The price tags on new pickup trucks have continued to climb over the years, and it’s not just because of the high-powered V8 engines and incredible tow ratings. The average luxury truck retails for over $60,000, and some can even run upwards of $90,000 with every available upgrade. The interiors of these workhorses are just as classy as a designer sports car.
To keep up with the more affluent consumer demand for pickup trucks, both Chevrolet and GM have given its vehicles more upscale interiors. However, in a recent test performed by Motortrend, the Silverado High Country won over the Sierra Denali. Here’s why Motortrend loved Chevy’s luxury pickup more than GM’s.
Better seats in the Silverado HD
The Silverado has had a history of disappointing consumers on the interior front. Compared to other luxury rivals, the materials inside are not as high-quality, filled with hard plastics and fake-looking accents. However, the seats of the High Country model are a step in the right direction.
Each one is wrapped in leather and appears in a two-tone black and brown design. In contrast, the seats in the Denali only come in a solid gray color, but are still made with leather. Ultimately, Motortrend found that the Silverado’s seats felt more comfortable and looked more appealing.
The Silverado gives you more for less money
In most of the test’s observations, there wasn’t much to compare between the two trucks. Both have nearly identical basic layouts, storage capacities, and state-of-the-art technology. The Denali has real-wood finishing and shinier interior accents compared to the High Country, but this advantage is purely subjective.
The High Country gives consumers better value for everything included. The standard 4WD Crew Cab version retails for $57,795. In contrast, the Crew Cab Denali costs $67,340. Unless you’re a hardcore GMC fan, it doesn’t make sense to pay the extra $10k for such a similar truck.
Besides the color scheme of the seats and dashboard, there is virtually no difference between the two cabins. Each has a standard center touchscreen and a neatly organized cluster of buttons underneath. The controls are easy to reach and the seats are highly adjustable to accommodate each driver.
Each truck also has an LCD screen in the gauge cluster that displays useful driving information clearly and accurately. The displays in the Denali‘s cluster have a boxier appearance than the round ones in the High Country.
Same storage elements
In the cabin, there are two large cupholders and a shallow pocket above each that can hold some small items. The center console is big enough to fit a few small handbags inside, and there are two more cupholders attached to the end. It also has small pockets on the side for flat items. Both the glovebox and center console have lights on the inside.
In the back, more small items can be stored in the compartments attached to the front seats. There’s an additional storage bin below each seat cushion for longer, bulkier items.
One of the most unique features the two trucks share is the intuitive head-up display on the driver’s side windshield. This projects the car’s current driving speed, the status of active safety features, and navigation info directly in front of the driver. For some, this could be more convenient than constantly having to glance at the center screen.
The front seats can be heated and cooled, and the Silverado High Country offers heated rear seats. Each truck also comes with a high-quality, user-friendly infotainment setup. There are multiple USB ports for charging smart devices, Apple Carplay or Android Auto compatibility, and a seven-speaker Bose audio system.