2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited

2019 MODEL
$35,100 - $43,700

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


CARHP Editorial Updated on: November 13, 2019


GMC upgraded the Sierra this year but there were a lot who wanted the old and brawny Sierra back just like the Rockers keeping the Cafe Racer scene alive. GMC then decided to bring its old Sierra which was given the nametag 'Limited'.

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Pros

Stylish looks

Enthusiastic performance

Neat interior

Smart Infotainment system

Cons

Bumpy ride quality

Slightly bigger for lightweight truck

What's New?

The GMC Sierra 1500 receives only minor updates such as a capless fuel-filler neck

Active grille shutters for improved aerodynamics

Low-speed automatic braking and a driver monitor system


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35100

bodystyle

4dr Double Cab

passenger capacity

6

top speed

98 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

325 cu.in.

horsepower

355 hp @ 5600 rpm

torque

383 lbs.-ft @ 4100 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

68.8/67.6

dimensions

wheelbase

143.5 in.

length

229.4 in.

width

80 in.

height

73.9 in.

curb weight

5103 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

40.1 cu ft.

towing capacity

9400 lbs.

payload capacity

1860 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.5 sec.

zero to 100 mph

14.6 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

7.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

210 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/17/22 mpg

highway range

572 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited in Dark Slate Metallic color  2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited in Deep Mahogany Metallic color  2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited in Black Onyx color  2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited in Quicksilver Metallic color  2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited in Red Quartz Tintcoat color
Dark Slate Metallic

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Ratings

Engine And Performance

7.5

Interior

7.5

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited Base

Base

power
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$35,100 - $39,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $39,100 MSRP (15/17/21) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 6
4dr Double Cab SB (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $35,100 MSRP (15/17/22) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 6

 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited SLE

SLE

power
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
17 combined

$40,300 - $43,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLE 4dr Double Cab SB (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $40,300 MSRP (15/17/22) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 6
SLE 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $43,700 MSRP (15/17/21) 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, regular unleaded
6-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 6

Expert Review

7.5

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.


 

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2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited Features

The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 CrewCab 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 \xa0headlamps, 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 Limited
MSRP $35,100
MSRP (4WD) $37,400
Key Features 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
  STEERING COLUMN Tilt-Wheel, manual operation
  CLIMATE CONTROL Single-zone manual air conditioning
  FLOOR COVERING Graphite-colored rubberized vinyl
  REARVIEW MIRROR With manual day/night adjustment

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.

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited Engine and Performance

7.5/10

"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

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 Crewcab

Ford-150 XL CrewCab

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 Crewcab

Ford-150 XL CrewCab

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 Crewcab

Ford-150 XL CrewCab

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 Crewcab

Ford-150 XL CrewCab

Chevrolet Silverado-1500 LS

Towing Capacity (lbs.)

8900

9100

8900

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited Fuel Economy

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 Crewcab

Ford-150 XL CrewCab

Chevrolet Silverado-1500 LS

MPG (city)

18

18

18

MPG (highway)

24

20

24

MPG (combined)

20

25

20

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited 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 Crewcab 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 Crewcab

Ford-150 XL CrewCab

Chevrolet Silverado-1500 LS

Passenger capacity

3

3

3

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

42.40/66.73/45.27

40.8/66.7/43.9

42.40/66.73/45.27

Rear

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.7/65.8/40.6

39.7/65.7/40.7

38.7/65.8/40.6

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 Crewcab

Ford-150 XL CrewCab

Chevrolet Silverado-1500 LS

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

61.60

65.2

61.60

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited Exterior

"Aside from a few exclusive features and some distinctively different exterior styling, there isn't much different between the Silverado and the Sierra, inside or underneath."-Car.com

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 Crewcab

Ford-150 XL CrewCab

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 Limited 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 CrewCab mode
  • TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM Does not monitor spare tire

NHTSA and IIHS not rated

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited 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 Limited 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.