Which of the GMC Trucks is Right for You?: Spotlight On The 2018 GMC Sierra 1500
This GMC Truck Pulls its Weight and More
Trying to narrow down the field on GMC trucks? Well, the 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 is ranked #3 of the full-size pickup trucks for a reason. It’s solid, family friendly, has a nice interior and is one hell of a work truck. Let’s look at the details.
The Sierra is as solid as GMC trucks come. It has four engine options which will accommodate everyday driving. Plus, the two V8 options are great for towing and hauling. It may not be as maneuverable or agile as some trucks on the market but provides one of the nicest interiors of any full-size truck. The cabin is quiet, modern and has a bit of luxury, depending on the trim. Plus, this GMC truck is loaded with tech.
New or Used Option
Well, the current GMC Sierra has changed little since 2014; however, if you want the latest and greatest technology like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, it’s best to opt for the newest model. While you can save money by shopping for a used GMC truck, you will be sacrificing features.
New Cost of a GMC Sierra
The GMC Sierra 1500 starts out at about average for a full-sized pickup, around $28,700 for the base model. You will need to be willing to invest a little more money if you would like the high trim. The top of the line truck, Sierra Denali, starts at $52,600.
The Sierra is a full-size truck, so fuel economy isn’t its best feature. The fuel economy option is with the V6 or mild hybrid engines. That will get you 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. That’s pretty good for a truck this size. The smaller V8 engine will get you 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. So not huge savings with the V6. There is also an eAssist mild hybrid option, which includes the smaller V8 and an electric motor. Power output is comparable with the smaller V8, but fuel economy improves.
Handling and Towing
The Sierra offers a smooth ride, but it’s a good idea to keep it slow on a winding road. This GMC Truck is a great for towing and hauling. It can tow up to 12,500 pounds and haul up to 2,250 pounds.
Sierra 1500 Interior Seating
This truck is spacious, it seats up to six people, depending the cab and seat options that you choose. Front-seat passengers have plenty of room, and the rear seats in the Crew Cab have plenty of space as well. For families, the Sierra has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in cabs that feature a rear seat.
Sierra 1500 Interior Quality
This GMC truck really has one of the nicest cabins on the market. Its interior is quiet and has a bit of flare. It boasts standard features like a USB port, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the IntelliLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen.
The Sierra comes with three bed-length options: 5-foot-8-inch, 6-foot-6-inch, and 8-foot. The cabin also has lots of storage space, and the rear seats fold up to provide extra room.
The Sierra comes with four engine options. The base has a 285-horsepower V6 engine. This option is perfect for driving around and light towing. For more of a workhorse, you need one of the V8 engines. There’s a 355-horsepower V8 and a 420-horsepower V8. Both work very well for towing and hauling. The more powerful of the two will deliver better acceleration.
Sierra Safety Features
The 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 earns a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and comes standard with a rearview camera and GMC’s Teen Driver system. This is a handy little system that allows parents to set a speed and audio volume limit.
Let’s take a closer look at the models for this GMC truck.
There are four Sierra trims to choose from: base, SLE, SLT, and Denali.
This one starts at $28,705. It comes with the standard features of a rearview camera, Teen Driver, a USB port, a six-speaker stereo, and the IntelliLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. You can also opt up to satellite radio and OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.
The Sierra SLE starts at $35,405 and adds EZ-Lift and lower tailgate, satellite radio, HD Radio, OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, and an upgraded IntelliLink system with an 8-inch touchscreen. You can also opt up to dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, heated front seats, wireless phone charging, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, navigation, and more.
The model has a starting price of $42,530. The SLT comes with a 355-horsepower V8 engine. It has all the standard features plus leather upholstery, heated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control. You can also opt up to a locking rear differential, a Bose audio system, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, front and rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, forward collision alert, a safety alert seat, forward automatic braking, navigation, and wireless device charging.
This is the top of the line for the Sierra. It starts at $52,605 and only comes in Crew Cab models. Standard features include an eight-speed automatic transmission, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, navigation, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, wireless device charging, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision alert, forward automatic braking, lane keep assist, and a safety alert seat. There are not many features left to opt up to, but you can add rear-seat DVD entertainment system.
The Bottom Line
The 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 is a solid buy for a GMC truck or any other full-size pick-up truck on the market. It is capable of swinging from work to family with ease and can be loaded with features. The big thing that sets this truck apart is its flashy interior and technology.