The current line of GMC Sierra pickup trucks has been in the market now for about 5 years. Styling is solid but not particularly new, yet this truck delivers for work or play for those wanting a solid truck at a reasonable price.
Almost 50% of the pickup trucks sold in America are sold in Texas. So, for all the major players in the pickup market, Texas is very important and all offer some sort of a Texas Edition Special. GMC is no exception
The Sierra 1500 SLE Texas Edition 2WD Crew Cab we tested was the basic with a couple of add ons plus the Texas Edition package. The Fire Red color with Dark / Light Titanium interior was pleasant giving it a richer than just for work appearance. The truck profile is large and sturdy as you would expect from a work truck. The turning radius for is a bit wide as compared to the competition and does limit its functionality in parking lots and garages off the job. The interior is spacious and has lots of storage with easy to use handles and controls geared more to the work environment. Seats are standard 40/20/40 split front bench cloth seat with large fold-down rest with storage. Crew cab seating is comfortable and roomy, but storage is sparse. And, I was surprised to find that there were no air conditioning outlets in the crew space.
The base price for the Sierra SLE 1500 Crew is 2WD is $31,835. The package base includes a 4.8L Vortec V8 engine, power steering and accessories with chrome bumpers and 17” chrome – styled steel wheels and full size spare. OnStar is included. An optional Convenience Package costing $860 and including universal home remote, remote vehicle start, electric rear window defogger, rear parking assist and adjustable power pedals add to the appeal of this truck in a non work environment. The rear parking assist was augmented by a rear vision camera system for further convenience. The additional cost is $450 with the view screen in the corner of the rear view mirror.
The “obligatory” Texas Edition Package offered by Austin area dealers with this truck includes the larger 5.3L Vortec V8 w/active fuel management technology and a 6 speed automatic transmission. The powertrain combination is rated for 15 MPG for City and 21 MPG for Highway. We actually got around 23 MPG on the highways around Lake Travis in Hill Country. The package adds 20” chrome clad style steel wheels and tires to replace the stock 17 “ which adds to the profile of this truck. A HD trailering package, locking tailgate, locking rear differential, driver 6 way power adjusting seat, dual zone A/C, steering wheel radio controls, CD player with USB port, Bluetooth™ for phone and fog lamps complete the package. The package is priced at $3,970 but is discounted on this vehicle by $1995.
The delivered price for this Sierra SLE 1500 Crew 2WD Texas Edition is $36,115. For the price, a very strong performer for both work and play in Texas.