2016 GMC Sierra 1500

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Key Specs

of the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • All-Terrain model
  • Two bed-length choices for crew cab
  • Direct-injection, cylinder-deactivating engines
  • Quiet interior

The Bad

  • No long-bed double-cab model for 1500
  • No diesel-engine option on 1500
  • Steering wheel not centered on driver's seat

Notable Features of the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500

  • New front-end styling for Sierra 1500
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto smartphone-mirroring available
  • New remote locking tailgate available
  • OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hot spot available
  • Magnetic Ride Control on Sierra Denali models
  • Forward collision warning available

2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Sierra 1500 is GMC's entrant in the half-ton pickup truck segment. It is a corporate cousin of the Chevrolet Silverado, sharing the same platform, engines, body styles and major mechanical features. The Sierra has different styling, particularly in front, and GMC positions its vehicles as more upscale than the Chevrolet versions. Competitors include the Ford F-150, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra.

As with the Silverado, the Sierra is available in 2500HD and 3500HD heavy-duty versions that offer higher payloads and towing capacities.

(Skip to details on the: Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD)
New for 2016
The Sierra 1500 gets new front styling highlighted by unique grilles for each model, and new headlights with LED accent lighting. High-intensity-discharge headlights are standard, and LED headlights are standard on the Denali trim level and available on the SLT trim.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology for accessing smartphone apps through the dashboard touch-screen is newly available. Wireless phone charging is included in trucks with front bucket seats. The eight-speed automatic transmission is now available with the 5.3-liter V-8 in SLT and Denali models. A remote locking tailgate and power running boards are available.
Significant Standard Features

  • 285-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-6 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Power door locks
  • Full-size spare tire
  • Trailer-sway control
  • Hill start assist
  • Required ...
Vehicle Overview

The Sierra 1500 is GMC's entrant in the half-ton pickup truck segment. It is a corporate cousin of the Chevrolet Silverado, sharing the same platform, engines, body styles and major mechanical features. The Sierra has different styling, particularly in front, and GMC positions its vehicles as more upscale than the Chevrolet versions. Competitors include the Ford F-150, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra.

As with the Silverado, the Sierra is available in 2500HD and 3500HD heavy-duty versions that offer higher payloads and towing capacities.

(Skip to details on the: Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD)
New for 2016
The Sierra 1500 gets new front styling highlighted by unique grilles for each model, and new headlights with LED accent lighting. High-intensity-discharge headlights are standard, and LED headlights are standard on the Denali trim level and available on the SLT trim.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology for accessing smartphone apps through the dashboard touch-screen is newly available. Wireless phone charging is included in trucks with front bucket seats. The eight-speed automatic transmission is now available with the 5.3-liter V-8 in SLT and Denali models. A remote locking tailgate and power running boards are available.
Significant Standard Features

  • 285-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-6 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Power door locks
  • Full-size spare tire
  • Trailer-sway control
  • Hill start assist
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 355-hp, 5.3-liter V-8
  • 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Magnetic Ride Control adaptive suspension (Denali)
  • OnStar 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hot spot (data subscription required)
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
  • Remote locking tailgate
  • Power running boards
  • Power adjustable pedals
  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane keeping assist

Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD
The GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD heavy-duty pickup trucks were redesigned last year. They are the true workhorses of the Sierra lineup and are designed for hauling heavy payloads and towing trailers up to 23,200 pounds.

For 2016, available digital steering assist power steering provides greater responsiveness and improved steering feel, according to GMC. A new Gooseneck/Fifth Wheel Trailering Prep Package includes a spray-in bedliner.

Also newly available are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which allow mirroring of certain smartphone apps on the dashboard touch-screen. A remote locking tailgate and wireless phone charging are also available.
What's Special

  • Standard 360-hp, 6.0-liter V-8
  • Available 301-hp, 6.0-liter V-8 (compressed natural gas or gasoline)
  • Available 397-hp, turbo-diesel 6.6-liter V-8 with 765 pounds-feet of torque
  • Maximum towing capacity of 20,000 pounds with a conventional trailer hitch
  • Maximum fifth-wheel or gooseneck towing capacity of 23,200 pounds

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Latest 2016 Sierra 1500 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

to early to tell

by sander from Leonard on October 6, 2018

meet the requirement what i was looking for, plenty leg room and comfort with the v8 power ,,had the low miles also, which made it a nice buy Read full review

(5.0)

First GMC

by Dave "tribe fan" from champion, Ohio on August 16, 2018

The craftsmanship of GMC is very good. Lots of head room. This is my first GMC and so far has been a pleasure to drive. Handles good for a large vehicle. I have had lots of compliments on the color "... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 currently has 5 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Base

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall
5 Star
Overall Front
5 Star
Overall Side
5 Star
Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
Side Barrier
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Pole
4 Star
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by GMC
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 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 warranty

    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.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

A

Booster

(second row)

A

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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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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