What the critics say
The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500
Car & Driver
“This is no longer just a pricier Silverado.” Though it shares, as always, many components with its Chevrolet sibling, GMC’s new full-size pickup has finally added enough exclusive content to establish a distinct identity beyond its bold, chrome-laden styling. Most exciting among its exclusive optional features are its adaptive dampers, clever six-position tailgate, and scratch-resistant carbon-fiber cargo bed—though that last option won’t be available immediately.
To us, the Sierra “still just feels like a well-dressed Chevy.” Both trucks share the same frame, wheelbase, bed, and engine options. The new Sierra, like the new Silverado, has thus added both cargo space and rear legroom. The new tech also impresses, particularly the optional heads-up display, which is “one of the best in any vehicle at any price point.” But the leather, trim, and switchgear in the top-of-the-line Denali model “look notably worse than the competition.”
“No new high bars have been set here,” but don’t underestimate GMC’s best parlor trick, a split-folding tailgate that can transform into a stairstep, lie flat while securing extra-long cargo, or support two tiers of cargo if you supply a sheet of plywood. “We could not stop playing with it. This genius bit of truck origami alone will sell some Sierras.” ■