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2015 GMC Sierra 1500

2015 GMC Sierra 1500

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$17,248 — $37,548 USED
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2-6 Seats
18-21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Forward-hinged extended-cab doors for easier rear-seat access
  • All-Terrain model
  • Two bed-length choices for crew cab
  • Direct-injection, cylinder-deactivating engines

The Bad

  • Could be more distinct from Chevrolet Silverado
  • No long-bed extended-cab model
  • No diesel-engine option
2015 GMC Sierra 1500 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2015 GMC Sierra 1500
  • OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot capability available
  • New eight-speed automatic transmission available
  • Magnetic Ride Control for Sierra Denali models
  • New Elevation and Carbon editions
  • Forward collision warning available

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2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Mark Williams takes a look at the special Elevation trim for the 2015 Sierra. The Elevation is meant to be the value version of the Sierra, but it has plenty of unique attributes that make it stand out. Well, except for the lack of badging.

Vehicle Overview

The Sierra 1500 is GMC’s entrant in the half-ton pickup truck segment. Competitors include the Ford F-150, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra. It was redesigned last year.
New for 2015
Sierras with the available 6.2-liter V-8 engine get a new eight-speed automatic transmission while the upscale Sierra Denali trim level gains GM’s Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension system. The IntelliLink multimedia system adds text message alerts and Apple Siri Eyes Free mode.

New available features include a spray-on bedliner with a raised GMC logo and trailering mirrors with LED rear guide lights. Also available is the OnStar communication system with 4G LTE internet connectivity and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. A three-month/3-gigabyte data trial is included.

Elevation and Carbon editions of the Sierra are also new. The Sierra Elevation Edition features a body-colored grille surround and body-colored trim pieces, including the bumpers, for a monochrome look. Additional features include LED headlights and black 20-inch aluminum wheels. The Carbon Edition is appearance-focused as well, with carbon-fiber-style hood stripes, a black grille and body-colored exterior trim. It also has black tubular side steps and 22-inch aluminum wheels. Versions with smaller wheels are also offered.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.
Exterior Highlights

  • Three cab styles
  • Three box lengths
  • 17-inch steel wheels; 1...

Vehicle Overview

The Sierra 1500 is GMC’s entrant in the half-ton pickup truck segment. Competitors include the Ford F-150, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra. It was redesigned last year.
New for 2015
Sierras with the available 6.2-liter V-8 engine get a new eight-speed automatic transmission while the upscale Sierra Denali trim level gains GM’s Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension system. The IntelliLink multimedia system adds text message alerts and Apple Siri Eyes Free mode.

New available features include a spray-on bedliner with a raised GMC logo and trailering mirrors with LED rear guide lights. Also available is the OnStar communication system with 4G LTE internet connectivity and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. A three-month/3-gigabyte data trial is included.

Elevation and Carbon editions of the Sierra are also new. The Sierra Elevation Edition features a body-colored grille surround and body-colored trim pieces, including the bumpers, for a monochrome look. Additional features include LED headlights and black 20-inch aluminum wheels. The Carbon Edition is appearance-focused as well, with carbon-fiber-style hood stripes, a black grille and body-colored exterior trim. It also has black tubular side steps and 22-inch aluminum wheels. Versions with smaller wheels are also offered.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.
Exterior Highlights

  • Three cab styles
  • Three box lengths
  • 17-inch steel wheels; 17-, 18-, 20- and 22-inch aluminum wheels available
  • Projector-beam headlights
  • Integrated rear bumper steps
  • Available adjustable tie-down hooks
  • Available assisted tailgate for easier closing, softer opening

Interior Highlights

  • 40/20/40-split front bench seat or bucket seats
  • Vinyl, cloth or leather upholstery
  • Available heated and cooled front seats
  • Controls designed for work gloves, according to GMC
  • 3.5-inch screen in instrument panel; available 4.2-inch color display
  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • Available Bluetooth connectivity
  • Available navigation system
  • Available heated steering wheel

Under the Hood

  • 285-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-6 engine
  • Available 355-hp, 5.3-liter V-8
  • Available 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8
  • Six-speed automatic transmission; eight-speed automatic with 6.2-liter V-8
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive
  • Available automatic locking rear differential

Safety Features

  • Required in every new vehicle: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Six airbags
  • Trailer-sway control
  • Hill start assist
  • Available hill descent control
  • Available backup camera
  • Available front and rear parking sensors
  • Available forward collision warning
  • Available lane departure warning

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
118 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Awesome family vehicle

by GMC Sierra 2015 from Rockwall, TX on June 4, 2020

Nice truck and it meet my family's needs. Plenty of room inside, and looks really good outside. The auto 4wd mode is great to see in action. Read full review

(5.0)

Great Truck, Comfortable, reliable, innovative.

by Ron k from Las Vegas, Nevada on May 15, 2020

Very reliable, spacious, innovations are Great, Leg room -Priceless- Love my GMC Truck! The layout complements the driving experience and your able to see the whole road and enjoy the ride! Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 currently has 12 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by GMC

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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