Trucks & SUVs

This Average GMC Truck May Surprise You

The 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 starts at a competitive price compared to the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500, but can it compete with them in terms of off-roading capabilities? Let’s see what savings you get with the 2020 Sierra.

2020 GMC Sierra Power & Specs 

If you want a truck for around $30k, then it’s incredibly important to consider the GMC Sierra, which starts around $29k.This puts it on par with the base models of the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500. 

The Sierra also gets 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is also on par with the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500. 

The 2020 GMC Sierra AT4 off-roading
The 2020 GMC Sierra AT4 off-roading | GMC

However, the Ram 1500 base model comes with more power. The 3.6-liter eTorque Penstar V6 has an output of 305 horsepower and 269 pound-foot torque. This base model engine can tow 7,730 pounds. 

The 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 base model has a 4.6-L V6 engine that pumps out 285 horsepower and 305 pound-foot of torque. This engine can tow up to 6,600 lb. 

For a few extra bucks, you can upgrade to a trim model that has the 6.2-L V8 that produces 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft torque for a maximum towing compacity of 9,800 lb. 

With a ground clearance of 7.89,” the Sierra does have the ability to go down old country and over some obstacles off the beaten path. Be sure to get a 4WD drive option instead of the 2WD options for more off-roading success. You can sit pretty on 17” all-weather tires during your adventures as well. 

The GMC Sierra sports a comfortable ride with a front independent suspension and solid axle rear suspension to absorb impact. It also has a turning diameter of 46.3 ft to get out of tight spots. 

GMC Sierra Interior And Tech 

Along with providing a smooth ride, the GMC Sierra is also incredibly spacious, with the ability to comfortably sit up to six adults. There are also cargo cubby spaces to store everything you need to bring with you. 

You can wrap your hands around the leather-wrapped steering wheel for a luxurious feel and with a higher trim option, feel confident in your carbon-reinforced truck bed, that’s apparently stronger than steel. 

The advanced infotainment center allows you to easily connect your phone via Apple Car Play or Android Auto to play the daily work truck jams you desire. Each model also provides a mobile hotspot. 

GMC Sierra
GMC Sierra

With higher trim models, you can enjoy wireless phone charging, Bose audio, and built-in navigation. But those bells and whistles really only make a difference if you plan to spend a lot of time in your truck. 

Along with comfort, the Sierra also provides safety during your drives with features such as forward-collision warnings, auto braking, lane departure warnings, and more. If you upgrade to higher trim options, you can use Hill Descent Control and a rear-facing trailer camera. 

2020 GMC Sierra
GMC Sierra

All of these features make the base model of the 2020 Sierra GMC just fine. It’s loved for its legroom, quiet cabin, and easy to use touch screen, but it’s features are mostly average. This truck lands right in the middle of the pack with other full-sized pickups.