2007 GMC Sierra 1500 Review | Edmunds.com

2007 GMC Sierra 1500

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GMC Sierra 1500 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 6.2 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 403 hp @ 5700 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/19 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2007 GMC Sierra 1500

  • Now boasting a refined cabin along with a comfortable ride and strong workhorse capabilities, the 2007 GMC Sierra 1500 stands as a major contender for top honors in the full-size pickup truck segment.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Refined and very quiet ride even with heavy-duty towing package, excellent fit and finish inside, seats are comfortable for long drives, comprehensive list of safety equipment.

  • Cons

    Four-speed transmission sometimes blunts performance, larger turning circle than most rivals, hard door armrests.

  • What's New for 2007

    The 2007 GMC Sierra 1500 is all-new, from the tires to the roof. Key improvements in cabin trim, build quality, safety features and towing capacity make the Sierra 1500 an odds-on favorite in the full-size pickup class.

Full 2007 GMC Sierra 1500 Review

What's New for 2007

The 2007 GMC Sierra 1500 is all-new, from the tires to the roof. Key improvements in cabin trim, build quality, safety features and towing capacity make the Sierra 1500 an odds-on favorite in the full-size pickup class.

Introduction

Our chief criticisms of the GMC Sierra have long been centered around its mediocre cabin style, build quality and materials. Although the Sierra was certainly a strong workhorse full-size truck, the level of refinement left a lot to be desired. For 2007, GMC is continuing to sell the old truck (the "Classic") but is also introducing a fully redesigned Sierra 1500. The new truck's extreme makeover finally takes care of our age-old gripes and builds on the Sierra's traditional strengths.

Even without close scrutinizing, it's evident that the 2007 GMC Sierra's cabin is light-years ahead of the previous one, as higher-quality plastics with uniform graining and tight panel gaps attest. One might even confuse the interior of the top-trim SLT and Denali trims with that of a Cadillac, as those Sierras' lustrous wood and metallic accents create a luxurious ambience.

Under-the-skin improvements include a more robust frame that contributes to a significantly higher towing capacity than last year's. The engines, always a strong point with the Sierra line, get even stronger this year, as output is up for nearly all of them. The truck's steering now has a rack-and-pinion setup that eliminates the big on-center dead spot of the previous system, and safety is increased via the adoption of side curtain airbags, stability control and rear park assist.

Although nearly everything has been covered, there are a few small demerits. One is the use of a four-speed automatic transmission on all trims except the Denali, which uses the superb six-speed unit seen in some of GM's full-size SUVs. The four-speed works fine most of the time, but occasionally, it is slow to downshift, leaving the engine flat-footed when a burst of power is called for. The other minor quibbles are a larger turning radius (by about 2 feet) than rivals such as the F-150 and Titan, and door armrests that are too hard.

Overall, however, we're quite impressed with the all-new GMC Sierra 1500. Like its corporate twin, the Chevrolet Silverado, it should prove to be a smart choice for a full-size pickup. Shoppers in this segment should be aware, though, that there will also be a completely redesigned Toyota Tundra this year. Like the Sierra, it's extremely well-rounded and ready for hard work. So in this segment, we're talking about a two-horse race in which the versatile, comfortable and well-built 2007 GMC Sierra 1500 is worth betting on.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 GMC Sierra full-size pickup comes in three body styles (standard cab, extended cab and crew cab). Standard cabs can be had with either a standard or long bed. Extended cabs can have a short, standard or long bed. Crew cabs come only with the short bed, making them easier to handle in traffic and during parking maneuvers. Regular cabs can be had in base Work or midlevel SLE trims, while the extended and crew cabs can also be had in those trims as well as the plush SLT. The even more luxurious Denali is offered only in crew cab form.

The Work trim comes with the basics, including air-conditioning (extended and crew cab versions), a trip computer, OnStar telematics, vinyl seating, a 40/20/40-split front bench seat and tilt steering wheel. The SLE trim actually consists of SLE1 and SLE2. The SLE1 adds deep-tinted windows, chrome grille trim, alloy wheels, a CD player, cruise control, full power accessories, cloth seating, keyless entry, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The SLE2 adds dual-zone automatic climate control (in extended and crew cabs), front bucket seating and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls.

The SLT adds rain-sensing wipers (with heated washer fluid), a Bose audio system with six-disc CD changer, keyless entry/start, leather seating, an exclusive dash design with wood/metallic accents, 12-way power and heated front seats, rear audio controls and Homelink universal remote. The range-topping Denali adds unique exterior chrome trim, a choice of 18- or 20-inch wheels, a navigation system, remote start, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, satellite radio and a sunroof.

Notable available options include the Z71 Off-Road Package (skid plates, off-road suspension and locking rear differential), power-adjustable pedals, upgraded audio systems with satellite radio, a navigation system, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a sunroof, a power sliding rear window, a cargo management system that features tracks with sliding hooks, rear park assist and an "EZ Lift" tailgate that requires only about half the effort (compared to the standard tailgate) to open and close.

Powertrains and Performance

Work trucks feature a 4.3-liter V6 (195 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque). A 4.8-liter V8 (295 hp, 305 lb-ft) powers the SLE1 trucks (except the long-box versions). A 5.3-liter V8 (315 hp, 338 lb-ft) powers Sierra SLE2 and SLT pickups, with a flex-fuel E85 version optional. The Denali's 6.2-liter V8 makes 403 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque.

Optional on all but the Work truck and Denali is the "Vortex Max" 6.0-liter V8 that makes 367 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque. All V8s except the 4.8 and 6.2 feature Active Fuel Management, which shuts down four cylinders under light-load conditions (such as highway cruising) to promote greater fuel economy. With the optional Max trailering package, tow capacity is 10,500 pounds.

A four-speed automatic transmission with a tow/haul mode is standard on all models except the Denali, which has a six-speed automatic. Buyers have a choice of either rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. The Work trim with 4WD has a traditional floor-mounted selector for the transfer case. All other 4WD GMC Sierras except the Denali have Autotrac, which features an automatic setting that shifts into 4WD when wheel slippage is detected. The AWD version of the Denali is a full-time system that requires no intervention from the driver.

Safety

Antilock brakes (front disc, rear drum) are standard on the 2007 GMC Sierra 1500, with an all-disc version optional. A stability control system with rollover mitigation is standard on crew cabs and optional on extended cabs. Side curtain airbags are optional across the board, as is rear park assist. The Denali has all the preceding items standard, along with full OnStar service and an upgrade to four-wheel disc brakes.

Interior Design and Special Features

The fit and finish of the cabin is vastly improved over the previous-generation GMC Sierra pickup truck. Tight build quality, an attractive two-tone scheme and comfortable seating front and rear combine with sound ergonomics to make the interior enjoyable on long road trips. A one-touch lane-change feature, plenty of storage cubbies, three power points (including one in the console box) and well-placed cupholders add to the user-friendly environment. SLT trims feature a unique dash and door panel treatment with lustrous wood grain and metallic accents.

Driving Impressions

Equipped with the burly 6.0-liter V8, the Sierra's acceleration is predictably swift, going from zero to 60 in 7.9 seconds and clocking a quarter-mile time of 16 seconds flat. The four-speed is sometimes caught flat-footed, taking a beat or two to downshift and provide a surge of power. Steering feel is much improved over previous GMC Sierras thanks to a new rack-and-pinion design. There's no longer a massive dead spot on-center and the power assist feels about right for a full-size truck. On long trips, the supple suspension swallows bumps (even with the heavy-duty towing option) while still allowing confident, no-slop handling with a minimum of body sway through the turns. The cabin is impressively quiet, as we recorded a lower sound reading at 70 mph in the 2007 GMC Sierra than we did in an Audi A6 luxury sedan.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



High oil consumption ,delay in

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Vehicle: 2007 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

6.0 litre vortex max...i love the looks of it and it really is a hard working truck. at 2 years of age i was using aprox 1 1/2 quarts of oil between changes. at three to four years old. i couldnt make it a full oil change before getting a low oil light ( about 3 quarts low). no leaks, just burning it. also its a huge truck with little leg room for me. and a sometimes very scary delay in throttle response. when hitting the gas to cross a busy street and it doesnt move for a full second seems like an hour!! and very cheaply made parts.... a stabilizer link made from plastic!! really?! how ridiculous



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Third sierra and have loved

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Vehicle: 2007 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

I've have my current Sierra since April, 2007 and the best decision I made was not buying the extended warranty. I've had no problems whatsoever (knock on wood). I've read several of the reviews about the issue of oil consumption which I have not experienced, but will pay a little more attention to the issue. I will say, I don't use the oil monitor. I still change my oil about every 3000 to 3500 miles. Old habits and old men are hard to change. Bottom line is although I like the looks of the new Fords and love the interior storage of the Dodge pickups, nothing will get me to walk away from my GMC.




Good truck if you are

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Vehicle: 2007 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali 4dr Crew Cab AWD 5.8 ft. SB (6.2L 8cyl 6A)

I originally wasn't interested in the Denali, but I stumbled upon a killer lease deal ($399 mo), so I went for it. My only complaint with the build quality was with the exterior door handles in which both fronts came loose. I'm currently getting 15.5 mpg in 80% highway driving and with my recent move and longer commute, I'm paying for it. You will need to rotate the tires on schedule as the fronts will wear by 25k if you don't, But that is common with most trucks. Overall I have been satisfied with my truck and the reliability has been very good, routine maint, tires and 1 headlight bulb have been it. I now have 38k miles on it.




No regrets

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Vehicle: 2007 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali 4dr Crew Cab AWD 5.8 ft. SB (6.2L 8cyl 6A)

I was shopping for a Ford F150 and was determined to get the best. I was frustrated that I could not get factory remote start, DVD or a motor that impressed me. Just by chance I decided to check out the Denali. It had everything I wanted, NAV, DVD, Sunroof, heated steering wheel/seats and best of all a motor with more power than I ever imagined. This thing is a beast and sexy as ever. I turn more heads with this truck than I did with my Mustang Cobra. It's a combination of looks(black with chrome everywhere) and sound (the 6.2 L sounds like a 60's muscle car) Everytime I start the truck it puts a smile on my face. The black leather and stitching is perfect. Manual shift is awesome.



1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Great truck

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Vehicle: 2007 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

I have been a Ford truck owner and Ford mechanic for several years, and I found the GMC Sierra Z71 SLT 4-door truck an excellent ride, with impecable styling and lines. When you drive any 4x4, you would expect a rough ride, but not with the Sierra. This truck rides like a luxury car, and the SLT package has all of the bells and whistles. I have remote start, DVD with BOSE speakers, full power everything, wood grain dash, ABS, heated washer fluid, rain sense wipers, power pedals, 2 person seat memory, all leather interior, and much much more that other trucks clearly do not even offer as options.



3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Oil consumption

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Vehicle: 2007 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 4A)

The new body style GMC Sierra with a 5.3 liter V8 has some oil consumption issues. My truck purchased new with only 30 miles on it, now with 26,000 miles on it and 3 years later, burns 1 quart of oil between oil changes. I suspect that the all aluminum block design probably has some oil ring clearance problems since I do not have any external leaks yet. Although there is no blue smoke coming out that can be seen, does'nt mean that it is not being burned. GM should do better here for a $46,000 truck. I am sure that the Suburbans and Tahoe owners are experiencing these same issues with the oil and 5.3 liter V8. I won't be buying GM again. Switching back to Ford.



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CarMan@Edmunds
CarMan@Edmunds
02-02-2007
GMAC's lease program for the Sierra is bad, but not quite as bad as you were lead to believe. Its base lease rate for the redesigned 2007 Sierra 1500 Crew Cab is currently 8.5%. It is 5.6% for the G...


mknight
mknight
03-21-2008
Dec 31, 2007 I bought a 2008 GMC Sierra 1500 WT Reg cab, 8' bed 4.3 V6 4x4, no options except for $0 cloth seats, for $15,990. I didn't want to buy new and was shopping used plow trucks, but almost ...


smedsleas
smedsleas
10-26-2012
We have a 2007 GMC Sierra 1500 Classic Crew Cab, bought it new in 2006. Our problems started with the loss of electronics when the lights for the heat controls went out on one side. We lost the chime...



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