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2001 GMC Sierra 1500 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
GMC tries to add more pizazz to its light-duty Sierra lineup with the C3, an extended cab with a 325-horsepower 6.0-liter V-8 engine, permanently engaged four-wheel drive, a monotone exterior and unique front styling. The C3 has a leather interior, a six-CD changer, rear-seat audio controls and the OnStar communication system. The Sierra is a corporate twin of the Chevrolet Silverado and is the full-size pickup in GMC’s lineup. GMC and Chevrolet also offer heavy-duty versions of these trucks called the Sierra HD and Silverado HD.

The Sierra and Silverado were redesigned for the 1999 model year and come in half-ton 1500 models and light-duty three-quarter-ton 2500 models, competing against the Ford F-150.

Exterior
The Sierra’s main difference from the Silverado is at the front, where a bolder grille and prominent red GMC badge dominate the nose. The Sierra comes as a regular cab and a Club Cab (extended cab) with a choice of 6.5- or 8-foot cargo beds. Models with the short cargo bed can be equipped with optional flared rear fenders called Sportside. The Club Cab has two front doors and a pair of rear doors that open to the rear. The rear doors cannot be opened unless the front doors are opened first.

Later this year, GMC and Chevy plan to add crew-cab models with four conventional doors that open toward the front, matching a feature already available on the rival Ford F-150.

Interior
The Sierra Club Cab claims more room than the extended cabs offered by Dodge, Fo...

Vehicle Overview
GMC tries to add more pizazz to its light-duty Sierra lineup with the C3, an extended cab with a 325-horsepower 6.0-liter V-8 engine, permanently engaged four-wheel drive, a monotone exterior and unique front styling. The C3 has a leather interior, a six-CD changer, rear-seat audio controls and the OnStar communication system. The Sierra is a corporate twin of the Chevrolet Silverado and is the full-size pickup in GMC’s lineup. GMC and Chevrolet also offer heavy-duty versions of these trucks called the Sierra HD and Silverado HD.

The Sierra and Silverado were redesigned for the 1999 model year and come in half-ton 1500 models and light-duty three-quarter-ton 2500 models, competing against the Ford F-150.

Exterior
The Sierra’s main difference from the Silverado is at the front, where a bolder grille and prominent red GMC badge dominate the nose. The Sierra comes as a regular cab and a Club Cab (extended cab) with a choice of 6.5- or 8-foot cargo beds. Models with the short cargo bed can be equipped with optional flared rear fenders called Sportside. The Club Cab has two front doors and a pair of rear doors that open to the rear. The rear doors cannot be opened unless the front doors are opened first.

Later this year, GMC and Chevy plan to add crew-cab models with four conventional doors that open toward the front, matching a feature already available on the rival Ford F-150.

Interior
The Sierra Club Cab claims more room than the extended cabs offered by Dodge, Ford or Toyota. All Sierra models have a modern, convenient dashboard design that puts major controls within easy reach of the driver.

Regular-cab models come with a three-place bench seat or a pair of buckets, and the Club Cab adds a three-place rear bench. The rear bench is reclined 18 degrees, making it more comfortable than most rear seats in extended cabs, which are usually bolt upright.

Under the Hood
GMC’s powertrain offerings are the same as Chevy’s. Regular-cab 1500 models come with a standard 200-hp 4.3-liter V-6. Two V-8s are optional on 1500 models: a 4.8-liter with 270 hp and a 5.3-liter with 285 hp. The 5.3-liter V-8 is standard on 2500 models, and a 300-hp 6.0-liter V-8 is optional.

All models are available with four-wheel drive, which comes two ways in the Sierra. Insta-Trac is an on-demand system that allows shifting in and out of 4WD High on the fly. Autotrac is an automatically engaging system that sends all the power to the rear wheels on smooth, dry pavement and transfers power to the front wheels as needed on slippery surfaces. Traction control is a new option for two-wheel-drive models.

Driving Impressions
Except for the Sierra C3, GMC does not offer anything that Chevy doesn’t, so there are no compelling reasons to choose one over the other. GM’s full-size pickups are worthy rivals to the big trucks from Ford and Dodge.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2001 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
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Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

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(4.0)

Very good truck

by Pulido on August 8, 2019

This truck has been through a lot and has never failed. I have hauled just about everything and put lots of weight on the bed. Read full review

(5.0)

Good ole truck

by 1sttimesierraowner from Venus, Pa on April 11, 2019

I bought this truck in Oklahoma, with 208,000k on it. I am the 2nd owner. It has the 5.3l auto. I have had the truck for 1 year and 4 months. Very reliable, and comfortable. It has turned over 224,... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2001 GMC Sierra 1500 currently has 12 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sierra 1500 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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