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2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid

$24,396 — $24,888 USED
Truck
5-6 Seats
21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Seamless switching between gas and electric modes
  • Can reach 20 mph in electric mode with 5,000-pound trailer
  • Diesel-like towing performance
  • Great stopping performance with regenerative braking
  • Standard tonneau cover to help highway mileage

The Bad

  • Can only tow up to 6,100 pounds
  • Only available as crew cab
  • No power outlet in cargo bed
2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid
  • Two-mode hybrid drivetrain
  • New three-bar chrome grille
  • New available hard-drive-based navigation radio
  • Electrically Variable Transmission system
  • Low-rolling-resistance tires
  • 42-volt electrically driven power steering

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

GM says the Sierra 1500 Hybrid's gasoline V-8 and electric motors team up for an overall mileage improvement compared with the regular Sierra. The Sierra Hybrid is available only as a rear- or four-wheel-drive crew cab, both with a 6.0-liter V-8 and two electric transmission motors. The pickup truck can seat up to six people. Standard features include a trailering package, locking rear differential and side curtain airbags.

New for 2012
The Sierra 1500 Hybrid gets a new chrome three-bar grille for 2012, and there's an available hard-drive-based navigation system with satellite radio and a USB port.

Exterior
There's hybrid badging on the cab's rear window, ahead of the side mirrors and on the tailgate, but otherwise the hybrid version looks similar to the gas-powered Sierra. Exterior features include:

  • Low-rolling-resistance tires
  • 18-inch chrome wheels
  • Standard tonneau cover

Interior
Depending on the Sierra Hybrid's seating configuration, the crew cab can seat five or six people. Interior features include:

  • Hybrid badge on tachometer
  • Gauge tracks optimal fuel economy
  • Available leather seats
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood
GM's two-mode hybrid system enables "full" hybrid operation with the capability to cruise on electric power up to 30 mph. The gas engine kicks in if more acceleration is needed, as well as at higher speeds; for maximum grunt, the electric motors and gas engine work together.

At the heart of the Sierra H...

Vehicle Overview

GM says the Sierra 1500 Hybrid's gasoline V-8 and electric motors team up for an overall mileage improvement compared with the regular Sierra. The Sierra Hybrid is available only as a rear- or four-wheel-drive crew cab, both with a 6.0-liter V-8 and two electric transmission motors. The pickup truck can seat up to six people. Standard features include a trailering package, locking rear differential and side curtain airbags.

New for 2012
The Sierra 1500 Hybrid gets a new chrome three-bar grille for 2012, and there's an available hard-drive-based navigation system with satellite radio and a USB port.

Exterior
There's hybrid badging on the cab's rear window, ahead of the side mirrors and on the tailgate, but otherwise the hybrid version looks similar to the gas-powered Sierra. Exterior features include:

  • Low-rolling-resistance tires
  • 18-inch chrome wheels
  • Standard tonneau cover

Interior
Depending on the Sierra Hybrid's seating configuration, the crew cab can seat five or six people. Interior features include:

  • Hybrid badge on tachometer
  • Gauge tracks optimal fuel economy
  • Available leather seats
  • Available navigation system

Under the Hood
GM's two-mode hybrid system enables "full" hybrid operation with the capability to cruise on electric power up to 30 mph. The gas engine kicks in if more acceleration is needed, as well as at higher speeds; for maximum grunt, the electric motors and gas engine work together.

At the heart of the Sierra Hybrid is a 6.0-liter V-8 that teams with GM's Electrically Variable Transmission, which integrates two 60-kilowatt electric motors. The motors draw power from a 300-volt battery pack, which recharges itself off the friction generated when you hit the brakes. Mechanical features include:

  • 332-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-8 with 367 pounds-feet of torque and cylinder-deactivation technology
  • Uses regular gas
  • 26-gallon fuel tank
  • Towing capacity of 6,100 pounds (rear-wheel drive) or 5,900 pounds (four-wheel drive)

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Four-wheel antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system and traction control
  • Side curtain and front-seat side-impact airbags

 

Consumer Reviews

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Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid has not been tested.

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 Hybrid 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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker