Trucks & SUVs

What Features Come Standard on the GMC Sierra?

This time of year, you might be looking for deals on a new truck. Considering the competitive landscape of the light-duty pickups these days, it might be hard to decide which truck is right for you. If you have your mind set on the Best-in-Class available V8 of the 2020 Sierra 1500, keep reading.

We took a deeper dive into the available options and configurations for GMC’s Sierra. With so many options available, we thought it might be helpful to carve out the standard equipment that might be relevant to your decision-making process.

Sierra 1500’s base model

Before weighing options on trim extras and features, it’s best to start with standard basics. For the base model Sierra, you can expect to enjoy a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, a 7-inch touchscreen, and a six-speaker sound system.

You’ll also have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration capabilities. The entry-level essentials under the hood include a 4.3-liter V6 offering 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. Not a bad benchmark, considering every level above, this base model only offers more amenities and variations.

Expect standard safety equipment

There are some safety features that are now simply considered best practices and standard on most vehicles. For the Sierra 1500, you can have peace of mind knowing you’ll have six airbags, OnStar and GMC Connected Services capabilities, and StabiliTrak traction control.

With GMC, you’ll also have Teen Driver controls, allowing you to monitor and regulate any young, secondary drivers in your household. Set limits on audio volume to reduce distracted driving. Or, monitor speed limits and truck performance overall.

Standard cab comforts and tech

Before you choose your trim level and available packages, it’s good to know what creature comforts come standard in Sierra 1500. You can expect a 4.2″ diagonal color Driver Information Center, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities, GMC Infotainment System with a color touchscreen, and Rear Vision Camera. You’ll have an ample supply of USB ports, as well as steering wheel-mounted controls.

What’s under the hood

In choosing the right build-out, start under the hood and select from the various configurations of engine size and transmission. From the base 4.3-liter to the 3.0-liter diesel six with 10-speed, you can pick a variation that will do precisely what you need it to do. What you need for towing capacity and fuel economy will help you narrow it down.

Trim levels and packages

Even though the list of standard equipment is pretty long, the GMC Sierra also has some cool optional content, like the unexpectedly functional Multi-Pro Tailgate. There are also several more powerful engine options, including a 3.0-liter diesel engine.

If you feel like the new year and the new decade, also means it’s time you find a new truck, the GMC Sierra 1500 is definitely worth a look. You may feel inundated with available options and packages. Just remember what features come standard, decide what kind of driving or working you need your truck to do, and design the perfect Sierra 1500 for you.