Used 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited
Pros & Cons
- Strong V8 acceleration and towing ability
- Front seats are comfortable for long drives
- Cabin is pleasingly quiet at highway speeds
- Limited features and configurations compared to all-new model
- Ride quality isn't as smooth as that of other trucks
- Mediocre-quality cabin materials
Which Sierra 1500 Limited does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited is not the all-new Sierra that debuted this year. Instead, the Sierra 1500 Limited is the last of the outgoing Sierra generation. Yes, it's the old truck, and it's sold alongside the new one.
It may seem strange, but this practice is fairly established among certain manufacturers. The upside for shoppers is price — the Sierra 1500 Limited is less costly than the all-new Sierra. And because the new Sierra is not a hugely different truck, the Sierra 1500 Limited actually represents a significant value.
The biggest catch is that the Sierra 1500 Limited is, well, limited to just one cab and bed configuration (double cab and standard bed) with one engine and transmission combination. Furthermore, it's offered in just two trim levels, and both are at the bottom of the range. It's available with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, though.
If a double cab suits your needs and you're not too picky about needing a long list of creature comforts, the Sierra 1500 Limited is a fine way to save some coin.
GMC Sierra 1500 Limited models
The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited is available only as a double cab with a standard bed, with or without four-wheel drive. There are just two trim levels: base and SLE. All Sierra 1500 Limited pickups are powered by a 5.3-liter V8 (355 horsepower, 383 pound-feet of torque) and are equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Base Sierra 1500 Limiteds are bare-bones vehicles. Standard equipment is sparse, and options are minimal. For instance, consider that floor mats are optional. However, the base trim does include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, a trailer hitch and 2-inch receiver, four-pin and seven-pin connectors, and an automatic locking rear differential. Standard equipment also includes a 7-inch touchscreen, USB ports, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and a six-speaker audio system. Option packages are limited to the Sierra Convenience package and Elevation Edition, though other stand-alone options are available.
SLE trim adds a variety of basic comforts such as LED bed lighting, floor mats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio controls, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and an 8-inch touchscreen. It also adds aluminum wheels in place of the base steel wheels, switches the mirrors and door handles from black to the body color, and upsizes the instrument cluster display to a 4.2-inch color unit in place of the base 3.5-inch monochromatic one. On 4WD trucks, the transfer case is of the automatic variety on SLE trim, instead of the manual floor-mounted shifter-equipped transfer case in base trim Sierra Limiteds.
What's more, SLE trim grants access to a range of option packages such as the SLE Value package, the cosmetic Black Pack and an off-road-oriented Suspension package.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The comments in this review are based on our full tests of the GMC Sierra Denali (6.2L V8 | 8-speed automatic | 4WD) and the related Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab Short Bed (6.2L V8 | 8-speed automatic | 4WD | 5-foot-8-inch bed).
NOTE: Since these tests were conducted in 2017, the GMC Sierra 1500 has become the GMC Sierra 1500 Limited, which entails a narrower powertrain choice and limited configurations. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's GMC Sierra 1500 Limited, however.
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Our experts like the Sierra 1500 Limited models:
- Assists in many types of situations via an on-call representative. OnStar will contact you when it detects an emergency.
- Electronic Stability Control
- Helps to keep the truck from sliding excessively in slippery conditions and attempts to correct its trajectory.
- Teen Driver
- Provides for customizable vehicle settings to monitor and accommodate a beginner driver's skill set.
GMC Sierra 1500 Limited vs. the competition
2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited
2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD
GMC Sierra 1500 Limited vs. GMC Sierra 2500HD
The Sierra 2500HD offers a big boost in towing and hauling capability over the Sierra 1500 Limited. Plus, it's available in more configurations. However, the ride quality of the 2500HD is much busier than that of the 1500 Limited, and the steering is heavier and less precise. Stick with the 1500 Limited if your needs don't require the burliness of the 2500HD.
GMC Sierra 1500 Limited vs. Ram 1500
The Ram 1500, which is currently Edmunds' top-ranked half-ton pickup on the market, oozes competence. It's superior even to the all-new Sierra. The Ram's coil-spring rear suspension pays dividends in refinement and provides for the option of air springs, too. Compared to the Sierra 1500 Limited, the Ram is more spacious and quieter, has a better ride and offers far more features. The Ram 1500 is priced competitively, too.
GMC Sierra 1500 Limited vs. Toyota Tundra
The oldest truck in the segment, the Tundra is outclassed when it comes to ride quality, features and fuel economy. Its base engine is decent but doesn't stand out. The Tundra is, however, value-priced and offered in many more configurations than the Sierra 1500 Limited. The Tundra moved the game on when it was introduced a decade ago, but it hasn't kept pace with the competition in the meantime.
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What's new in the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited?
According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited:
- The Limited is a continuation of the old Sierra 1500
- It's being sold alongside the redesigned Sierra
- Reduced configurations compared to last year
- Part of third Sierra 1500 generation introduced for 2014
Is the GMC Sierra 1500 Limited reliable?
Is the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited a good car?
How much should I pay for a 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited?
The least-expensive 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited is the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited 4dr Double Cab SB (5.3L 8cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $35,100.
Other versions include:
- SLE 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (5.3L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $43,700
- 4dr Double Cab SB (5.3L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $35,100
- SLE 4dr Double Cab SB (5.3L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $40,300
- 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (5.3L 8cyl 6A) which starts at $39,100