2019 GMC Sierra 1500

2019 MODEL
$29,600 - $34,200

6.3

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2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

The tried and tested GMC recently rolled out a facelifted version of Sierra. Sierra was considered as a cousin to Silverado but with the arrival of the new face-lift, Sierra has now embarked on a different route.

Not affected by the number of recalls pickup trucks are plagued with, Sierra has always been the first choice of truckheads as stats show that this truck is the least recalled truck in the competition.

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Pros

Segment leading luxury and comfort

Spacious Cabin and Elegant Design

Striking Exterior Look

Wide ranges of choice – from docile inline four to snappy AMG inline six

Refined powertrain

Semi-autonomous driving tech

Cons

Substandard fuel efficiency

What's New?

E 450 trim replaces E 400 and brings more power


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$53200

bodystyle

2dr Regular Cab

passenger capacity

3

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

horsepower

355 hp @ 5,600 rpm

torque

383 lb.-ft. @ 4,100 rpm

transmission

6-speed automated manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Rigid axle leaf suspension

dimensions

length

229.6 in.

width

81.2 in.

height

75.6 in.

ground clearance

8.1 in.

capacity

payload capacity

2240 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/TBD/21 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

yes



Styles

 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 in Cardinal Red color  2019 GMC Sierra 1500 in Dark Sky Metallic color  2019 GMC Sierra 1500 in Onyx Black color  2019 GMC Sierra 1500 in Pacific Blue  Metallic color  2019 GMC Sierra 1500 in Quicksilver Metallic color
Cardinal Red

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Ratings

Features

7.5

Engine

7.1

Fuel Economy

3.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

5.0

6.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Base

Base

power
285 hp @ 5300 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel
mpg
17 combined

$29,600 - $34,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Regular Cab LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $29,600 MSRP (16/17/21) 285 hp @ 5300 rpm, 4.3 L, V-6, flex-fuel
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6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 3
2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $34,200 MSRP (15/17/20) 285 hp @ 5300 rpm, 4.3 L, V-6, flex-fuel
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6-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 3

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial August 19, 2019

6.3

Overall Rating


One of the most iconic and easily recognizable trucks the GMC Sierra series has withstood the test of time and is as of today one of the most selling trucks that America has ever seen. The truck is a jack of all trades kinda deal and does not let down on any front.


7.5/10
Features

 

7.1/10
Engine

 

3.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.5/10
Interior

 

5.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Features

7.5/10

The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 RegularCab is offered in 2 basic but potent trims. Both of them feature the 5.2L engine and can be bought with front or 4 wheel drive. The base trim is called the Sierra 1500 and sports a price tag of $28.205. The set of standard features include HID headlamps, 3.5-inch monochromatic display amongst other features.

The top end trim is called the Sierra 1500 SLE and can be bought for an MSRP $34,995. The standard set of features include a 4.2 diagonal color display, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise control and remote keyless entry amongst other things.

Trim Sierra 1500 Sierra 1500 SLE
MSRP $28,205 $34,995
MSRP (4WD) $32,145 $38,860
Key Features Headlamps, High-Intensity Discharge (HID), bifunctional with GMC LED signature Headlamps, High-Intensity Discharge (HID), bifunctional with GMC LED signature
  DRIVER INFORMATION CENTER With 3.5" diagonal monochromatic display. Provides warning messages, odometer, trip odometer and basic vehicle information DRIVER INFORMATION CENTER With 4.2" diagonal color display. Includes driver personalization, warning messages, odometer, trip odometer and vehicle information
  STEERING COLUMN Tilt-Wheel, manual operation STEERING WHEEL Leather-wrapped with audio and cruise controls
  CLIMATE CONTROL Single-zone manual air conditioning CLIMATE CONTROL Single-zone manual air conditioning
  FLOOR COVERING Graphite-colored rubberized vinyl Color-keyed carpeting with rubberized vinyl floor mats
  REARVIEW MIRROR With manual day/night adjustment REMOTE KEYLESS ENTRY Included with Convenience Package on Sierra trim. Includes remote locking tailgate

We Recommend

We recommend picking up the SLE trim since it adds a host of creature comforts that are bound to make life easy for the occupants. Features like cruise control and multifunctional steering wheel are some of the basic things that are expected from a vehicle of the 21st century. Moreover, it is certainly worth the extra money you 'd for it.

Despite much in common with the Chevrolet Silverado, the Sierra 1500 has a uniquely chiseled design and exclusive features. It alone is available with an adaptive suspension, a versatile split-folding tailgate, and a resilient carbon-fiber cargo bed. - Car and Driver

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Engine

7.1/10

Engine and Transmission

The engine duties on the GMC Sierra 1500 is handled by a 4.3L 6 cylinder motor mated to a 6-speed auto gearbox. The base engine is good for producing 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque. The figures are modest, to say the least, but they sure do make the truck feel lethargic on open roads.

In comparison with rivals, the GMC Sierra 1500 sits at par with the Chevy Silverado to take the top spot when it comes to both engine capacity and performance.

Models

GMC Sierra 1500 Regularcab

Ford-150 XL RegularCab

Chevrolet Silverado-1500 LS

MSRP

$28,205

$27,110

$29,610

Engine

4.3L 6cyl

3.5L 6cyl

4.3L 6cyl

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed Automatic

6-speed Automatic

Horsepower

285 hp

282 hp

285 hp

Torque

305 lb-ft

253 lb-ft

305 lb-ft

Acceleration

The GMC Sierra 1500 is able to reach 60 mph from a standstill in a modest 5.3 seconds and goes to complete the quarter mile in 13.6 seconds The acceleration is balmy and controlled. The truck takes time to gather momentum but never feels like it's pushing too hard.

In comparison, the GMC Sierra 1500 and Chevy Silverado 1500 both claim the top spot again with identical quarter mile and 0-60 mph timings.

Models

GMC Sierra 1500 Regularcab

Ford-150 XL RegularCab

Chevrolet Silverado-1500 LS

0-60 MPH

5.3

7.3

5.3

Quarter mile

13.6

13.2

13.6

Engine

4.3L

3.5L

4.3L

Ride and Handling

The GMC Sierra 1500 is a big vehicle and it behaves like one too. The truck is at its best when .cruising on a highway a moderate speed, something it does like the back of its hand. It is not made with cornering at crazy speeds in the mind which is the reason why it shouldn't be done in the first place.

The truck does behave erratically over uneven surfaces and the issue is worsened when low profile tires are installed.

Braking

The GMC Sierra 1500 features a set of 13.0-inch brake rotors in the front and a set of 13/6 inch rotors in the rear. Even with its substantial curb weight, the truck is able to stop from 60 mph to a standstill in an impressive 134 feet.

Model

GMC Sierra 1500 Regularcab

Ford-150 XL RegularCab

Chevrolet Silverado-1500 LS

Brake Front (in.)

13.0

13.8

13.0

Brake Rear (in.)

13.6

13.7

13.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4510

4051

4510

60-0 MPH (ft.)

134

119

134

The lighter Ford F150 XL takes away the cake here with 119 feet while both the Silverado and the Sierra settle for the second spot with similar specs.

Towing Capacity

Trucks are used to haul loads and the towing capacity is absolutely paramount while one goes looking out for a truck to buy. The GMC Sierra 1500 is able to tow a load of up tp 8900 lbs hooked to its back.

The Ford F150 fares only marginally better at 9100 lbs but it still takes the 1st position amongst its rivals.

Model

GMC Sierra 1500 Regularcab

Ford-150 XL RegularCab

Chevrolet Silverado-1500 LS

Towing Capacity (lbs.)

8900

9100

8900

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Fuel Economy

3.0/10

Keeping in mind that the GMC Sierra 1500 weighs almost 2 tons, the truck is able to return an impressive 20 MPG combined.

The Ford F-150 XL is able to better the Sierra by almost 5 mpg at 25 mpg combined and it also takes away the top spot amongst its rivals;

Model

GMC Sierra 1500 Regularcab

Ford-150 XL RegularCab

Chevrolet Silverado-1500 LS

MPG (city)

18

18

18

MPG (highway)

24

20

24

MPG (combined)

20

25

20

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Interior

7.5/10

The top-spec Denali trim level has a familiar-looking interior design and is decked out with premium leather and real open-pore wood. - Car and Driver

Seats and Comfort

GMC Sierra 1500 with a Regular Cab is able to accommodate 5 adults comfortably. The legroom and headroom on the truck is something that will make even the taller guys happy. Overall, it is arguably the most spacious truck amongst its rivals.

Model

GMC Sierra 1500 Regularcab

Ford-150 XL RegularCab

Chevrolet Silverado-1500 LS

Passenger capacity

2

2

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

42.40/66.73/45.27

40.8/66.7/43.9

42.40/66.73/45.27

Both the GMC Sierra 1500 and Chevy Silverado 1500 are the most spacious trucks in the segment.

Infotainment

The base trim on the GMC Sierra 1500 comes loaded with a 3.2 inch monochromatic display while the top end trim comes with a 5.2-inch color display. The MMI is simple and neat and displays all the required information directly on the click of a button. The overall interface is laggy and does take a while to register user inputs.

Interior Features

Some of the key interior features are

  • Vinyl or fabric upholstery
  • Multi-function steering wheel
  • 4 way adjustable driver seats

Cargo volume

Cargo volume is one of the most important parameters on which a truck is judged on. The GMC Sierra 1500 features a cargo volume of 61.60 cube.feet which is relatively modest with respect to other rivals in the segment.

The Ford 150 features the largest boot in the segment at 65.2 cube feet.

Model

GMC Sierra 1500 Regularcab

Ford-150 XL RegularCab

Chevrolet Silverado-1500 LS

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

61.60

65.2

61.60

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Exterior

5.0/10

Dimensions and Weight

At 4510 lbs, the GMC Sierra 1500 is one of the heaviest truck in the segment. The truck is not overly elongated at 205.6 inches while it is the segment's widest truck at 80 inches in width. It is also at the highest in the segment at 73.5 inches.

Model

GMC Sierra 1500 Regularcab

Ford-150 XL RegularCab

Chevrolet Silverado-1500 LS

Curb weight (lbs.)

4510

4051

4510

Length(in)

205.6

209.3

205.6

Width(in)

80.0

79.9

80.0

Height(in)

73.5

75.2

73.5

Ground clearance (in)

8.2

9.3

8.2

Wheelbase (in)

119.0

122

119.0

The Ford F150 is the lightest truck in the segment at 4051 lbs. It is also the longest one amongst its rivals at 209.3 inches.

Exterior Features

Some of the key exterior features of the GMC Sierra 1500 are

  • Heavy duty steel rims
  • Large front grille
  • HID headlights

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Safety

The GMC Sierra 1500 has not been crash tested by any major crash-testing agencies yet. The set of standard safety features include dual-stage frontal airbags, lane assist, and forward collision alert and tire pressure monitoring system amongst others. There is definitely a lack of active safety features on the Sierra 1500.

  • AIR BAGS Dual-stage frontal for driver and front passenger with Passenger Sensing System
  • LED DAYTIME RUNNING LAMPS
  • LANE KEEP ASSIST AND FORWARD COLLISION ALERT Included and only available with Enhanced Driver Alert Package. On SLE, requires RegularCab mode
  • TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM Does not monitor spare tire

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Competition

Chevy Silverado 1500

The Chevy Silverado 1500 is a cousin of the Sierra 1500 truck. They share the same powertrain, chassis and even design elements to an extent. The Silverado, on one hand, features a lot of cosmetic look good exterior components while the GMC Sierra takes a more rugged approach.

Hence, this one is totally up to the preference of the customer since they are virtually the same trucks.

Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 just like the GMC Sierra 1500 takes a very hands-on approach to work. It is fine as a work truck but that's all it is. The exterior is boring while the interior is borderline tacky.

The GMC Sierra 1500 features a much more comfortable interior which makes it a better truck in our honest opinion.

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Final Verdict

The GMC Sierra 1500 is a very capable and trustworthy truck that has proved its mettle over the many years of service that it has endured. With a lot of experience under its belt, the General Motor Twin with better interiors is a potential candidate for the throne of hauling king.