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STYLING | 7 out of 10
it looks manlier...and more assertive
an excellent combination of good looks
Car and Driver
an attractive dash design
The gauges are easy to see and read
The last time the GMC Sierra was redesigned, back in 2007, the truck world was about to drop into a deep sales freeze. Now that it's beginning to thaw, the Sierra doesn't look freezer-burned--in fact, while the Titan and Tundra toe a weirder line, and while the Ram's been defanged to some extent, the Sierra keeps looking trim and serious, without too much visual bluster.
Like the Silverado from Chevy, and less so, the F-150, the Sierra doesn't depend on a lot of styling tricks to convey what it's selling--durability, dependability, toughness. GMC's big rectangular grille is simplicity itself, and the corners are just a bit more pronounced than on the essentially identical Silverado. There's little chance of mistaking the Sierra for any other brand's pickup, what with the big brand logo in red letters. Down the sides, and from the back, the Sierra is plain to the extreme, almost a little stark.The Sierra's interior differs from base models to upscale versions. The less expensive versions sport a simple, upright design with larger controls and door handles, the kind that make it better suited for work duty. Pricey versions get a cabin that might fit in a traditionally styled luxury sedan. The upgraded instrument panel has a smoother, lower design, as well as surfaces and materials that come together nicely. The woodgrain trim strikes us as decent but not totally convincing, but otherwise the Sierra is tailored well for the chores it has on its to-do list.
With important differences between upscale and work versions, the 2012 GMC Sierra carries the standard for taste and good design execution.