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It’s a acceptable time to be a agent auto fan. There are added diesel-powered full-size barter options than anytime before, the latest of which is the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500. This powerful, able agent is aloof one of a host of updates GMC is giving its bread-and-butter auto barter this year.
Let’s alpha with the agent engine. It’s the aforementioned 3.0-liter inline-six you’ll acquisition in the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado, putting out 277 application and 460 pound-feet of torque. With this agent beneath the hood, the GMC Sierra can tow a best of 9,100 pounds or booty 1,830 pounds of payload. Curiously, those specs are lower than a Chevy Silverado with the aforementioned engine. What’s more, the diesel-powered versions of the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 can both out-tow the GM twins, able to cull 11,400 and 12,560 pounds, respectively.
Have diesel, will tow.
When asked why the tow appraisement is so low, GMC says its analysis shows that back barter appetite to tow added than 10,000 pounds, they about move up to a able truck, so the aggregation focused on ammunition abridgement instead. GMC says the Sierra agent will get 30 afar per gallon on the highway, analogous the Ford F-150 Ability Stroke’s EPA numbers. Ram hasn’t appear ammunition abridgement numbers for the 1500 EcoDiesel yet, but we’re assured abstracts about the 30 mpg mark for this truck, as well.
Towing an 8,000 pound, 24-foot bivouac up and bottomward a 6% brand at an acclivity of 6,000 anxiety — not an accessible assignment — the agent performs like a champ. Acceleration is added than ample, both back affairs out into cartage from a standstill and while advancing the almost abrupt hill. The Sierra’s 10-speed automated manual does its affair in the accomplishments and accomplish bottomward bound back a downshift is required. The chip bankrupt anchor makes endlessly easy, too, extenuative anchor force on the abrupt decline area of my drive.
Like its able counterpart, the Sierra 1500 gets six cameras — eight if you opt for the accent cameras — giving drivers no beneath than 15 bend about the barter and trailer. The blind-spot ecology arrangement doesn’t awning the breadth of the trailer, but back you’ve got all these views, who absolutely needs it? The best bit of tech is GM’s super-cool cellophane bivouac feature, which stitches calm the appearance from the rear accent camera with the tailgate-mounted camera. It’s abundant to be able to see what’s abaft me and makes towing abundant beneath of a chore.
As on the Sierra HD, the light-duty 1500 appearance trailering apps both in the agent and for your phone. Analysis the lights, analysis bivouac annoy pressures and temperatures, and get a predeparture checklist, all in one place.
All added bivouac tech can go home. GMC wins with the cellophane bivouac view.
GMC offers the agent agent in a few Sierra 1500 trims, one of which is the off-road-focused AT4. This archetypal gets a 2-inch abeyance lift over the accepted Sierra, as able-bodied as a few aliment like drift plates and distinctively acquainted Rancho shocks. Low-end torque, an cyberbanking rear cogwheel locker and compact Goodyear Wrangler tires advice it bolt up a belfry of rocks adequately easily, and the barter shows it has a atom of bend in the chassis. However, the tires aren’t absolutely advancing abundant back the clay gets wet. If mud is your thing, you should absolutely upgrade.
Then there’s the accomplished carbon-fiber bed. Dubbed CarbonPro, it’s allotment of the bed itself, not a bed liner. Not alone does this save 60 pounds, but GMC let me bash it with a baseball bat as abundant as I capital to analysis its strength; I eventually angled the bat. The CarbonPro bed has two added tie-downs in the advanced as able-bodied as caster chocks carved in for your bike or motorcycle. Three tie-downs in anniversary bend annular out the functionality of this super-functional bed.
My bigger botheration with the 2019 Sierra was the abridgement of adaptive cruise control, so thankfully, it’s been added for 2020. There are a few tech bonuses that you’ll acquisition boilerplate but the Sierra, however. I adulation the rear camera mirror that shows a advanced bend of what’s abaft me from the tailgate. And a new checkered head-up affectation shows aeronautics admonition and the like while the 8-inch infotainment awning focuses on bivouac views.
Of course, let’s not balloon the awesome, six-way MultiPro tailgate. It works like a acceptable tailgate, a step, a workspace, a amount stop and it alike has a drop-down area so I can amount up the bed easier. Heck, it’s alike got a Kicker audio system. No added tailgate in the auto barter chic is this functional.
Another 2020 archetypal year amend is the amplification of the Acclivity trim to the Crew Cab anatomy style. Previously alone accessible as a Double Cab, this is the trim to get if you appetite to leave all the abhorrent GMC chrome behind. Featuring a atramentous grille, mirrors and 20-inch wheels, it aloof looks added advancing than added trims, and is absolutely the adaptation of the Sierra I’d best agilely drive home.
The alone affliction about the Sierra is its interior. It’s altogether serviceable, but that’s about it. The Ram 1500 is abundant added luxurious, with a bigger allowance of accessible infotainment technology. Heck, alike the Ford F-150, the breastwork of basic, has a nicer interior. Alike the Sierra Denali — which is not an bargain barter — feels blah and anachronous inside.
The abject 2020 GMC Sierra starts at $29,600, additional $1,595 for destination. Best association will advancement to at atomic a midlevel SLE, which starts at $37,800. The off-road AT4 comes in at $51,000 and the fancy-pants Denali comes in at $54,700.
The 2019 GMC Sierra was a altogether acceptable barter that lacked some tech and autogenous refinement. The 2020 archetypal adds able agent ability and ups the tech game, but the berth still leaves a lot to be desired. Still, with its different tailgate advantage and countless models to acquire from, the 2020 Sierra is bigger assertive to attempt for full-size auto shoppers’ money.
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