In an effort to bring eco-friendliness to the pickup truck market, GM introduces the 2009 GMC Sierra Hybrid, which began arriving on dealer lots in January. The relatively conservative styling on the GMC Sierra Hybrid wins praise from reviewers for not flaunting its green credentials while at the same time keeping the tougher-than-thou elements to a minimum.
Unlike the conventional GMC Sierra, which is available in an almost endless array of cab, bed, and trim configurations, the 2009 GMC Sierra Hybrid is "offered only in the crew-cab configuration, with four full-size doors," reports Cars.com. While this may make it a bit more difficult to park than some of GMC's other cab styles, MotherProof reviewers point out that it "offers plenty of space for the kids." The GMC Sierra Hybrid is mechanically very similar to the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid (covered in a separate review), and Automobile Magazine notes "the distinction [between the two] is all in exterior design. Each of these twins has its own front fenders, hood, grille, and front fascia." In terms of distinguishing the GMC Sierra Hybrid from other Sierras on the road, Autoblog mentions that the Sierra Hybrid sports "the requisite chin spoiler and tonneau cover to help reduce aerodynamic drag." Otherwise, it can be quite difficult to differentiate between a conventional GMC Sierra and the GMC Sierra Hybrid.
The 2009 GMC Sierra Hybrid benefits from GM's 2007 redesign of its entire truck lineup, and it shows, especially in the interior design. The upscale layout and pleasing aesthetics of the GMC Sierra Hybrid's interior prove that GM designers know how to craft a competitive cabin. Cars.com reviewers point out that "the Sierra Hybrid adopts the boxier of the Sierra's two available interiors, with a flat cowl that spans the gauges and center controls." ConsumerGuide, meanwhile, joins a chorus of other reviewers in mentioning that "the gauges are easy to see and read." Another positive for the 2009 GMC Sierra, according to ConsumerGuide, is the fact that "the available navigation system absorbs some audio controls but doesn't complicate their use."