Major Changes For 2022. GMC has given the Sierra 1500 a major makeover for the 2022 model year. On the outside, the 2022 Sierra 1500 has a new look with a fresh grille, updated front bumper, and revised exterior lightning. The new Denali ultimate trim gets its own unique look with 22-inch wheels, an even larger grille, and dark chrome. The changes do wonders for the pickup truck, which simultaneously looks rugged and upscale.
The interior of the Sierra 1500 has also received an update, as higher trims now come with more upscale materials, larger screens (more on that later), and a special look for Denali trims. The changes make the pickup a better rival to others in the segment and make the truck feel and look far more modern than before.
Lastly, the Sierra 1500’s lineup has been updated for 2022. There’s a new entry-level Pro trim, a new rugged AT4X trim, and a new range-topping Denali Ultimate trim. For consumers that want to save some money, GMC is simultaneously selling 2022 Sierra 1500 trucks that don’t have the facelift under the Sierra 1500 Limited name.
Massive Tech Upgrade. The screen wars are heating up in the large pickup truck segment, as automakers pack their trucks with larger screens. All trims above the entry-level Pro come with a 13.4-inch touchscreen, as well as a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Compared to the tiny 7-inch touchscreen in the Pro trim, these screens are a major upgrade. A 15-inch head-up display is also available.
The new Sierra 1500 comes with built-in Google, which means that drivers have access to Google Maps, Google Play, and Google Assistant with the native infotainment system. “Hey Google” assistant is also included, allowing owners to make phone calls, play music, or change the temperature in the truck. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also included.
GMC now offers the Sierra 1500 with Super Cruise, which is the brand’s hands-free driver-assist system that can be used on mapped highways. The system has been updated for the 2022 model so that it can be used when towing with an attached trailer. The Denali and Denali Ultimate are the only two trims that are available with Super Cruise, but it’s nice to finally see the feature as an option on the pickup truck. We’re also happy to report that Super Cruise works well with the pickup whether you’re towing cargo or not.
Engines Galore. Unlike last year, the 2022 Sierra 1500 is available with four engines – the 4.3-liter V6 engine has been discontinued. Instead, the standard turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine has been upgraded to make 310 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, an increase of 72 lb-ft of torque. With more torque, the V6 provides a little bit more punch than before and is fine for consumers that plan to use their trucks every day, but we don’t recommend towing or hauling large cargo regularly with the powertrain.
GMC continues to offer the Sierra 1500 with two V8 engines. One is a 5.3-liter motor and the other is a 6.2-liter motor. The smaller V8 makes 355 hp, while the larger one is rated at 420 hp. To get the most out of the pickup truck, you’ll have to opt for the turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine that produces 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. With the diesel engine, the Sierra 1500 can tow up to 13,200 pounds and haul up to 2,240 pounds.
While the diesel engine is the one to get for towing, we can’t deny the appeal of the 6.2-liter V8, which has a generous amount of power and a gloriously American soundtrack. The V8 gets the Sierra 1500 down the road effortlessly and for off-roaders, there’s plenty of low-down grunt to traverse obstacles.
Now Available As An Off-Roader.Ford has the F-150 Raptor and Ram has the TRX. For the past few years, GMC has been missing a rival to these highly capable off-roaders. While the new AT4X trim isn’t as capable as these two rivals, it gives shoppers the ability to choose a rugged option that has some luxurious touches.
To be able to tackle rugged terrain, the AT4X comes with electronic locking front and rear differentials, heavy-duty underbody protection, Multimatic spool-valve dampers, Goodyear mud-terrain tires, up to 10.6 inches of suspension travel, and 11.1 inches of ground clearance. The Terrain drive mode allows for one-pedal driving where the truck brakes on its own so drivers only have to focus on steering and throttle inputs.
On the inside, the AT4X comes with premium features like heated and ventilated 16-way power-adjustable front seats, massaging front seats, leather upholstery, and a 12-speaker Bose audio system. The trim also features the 6.2-liter V8 engine.
Final Thoughts. The updates that GMC made to the Sierra 1500 for the 2022 model year make it far more competitive than before. The tech updates do wonders for the model, while the new look goes a long way, too. The Denali trims are more luxurious than ever, too, making the Sierra 1500 a high-tech, high-class truck.
The Ram 1500 continues to have nearly unmatched luxury in the segment and has a cushy ride. It makes up to 702 hp, can tow up to 12,750 pounds, is available with a 12-inch touchscreen, and has an incredibly spacious cabin.
The Ford F-150 is still the best-selling option in the segment. It’s available with a hybrid engine and a fully electric powertrain. Can tow up to 14,000 pounds, can haul 3,250 pounds, has nifty work-oriented features, and is available with Ford’s hands-free BlueCruise system.
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