GMC’s Sierra 1500 got a redesign for 2019 to give it a nicer cabin and to improve its towing and hauling prowess. Does it stand out among the competition in the full-size pickup truck rankings? No.
Sierra is still a great truck. It offers a smooth ride and a variety of powerful engine options to boost its towing capability. The cabin is roomy and quiet and with a good infotainment system and a lot of solid safety features. While its massive size means it won’t be for everyone, for many it might just be what they’re looking for.
How much does the GMC Sierra 1500 cost?
You can get a GMC Sierra 1500 at a starting price of $29,600 which is the middle of the road when it comes to the full-size class. There’s a variety of bed, cab, and engine configurations available that up the price along with many higher trim levels. The Denali trim will cost you $54,700.
For the reasonable starting price of $29,600, you get a great truck with a lot of features. The 285-hp V6 engine is paired with an automatic transmission. A great infotainment system with a 7.0-inch touch screen is standard along with Teen Driver, a rearview camera, and a USB port. There’s a six-speaker audio setup with Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.
Starting at $37,800, the SLE offers a new in 2019 turbo-four engine with an output of 310 horsepower. It’s paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. On top of the base features, you get keyless entry with the SLE along with a better infotainment system that has an 8.0-inch touch screen. For connectivity, there’s both a Wi-Fi hot spot and a USB port.
A new trim package for 2019, the Elevation offers an exclusive double cab setup. It has the same turbo-four engine as the SLE along with its other features. It also comes standard with in-bed LED lighting, two extra USB ports, and a remote start. It starts at $40,300.
This version comes standard with a more powerful 355-horsepower V8 engine that’s got a lot of kick. You also get a trailer brake controller, dual-zone automatic climate control, a locking rear differential, one 120-volt power outlet in the cab and one in the bed, GMC’s MultiPro tailgate, adjustable front seats with heat, leather upholstery, and a heated steering wheel. There’s also an upgraded infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen and voice recognition so you can manage your satellite and HD radio. SLT has a starting price of $44,300.
A new trim for 2019, the AT4 starts at $50,800. As the name suggests, this trim is all about off-roading. It’s standard features support off-roading like heated rear seats, ventilated front bucket seats, a two-speed transfer case, skid plates, hill descent control, and a capable off-road suspension.
The popular Denali starts at $58,000 and comes with a lot of great standard features. There’s a safety alert seat, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, lane change alert, and blind-spot monitoring. It also gets the upgraded infotainment system with the 8-inch touch screen and a seven-speaker Bose audio system to keep you entertained on long trips with navigation to help you reach your destination. There’s also wireless charging so you can stay connected.
Which Sierra is right for me?
If you’ll often be alone or sometimes with one to two passengers, the regular cab could work. If you often have back seat passengers, the double cab might work better. The expansive back seat of the crew cab is roomy for even tall passengers.
The Sierra offers three different bed lengths to choose from. The longest is eight feet long and only available with the regular cab. The 6-foot-6-inch bed can be paired with the double and crew cabs. The shortest is 5 feet 8 inches and can only be paired with the crew cab models.
Sierra’s maximum towing capacity is 12,200 pounds and for that, you’d need a model with an available 6.2-liter V8 and four-wheel drive plus the Max Trailering package. The configuration pairs with the double cab which offers only the 6-foot-6-inch bed and runs around $51,000.
A versatile, comfortable full-size pickup truck, the 2019 GMC Sierra may not offer everything its peers do. But it deserves a look while you’re out shopping for your next truck.