2018 Sierra 1500 New Car Test Drive
The 2018 GMC Sierra is in the fifth year of its third generation. Redesigned for 2014, Sierra was restyled again in 2016, and hasn't changed in the last two years. For 2018, the only upgrade is a standard rearview camera and two new colors.
An all-new Sierra is being introduced as a 2019 model.
The Sierra uses the same chassis and hardware as the Chevy Silverado, so they're basically the same except looks. It's a comfortable truck, smooth riding and easy to climb in and out of. It's also user friendly; with intuitive controls on the instrument panel, and that's saying a lot nowadays.
There is a wide range of body styles, trim levels, and powertrains, including four-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive. The base 4.3-liter V6 is for light duty at sea level. The 5.3-liter V8 is rated to tow trailers weighing 11,000 pounds. The 6.2-liter delivers more torque and more towing power.
The V6 and smaller V8 come standard with a 6-speed automatic, while the bigger V8 uses an 8-speed. The fancy Sierra Denali comes with that bigger 6.2-liter V8, and a suspension with active damping.
2018 Sierra 1500 comes in Regular Cab, Double Cab, and Crew Cab. Crew Cabs are available with 5-foot, 8-inch or 6-foot, 6-inch beds. Double Cabs have the 6-foot, 6-inch bed. Regular Cabs offer 6-foot, 6-inch or 8-foot beds. You can pay as little as $29,000 or as much as $56,300, plus delivery and options.
Three engines are available: 4.3-liter V6, 5.3-liter V8, and 6.2-liter V8. Four-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive are offered.
Sierra comes standard with vinyl upholstery, Sierra SLE upgrades to cloth. Sierra SLT is fitted with leather upholstery, Sierra Denali gets upgraded leather.