GMC has been busy reinventing its full-size pickup lineup in recent years. The half-ton Sierra 1500 was all-new for 2014, and the Sierra HD models were overhauled for 2015. Now, just two years after a full redesign, the 2016 brings even more updates to the top-selling GMC model, the GMC Sierra 1500.
The most obvious change is to the exterior. The “Professional Grade” Sierra 1500 gets an even bolder look for 2016 with a revised front end that now incorporates standard HID headlamps with signature LED running lamps, and some Sierra trims offer full LED headlamps. The bumper and fascia have been reworked to complement the new face, and each 2016 Sierra trim level gets its own identifiable grille stamped with the iconic GMC badge. Other styling changes include new taillamps with available LED lighting, a remote locking tailgate, available 20-inch chrome wheels, and four new paint colors: Crimson Red Tintcoat, Cardinal Red, Mahogany Metallic and White Frost Tintcoat.
Inside, things get even better. The updated cabin now packs more luxury and technology. The GMC IntelliLink infotainment system is offered in two versions (with either a seven-inch or an eight-inch touchscreen display), and these systems now integrate Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. Also, all 2016 GMC Sierra trucks equipped with front bucket seats now come standard with a wireless phone charger built into the center console armrest.
Under the hood, the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 offers a trio of advanced, direct-injected gasoline engines. The first is an efficient 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6 that produces 285 hp and 305 lb/ft of torque on standard unleaded gasoline and returns an EPA-estimated 24 mpg highway. Next is a 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 with 355 hp, 383 lb/ft of torque and an EPA-estimated 23 mpg highway. Finally, there’s a powerful 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 that delivers 420 hp and 460 lb/ft of torque. For 2016, the Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission is now available with the 5.3-liter V8 in certain configurations.
Three cab styles, three box lengths and a variety of trim levels combine to create an almost limitless number of configurations, making it easy for customers to get what they need and want. The two-door Regular Cab comes with a six-foot six-inch box or an eight-foot box; the Crew Cab can be had with either a five-foot eight-inch short box or the six-foot six-inch box; and the Double Cab is paired exclusively with the six-foot six-inch box. All-in, the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 has a maximum trailering rating of up to 12,000 pounds and a payload of up to 2,260 pounds.
After evaluating the new Sierra, Digital Trends editors said it best: “The 2016 GMC Sierra trashes truck stereotypes with upscale styling and ample technology.”
On top of all this, the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 offers with special equipment packages – such as sumptuous Sierra Denali, darkly sophisticated Sierra Elevation and off-road focused Sierra All Terrain – that bring extra attitude and capability.
Regardless of what you’re looking for in a full-size pickup, the new 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 has it. To experience this for yourself, be sure to stop by for a test drive.
This article is presented by Colonial Buick GMC in Watertown, Massachusetts.