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2012 GMC Sierra 1500 vs. Its Competition

 
2012 GMC Sierra 1500 2WD Crew Cab 143.5" Denali Angular Front Exterior View
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Truck buyers are nothing if not loyal, which explains why the GMC Sierra--along with the Ram, F-150 and Silverado--post strong sales numbers year after year, and why it's been hard for the Tundra and Titan to make a dent in them.

Though there's not much chance of changing minds, Sierra shoppers should at least look at the Silverado, which offers most of the same features, sometimes at a slightly lower price.

The F-150 has more infotainment and luxury features than the Denali Sierras, but not by much.

The Ram has a superior ride and HEMI power on tap, and its interior has a better grade of materials--again, not by a wide margin.

Neither the Ford or Dodge offer a Hybrid edition, and neither do Toyota or Nissan.

The Tundra can nudge its way near the highest towing ratings in the class, but it's awkwardly styled and gargantuan, even in the segment.

The Titan? It's a classic failure to launch, though its V-8 makes the best noises, and though it offers some of the better accessories, like a sprayed-in factory bed liner.

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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.
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It counts a savvy Hybrid model in its ranks, but mostly, the 2012 Chevy Silverado appeals to the prosaic truck buyer that doesn't need as much in the way of infotainment.
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Efficient and burly, the 2012 Ford F-150 shares the lead in full-size trucks thanks to extreme capability and extreme high-tech features.
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The 2012 Nissan Titan has held up well over a long lifespan, but its gas mileage, towing and hauling, and performance have fallen to the back of the full-size pickup truck pack.
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Just as tough as the competition, the 2012 Toyota Tundra isn't quite as rugged-looking, as fuel-efficient, or as strong in the towing department.
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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.
MSRP From     
$22,195$22,195$23,500$28,520$25,155$22,570
Gas Mileage     
12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V8Gas V6Gas V8
EPA Class     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Style Name     
2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck2WD Reg Cab 119.0" Work Truck2WD Reg Cab 126" XL2WD King Cab SWB SReg Cab 4.0L V6 5-Speed AT (Natl)2WD Reg Cab 120.5" Express
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
333633
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Reg Cab 6.5' WidesideReg Cab 6.5' WidesideRegular Cab PickupKing CabReg CabRegular Cab Pickup
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
 
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