The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 is a full-size pickup that gets a complete redesign this year. While the Sierra has shared much with the Chevrolet Silverado in the past, GMC has made a number of changes designed to differentiate the two pickups. Buyers at dealerships like the Glenwood Chevrolet dealer will immediately notice the 2019 Sierra’s revised sheet metal, although the model still retains its classic looks. Other new additions include an optional carbon-fiber bed, retractable side steps and a multi-configurable tailgate. There are new engine choices, too.
Although the 2019 Sierra 1500 is a bit larger than last year. At the same time, it’s up to 360 pounds lighter, largely due to the utilization of aluminum and high-strength steel in the body. According to Glenwood Chevrolet, the available carbon-fiber bed (called CarbonPro) also helps to lighten the Sierra’s load.
The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 garners praise from automotive reviewers. Truck Trend wrote: “The 2019 Sierra has been redesigned from the ground up, is larger in almost every dimension, and improves on nearly every aspect of the outgoing pickup. While Sierra's bowtie-clad sibling stole much of the spotlight, this is the truck we were eager to test. Thankfully, our patience paid off and we were treated of a wonderful first drive experience with the Sierra 1500 Denali and AT4.”
Buyers can choose the Sierra 1500 in one of six different trim levels: Base, SLE, Elevation, SLT, AT4 and Denali. There are three cab styles (regular cab, double cab and crew cab) and three different bed lengths. Regular cabs come with the standard 8-foot bed. Double cab models get a 6-foot-6-inch bed. Crew cabs can choose between either of those two beds and a 5-foot-8-inch bed.
There’s a total of five engines. Two are carryovers from last year: a 4.3-liter V6 unit that produces 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque, and a 5.3-liter V8 that puts out 355 hp and 383 lb-ft. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox.
The Sierra 1500 has three new engines this year.
A 2.7-liter turbocharged inline-four engine develops 310 hp and 349 lb-ft of torque, teamed to an eight-speed automatic.
A 5.3-liter V8 that’s good for 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, paired to an eight-speed automatic. This engine features Dynamic Fuel Management (DFM), which saves fuel by allowing the engine to only run using the cylinders that are needed.
A 6.2-liter V8 with DFM churns out 420 hp and 460 lb-ft, matched to a 10-speed automatic.
The 2019 Sierra can tow a maximum of 12,200 pounds and has a hauling payload capacity of 2,240 pounds.
One of our favorite features is the Sierra’s Multipro Tailgate, which makes loading, organizing and unloading easier by allowing owners to make use of six different configurations. The tailgate also has a power up/down feature that’s controlled with the Sierra’s key fob
Standard safety features include the Teen Driver system, which allows owners to set limits on the top speed and audio volume while younger drivers are operating the vehicle. A rearview camera is also standard. Options include a number of driver-assist features, as well as a rear camera mirror, a surround-view camera and a head-up display.