Review by Veeno Dewan
For 2022, the GMC Sierra 1500 is a handsome square boned, broad shouldered truck. Its typical Chevrolet styling and comes off a 2020 restyle, comprising of: a larger new grille, more chrome trim, defined muscular styling, and integrated exhausts. High intensity LED headlights, and the now GMC signature C-shaped daytime running lights sign off the exterior. There is a cool MultiPro tailgate, carbon fibre pickup bed, and a beefier, more substantial look than before. The Sierra range offers eight different models from a well-equipped work truck, SLT, new AT4 off-road editions, SLE and Elevation model as tested and the lavishly equipped Denali. The truck arrives in regular, double, and crew cab body styles, with optional 4WD throughout. There’s an eight-foot box available on regular cabs and double cabs. The crew cabs come with a standard 6’6” pickup box, or a 5’8” box. The Elevation Appearance Package adds big 20-inch black finished wheels and grille and a few other cosmetic touches such as a monochromatic look with blacked-out door handles, and bumpers. Options on our tester included the 5,3L Ecotec3 V8 engine at $1,845. Bringing the truck to a final price of $57,543.
The Sierra offers a choice of a base 4.3-liter V-6, 5.3-liter V8. V 8s have engine start-stop function to save on fuel and engine cylinder deactivation. There is also a fuel efficient 3.0L V6 Duramax turbo diesel engine option producing 277 horsepower, hooked up to a ten-speed auto transmission. Both two-wheel and four-wheel drive versions of the truck can be had with a locking rear differential and low-range gearing on 4WD models. With a tow rating of 9,600 lbs (The 6.2L can still trailer up to 12,200 lb) the Sierra series of trucks is very competitive when it comes to hauling and towing in its
Interiors are mildly upgraded, with real wood trim on some models. Our test 1500 Elevation Crew cab model featured a big interior cabin with comfortable leather seats, and a plethora of power, comfort, and convenience options. Our tester came fully loaded with way too many options to list. Available safety features offer lane keep assist system with lane departure warning. Other safety aids include front pedestrian braking and low-speed automatic braking.
A standout must be the huge roomy cabin. Massive headroom and a rear-seat with more hidden cubbies abound. Big comfy seats and legroom that rivals a stretch limo makes this cabin an otherwise exceptional space to spend time. Power outlets front and rear, plus minivan quantities of cup holder add to the appeal. The big colour, head-up display shows directions on the windscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, and there are USB A and C ports. The big center screen shows multiple camera views helpful for maneuvering and trailer towing.
Moving to the pickup bed – there is a standard multi-functional MultiPro Tailgate; a cool, three-part tailgate that can be converted to a tailgate-wide step (rated to hold up to 170 kg / 375 lb) into the truck bed. Meanwhile, GMC’s new ProGrade Trailering system combines views in the back-up camera, with dynamic guidance lines on the hitch itself. In-vehicle trailering checklists and systems checks are available on a cab screen inside, or you can even use an app on your phone to remotely check trailer brake lights and turn signals, plus there’s an available auxiliary camera that you can connect to the trailer and shows the back of the trailer on a screen
On the road the Elevation Crew Cab Model we tested turned out to be a very comfortable, easy to drive truck with good acceleration and handling from the 5.3L Ecotec V8. There is lots of torque and the engine feels bullet proof. It sure sounds good! Even with five passengers and a full load camping gear in the back, the truck always seemed eager to haul and rev with a surplus of power. I like the progressive braking action and the very good suspension setup. It’s a big truck, but nice to drive with good visibility all-round. Practicality wise, the big deep bed is a good selling point along with the versatile, ingenious MultiPro Tailgate and corner steps that proved very useful. The ProGrade Trailering system is also a boon if you tow a boat or trailer. It is one of the better trailer assist systems out there in my opinion.
To sum up, not a lot to complain about, as so much is right with the 2022 Sierra 1500. A great choice for a full-size tough work truck or a fully loaded luxury family and trailer hauler. Highly recommended.
2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Elevation: 4WD Crew Cab: base price $55,398 Price with all options- and destination charge – $57,543 More info at www.gm.ca