The 2024 GMC Sierra 1500 Has Over a $30,000 Difference Between Its Cheapest and Most Expensive Model
The GMC Sierra has established itself as the most popular model the brand offers thanks to its impressive list of features and a high level of versatility. The price difference between the cheapest and most expensive 2024 GMC Sierra trims is more than the cost of some small car models. In this article, we will explain the range of trim levels for the upcoming pickup and which model provides the most value.
An overview of the 2024 GMC Sierra trims
There are a number of different configurations available for the 2024 GMC Sierra, with the options offering the same performance specs from the previous iteration. The truck is available in eight trims. Here are the names and starting prices of those trim levels according to GMC:
- Pro – $46,700
- SLE – $54,800
- Elevation – $55,200
- SLT – $57,900
- AT4 – $66,100
- Denali – $69,900
- AT4X – $79,200
- Denali Ultimate – $82,500
The Sierra is available with four engines to choose from. They include:
- Turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder with 310 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque
- Turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six diesel engine with 305 hp and 495 lb-ft of torque
- 5.3-liter V8 with 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque
- 6.2-liter V8 with 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque
One of the biggest changes to the Sierra is that the 3.0-liter engine is now the standard engine in the off-road-focused AT4X trim to help with overlanding activities. The pickup can also be had in three cab configurations – regular cab, crew cab, and double cab (a crew cab with smaller rear doors and less rear seat space). Three bed lengths are available depending on your choice of cab style.
Not all trims are available in all configurations, and some engines come with an eight-speed automatic or a 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard on most trims except for the AT4, which has four-wheel drive. 4WD is an option on other trims.
How different are the Pro and Denali Ultimate trims?
The GMC Sierra Pro offers an impressive package for a base trim.
The truck features 17-inch steel wheels, LED headlights with automatic high beams, and heated exterior mirrors on the outside. Interior features include a seven-inch touchscreen, six-speaker audio system (double cab and crew cab only), wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration, and two USB ports. Frontal collision mitigation, lane-keeping assistance, and OnStar services are the main safety tools.
Other Pro highlights are remote keyless entry and a tilt-only steering wheel. The 2.7-liter or 5.3-liter V8 engine can power the model.
The Denali Ultimate sits on the most luxurious side of the spectrum. It features all of the best attributes from the Denali trim (adaptive suspension, a bed-view camera, and ventilated front seats), and most of the safety features from the AT4X (front and rear parking sensors, a virtual rearview mirror camera) while also adding 22-inch wheels, a sunroof, a carbon fiber composite bed, a heads-up display, and a 12-speaker Bose premium audio system.
The Denali Ultimate can be equipped with every possible drivetrain except for the 2.7-liter engine.
It makes sense that the Pro and Denali Ultimate trims are so different from each other, but each model can satisfy drivers with disparate needs from their truck.
Which trim represents the best value?
Value is a subjective idea deeply impacted by an individual person’s lifestyle and budget. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that there isn’t yet a consensus on which GMC Sierra trim provides the best value.
Edmunds recommends the SLE trim as the model that provides the best combination of cost and capabilities. It builds off the base Pro trim by adding things like a remote start, cruise control, heated front seats and mirrors, and a MultiPro tailgate. The SLE is available with a 5.3-liter V8 or diesel engine.
Car and Driver opted for the Elevation trim as the best middle ground in terms of price and feature set. This model follows up on the SLE by adding 20-inch wheels, LED foglights, and cloth upholstery.
The slight difference in each site’s findings shows how attractive the Sierra can be at different levels, but the Elevation seems like the best choice considering what GMC adds to the truck for a small increase in price over the SLE.