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2021 GMC Sierra 1500

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Used Car Price Range
$32,448 - $53,881
$32,448 $53,881
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2021 Base 4x2 Regular Cab 8 ft. box 139.6 in. WB
most popular
Price:   -  From $30,100
2021 Base 4x2 Double Cab 6.6 ft. box 147.4 in. WB Price:   -  From $34,000
2021 Base 4x4 Regular Cab 8 ft. box 139.6 in. WB Price:   -  From $34,700
2021 Base 4x2 Crew Cab 5.75 ft. box 147.4 in. WB Price:   -  From $36,400
2021 Base 4x4 Double Cab 6.6 ft. box 147.4 in. WB Price:   -  From $37,300
2021 Base 4x4 Crew Cab 5.75 ft. box 147.4 in. WB Price:   -  From $39,700
2021 Base 4x4 Crew Cab 6.6 ft. box 157 in. WB Price:   -  From $40,000
2021 SLE 4x2 Double Cab 6.6 ft. box 147.4 in. WB Price:   -  From $41,400
2021 Elevation w/3SB 4x2 Double Cab 6.6 ft. box 147.4 in. WB Price:   -  From $43,100
2021 SLE 4x2 Crew Cab 5.75 ft. box 147.4 in. WB Price:   -  From $43,800
2021 Elevation w/3VL 4x4 Double Cab 6.6 ft. box 147.4 in. WB Price:   -  From $44,600
2021 SLE 4x4 Double Cab 6.6 ft. box 147.4 in. WB Price:   -  From $44,700
2021 Elevation w/3SB 4x2 Crew Cab 5.75 ft. box 147.4 in. WB Price:   -  From $45,700
2021 Elevation w/3SB 4x4 Double Cab 6.6 ft. box 147.4 in. WB Price:   -  From $46,400
2021 SLE 4x4 Crew Cab 5.75 ft. box 147.4 in. WB Price:   -  From $47,100
2021 Elevation w/3VL 4x4 Crew Cab 5.75 ft. box 147.4 in. WB Price:   -  From $47,200
2021 SLE 4x4 Crew Cab 6.6 ft. box 157 in. WB Price:   -  From $47,400
2021 SLT 4x2 Crew Cab 5.75 ft. box 147.4 in. WB Price:   -  From $47,500
2021 Elevation w/3SB 4x4 Crew Cab 5.75 ft. box 147.4 in. WB Price:   -  From $49,000
2021 Elevation w/3SB 4x4 Crew Cab 6.6 ft. box 157 in. WB Price:   -  From $49,300
2021 SLT 4x4 Crew Cab 5.75 ft. box 147.4 in. WB Price:   -  From $50,800
2021 SLT 4x4 Crew Cab 6.6 ft. box 157 in. WB Price:   -  From $51,100
2021 AT4 4x4 Crew Cab 5.75 ft. box 147.4 in. WB Price:   -  From $54,700
2021 Denali 4x2 Crew Cab 5.75 ft. box 147.4 in. WB Price:   -  From $55,800
2021 AT4 4x4 Crew Cab 6.6 ft. box 157 in. WB Price:   -  From $55,900
2021 Denali 4x4 Crew Cab 5.75 ft. box 147.4 in. WB Price:   -  From $59,300
2021 Denali 4x4 Crew Cab 6.6 ft. box 157 in. WB Price:   -  From $59,600
Expert Rating
2.6 (Fair)

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: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Overview

What's New

The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 receives a sprinkling of equipment upgrades this year, including newly available trailering technology and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The mid-level SLE and Elevation trims are now available with GMC's MultiPro configurable tailgate.

The towing capacity of four-cylinder models increases by 2,500 pounds. Turbodiesel models gain 1,900 pounds of pulling ability, along with a $1,500 price cut.

The current Sierra 1500 has been on the market since 2019.

Choosing Your GMC Sierra 1500

The Sierra 1500 comes in six trim levels: Sierra, SLE, Elevation, SLT, AT4, and Denali. Pricing starts at $31,295 including destination for the base model and goes to $56,990 for the Denali.

Engine Choices

Buyers have a choice of five engines. A 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is standard on the Sierra, SLE, and Elevation. A 4.3-liter V6 and a 5.3-liter V8 are optional on the base Sierra, while a turbodiesel six-cylinder and the 5.3-liter V8 are offered on the SLE and Elevation. The SLT, AT4, and Denali start with the 5.3-liter V8 and offer the turbodiesel and a 6.2-liter V8

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueMax TowingFuel Economy (Combined)
2.7L Turbo 4-Cylinder310 hp348 lb-ft9,600 pounds21 mpg
4.3L V6285 hp305 lb-ft7,900 pounds17 mpg
5.3L V8355 hp383 lb-ft11,500 pounds19 mpg
3.0L 6-Cylinder Turbodiesel277 hp460 lb-ft9,500 pounds26 mpg
6.2L V8420 hp460 lb-ft13,300 pounds17 mpg

The 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the V6 gets a six-speed automatic. The turbodiesel and 6.2-liter V8 are paired with a 10-speed automatic. The 5.3-liter V8 comes with the six-speed automatic on the base Sierra, and the 10-speed automatic on all other trims.

Four-wheel drive adds $3,300 to the tally, but is standard on the AT4. This upgrade is mandatory to get the 6.2-liter V8.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Sierra 1500 Regular Cab seats three passengers, while the Double Cab and Crew Cab can handle up to six. The Crew Cab offers full-size rear doors and significantly more rear leg room.

A 98-inch bed is exclusive to the Regular Cab, while the Double Cab gets a 79-inch bed. The Crew Cab comes standard with a 70-inch bed, and the 79-inch bed is available on 4WD models for $300.

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Safety Features

A review camera is standard on the Sierra 1500, but that's about it. Most other driver assist safety features are bundled into two option packages.

The Driver Alert Package I includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and front and rear parking sensors. The package costs $1,115 on the base Sierra and $890 on other trims except the Denali, where it's standard.

The Driver Alert Package II ($1,045) for the SLE and above adds lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, a vibrating safety alert in the driver seat, a following distance indicator, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. The auto emergency braking system is available on the Sierra trim in the $615 Safety Confidence Package.

The Technology Package for the SLT and AT4 ($2,075) and Denali ($1,875) includes a color head-up display, a rearview camera mirror, a bed view camera, and a surround-view camera with integrated trailer length monitoring and jack knife alert.

Connectivity

The Sierra 1500 starts out with a 7-inch touchscreen, six speakers, two front USB ports, wi-fi capability, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Starting with the SLE, all models gets an 8-inch touchscreen, two rear USB ports, and satellite radio.

The Preferred Package for the SLE ($1,045) includes HD radio and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Elevation Preferred Package ($1,320) also furnishes a seven-speaker Bose sound system. These features are standard on the SLT and AT4 except for the Bose system, which is available in their respective Preferred Packages ($1,070 and $1,420), along with navigation and wireless device charging. The Denali gets it all as standard.

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Sierra - From $31,295

The Sierra comes modestly equipped with manual climate control, vinyl flooring, vinyl or cloth seats, and 17-inch steel wheels. The Double Cab and Crew Cab also get power windows and locks. Carpeting costs $100.

The Sierra Value Package ($1,640) adds an abundance of popular features, including keyless entry, cruise control, a rear defogger, a trailer hitch, rear privacy glass, trailer guidance in the rearview camera display, heated side mirrors, LED bed lighting, and a power lock and release tailgate with lift and lower assist. The bundle includes power windows and locks on the Regular Cab.

SLE - From $41,995

The SLE adds full chrome exterior trim, upgraded cloth upholstery, a power driver seat, heated front seats, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED headlights and running lights, aluminum wheels, and an auxiliary power outlet in the rear quarters and cargo bed.

The six-function MultiPro tailgate becomes available for $445. In addition to its connectivity upgrades, the SLE Preferred Package contains a power-sliding rear window and universal home remote. Models equipped with the Preferred Package are eligible the ProGrade Trailering System ($490) with in-vehicle trailering apps, a hitch view display, and an integrated trailer brake controller.

Elevation - From $43,695

The Elevation features a monochromatic exterior with black accents and 20-inch black wheels. Buyers also get LED fog lights and selectable driving and traction modes. Other equipment and options, including engines, are shared with the SLE.

SLT - From $48,595

The SLT gains a leather interior with a power passenger seat, a heated steering wheel, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The outside gets additional chrome trim, power-folding mirrors, and 18-inch machined aluminum wheels. The MultiPro tailgate and the ProGrade Trailering System are also standard.

The SLT Convenience Package ($1,445) furnishes ventilated front bucket seats, heated rear seats, a power-sliding rear window, and a universal home remote. These feature also come in the SLT Premium Package ($3,045), along with chrome entry steps and 20-inch polished aluminum wheels.

AT4 - From $55,395

The AT4 comes prepped for off-road adventure with standard four-wheel drive, a two-speed transfer case, a 2-inch suspension lift, underbody skid plates, and all-weather floor liners. Leather seats and the contents of the SLT Convenience Package are also standard.

The AT4 Premium Package ($3,200) includes everything in the Preferred Package and Driver Alert Package I, plus Goodyear DuraTrac tires and high-clearance entry steps.

Denali - From $56,990

The luxurious Denali receives an upgraded leather interior with wood trim, an adaptive suspension, and 20-inch multidimensional polished wheels.

The Denali Ultimate Package ($5,885) brings together the Technology Package and Driver Alert Package II, and then adds a sunroof, power-deploying entry steps, and 22-inch wheels.

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 covers the full-size pickup market from top to bottom. The base Sierra is best reserved for work applications, which leaves the SLE as the starting point for mixed use. Buyers of a more rugged type can pivot to the Elevation for just a little more.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Ample engine choices
  • Capable trailering and payload
  • Long beds
  • Burly truck look
Cons
  • Thirsty inline-four engine
  • Unsatisfactory crash test results
  • Limited safety equipment
  • Small touchscreen displays for the segment
Expert Rating
2.6 (Fair)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Five engine choices. The domestic pickup truck manufacturers have something in common: multiple engine choices are available with their full-size trucks. The GMC Sierra 1500 and the similar Chevrolet Silverado 1500 have five engine choices or seven if you count how one of the V8 gas engines is paired. The Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 are just behind the GM duo, but well ahead of the offerings delivered by the Toyota Tundra and the Nissan Titan.

The Sierra has a base 4.3-liter V6 engine with 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque and works with a 6-speed automatic transmission. We think it’s best left for fleet duty. A 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with an 8-speed automatic may seem overmatched with the Sierra, but it cranks out 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque, approaching the performance and fuel efficiency of some V8s.

The 5.3-liter V8 makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque and works with a 6-, 8-, or 10-speed transmission. At the top of the engine line is a 6.2-liter V8 that’s paired with a 10-speed automatic and makes 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. A 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-six makes just 277 horsepower, but it matches the big V8 with its 460 pound-feet of torque. A 10-speed transmission routes power to the wheels.


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Robust pulling power. Shop for a pickup truck and its trailering capabilities are on the list for many buyers. Payload is important too. The 2.7-liter turbocharged inline-four has the lowest conventional towing rating, ranging from 6,600 to 6,900 pounds. Choose the V6 and its range covers 7,400 to 7,900 pounds.

The 5.3-liter V8 pulls from 9,600 to 11,300 pounds, while the 6.2-liter V8 pulls between 8,800 to 12,100 pounds. The turbo-diesel covers a range from 7,400 to 9,100 pounds. On the payload front, the Sierra ranges from 1,740 pounds with the diesel to 2,240 with the V6.

Substandard safety scores. Though the Sierra excels in many categories, its safety scorecard is concerning. Specifically, the Sierra received a “poor” rating for the front passenger’s safety in a frontal crash from both the federal NHTSA and the insurance industry-backed IIHS. That’s unacceptable.

Further, the Sierra doesn’t come with automatic emergency braking, a feature that’s seen widespread inclusion in models across the automotive spectrum. GMC bundles forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking and front pedestrian braking within a $615 Safety Confidence Package. Other features such as adaptive cruise control are limited to the top trims and may still cost extra.

Tech for workers and executives alike. The Sierra does a decent job of uniting the needs of blue- and white-collar individuals within one package. You can still find a Regular Cab truck although demand is skewed toward the Crew Cab and to a lesser extent the Double Cab.

The base Sierra comes with a 7-inch touchscreen display and includes two USB ports, Bluetooth, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone compatibility. A two-speaker audio system is nothing to speak about. Among the upgrades are an 8-inch screen, a 7-speaker Bose audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, wireless smartphone integration, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Moving up through the trim levels and adding packages will get you what you want, but for a price.

Final thoughts. GMC typically offers excellent discounts throughout the year. They’re heavily skewed toward well-equipped Crew Cab models and should easily cover whatever upgrade you have in mind.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
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
16 / 21 / 18 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
16 / 21 / 18 Mpg
Brakes
Duralife 4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Short And Long Arm
Rear Suspension
Rigid Axle Leaf
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size Steel / Full-size / Steel
Fuel Tank
28.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$107
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
229.6 "
Exterior Width
81.2 "
Exterior Height
75.6 "
Front Headroom
43.1 "
Rear Headroom
Front Legroom
44.5 "
Rear Legroom
Front Shoulder Room
66.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,520 Lbs. / 4,590 Lbs.
Wheel Base
140 "
Turning Radius
22.3 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Steel / 17.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Manual, Convex Spotter Driver / Dual Power Remote Heated Convex Spotter / Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Chrome / Front Chrome With 2 Front Tow Hook(s) / Front Black
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
3 / 2
Seat Trim
Vinyl / Cloth
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
Gmc Infotainment System Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Gmc Infotainment System Am/fm, Seek-scan / Gmc Infotainment System Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan / Clock
Speakers
2
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
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
Forward Collision Alert With Automatic Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Change Alert With Side Blind Zone Alert Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Braking Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Ultrasonic Rear / Ultrasonic Front And Rear
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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