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GMC Sierra: 2019 Motor Trend Truck of the Year Finalist

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/12/2018 Motor Trend Staff

WE LIKE Slick tailgate, sharp handling, good looks

WE DON'T LIKE Still too much Chevy sharing, iffy value

GMC has been saying for years that it's distancing itself from Chevrolet, and this latest model is the biggest step yet for the Sierra. Although we found a lot to love, there's still work to be done.

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"I appreciate the new features that help distinguish GMC models from Chevys—MultiPro tailgate, adaptive ride control, and the late-available carbon-fiber bed," Kelly Pleskot said. "For once, the choice between Chevy and GMC might come down to more than just the badge."

Opinions differed on how often the trick tailgate would get used, but we agreed it was a good idea and well executed. We were also fans of the big, clear head-up display and the sharp, flat handling. The GMCs performed particularly well in the towing frustration test, charging up the mountain uninhibited then downshifting seamlessly to maintain speed downhill.

The luxury trucks stumbled hard on value, though, missing a number of the Ram Limited's features for nearly the same price, namely adaptive cruise control. That the GMCs weren't even equipped with the exclusive carbon-fiber bed added insult to injury.

"I'm paying more than $65,000 and getting an interior like this?" Miguel Cortina asked. "Besides looking old, it's odd to see GM with this plain-black interior, as they've done really cool color combinations in other models."

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Christian Seabaugh also took issue with the interior. "If FCA can find the dough to have a different interior in every single version of the new Ram 1500," he wondered, "why can't GMC shake loose a couple bucks to actually differentiate the Sierra Denali from the rest of the Sierra lineup, let alone the Silverado? The interior is utterly unconvincing, with the same exact plastics, buttons, and switchgear as the $45,000 Silverado."

READ ABOUT 2019 SUV OF THE YEAR CONTENDERS:

• 2019 SUV of the Year Introduction
• BMW X2
• BMW X3
• BMW X4
• Cadillac XT4
• Ford EcoSport
• Ford Edge
• Hyundai Santa Fe
• Infiniti QX50
• Jaguar E-Pace
• Jeep Cherokee
• Lexus RX L
• Mercedes-Benz G-Class
• Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
• Nissan Kicks
• Subaru Ascent
• Toyota RAV4

READ ABOUT 2019 SUV OF THE YEAR FINALISTS:

• Acura RDX
• Ford Expedition
• Hyundai Kona
• Jaguar I-Pace
• Jeep Wrangler
• Lincoln Navigator
• Range Rover Velar
• Subaru Forester
• Volvo XC40

READ ABOUT 2019 CAR OF THE YEAR CONTENDERS:

• 2019 Car of the Year introduction
• Buick Regal
• Ford Mustang
• Ford Transit Connect
• Honda Clarity
• Hyundai Accent
• Hyundai Elantra
• Kia Forte
• Lexus ES
• Lexus LS
• Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
• Nissan Altima
• Toyota Avalon
• Toyota Corolla Hatchback
• Volkswagen Jetta

READ ABOUT 2019 CAR OF THE YEAR FINALISTS:

• Audi A6
• Audi A7
• Genesis G70
• Honda Insight
• Hyundai Veloster
• Volvo S60 and V60

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2019 GMC SierraAT4 (Crew)Denali (Crew)
BASE PRICE $54,695$59,495
PRICE AS TESTED $65,330$67,200
VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, 4WD, 5-pass, 4-door truckFront-engine, 4WD, 5-pass, 4-door truck
ENGINE 6.2L/420-hp/460-lb-ft OHV 16-valve V-86.2L/420-hp/460-lb-ft OHV 16-valve V-8
TRANSMISSION 10-speed automatic10-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 5,466 lb (57/43%)5,595 lb (57/43%)
WHEELBASE 147.5 in147.4 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 231.7 x 81.2 x 78.4 in231.7 x 81.2 x 75.5 in
0-60 MPH 5.8 sec6.0 sec
QUARTER MILE 14.2 sec @ 98.9 mph14.4 sec @ 98.6 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 126 ft123 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.76 g (avg)0.77 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 27.7 sec @ 0.73 g (avg)27.8 sec @ 0.63 g (avg)
REAL MPG, CITY/HWY/COMB 15.3/23.5/18.2 mpg14.9/22.5/17.5 mpg
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 15/19/17 mpg15/20/17 mpg
ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 225/177 kW-hrs/100 miles225/169 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.17 lb/mile1.15 lb/mile

2019 GMC Sierra AT4 front three quarter in motion 2 © Motor Trend Staff 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 front three quarter in motion 2

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