Reviewers voice plenty of likes and some dislikes regarding the 2009 GMC Sierra 1500's level of comfort and quality. GM is working hard in this category, but overall passenger comfort could be improved.
Several review sources express delight at the layout of the interior. ConsumerGuide attests that "gauges are easy to see and read," and "interior materials are better than expected of a work-oriented truck." The Car and Driver reviewer comments that it "surprises us just how pleasant the interiors of GM's full-size pickups have become."
The exquisite front cab seating almost unanimously receives the thumbs-up. “You sink into the cushy seats," according to Cars.com, and Edmunds reports that the "seats are comfortable for long drives." Cars.com states that in the 2009 GMC Sierra 1500, "vinyl seating surfaces are standard," but the SLT trim is "equipped with leather seats finished in a two-tone color scheme that's part of the All Terrain package."
Despite the size of the 2009 GMC Sierra 1500 (it is, after all, a full-sized pickup with multiple cab options), the backseat suffers. Cars.com "was expecting it to be a little more spacious and comfortable." While this source reports "good headroom," the reviewer's legs "were touching the back of the front seat," and the reviewer complains that "the rather upright backrest isn't very comfortable." ConsumerGuide also says that while the 2009 GMC Sierra 1500's "legroom is ample in the crew cab" front seats, it is in "short supply" in the back.
Storage is also a mixed bag, according to reviewers. ConsumerGuide reports that the 2009 GMC Sierra 1500's "rear seat cushion flips back against the seatback, leaving a large cargo area with a nearly flat floor." The Pure Pickup option offers "upper and lower gloveboxes," while "bucket seats come with a roomy console bin," and "the bench seat is available with a flip-down center armrest that doubles as a large storage bin." Cars.com details "a variety of cargo box lengths," ranging from 5.3 to 8.1 feet in length. Interior cargo space is so-so. Unfortunately, there "are few other interior storage cubbies"; Edmunds complains about "mediocre interior storage and cup holders."
Reviewers are also surprised at how refined, tight, and quiet the Sierra is inside; Edmunds praises the interior's "tight build quality" and observes the "refined and very quiet ride." ConsumerGuide reports that "road noise in Sierra is lower than in most pickups...wind noise intrudes only above 60 mph."