Class-leading interior; vastly improved steering and handling; technology tops rival pickups
Styling is a little too similar to the outgoing truck
The 2016 Sierra receives a mild freshening that includes a slightly updated front fascia, along with new technology features such as wireless smartphone charging, automatic high beams, lane-keep assist and a remote-locking tailgate.
You can't go wrong with any 2016 Sierra -- assuming you pick the truck that works for your lifestyle -- so we don't suggest the base-level Sierra if you're the kind of driver who enjoys gadgets, and we don't suggest the Denali if you're going to visit dirty jobsites or rutted country roads. Our dream Sierra is probably a Sierra SLT or a well-equipped Sierra SLE, though we certainly wouldn't turn down the Sierra Denali if we had the cash. Find a GMC Sierra for sale
Like all full-size pickups (and its Silverado sibling), the Sierra comes with a wide array of choices ranging from bed sizes to cab preference, drivetrain, engine and trim level. We've simplified things and organized the truck's features by trim level, but choosing the right Sierra for you will likely involve more than simply picking a trim.
Pick a base-level Sierra ($28,500), and you're stuck, as you might expect, with the basics. That means power locks, cruise control, air conditioning and an AM/FM stereo but no simple conveniences such as keyless entry or power windows. With that said, base-level Sierra models do include a USB port and an auxiliary jack.
Next up is the SLE ($35,200), which adds all the base model's missing luxuries, such as keyless entry, power windows, SiriusXM radio, a CD player and a few more goodies. Such items include GMC's IntelliLink infotainment system, a backup camera and LED lighting in the bed.
Next up is the Sierra SLT ($42,600), which is only offered as a double cab or crew cab pickup. The SLT offers a long list of standard features, including leather upholstery, dual power front seats, heated mirrors and a locking rear differential. SLT models also come standard with the Sierra's 5.3-liter V8, while base and SLE models offered it as an option.
Topping the Sierra lineup is the Denali ($51,600), which only comes in crew cab form and includes the pickup's 6.2-liter V8 engine as standard equipment. Denali models include a long list of standard features, from chrome accents and leather seats to a heated steering wheel and an upscale Bose surround sound system.
As for options, the Sierra has several. Extras include a power sunroof, a navigation system, cooled seats, power adjustable pedals and 4-wheel drive. Additionally, drivers can add safety features like forward-collision alert and a lane-departure warning system. New for 2016 are a wireless cellphone-charging system, automatic high beams and lane-keep assist.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Maintenance||2 Years/24,000 Miles|
2016 Chevrolet Silverado -- It may seem obvious, but you'll probably want to check out the Silverado if you're also interested in the Sierra. These two trucks are mechanical twins, and you might find that the Chevy offers a better deal than the GMC, or vice versa.
2016 Ford F-150 -- The all-new Ford F-150 provides close competition to the Sierra and Silverado, boasting excellent fuel economy, high-strength towing and payload capacities and a heavily modernized interior.
2016 RAM 1500 -- The RAM 1500 offers available air suspension and famous HEMI V8 power. There's still no other light-duty pickup with an available diesel engine.
Used Toyota Tundra -- The Tundra is refined and muscular, offering a strong rival to the Sierra. However, the Tundra still can't trump the Sierra's wide range of bed, cab and engine configurations.