The GMC Sierra 1500 will likely head into the 2022 model year essentially unchanged. The full-size pickup underwent a total redesign for 2019 and has received equipment updates since then, including a 10-speed automatic transmission, advanced trailering technology, and a boost in towing capacity for some engines.
The Sierra 1500 continues in three cab styles, each with its own bed length. The three-passenger Regular Cab, designed mainly for work applications, comes with a 98-inch bed. The Double Cab can seat up to six and gets a 79-inch box. The popular Crew Cab offers full-size rear doors and expansive rear quarters, along with a 70-inch box.
The base Sierra reports for duty with a minimum of creature comforts, but a lot of utility for the money. The mid-level SLE and Elevation trims bring in a boatload of popular equipment, including heated front seats, a power driver seat, remote start, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Moving up to the SLT adds leather seats, the MultiPro configurable tailgate, and GMC's ProGrade Trailering System. Off-road enthusiasts will appreciate the Sierra AT4 with its standard four-wheel drive, lifted suspension, two-speed transfer case, and mud terrain tires. The choice for luxury remains the Denali, which offers the buyer a premium leather and wood interior, an adaptive suspension, and a chrome-laden exterior with unique 22-inch wheels.
The Sierra starts out with a 7-inch touchscreen, six speakers, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. An 8-inch touchscreen and satellite radio are standard starting with the SLE. Available connectivity upgrades include navigation, wireless device charging, wireless smartphone integration, and a Bose sound system. These features come standard on the Denali.
No less than five engines are on the roster for 2022. The base 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder can tow up to 9,600 pounds, an impressive feat for its size. A 4.3-liter V6 is offered on the base Sierra only. The mainstay 5.3-liter V8 is available on all models and enables the Sierra to pull 11,500 pounds. Most trims are eligible for 3.0-liter turbodiesel six-cylinder rated at 26 miles per gallon in combined driving. The top choice is a 420-hp 6.2-liter V8 that increases towing capacity to 13,300 pounds. Four-wheel drive is mandatory with the 6.2-liter and optional with the other engines.
The four-cylinder turbo comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the V6 gets a six-speed automatic. The turbodiesel and 6.2-liter use a 10-speed automatic. The 5.3-liter V8 is paired with the six-speed automatic on the base Sierra, and the 10-speed automatic on all other trims.
The Sierra 1500 is meant to be highly configurable, so most driver assistance features are optional. Available technology includes lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. The Technology Package for the upper trims furnishes a 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.