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The GMC Sierra 1500 was completely redesigned in 2007, alongside the nearly identical Chevrolet Silverado, and it's still among the better choices in the full-size pickup-truck class. In truth, each of the big five brands--Ford, Chevy/GMC, Dodge, Nissan and Toyota--has points in its favor, and the 2011 Sierra lands squarely in the middle of the pack for its wide variety in powertrains, its pleasant handling, and its titanic towing capacity.
It may not ride with the sophistication of the Ram 1500, or offer the turbo boost of Ford's F-150 V-6, but the Sierra does lead the class with its Hybrid pickup's fuel economy--while also serving out base V-6 and V-8 engines for utility trucks and fleet uses. It steers pretty naturally, too, and the ride quality's fairly carlike for a vehicle with its capabilities.
Only minor changes to four-wheel-drive option packages make it on the order sheets this year. The Sierra's about due for a reskin, but GM's difficulties have put that off for at least another couple of years. It should hold up relatively well--and for sure, GMC fans won't have a reason to look anywhere else so long as they're not stuck on the F-150's small towing advantage or the Ram's rippling HEMI powertrain.
- Handling is among the best in the class
- Broad powertrain lineup
- Tidy, well-trimmed interior
- Hybrid's class-leading fuel economy
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- A little plain to some eyes
- Seats could use more lateral support
- Back seat needs some recline
- Hybrid truck loses storage under back seat
- Pricetag on Sierra Hybrid starts high, goes higher