The New 2018 GMC Sierra 1500

June 21st, 2018 by

In the market for an upscale truck with the best-in-class towing capabilities and luxurious interior appointments? Look no further than the 2018 GMC Sierra 1500.

The Sierra is comparable to the Chevy Silverado with which it shares its design. The Sierra 1500 light-duty pickup truck is built on an excellent foundation that offers confidence and refinement. That foundation is, of course, the Chevy Silverado, with which the Sierra shares every component under the sculpted sheet metal.

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Whether you are looking for a truck to drive you around town or you want to pull huge trailers on a daily basis, you can choose from three excellent engines and customize the truck from a long list of options. Equipped its largest engine option, the Sierra is capable of towing more than 12,000 pounds.

However, this car is not just a workhorse. It’s also available with all the luxury options that buyers have come to expect in modern vehicles as well as state-of-the-art safety features to keep you on the road and safe. It has an aggressive stance and comes many neat new tech features.


There are three trim levels available for the 2018 GMC Sierra 1500. They are the SLE, SLT, and the Denali. Each of these levels can be configured with different beds and cabs. Buyers that don’t want to decide between different options should opt for the top-of-the-line Denali, which features all the bells and whistles as standard. The best value to price balance is the SLT version.

The standard bed for the Sierra 1500 is six feet and seven inches in length. An extended bed that is eight feet long is also available, but you can only get a double cab on the standard bed. For more passenger space, crew cabs are available on either the standard or the short bed. The short bed measures five feet and nine inches. Keep in mind that you cannot get all trim levels with every configuration. Four-wheel drive is available on every configuration.

Power on the base engine is supplied by 4.3-liter V6 that supplies 285 horsepower and 305 pounds per foot of torque that comes on low in the power band. There is a long list of standard features such as a six-speed auto transmission, automatic xenon headlamps, power windows and locks, arctic cold air conditioning, cruise control, a rear-facing camera, tilting steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, 17-inch steel wheels, a locking tailgate, a seven-inch touchscreen, USB connections, and a good sound system with six speakers.

Move up to the SLE trim level and receive alloy 17-inch wheels, a larger eight-inch touchscreen interface, leather around your steering wheel, and a tailgate that is damped.

Spend a few more dollars and get the SLT, which is well worth it. You get an upgraded engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 5.3-liter V8 gives you 355 horsepower to play with and a gratifying 383 pounds per foot of torque. If that is not enough, you can opt for the monster 6.2-liter V8 that snarls when you apply the throttle. With 420 horsepower and 460 pounds per feet of torque, it is more than capable of handling anything you can throw at it.

The SLT package also includes many niceties that buyers have come to expect, including power-folding and heated mirrors, leather interior, and seats that are heated. Included are front and rear parking sensors, a power-sliding rear window, a heated steering wheel, full LED headlights, a spray-in bed liner, navigation, a sunroof, and a seven-speaker Bose audio system.

GMC has also included the latest driver assist safety features, which they call the Enhanced Driver Alert package. This is available on the SLE and SLT trim levels. It has a lane departure warning, automatic low-speed braking for emergencies, and an excellent forward collision warning system.

For those drivers that are a bit more adventurous, GMC also offers two off-road packages called the All-Terrain and All-Terrain X. They feature stylish body differences, and in the case of the All-Terrain, a true off-road suspension complete with Rancho Shocks.

The top of the line Denali comes with just about every feature that the lower trim levels have and adds adaptive suspension dampers, stylish 20-inch wheels and an interior fit for a sultan.

How Does It Drive?

The burning question is how does the GMC Sierra 1500 for sale in Purcell, Oklahoma perform? When equipped with the mind-shattering 6.2-liter V-8, the Sierra never runs out of breath and it is mated to an eight-speed transmission that is silky smooth. Torque comes on fast and low, peaking at 460 pounds per foot at 4,100 rpm.

The towing capacity is nothing short of astonishing. The Sierra 1500 is rated to tow up to 12,500 pounds. You can also carry up to 2,250 pounds in the bed. The engine effortlessly pulls even the heaviest trailer, and the eight-speed transmission’s tow/haul mode holds gears longer to make going up hills a breeze.

The Sierra 1500 has one of the nicest interiors of any full-size truck around. The high quality of the materials used throughout is quite evident, especially in the higher trim levels. The seats are comfortable for long drives and up to six can be seated depending on the configuration of the cab. If you are looking for comfort, opt for the crew cab that has more space than the double cab for the rear seat passengers.

The Sierra features a very user-friendly infotainment system complete with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. These new smartphone connectivity features and Wi-Fi hotspot let you stay online and connected while on the road. Tech-oriented drivers will also appreciate the wireless device charger for their smartphones.

If you are looking for a full-sized truck that is capable and loaded with luxury, you owe yourself a trip to Zeck Chevrolet in Purcell, Oklahoma to check out the Sierra 1500. The new GMC Sierra 1500 awaits your test drive.

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