2000 Sierra 3500 New Car Test Drive
GMC completely re-engineered and redesigned its line of pickup trucks last year. The Sierra does everything better than the previous-generation C/K pickups (which are still available). It rides better, handles better and stops quicker. It is faster and more powerful. And it's more comfortable. The Sierra is one of the most luxurious pickups we've ever driven, setting new standards for quietness, plushness, and freedom from squeaks and rattles.
GMC has chosen a conservative design for its new Sierra. But the design breaks it away from the Chevrolet Silverado. The Sierra uses a unique grille, hood, fenders, fascia, bumpers and headlamps to make it distinctive. Underneath the Sierra's conservative looks is a great truck that has almost nothing in common with the way things used to be done at GMC before it was combined permanently with Pontiac. Some of the Pontiac excitement has clearly rubbed off on the truck side of the house.
Like all big American-made pickups, the Sierra comes in two- and four-wheel-drive versions, in 1500 and 2500 weight ranges, in short- and long-bed bodies, with fendered and nonfendered beds, two-, three-, and new for 2000, four-door extended cabs in base, SL, SLE and SLT trim levels. There are four gasoline engines to choose from, a V6 and three V8s, and two transmissions, a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic.