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GMC Sierra 1500

From bounce houses to fire pits, every good party needs a focal point.



From bounce houses to fire pits, every good party needs a focal point. The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 has got more than one. In fact, there are enough upgrades here to declare this version the best yet of the all-truck brand’s bread-and-butter pickups.

         Topping its list of improvements is an interior with three inches of additional rear-seat legroom for partygoers, compared with the outgoing model. The attractive space can also be filled with nifty bells and whistles, including the available digital rearview mirror that uses a camera mounted above the bed to give the driver a clear view out the back even with a wall of passenger noggins in the way.

         When it’s time to get down to business, the new Sierra’s available MultiPro six-position tailgate is clearly the truck’s most useful feature. With an extra horizontal hinge in the middle and a separate panel that flips down to create a wide bed step, it is a truly handy innovation.

         Add a four-wheel-drive off-road-oriented AT4 package (including a two-inch suspension lift, special shocks, a locking rear differential, skid plates and more), and you have a truck that will deliver the party wherever you choose.

Strengths

  • MultiPro tailgate/bed step
  • Available multicolor head-up display
  • New roomier back seat

Weaknesses

  • No adaptive cruise control
  • Optional 6.2-liter V8 is thirsty/overkill for most buyers.

Bottom Line
Ultimately, this pickup is an improvement over the outgoing model, but not enough that it’s a reason to switch brands if your loyalty lies elsewhere.

Pricing
Base Price: $37,495

As Tested: $63,685

Safety

NHTSA: Overall: 4 Stars; Front: 3 Stars; Side: 5 Stars (highest rating).

IIHS: Small Overlap Front/Driver’s Side: Good (highest rating); Small Overlap Front /Passenger Side: Marginal (next to lowest rating)/Moderate Overlap Front: Good; Side: Good.

MPG (city/highway)
15/19 (6.2L V8; 4WD)

17/24 (5.3L V8; RWD)

20/23 (2.7L I4; RWD)

Interesting Technology
Available trailer cameras in outside mirrors minimize blind spots.

Also Consider
Ford F-150; Ram 1500


This article originally appeared in the July/August 2019 edition of AAA World.

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