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GMC Sierra 1500

GMC Sierra 1500 side view

Pros and cons of the GMC Sierra 1500

  • Six engine-transmission combinations available
  • Trick tailgate opens six different ways
  • Many tech features available
  • High fuel consumption
  • Cabin design hasn’t evolved in recent years
  • Adaptive cruise control not available
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Safety ratings of the GMC Sierra 1500

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Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags6 - 8Number of airbags depend on trim choice

Specifications of the GMC Sierra 1500

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats3 - 6
  • Doors2 - 4
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • City consumption11.9 - 15 L/100km
  • Highway consumption8.4 - 10.7 L/100km
  • Width2032 mm
  • Length5221 - 6085 mm
  • Trunk space-
  • Cargo space-
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the GMC Sierra 1500

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This version of the GMC Sierra 1500 2014 - present is available in 4 trims:

Base trim features and specs

Available with the Base trim:
  • Electric windows (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel (optional)
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
  • Spare wheel
Available with the Base trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Bi-Xenon headlights (optional)
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Extended cab
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Regular cab
  • Steel wheels
Available across all trims:
  • Crew cab
  • Daytime running lights
  • Long wheel base
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
Available with the Base trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Rear-wheel drive
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Base trim:
  • Apple CarPlay (optional)
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD player (optional)
  • MP3-CD player (optional)
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Rear sensors (optional)
  • Rear view camera (optional)
  • Touchscreen (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto (optional)
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi (optional)
2 engines are available with the Base trim:
4.3 L - Gas - 285 hp
City consumption:11.9 - 14.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.4 - 10.6 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:782 - 1240 km
5.3 L - Gas - 355 hp
City consumption:14.6 - 15 L/100km
Highway consumption:10.3 - 10.7 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:750 - 773 km

Denali trim features and specs

Available with the Denali trim:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
  • Ventilated front seats
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel (optional)
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
  • Spare wheel
Available with the Denali trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive
  • High-beam assist (optional)
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Crew cab
  • Daytime running lights
  • Long wheel base
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
Available with the Denali trim:
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Denali trim:
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Digital radio (optional)
  • Front sensors
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • Wireless charging pad/mat (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto (optional)
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi (optional)
1 engine is available with the Denali trim:
5.3 L - Gas - 355 hp
City consumption:13.3 - 15 L/100km
Highway consumption:9 - 10.7 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:750 - 862 km

SLE trim features and specs

Available with the SLE trim:
  • 2 climate zones (optional)
  • Air conditioning (automatic) (optional)
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats electrically adjustable (optional)
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel (optional)
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
  • Spare wheel
Available with the SLE trim:
  • Alloy wheels (optional)
  • Bi-Xenon headlights (optional)
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Extended cab
  • Fog lights (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • High-beam assist (optional)
  • LED daytime running lights (optional)
  • LED headlights (optional)
  • Regular cab
  • Steel wheels (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Crew cab
  • Daytime running lights
  • Long wheel base
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
Available with the SLE trim:
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking (optional)
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Rear-wheel drive
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the SLE trim:
  • Apple CarPlay (optional)
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Digital radio (optional)
  • Front sensors (optional)
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen (optional)
  • Wireless charging pad/mat (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto (optional)
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi (optional)
2 engines are available with the SLE trim:
4.3 L - Gas - 285 hp
City consumption:11.9 - 14.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.4 - 10.6 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:782 - 1240 km
5.3 L - Gas - 355 hp
City consumption:14.6 - 15 L/100km
Highway consumption:10.3 - 10.7 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:750 - 773 km

SLT trim features and specs

Available with the SLT trim:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel (optional)
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
  • Ventilated front seats (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Emergency wheel (optional)
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Power steering
  • Spare wheel
Available with the SLT trim:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Bi-Xenon headlights (optional)
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Extended cab
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive (optional)
  • High-beam assist (optional)
  • LED daytime running lights (optional)
  • LED headlights (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Crew cab
  • Daytime running lights
  • Long wheel base
  • Short wheel base
  • Standard roof
Available with the SLT trim:
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking (optional)
  • Dimming interior mirror
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Rear-wheel drive
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system (optional)
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the SLT trim:
  • Apple CarPlay (optional)
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Digital radio (optional)
  • Front sensors (optional)
  • Front view camera (optional)
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Touchscreen
  • Wireless charging pad/mat (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Android Auto (optional)
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Hill start assist
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi (optional)
1 engine is available with the SLT trim:
5.3 L - Gas - 355 hp
City consumption:13 - 15 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.7 - 10.7 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:750 - 882 km

Overview of the GMC Sierra 1500

Learn about the GMC Sierra 1500

Summary

The GMC Sierra 1500 is as sturdy and reliable as pickup trucks get. New models are geared out with the latest technology, and the six engine-transmission combinations on offer allow you to find the exact specifications to meet your needs.

The 1500 can tow up to 12,200 lbs and carry a payload of 2,140 lbs, meaning it can cope with all but the biggest hauling challenges. The downside to all that toughness is relatively high fuel consumption at around 11.8 L/100 km—but the Sierra 1500 gets the job done.

Safety

Recent 2019 models of the GMC Sierra 1500 sport plenty of safety features. For instance, HD Surround Vision uses cameras on all sides of the truck to show you a complete and crystal-clear picture of your surroundings, giving you far more visibility when manoeuvring. Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert automatically lets you know if you drift out of your lane or if anything is in your blind spot, so you can drive with confidence.

Older models like the 2010 have earned five stars on crash tests and come standard with antilock brakes and a stability control system, which helps prevent skidding and detects loss of traction, as well as roll-mitigation technology to stabilize the vehicle during overturning. Front and side-curtain airbags are also standard. 

Interior

The Sierra 1500’s cabin design hasn’t evolved much in recent years, but it still offers superior comfort and functionality. Storage compartments in the front and rear seatbacks, under seats and in the instrument panel allow you to store tablets, phones, chargers or snacks with ease. Additional features include:

  • A leather-wrapped steering wheel, which provides both style and comfort
  • Sound-absorbent carpeting and dashboard, allowing for peace and quiet in transit

If you opt for the Work trim on models from 2007, you'll have the basics, such as OnStar and air-conditioning. But the SLE trim offers tinted windows, keyless entry and a leather steering wheel with mounted audio controls.

Technology

Newer GMC Sierra 1500 models from 2017 have a wealth of tech features on offer. The optional heads-up display projects key information—such as current speed and fuel levels—onto the dashboard. The truck’s signature C-shaped LED headlights are eye-catching, and the Elevation and SLT models also feature LED fog lamps to ensure visibility in challenging conditions. 

Base models from 2010 still have sufficient tech features, from a tilt steering wheel for added comfort to a CD/MP3 player with satellite radio. On higher trims like the SLE and SLT, you can add an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rain-sensing wipers and a Bose audio system with a six-CD changer, as well as USB connectivity.

Space

If space for passengers and cargo is what you’re after, you can’t do much better than the GMC Sierra 1500. The 2019 model carries up to six passengers at a time and holds up to 71.7 cubic feet of cargo, so you can bring plenty with you. Models from 2011 still offer lots of space, with 75.5 cubic feet if you opt for the Long Box option.

Comfort

The Sierra 1500 leads its class in terms of front head and leg room, with up to 43 inches and 44.5 inches respectively in newer versions. Recent editions of the Sierra 1500 also have larger rear doors for passengers to get in and out easily. On top of that, there is more legroom in the back. 

Frequently asked questions about the GMC Sierra 1500

Not quite. While the trucks are very similar, there are several small aesthetic distinctions, including the grille, and minor differences in specs.

It's possible, but you'd have to make sure that you had a 5th-wheel hitch big enough for both the truck and the trailer.

Only available for the LT and LTZ trims, the Z71 package transforms the Sierra 1500 into a fully off-road vehicle with special shocks and all-terrain tires.

The LTZ package includes leather seat upholstery, heated rear seats, automatic rear suspension levelling and automatic air conditioning, among many other features.

Yes, any 1500 truck is a half-ton.