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2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Review

Review Last Updated: 10/9/13

These scores and this review are from when the car was new.

The 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 may be aging compared with more recently updated competitors, but test drivers say it’s still a good choice for a full-size truck.

In general, reviewers say the GMC Sierra 1500 is a good truck. It has a competitive maximum towing capacity, its controls are easy to use and its seats are comfortable. With the number of cab, powertrain, trim and bed configurations, the 2012 Sierra 1500 can be configured to nearly anyone’s specifications, which reviewers appreciate. Plus, it gets fairly good fuel economy for a full-size pickup truck.

Though reviewers like the GMC Sierra 1500 and its corporate sibling, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, better than dated offerings like the Toyota Tundra and the Nissan Titan, they say that domestic competitors outshine the GMC Sierra in most ways. The GMC Sierra’s Denali trim is luxurious, but it still can’t match competitors’ top-of-the-line trims in terms of interior quality or materials. The Sierra also doesn’t offer high-tech interior options like American rivals, and its competitors can out-tow, out-haul and out-handle it, as well.

However, the GMC Sierra is still a solid choice for a full-size pickup truck. It isn’t the best in its class, but test drivers say that buyers won’t be disappointed with the 2012 GMC Sierra 1500.

Other Trucks to Consider

Test drivers say the Ram 1500 is the best-handling truck in its class, thanks to a unique suspension that makes it more responsive and gives it a smoother ride. The Ram 1500 offers a whopping 11 trim levels, so it’s easy to find a trim that fits your budget. Plus, the Ram 1500’s Laramie Longhorn trim sports what reviewers consider the most opulent interior of any pickup truck besides the luxury-branded Cadillac Escalade EXT.

The Ford F-150 is reviewers’ top pick for a hard-working, capable pickup truck. Ford’s Work Solutions system can help track tools, oversee a fleet of pickup trucks and even print invoices from an in-dash computer. Plus, the F-150 has the highest towing capacity of any full-size truck. In the interest of fuel economy, the F-150 is available with a turbocharged Ecoboost engine, which increases power without a penalty in gas mileage. For instance, the F-150 Ecoboost makes more horsepower and torque than the Sierra 1500’s second-largest V8 engine, but gets better fuel economy.

Details: GMC Sierra 1500

The 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 comes in a variety of trims, including the base WT (Work Truck), SL, SLE, SLT, XFE and Denali. It can be configured with regular, extended and crew cabs; short, regular and long beds; and two-, four- or all-wheel drive. The GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid is reviewed separately. The Sierra gets only a few updates for 2012, but those include newly-standard trailer sway control, hill start assist and cruise control on base models. Denali trims gain standard heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel and a rearview camera.

See the full list of 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 specifications.

  • "GM's full-size pickup trucks (Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra) are aging in the face of newer trucks from Dodge and Ford. Despite this, the GM twins are still compelling because of their excellent engines, tasteful styling, and spacious interiors. Configurable in a zillion different ways, one can be made just the way you want it.” -- Car and Driver
  • "The … GMC Sierra 1500 is a worthy competitor among fresher rivals, bolstered by a wide range of body styles, capable performance and a comfortable ride.” -- Edmunds
  • “GMC’s Sierra and the similar Chevrolet Silverado shine for refinement and available features. Any truck buyer would be well-advised to give these Recommended big rigs a long, hard look.” -- Consumer Guide

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