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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
A back seat comfortable for three adults
Offered only with a crew cab and a 6-foot bed
Road noise in Sierra is lower than in most pickups
The 2009 GMC Sierra Hybrid is available exclusively in a four-door, crew-cab configuration, thanks to the space requirements of the battery pack that rests under the rear seat. While that may extend the dimensions of the GMC Sierra Hybrid beyond the easy-to-park range, it does mean that you'll find plenty of space for both passengers and cargo inside the 2009 GMC Sierra Hybrid.
Inside the cabin of the 2009 GMC Sierra Hybrid you'll find a comfortable seating arrangement that features a "choice of 5- or 6-passenger seating," according to J.D. Power reviewers. TheCarConnection.com's research reveals that the interior dimensions are accommodating for all but the tallest passengers, as ConsumerGuide finds "generous headroom [and] ample legroom" for rear passengers. Cars.com also states that the GMC Sierra Hybrid includes "a back seat comfortable for three adults," while ConsumerGuide reports "ample room for adults" up front, although "both the bucket and bench seats lack side support in fast turns but are firm and comfortable" otherwise. Overall, MotherProof reviewers are "surprised by the level of comfort in the interior," which contrasts sharply with the "no-frills finishes" of the pickups of the 1980s and '90s.
All pickups boast evident utility in the form of a bed, which is covered on the 2009 GMC Sierra, but not all of them offer much cargo space inside the cabin. Fortunately, the GMC Sierra features an intelligent interior design with lots of storage nooks and crannies. ConsumerGuide reports that, "in front, the bucket seats come with a roomy console bin, while the bench seat is available with a flip-down center armrest that doubles as a large storage bin." MotherProof also notes that "cupholders are everywhere, and the center console is large enough to house a good-sized purse [or] CDs." Behind the cabin, Automobile Magazine mentions the standard "six-foot bed (which has an actual floor length of 69.3 inches)."
The pricey GMC Sierra Hybrid doesn't offend with its interior materials and absolutely excels in terms of build quality. ConsumerGuide reports that the 2009 GMC Sierra Hybrid's "interior materials are a cut above the pickup norm, even though most surfaces are hard plastic." Build quality, as evidenced by the near-total lack of road noise, is outstanding. Automobile Magazine says that the GMC Sierra Hybrid's powertrain is "notably quieter overall than any conventional powertrain," while ConsumerGuide observes that "wind noise intrudes only above 60 mph."
Ride quality can be quite abrupt and jarring in pickups, but the Sierra Hybrid is an exception. ConsumerGuide praises the "comfortable, compliant ride" and notes "there's less reverberation over bumps than in most pickups." Car and Driver remarks that new "hydraulic body mounts were developed specifically to cope with the weight of the battery pack-stored under the second-row seat-and are meant to improve the ride over washboard bumps and mitigate frame flex." Most reviewers agree they're "a welcome improvement."
The 2009 GMC Sierra Hybrid does a commendable job of blending top-notch comfort and quality with the practicality necessary of a pickup truck.