2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Jun 9, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
The 2016 Sierra is the latest pickup from GMC, and it is closely related to the Chevrolet Silverado, sharing multiple components and overall design. The Sierra 1500 is the light-duty version of the new pickup, and they are also heavier-duty versions available for those who need to tow or haul heavier loads. GM largely redesigned the Sierra two years ago, and the 2016 version has a few small adjustments. If you haven’t investigated the new Sierra 1500 before now, the most recent model is a good place to start.
Engines and Capabilities
The base model has a 4.3-liter V6 engine that is smooth, quiet, and responsive. It will put you in control of 305 pound-feet and 285 horsepower with a towing capacity of 7,600 pounds. It is also highly efficient, getting 24 mpg for highway driving thanks to the direct fuel injection. You can also opt for the EcoTec3 5.3-liter V8 engine, which has the best fuel economy of all full-size pickups with V8 engines. If you select the V8, you can expect 383 pound-feet and 355 horsepower and the ability to tow up to 11,100 pounds or get as much as 23 mpg on the highway. This great fuel economy is thanks to direct injection, continuously variable valve timing, and cylinder deactivation. At the top of the lineup is a 6.2-liter V8 that generates 420 horsepower, the most of any light-duty pickup. This engine only comes with the SLT or Denali trims and generates 460 pound-feet of torque and brings the towing capacity up to a truly impressive 12,000 pounds.
To make the most of these impressive towing capacities, the new model has trailer sway control and a tow/haul mode that features powertrain and cruise-grade braking. You can even add a Trailer Brake Controller that puts control of your trailer’s brakes right at your fingertips. If you’re planning on towing larger loads frequently, select the Max Trailering Package and enjoy its LED rear guidance lamps and other features.
In addition to being a powerful pickup truck, the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 is also packed with technology and the latest features. You can enjoy the IntelliLink system with its 8-inch color touchscreen, customizable homepages, natural language voice commands, Bluetooth, smartphone integration, and Pandora internet radio. This pickup is also one of the first vehicles on the market to offer Apple CarPlay for iPhone connectivity and OnStar 4G LTE for Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities. This last feature easily turns your truck into a mobile hotspot that lets seven devices connect at the same time.
The 2016 Sierra 1500 is available in four trim levels: the base, the SLE, the SLT, and the Denali. If you go with the Crew Cab, you can pick from a 5’8” or a 6’6” truck bed while the Regular Cab lets you choose from the 6’6” option and an 8’0” bed. The Double Cab has the 6’6” truck bed. The Crew Cab is ideal for those who want lots of passenger space and comfort. It is also the easiest to get in and out of. In any configuration, the Sierra 1500 powerful, versatile, comfortable, and a great value. While the most recent updates aren’t substantial change from the previous model year, if you are looking to upgrade from an older model Sierra is a strong contender for your next light-duty pickup.