2021 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE Review
As far as full size pickups go, GMC usually keeps with the competition very well. Meeting many standards for the class and continuing to innovate and raise the bar. A well rounded and solid choice for the class.
The 2021 Sierra 15004WD SLE Double Cab is capable with it’s towing, pulling and impressive 12,000 lbs. Along with tow capacity, the bed also makes a strong statement with a list of features, like in bed/tailgate lighting in all base and upgrade editions.
It’s engine options are plentiful in each edition and strong enough to make it very competitive as far as workload and capability go. It has a completely new and improved engine style that many on and off the jobsite will come to appreciate. From 285 horsepower V6, to an exciting turbo-diesel model premiering later this year, the 1500 is extremely competitive in performance.
The early returns as far as fuel economy look decent, and are as expected from the bulky and strong built class. WIth 15-20 mpg estimates in the city and 19-24 mpg on the highway, it sits about where you might expect it.
It compliments it’s brawn with a little beauty inside the cabin. A slightly upscale and sleek interior helps the Sierra 1500 to stand out from competitors like its Ford-150 or it’s Chevy Silverado counterparts. Lending a little more finesse to the juggernauts it competes with. It is the sleek, spacious and clean interior, reminding us that strength isn’t contrary or exclusive to style.
Style isn’t where the good looks stop either. The safety and reliability scores from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration and J.D. Power respectively, are nice to look at as well. With 5/5 on safety tests and an above average reliability for the class, at 3.5 stars, the Sierra 1500 makes a statement in official scores.
It also offers a vast new array of safety features uncommon to the class; such as Driver Assistance controls, Teen-Driver Management options, and a load of collision/parking sensors. Complete with lane assist driving and monitoring, pedestrian detection and a full view, rear camera, the GMC Sierra 1500 brings a litany of new and beloved features to it’s 2021 model.
All this for the base price of $29,000. A solid average for the class, giving it a strong showing and earning it the #4 spot in Full Size rankings. It is definitely a growing and deserving favorite among critics and consumers alike. Well rounded and well loved, the 1500 holds its own.
- 12 total cargo tie-downs, rated at 500 lbs per corner
- C-shape LED headlamps and taillamps
- Chrome grille, bumpers and window surround
- CornerStep rear bumper
- Rear air vents
- Remote Keyless Entry