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2016 GMC Sierra 1500

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2016 Base 4x2 Regular Cab 6.6 ft. box 119 in. WB
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Price:   -  From $27,815
2016 Base 4x2 Regular Cab 8 ft. box 133 in. WB Price:   -  From $28,205
2016 Base 4x4 Regular Cab 6.6 ft. box 119 in. WB Price:   -  From $31,755
2016 Base 4x2 Double Cab 6.6 ft. box 143.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $31,840
2016 Base 4x4 Regular Cab 8 ft. box 133 in. WB Price:   -  From $32,055
2016 SLE 4x2 Regular Cab 6.6 ft. box 119 in. WB Price:   -  From $34,565
2016 SLE 4x2 Regular Cab 8 ft. box 133 in. WB Price:   -  From $34,690
2016 Base 4x4 Double Cab 6.6 ft. box 143.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $35,820
2016 Base 4x2 Crew Cab 5.75 ft. box 143.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $36,330
2016 SLE 4x2 Double Cab 6.6 ft. box 143.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $37,170
2016 SLE 4x4 Regular Cab 6.6 ft. box 119 in. WB Price:   -  From $38,470
2016 SLE 4x4 Regular Cab 8 ft. box 133 in. WB Price:   -  From $38,770
2016 Base 4x4 Crew Cab 5.75 ft. box 143.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $39,480
2016 SLE 4x2 Crew Cab 5.75 ft. box 143.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $39,635
2016 Base 4x4 Crew Cab 6.6 ft. box 153 in. WB Price:   -  From $40,875
2016 SLE 4x4 Double Cab 6.6 ft. box 143.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $41,015
2016 SLT 4x2 Double Cab 6.6 ft. box 143.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $41,760
2016 SLE 4x4 Crew Cab 5.75 ft. box 143.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $43,605
2016 SLT 4x2 Crew Cab 5.75 ft. box 143.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $44,220
2016 SLE 4x4 Crew Cab 6.6 ft. box 153 in. WB Price:   -  From $45,000
2016 SLT 4x4 Double Cab 6.6 ft. box 143.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $45,010
2016 SLT 4x4 Crew Cab 5.75 ft. box 143.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $47,370
2016 SLT 4x4 Crew Cab 6.6 ft. box 153 in. WB Price:   -  From $47,670
2016 Denali 4x2 Crew Cab 5.75 ft. box 143.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $51,190
2016 Denali 4x4 Crew Cab 5.75 ft. box 143.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $54,340
2016 Denali 4x4 Crew Cab 6.6 ft. box 153 in. WB Price:   -  From $54,640

Overview

Like the mechanically identical Chevy Silverado, the GMC Sierra 1500 plays to a diverse crowd who all agree on one thing: there's no substitute for a full-size pickup truck. Within that group, buyers who want an extra measure of style or just something different have naturally gravitated toward the GMC.

What's New for 2016

The Sierra 1500 gains a new front-end treatment featuring a resculpted hood, fresh grille, and updated lighting. An eight-speed automatic transmission makes its way into more models. The MyLink infotainment system gets full smartphone integration. Newly available features include lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, and a remote locking tailgate.

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Choosing Your GMC Sierra 1500

Like its Chevy twin, the Sierra is available with three cab styles: Regular, Double, and Crew. The Double Cab features a rear seat and narrow rear doors, while the Crew Cab is a bona fide four-door with adult-size legroom in back. Regular and Double Cabs come with a 6.5-foot bed; an 8-foot bed is optional on the Regular Cab only. As for the Crew Cab, the standard box is slightly shorter than the others at 5.75 feet, but the 6.5-foot bed is available as an upgrade.

5.75-foot Bed6.5-foot Bed8-foot Bed
Regular CabN/AStandardOptional
Double CabN/AStandardN/A
Crew CabStandardOptionalN/A

The engine roster starts with a 285-horsepower 4.3-liter V6. Beyond that, there are two V8s: a 5.3-liter with 335 horsepower and a 6.2-liter that makes a stout 420 horsepower.

Towing capacity maxes out at 7,600 pounds with the V6, 11,500 with the 5.3-liter, and an even 12,000 pounds with the 6.2-liter.

A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard with the V6 and 5.3-liter engines. An eight-speed unit is optional for the 5.3-liter and standard with the 6.2-liter. Four-wheel drive is available across the board.

Like all full-size pickups, the 1500 covers an enormous swath of market territory across its five trim levels:

GMC Sierra 1500

Base

Comes with all the necessities like air conditioning, cruise control, power locks, 17-inch steel wheels, cloth or vinyl seats, a four-speaker AM/FM sound system, and a rubber floor covering (carpeting available). Double and Crew configurations also get power window. You can spruce things up with Convenience package, which adds keyless entry, a remote locking tailgate, LED cargo box lighting, heated power mirrors, a rearview camera, a household-style power outlet, and power windows for the Regular Cab. The new Elevation Edition carries those features, plus 20-inch black aluminum wheels, body-color exterior trim, LED foglamps, GMC's IntelliLink infotainment interface, and a locking rear differential for two-wheel drive models.

GMC Sierra 1500

SLE

Comes standard with the most of the Base model's options, plus GMC's E-Z Lift and Lower Tailgate, Bluetooth phone and audio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, deep-tint glass, stainless-steel finish wheels, OnStar, and an upgraded version of IntelliLink with satellite and Internet radio. The SLE can get a Convenience package of its own with power-adjustable pedals, rear parking sensors, a power-sliding rear window, and a rear defogger. There's also an SLE Preferred package with a power driver seat, remote start, and a telescoping steering wheel. Double and Crew models also get dual-zone climate control and a universal garage door opener. Those features are also included on the Carbon-22 Edition, which adds 22-inch alloy wheels, a black grille surround, side steps, and a towing package. Leather upholstery is available.

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SLT

Builds on the SLE with standard leather upholstery, heated front seats with passenger power and driver memory, an anti-theft system, additional chrome trim, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The SLT Preferred package adds front parking sensors and a heated steering wheel. The SLT is available in Double and Crew configurations with the 5.3-liter V8 and eight-speed automatic standard. The 6.2-liter becomes available at this level.

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Denali

Comes fully loaded with an upgraded leather interior, ventilated front seats, navigation, a premium Bose sound system, entry steps, an adaptive suspension, 20-inch wheels, and unique exterior chrome trim and lighting. A rear video entertainment system is optional. The Denali comes as a Crew Cab only with your choice of all three engines.

All SLE and above models are eligible for a Driver Alert package with front collision alert, lane keeping assist, automatic high beams, and a vibrating safety alert in the driver seat. The SLE and SLT can get the off-road Z71 package, which furnishes hill-descent control, skid plates, special shock absorbers, a heavy-duty air cleaner, recovery hooks, and various appearance elements.

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The SLE is our pick for combined work and personal use. It can be skewed toward either end depending on your needs without threatening your budget.

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Just like its mechanically similar Chevrolet Silverado 1500 sibling, the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 has received subtle upgrades and changes outside and inside. Following an exterior tweak found in the grill and signature LED exterior lighting, including the headlights and taillights on the higher trim levels, the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 also adds a locking tailgate and tri-mode power side steps for the Denali models making access to the cabin or rear bed much easier. Despite the few changes for the 2016 model year, the GMC Sierra 1500 retains the rugged, powerful, and luxurious cabin we have appreciated since its full redesign as a 2014 model.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 comes in a variety of cab configurations with different bed sizes while there are four distinct trim levels. Base trim starts at $39,180 (Crew Cab), SLE at $43,305 (Crew Cab), SLT at $47,070 (Crew Cab), and the Denali at $54,340 (Crew Cab).

The Base and SLE offer the availability of a four-wheel drive system and a short, standard or long bed size. Buyers of the SLT and Denali only get the choice of a standard or short bed. Opting for our favorite trim and configuration, the GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Crew Cab, you can expect to enjoy the following standard features:

  • Eight-speed automatic transmission with a powerful 6.2-liter V8 engine
  • Climate controlled front seats
  • Perforated leather seating surfaces
  • 8-inch infotainment touch screen with Bluetooth Smartphone integration and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
  • LED headlights, foglights and taillights
  • 20-inch alloy wheels (optional 22-inch wheels on Denali)
  • Heavy-duty locking rear differential
  • Power-folding rearview mirros
  • OnStar with 4G LTE WiFi Connectivity
  • Trailering equipment enabling towing up to 12,000 pounds on 6.2-liter V8 SLT and Denali trims

Offering so many standard features and a plush interior with a few luxury appointments, the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 serves many transportation and hauling duties at the same time, and has no issues being the sole vehicle for a decent-sized family. The multi-purpose nature of the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 appeases most and some who look for exceptional styling with the availability of items like optional 22-inch wheels or the ability to tow up to 12,000 pounds.

Performance Pros

GMC Sierra 1500

The 2016 GMC Sierra 1500, amidst its robust powertrain offering in the 6.2-liter V8 engine found in the SLT and Denali trim levels, is a serious force in the area of quick acceleration, respectable efficiency, and remarkable towing and hauling capabilities.

The base 4.3-liter V8 engine with 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque in the Base and SLE provide decent on-road and light off-roading capabilities. The SLT adds the 5.3-liter V8 engine with 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and ups the conventional towing capacity to 11,100 pounds. When properly configured with trailering equipment, the 6.2-liter V8 engine can tow up to 12,000 pounds. EPA fuel consumption figures for the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 6.2-liter V8 4WD come in at 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway, and get marginally better with the smaller engine choices.

  • Available 5.3-liter V8 engine with eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Powerful 6.2-liter V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
  • Remarkable towing capabilities with up to 12,000 pounds.
  • Quick acceleration for the 5.3-liter V8 (zero to 60 mpg in 6.9 seconds) and 6.2-liter V8 (zero to 60 in 5.9 seconds) engine choices.

Performance Cons

  • Smaller 4.3-liter V6 has a modest towing capacity.
  • Unwanted vibrations and suspension jiggle on the 1500 equipped with large 22-inch wheels.
  • Abundance of body roll and lean going into sharp turns at speed.

Interior Pros

GMC Sierra 1500
  • Luxurious cabin with spacious and comfortable leather seating areas in the higher-level Sierra 1500 SLT and Denali trims.
  • Quick-responding and user-friendly infotainment system fed through either a 7- or 8-inch touch screen.
  • A plethora of high-demand amenities and luxury features made available on mid-level and upper trims.

Interior Cons

  • Bench seating configuration lacks lateral support, making them less comfortable on long hauls.
  • Hot air can be felt by rear passengers through front seat backing vents when front seat ventilation/cooling is turned on.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Apart from the 2016 Sierra 1500’s unique styling to differentiate it from its neighboring Chevy Silverado 1500 counterpart, the GMC Sierra 1500 is the closest you will get to a luxury truck if there ever were such a thing. The plush interior of the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 in its higher Denali trim with the Ultimate option package is a delighted treat for such a capable truck that can tow up to 12,000 pounds and haul a payload of just over 2,000 pounds.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The handling attributes on road can be slightly unsettling at times. The excessive body roll, while somewhat expected, takes some getting used to as does the imminent interaction of stability and traction control safely stepping in to keep the Sierra 1500 from losing traction or control.

The Bottom Line

GMC Sierra 1500

The multiple personalities and characters of the 2016 Sierra 1500 work overtime to appease the most discerning truck owner and its occupants no matter the rugged or transportation duties. With a variety of powertrains, bed sizes and cabin configurations, the Sierra 1500 is well worth its broad price range at each trim and equipment level.

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Specs & Features

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Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 4.3L V-6 / 285 HP / 305 ft.lbs.
Available: 5.3L V-8 / 355 HP / 383 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 6-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
18 / 24 / 21 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
3 / 2
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 4.3L V-6 / 285 HP / 305 ft.lbs.
Available: 5.3L V-8 / 355 HP / 383 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
18 / 24 / 21 Mpg
Brakes
Duralife 4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Short And Long Arm
Rear Suspension
Rigid Axle Leaf
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size Aluminum / Full-size
Fuel Tank
26.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$100
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
205.6 "
Exterior Width
80.0 "
Exterior Height
74.0 "
Front Headroom
42.4 "
Rear Headroom
Front Legroom
45.3 "
Rear Legroom
Front Shoulder Room
66.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,517 Lbs.
Wheel Base
119 "
Turning Radius
20.0 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Painted Steel / 17.0 " Styled Steel
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Manual / Dual Manual Convex Spotter / Dual Power Remote Heated Convex Spotter / Dual Power Remote Heated, Convex Spotter Driver
Bumpers
Front Chrome With Colored Insert / Front Chrome With Colored Insert, 2 Front Tow Hook(s)
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel / Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
3 / 2
Seat Trim
Cloth / Vinyl
Front Seat Type
40-20-40 Split-bench / Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
4-way / (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
4-way / (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan / Am/fm, Seek-scan / Clock
Speakers
4 / 6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Light / Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Passenger
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2 / 1
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Pass-key Iii+
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 24,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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