "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
- "An "EZ Lift" tailgate is also offered, and requires only about half the effort to open and close compared to the standard tailgate." -- Edmunds