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Selected Style 2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck 15 20 $21,307 $22,195
2WD Reg Cab 119.0" SLE 14 19 $26,007 $27,965
2WD Reg Cab 133.0" Work Truck 15 20 $21,681 $22,585
2WD Reg Cab 133.0" SLE 14 19 $26,119 $28,085
2WD Ext Cab 143.5" Work Truck 15 20 $25,023 $26,340
2WD Ext Cab 143.5" SL 14 19 $28,016 $30,125
2WD Ext Cab 143.5" SLE 14 19 $28,713 $30,875
2WD Ext Cab 143.5" SLT 15 21 $33,996 $36,555
2WD Ext Cab 157.5" Work Truck 15 21 $26,961 $28,380
2WD Ext Cab 157.5" SLE 15 21 $29,690 $31,925
2WD Ext Cab 157.5" SLT 15 21 $34,275 $36,855
2WD Crew Cab 143.5" Work Truck 14 19 $28,804 $30,320
2WD Crew Cab 143.5" SL 14 19 $29,946 $32,200
2WD Crew Cab 143.5" SLE 14 19 $30,820 $33,140
2WD Crew Cab 143.5" Xtra Fuel Economy 15 22 $32,452 $34,895
2WD Crew Cab 143.5" SLT 15 21 $37,004 $39,790
2WD Crew Cab 143.5" Denali 13 18 $42,277 $45,460
4WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck 14 18 $24,609 $25,635
4WD Reg Cab 119.0" SLE 13 18 $29,313 $31,520
4WD Reg Cab 133.0" Work Truck 14 18 $24,897 $25,935
4WD Reg Cab 133.0" SLE 13 18 $29,592 $31,820
4WD Ext Cab 143.5" Work Truck 13 18 $28,899 $30,420
4WD Ext Cab 143.5" SL 13 18 $31,038 $33,375
4WD Ext Cab 143.5" SLE 13 18 $31,680 $34,065
4WD Ext Cab 143.5" SLT 15 21 $36,925 $39,705
4WD Ext Cab 157.5" Work Truck 15 21 $29,953 $31,530
4WD Ext Cab 157.5" SLE 15 21 $32,712 $35,175
4WD Ext Cab 157.5" SLT 15 21 $37,204 $40,005
4WD Crew Cab 143.5" Work Truck 13 18 $31,796 $33,470
4WD Crew Cab 143.5" SL 13 18 $32,898 $35,375
4WD Crew Cab 143.5" SLE 13 18 $33,833 $36,380
4WD Crew Cab 143.5" SLT 15 21 $39,934 $42,940
AWD Crew Cab 143.5" Denali 12 18 $45,207 $48,610
2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Express
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Reg Cab 120.5" ST 14 20 $21,080 $22,570
2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Tradesman 14 20 $21,080 $22,570
2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Express 14 20 $21,080 $22,570
2WD Reg Cab 120.5" SLT 14 20 $24,791 $26,650
2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Outdoorsman 14 20 $24,791 $26,650
2WD Reg Cab 120.5" R/T 14 20 $29,644 $32,135
2WD Reg Cab 140.5" ST 14 20 $21,345 $22,870
2WD Reg Cab 140.5" Tradesman 14 20 $21,345 $22,870
2WD Reg Cab 140.5" SLT 14 20 $25,056 $26,950
2WD Reg Cab 140.5" Outdoorsman 14 20 $25,056 $26,950
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" ST 14 20 $24,974 $26,695
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" SLT 14 20 $28,785 $30,865
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Big Horn 14 20 $28,785 $30,865
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Lone Star 14 20 $28,785 $30,865
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Outdoorsman 14 20 $28,785 $30,865
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Sport 14 20 $33,025 $35,630
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Laramie 14 20 $35,945 $38,910
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" ST 14 20 $28,550 $30,740
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Big Horn 14 20 $30,845 $33,220
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" SLT 14 20 $30,845 $33,220
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Lone Star 14 20 $30,845 $33,220
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Outdoorsman 14 20 $30,845 $33,220
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Sport 14 20 $34,619 $37,485
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie 14 20 $37,173 $40,370
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Longhorn Edition 14 20 $39,744 $43,275
4WD Reg Cab 120.5" ST 14 19 $24,743 $26,585
4WD Reg Cab 120.5" Tradesman 13 19 $24,743 $26,585
4WD Reg Cab 120.5" Express 13 19 $24,743 $26,585
4WD Reg Cab 120.5" SLT 14 19 $28,060 $30,220
4WD Reg Cab 120.5" Outdoorsman 14 19 $28,060 $30,220
4WD Reg Cab 120.5" Sport 13 19 $32,339 $35,055
4WD Reg Cab 140.5" ST 14 19 $25,008 $26,885
4WD Reg Cab 140.5" Tradesman 13 19 $25,008 $26,885
4WD Reg Cab 140.5" SLT 14 19 $28,325 $30,520
4WD Reg Cab 140.5" Outdoorsman 14 19 $28,325 $30,520
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" ST 14 19 $29,003 $31,105
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" SLT 14 19 $31,756 $34,085
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Big Horn 13 19 $31,756 $34,085
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Lone Star 13 19 $31,756 $34,085
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Outdoorsman 14 19 $31,756 $34,085
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Sport 13 19 $35,997 $38,850
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Laramie 13 19 $38,498 $41,660
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" ST 14 19 $31,480 $33,960
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" SLT 14 19 $33,774 $36,440
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Big Horn 13 19 $33,774 $36,440
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Lone Star 13 19 $33,774 $36,440
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Outdoorsman 14 19 $33,774 $36,440
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Sport 13 19 $37,549 $40,705
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie 13 19 $40,036 $43,515
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Longhorn Edition 13 19 $42,607 $46,420
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Express 14 20 $24,974 $26,695
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Express 13 19 $29,003 $31,105
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Express 14 20 $28,550 $30,740
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Express 13 19 $31,480 $33,960
2WD Reg Cab 140.5" Tradesman HD 14 20 $26,686 $28,905
2WD Quad Cab 140.5" Tradesman 14 20 $24,974 $26,695
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Tradesman 14 20 $28,550 $30,740
4WD Quad Cab 140.5" Tradesman 13 19 $29,003 $31,105
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Tradesman 13 19 $31,480 $33,960
2WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Limited Edition 14 20 $39,744 $43,275
4WD Crew Cab 140.5" Laramie Limited Edition 13 19 $42,607 $46,420
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,307
$21,080
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,195
$22,570
Monthly Payment Estimate
$370 / month
$376 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2012 GMC Sierra has one of the greenest pickup trucks in its lineup, but some of its early spec-sheet triumphs have been bested by the latest F-150 and Ram. The 2012 Ram 1500 is big and burly yet very detail-oriented; and for those who want a good ride and refined interior, it's one of the best bets.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 15 mpg 14 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 20 mpg 20 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in) 41.5 40.3
Front Shoulder Room (in) 65.2 66.0
Front Leg Room (in) 41.3 41.0
Passenger Capacity 3 3
Front Hip Room (in) 62.5 62.9
Exterior Dimensions
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in) 116.5 123.7
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in) 205.6 209.0
Ground Clearance, Rear (in) 13.4 9.0
Cab to End of Frame (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 73.6 74.6
Ground to Top of Frame (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in) 47.2 - TBD -
Wheelbase (in) 119.0 120.5
Ground Clearance, Front (in) 7.7 9.7
Cab to Axle (in) 41.9 36.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 80.0 79.4
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) 34.7 34.8
Overhang, Front (in) 39.4 40.0
Frame Width, Rear (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 21.0 20.1
Cargo Volume (ft³) 60.7 57.5
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in) 61.5 66.4
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 50.6 51.0
Tailgate Width (in) 61.5 60.4
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in) 78.7 76.3
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³) NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in) 62.4 66.4
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 11.6 x 2.4 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.0 x 1.2 13.2 x 1.1
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line) NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA 13.8 x 0.9
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location NA NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 26 26.0
Fuel Tank Location Driver Side Inboard Frame Rails
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 39.7 39.3
Steering Type Pwr Pwr rack & pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock 3 19.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center 16.7 Variable
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front - TBD - - TBD -
Rear Tire Size P245/70R17 P275/60R20
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare - TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs) 2004 - TBD -
Rear Tire Order Code QU1 TTJ
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) 2304 - TBD -
Front Tire Size P245/70R17 P275/60R20
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear - TBD - - TBD -
Spare Tire Size P245/70R17 Full-Size
Front Tire Order Code QU1 TTJ
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) 2304 - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code NA TBS
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 720 1365
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 4800 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 4800 9100
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA - TBD -
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs) 9100 -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 480 500
Weight Information
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) 1784 1968
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) 6400 6200
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) 3200 3900
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) 2676 2739
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) 10000 14000
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) 3750 3900
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 17 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 20 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 20 x 8.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 12.6 14.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Watts NA - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) NA NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 145 160
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 600 730
Engine
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Engine Oil Cooler NA NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 260 @ 2800 407 @ 4000
Engine Order Code LU3 EZH
Displacement 4.3L/262 5.7L/345
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 195 @ 4600 390 @ 5600
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V8
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 15 14
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 17 16
Transmission
Transfer Case Power Take Off NA NA
Trans Power Take Off NA NA
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.70 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Model NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.06 3.00
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.50
Trans Type 4 6
Trans PTO Access NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.75
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.29 3.00
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.63 1.67
Trans Order Code M30 DG1
Summary
Vehicle Name GMC Sierra 1500 Ram 1500
Body Code E63 120.5" WB
Body Style Reg Cab 6.5' Wideside Regular Cab Pickup
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front NA NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) 3750 - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) 1.8 - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear Semi-Floating Solid
Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.4 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) 3750 3900
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) 3200 - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear 3.23 3.55
Axle Type - Front Independent NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 1.4 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) 3200 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear 2-stage multi-leaf Multi-link coil
Frame
Frame Type Hydroformed Ladder type
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 2 -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 10.7 11.6
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat - -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat - -
Rollover Rating
 
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