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among the best large pickup trucks for available features
premium trim package adds leather trim, power front bucket seat adjusters
Standard amenities include automatic climate control, steering wheel audio controls
The GMC Sierra is a mainstay of GM truck sales--and as such, GM's made it possible to configure the full-sizer in hundreds of ways, with choices for everything from powertrains, body styles, bed lengths, trim levels, and options. As a result, one driver's Sierra can be a very basic stripper, while another family's Sierra can be a plush towing toy.
The lineup of trim levels progresses from Work editions, through SL, SLE and SLT versions, into the luxurious Denali versions. The base truck gets a minimum of standard gear: there's a basic AM/FM radio, and the option to delete it; vinyl bench seat; manual locks; and crank windows.
The dizzying features list moves smartly through luxury features on the way to the Denali peak. Most Sierras have a standard USB port and an auxiliary jack for media player connectivity; Bluetooth is offered, too. More expensive Sierras now can be had with DVD navigation and real-time traffic data; a sunroof and a power-sliding rear window; 22-inch wheels; leather upholstery; even a factory-installed bedliner.
For off-road specialists, the Sierra's All-Terrain package adds on tow hooks, skid plates, and rescue fittings.
With the Hybrid model, many of the luxury features become standard equipment. Its pricetag starts in the high $30,000 range, and can blow through $50,000 when the pricier version is optioned up. The Hybrid gets standard automatic climate control, Bluetooth and steering-wheel audio controls; the navigation system comes with the Premium version, along with Bose audio, a hard bed cover, and leather.
Base Sierra pickups are a tremendous value, but Hybrid and Denali versions compete with Cadillac-grade features.