2021 GMC Sierra 1500

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2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Review

  • Several available powertrains for towing and hauling needs
  • Long cabin provides excellent rear legroom
  • Massive bed capacity and a bounty of in-bed tie-down points
  • Touchscreen display is attractive and easy to use
  • Interior design and cabin controls look dated
  • Rides rougher than primary rivals
  • Quality of some cabin materials is subpar
  • Extra-large center console takes up lots of cabin space
  • Double-cab configuration no longer available on SLT and AT4 trims
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now offer wireless connectivity
  • Part of the fourth Sierra 1500 generation introduced for 2019

The GMC Sierra 1500 is a full-size pickup truck and one of the most popular vehicles in America. Like all modern trucks, the Sierra 1500 is just as good at hauling a family as it is a bed full of gravel. It has a spacious cabin, a full complement of driver aids, and a wide range of available engines, from a fuel-efficient four-cylinder to a muscular 6.2-liter V8. There's even the complicated but surprisingly useful MultiPro tailgate that can be used as a table or folded down as a step up to the bed.

Like its corporate twin, the Chevrolet Silverado, the Sierra competes in one of the toughest segments in the market. Rivals include the fully redesigned Ford F-150 — the Edmunds Top Rated Truck for 2021 — and the Ram 1500. These trucks edge out the Sierra with their more premium interior designs and more comfortable rides. Then there's the Silverado, which offers nearly everything the Sierra does but at a slightly lower price. Still, this is an undeniably capable truck. Check out our in-depth Expert Rating to learn more about our take on the 2021 Sierra.

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The GMC Sierra is comfortable and can be equipped with a rambunctious 6.2-liter V8. But getting the big V8 drives the truck's cost up, reducing its value. Still, if you're looking for the best interpretation of the GM family of trucks, the Sierra could be it.
The optional 6.2-liter V8 is a wonderful engine. The 10-speed transmission shifts quickly. It helped our test truck cover 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds, which is quick for a full-size truck. Maximum braking performance is also impressive, though a lack of brake pedal feel can make it hard to modulate the brakes precisely in routine driving.

We're less fond of the Sierra's handling capability. It leans over a lot and generally feels ponderous as you drive around turns. The feel from the steering wheel is also a bit numb. Off-road capability is average for a full-size truck. There's also a Traction Select system, which allows additional wheelspin and smoother initial throttle response in low-traction scenarios.
The Sierra isn't quite as plush in seating as its main rivals, but the shape and support are there. The ride is relatively smooth on the highway, and the truck ably absorbs most small impacts. But the truck can get bouncy when you drive on roads that have a lot of bumps and dips.

The climate system can easily heat and cool the cabin, but operating it can be a little tricky because a lot of the control buttons are small. We really like the heated split front seats — offering separate settings for seatback and seat cushion — a GM-exclusive feature. Engine noise is nicely muted until you get hard on the throttle, at which point it becomes a bit unpleasant but not offensive.
Front headroom, shoulder room and legroom are plentiful. The back seat of the crew-cab Sierra is absolutely massive. Three full-size adults can easily fit shoulder to shoulder back there. Both the driver's seat and the steering wheel have a wide range of adjustments. But dialing in a truly pleasing driving position can be difficult because of the way the steering wheel tilts up and down.

The layout of the controls is OK. We like the big volume and tuning knobs but are less fond of some of the virtual buttons on the touchscreen and the overall dated look of the cabin. As for visibility, shorter drivers will have a hard time seeing over the hood of the truck. The thick roof pillars can also impede your vision.
The 8-inch infotainment screen looks small compared to the optional 12-inch screen you'll see in the Ram 1500 or the Ford F-150, but GMC's system is at least relatively easy to use. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard and, in our testing, connected quickly. Wireless smartphone connectivity is standard on SLT trims and above, connecting just as quickly and easily. There are USB and USB-C ports on the dash, plus more in the center console and rear seat area, but a second set in the rear for passengers would be nice.

The native voice recognition system understands basic commands but doesn't do as well with recognizing natural speech. Our test truck also had automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, front and rear parking sensors, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Most of these systems work well.
The GMC's bed is quite useful and convenient. It's big, with tie-downs galore, and no one offers bed steps like these. On top of that, it has an exclusive MultiPro tailgate, which opens in six different configurations. Top Sierra trims come standard with a brake controller, trailer camera angles that help you get hitched, and memory settings for various trailer configurations. Maximum tow ratings are not best in class but are still very respectable.

Inside, the large center console provides sufficient space for your small items, though it does take up a lot of room between the seats. There are copious cupholders too. Accommodating just about any child safety seat should be easy thanks to the crew cab's massive back seat.
The EPA says the Sierra Denali should get 17 mpg combined (15 city/20 highway). That's respectable for an upgraded V8 but not the best in class. At 17.6 mpg, we met the combined rating on our highway-dominant test loop, while our long-term average economy came out to 16.4 mpg. Impressively, we achieved 20.5 mpg during a long highway trip for our best tank.
Value is the Sierra's main weakness, especially when you're looking at the pricey Denali trim level. The interior is well built and sturdy, but the quality of materials is disappointing. Other than the MultiPro tailgate, there's not much here that's distinctive. Other trucks offer better value and towing capability.

GMC's three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty are standard for the segment. Scheduled maintenance (oil changes and tire rotation) is included for the first visit in the first year — Ram and Ford can't match that.
These days a truck has to do much more than the basics. Styling plays a role, as does its drivability. The Sierra has merit in those areas — with plenty of visual bravado and towing and hauling capability, it's certainly a competent rig. But its competitors do many of those things just a fraction better. If you want a full-size truck that's more comprehensively upscale, go with the Ram.

Which Sierra 1500 does Edmunds recommend?

Picking the right light-duty truck configuration typically comes down to knowing your needs. But the variety of configurations for the Sierra 1500 might seem overwhelming. Can't decide? Go for the midlevel SLT trim level. It comes with a long list of standard features plus a good number of extras that are available as options. The SLT's standard 5.3-liter V8 easily satisfies as well.

GMC Sierra 1500 models

The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 is available in six trim levels: base, SLE, Elevation, SLT, AT4 and Denali. The Sierra 1500 is also available in three cab configurations: regular cab, double cab (it's a crew cab, but with less rear seat space) and crew cab. Not all trims are available in all configurations. There are also three bed lengths available depending on the cab configuration.

The Sierra is also available with one of five engines. They include:

  • 4.3-liter V6 (285 horsepower, 305 lb-ft of torque)
  • Turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine (310 hp, 348 lb-ft of torque)
  • Turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six diesel engine (277 hp, 460 lb-ft of torque)
  • 5.3-liter V8 (355 hp, 383 lb-ft of torque)
  • 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp, 460 lb-ft)

Naturally, not every engine is available in every trim or configuration. The V6 comes paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. The four-cylinder and 5.3-liter V8 (with rear-wheel drive) come with an eight-speed automatic. Finally, there's a 10-speed automatic for the 5.3-liter V8 with 4WD, the diesel six-cylinder and the top-dog 6.2-liter V8. Rear-wheel drive is standard for most trims, and four-wheel drive is available.

Base
The entry-level Sierra 1500 is about the closest you'll get to a simple old-school truck you'll find these days. It comes with:

  • LED headlights
  • Chrome bumpers
  • Tilt-only steering wheel
  • Six-speaker audio system (double cab and crew cab)
  • Two USB ports
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

SLE
It includes all of the base Sierra's features and adds a lot more, including:

  • Body-colored door handles
  • LED bed lighting
  • Tinted rear windows
  • Power-adjustable driver's seat
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display
  • Two additional USB ports (an additional two when equipped with bucket seats)
  • Cruise control
  • Heated, leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • MultiPro configurable tailgate
  • Automatic-locking rear differential

Elevation
The Elevation only adds a few features on top of the SLE, including:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Remote locking tailgate
  • LED foglights

SLT
Ramps up the Sierra's luxury vibe with:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Chrome exterior trim
  • Heated and power-folding mirrors
  • Leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable front passenger seat
  • 120-volt power outlet
  • Trailer hitch guidance assist
  • Trailer brake controller
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

AT4
Enhances the Sierra's off-road performance with:

  • Four-wheel drive with low-range gearing
  • Hill descent control
  • Upgraded suspension with monotube shock absorbers and a 2-inch lift
  • All-terrain tires
  • Recovery hooks
  • Skid plates
  • Adjustable traction control

Other than the off-road upgrades, the AT4 also includes:

  • Ventilated front seats with center console

Denali
The Sierra Denali sits at the top of the lineup. It builds off the SLT trim with:

  • Two-speed transfer case (four-wheel drive only)
  • Standard Driver Alert I package (see below)
  • Adaptive suspension (can adjust to improve ride comfort and handling)
  • Bose audio system
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Side steps
  • Power-sliding rear window
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Wireless charging

Many features found in the upper trim levels can be added to the lower trims through option packages. Other major options for the Sierra 1500 include:

  •  Driver Alert I package
    • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
    • Parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible in front of or behind the vehicle when parking)
  • Driver Alert II package
    • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the Sierra and the car in front)
    • Automatic emergency braking (warns if a front impact is imminent and applies the brakes if you don't respond in time)
    • Forward collision warning (alerts you of a possible collision with the car in front)
    • Lane departure warning with lane keeping assist (warns you of a lane departure when a turn signal isn't used and can automatically steer to maintain lane position)
  • Max Trailering package
    • Revised gear ratio
    • Upgraded radiator
    • Revised shocks with heavy-duty springs
  • Technology package
    • Rear camera mirror
    • Bed-view camera
    • Surround-view camera (gives you a top-down view of the Sierra and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
    • Head-up display

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    2021 GMC Sierra 1500 videos

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    NOTE: This video is about the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500, but since the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.

    In this drag race, we take three popular pickup trucks to the racetrack to find out which one is the fastest. These full-size pickups are three of the most powerful around, obviously excluding the off-road-specialized Ram TRX. Can the F-150 PowerBoost with its hybrid engine outrace the gas-powered Sierra and Ram 1500? Which truck has the best 0-60 time? Are the results the same in 2WD and 4WD? Elana Scherr, John Adolph and Ryan ZumMallen answer these questions and more in this exciting pickup-truck drag race.

    RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Modern trucks, are they luxurious? Yes, but are they fast? Also, yes. And today, we're going to find out which one is the fastest. For that, we've got a very special guest: the 2021 Ford F150 Hybrid. Yes, it is a hybrid. No, it is not officially called the hybrid. It is called Power Boost because that sounds cooler. It's also got a very impressive 430 horsepower, and 570 pound feet of torque. John is behind the wheel of that one, and I think he's feeling like all the pressure is on him right now. And I'm going to go ahead and agree because that will take all the pressure off of me. Speaking of me, I'm in the 2020 GMC Sierra Denali, and that's got a very extreme package on it called Carbon Bro-- sorry, carbon Pro. The Carbon Pro Package comes with a carbon composite bed that is lightweight and extra durable. That actually makes the Sierra, by far, the lightest truck that we have in this Drag Race today. If that wasn't enough, there's also a huge 6.2 liter V8 up front that is making 420 horsepower and 460 pound feet of torque. Finally, in the third trunk we've got Elana and she is piloting a 2021 RAM 1,500 now that has an engine that we're very familiar with a 5.7 liter vote, making 395 horsepower and 410 pounds of torque. Honestly, that's a lot of power, but it's kind of the underdog in this race today. But you never know what's going to happen, so let's see which truck is fastest. Before we get into the racing, don't forget to hit that Subscribe button like my job depends on it, so you don't miss any of our videos. And there's a edmands.com for all your car shopping needs. On top of that, if you go to edmands.com, you can get a cash offer on your car right now. OK, guys, for this first run, let's go two wheel drive and see how it goes. ELANA SCHERR: You're the boss. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: They don't know this, but I'm also going no traction control to try and get a better start. So we'll see how that goes. SPEAKER 1: Let me know when everyone's ready, and I'll do the countdown. ELANA SCHERR: Are we leaving on one or after one? SPEAKER 1: It will be a 3, 2, 1, go. On go. JOHN ADOLPH: So on the G go or the O of go? ELANA SCHERR: Be quiet. SPEAKER 1: 3, 2, 1, go. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Get it, get it. I think I got Elana. Oh, no. John's catching up. Oh, no, he's going to take it. JOHN ADOLPH: Boom. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Oh, I really thought I had him. ELANA SCHERR: You sleepy mofos got saved by horsepower. JOHN ADOLPH: Well, you both definitely got the jump on me by a lot. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Yeah, I think with another practice, you will get a much better jump and then we really won't have a chance. But I did think I had you for a good couple of seconds, and then that was that. ELANA SCHERR: I am going to be reduced to crashing into you if I want to win this. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: I don't know about you guys, but I thought that was a pretty impressive run by all three trucks. ELANA SCHERR: I would not say that I was impressed by the Rams performance there, no. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: You jumped out so fast, though. ELANA SCHERR: That wasn't the truck, friend. No, the RAM is a great truck. 10 years ago when 400 horsepower was full on bragging rights, this thing would have blown everybody's minds. But nowadays, I mean, heck, FCA puts a Hellcat in a Ram truck. Now so I'm just not satisfied with the five seven. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: John, surprised? JOHN ADOLPH: It was really smooth. I mean, I don't know. I'd want to go back to back to back to see the difference. ELANA SCHERR: You just want to win repeatedly. JOHN ADOLPH: I must admit, it feels good. ELANA SCHERR: Do you want to try it in four wheel drive? I mean, maybe my problem was just that I wasn't putting all the power down. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Yeah, that was my problem too, definitely. So let's remedy that and put John where he belongs. ELANA SCHERR: I think the big problem with that plan, Ryan, is that John also has four wheel drive. All right, John, Ryan, you guys are putting it in four wheel drive high. It's pretty simple here. I just press a button. JOHN ADOLPH: I already put it in sport mode, which automatically sets it up four. High four automatic. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: I'm in four high and I just discovered I have a sport mode, so you guys are in trouble now. ELANA SCHERR: Well then, I guess we should do this thing. SPEAKER 1: OK. 3, 2, 1, go. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Sport mode, don't fail me now. Oh, better, better, better. Might have it this time. Oh, that was so close. I honestly don't know. He got me at the very end, but I think I might have crossed the line first. John, do you know who won? JOHN ADOLPH: I think it was you, Ryan. I was creeping up, but I couldn't catch you. I don't know if being in four made a difference, or I was just sleeping at the light. ELANA SCHERR: You were so sleepy, I could hear your dreams. I mean, no one can say I'm not trying. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: No, but you're not winning either. ELANA SCHERR: Ouch. I mean, I think it's nice of you, John, to at least give us a moment of thinking that we might have a chance at winning. JOHN ADOLPH: You guys want to do best two out of three? ELANA SCHERR: Either that or a role race. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: So for the third and final race, we're going to do a rolling race. From 40 miles an hour, we'll all be traveling together, and then we'll all smash it and see who can win from there. So that is going to be more of a real world replication, like if you're merging onto a highway or you're traveling down a straight road, and need to pass a slow Prius in front of you. Rolling race. Here we go. Let's see, homes. Mash it. JOHN ADOLPH: Come on, come on, come on, come on, come on, come on. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Sport mode. Come on, carbon fiber. Come on, 6.2. Nope, not happening. JOHN ADOLPH: Oh, I love it. F150 wins this time. Congratulations, John. ELANA SCHERR: I just want you guys to know that I have a lot of snacks in the giant console in the room and I am not sharing them. JOHN ADOLPH: I have to admit, it's fun to win. But it's bittersweet because there's no skill involved, whatsoever. I can't be really that proud, it's just mash it and keep it straight. ELANA SCHERR: I mean, what better reason to buy a fast truck than to just be like, even the skill-less can win races. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Just imagine if you had a carbon fiber bed. As fun and dramatic as that was, our real world race isn't really that surprising. Here's why: the results were pretty predictable based on our own independent instrumental track testing. That showed the F 150 blasting to 60 miles an hour in just 5.7 seconds, despite being the heaviest of the bunch. With the Sierra in hot pursuit at six seconds flat, and the Ram finishing in style at 7.3 seconds. In the quarter mile, this year, I had reason for hope given our observed time just 2/10 of a second behind the Ford, at a speed just a hair faster to boot. Again, the Ram, well, at least it looked good. When it comes to braking, again, the Ford and GMC are neck and neck, with the F 150 besting the group at 129 feet to a complete stop. While the Sierra needed 130 and the Ram took 138. Finally, on the skid pad, the Sierra took top honors measuring 0.79 lateral g over the F150's 0.78, and the Rams 0.72, which, of course, is critically important when you're all crossing your work truck. If anything, this test drove home the pure beastly power of the GMC's 6.2 liter V8. But even more than that, it showed the astonishing ability of the F 150s hybrid system to counteract all this additional weight. OK, three races down. I caught him once, so that's one for the Sierra. But the other two went pretty decisively to the F 150. That is a seriously fast truck. All three of these trucks are impressive. This one is impressive because of old school brute force. The RAM is impressive because it's just comfort everywhere you look. And the Ford is impressive because that thing feels like the future. And I wouldn't be surprised if a few years from now, we're having a three way hybrid race between these three brands. Who knows? But until then, F 150 wins into Drag Race, and it was fun finding that out. Thanks for watching. Don't forget to like and subscribe so we can keep making more videos like this. And click the links in the description for more information on all three of these trucks.

    Features & Specs

    2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB features & specs
    2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB
    4.3L 6cyl 6A
    MSRP$34,300
    MPG 15 city / 20 hwy
    SeatingSeats 3
    Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower285 hp @ 5300 rpm
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    2dr Regular Cab LB features & specs
    2dr Regular Cab LB
    4.3L 6cyl 6A
    MSRP$29,700
    MPG 16 city / 21 hwy
    SeatingSeats 3
    Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower285 hp @ 5300 rpm
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite Sierra 1500 safety features:

    Forward Collision Alert
    Sounds an alert and flashes a light when the system detects a possible front crash.
    Lane Keep Assist
    Detects when the vehicle is drifting from its lane and gently steers it back toward the center.
    Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
    Automatically applies the brakes when the system detects an impending front crash at low speeds.

    NHTSA Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars

    The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

    Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
    Side Crash RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Side Barrier RatingRating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    PassengerNot Rated
    Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back SeatNot Rated
    RolloverRating
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

    GMC Sierra 1500 vs. the competition

    GMC Sierra 1500 vs. Ford F-150

    We named the fully redesigned Ford F-150 as the Edmunds Top Rated pickup truck for 2021. The new F-150 might not look much different than the outgoing model, but it packs plenty of new features underneath the sheet metal. The F-150 is available with a wide variety of powertrains, including a new hybrid variant. Those engines give the F-150 impressive towing and payload ratings. Features including an onboard generator that can be used to charge things like power tools give it even more of an edge in this class.

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    GMC Sierra 1500 vs. Ram 1500

    The Ram 1500 underwent a full redesign in 2019 and remains one of the best vehicles on the road today. It's powerful and comfortable and has a cabin that feels decidedly premium, especially on top-level trims. The new TRX variant has us excited thanks to its powerful supercharged V8 and wide array of upgraded off-road parts. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Ram 1500.

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    GMC Sierra 1500 vs. Chevrolet Silverado 1500

    The Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are corporate siblings. Both are available in a variety of trims with a handful of engines, including a diesel and a turbocharged four-cylinder. Compared to the F-150 and Ram, the Sierra and Silverado feel a bit low-budget inside, and we found the ride quality to be worse than most rivals. Of the two, we slightly prefer the Sierra to the Silverado, but it's really a matter of which design you prefer.

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    FAQ

    Is the GMC Sierra 1500 a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Sierra 1500 both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.4 out of 10. You probably care about GMC Sierra 1500 fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Sierra 1500 gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a GMC Sierra 1500. Learn more

    What's new in the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500:

    • Double-cab configuration no longer available on SLT and AT4 trims
    • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now offer wireless connectivity
    • Part of the fourth Sierra 1500 generation introduced for 2019
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    Is the GMC Sierra 1500 reliable?

    To determine whether the GMC Sierra 1500 is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Sierra 1500. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Sierra 1500's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Sierra 1500 and gave it a 7.4 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Sierra 1500 is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2021 GMC Sierra 1500?

    The least-expensive 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 is the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 2dr Regular Cab LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $29,700.

    Other versions include:

    • 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $34,300
    • 2dr Regular Cab LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $29,700
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    What are the different models of GMC Sierra 1500?

    If you're interested in the GMC Sierra 1500, the next question is, which Sierra 1500 model is right for you? Sierra 1500 variants include 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A), and 2dr Regular Cab LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A). For a full list of Sierra 1500 models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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    2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Overview

    The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 is offered in the following submodels: Sierra 1500 Crew Cab, Sierra 1500 Regular Cab, Sierra 1500 Double Cab, Sierra 1500 Diesel. Available styles include SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 10A), AT4 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 10A), Denali 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 10A), SLT 4dr Crew Cab 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 8A), Elevation 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 8A), Elevation 4dr Crew Cab 5.8 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 8A), Elevation 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 8A), Denali 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.6 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 10A), SLE 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (4.3L 6cyl 6A), Denali 4dr Crew Cab 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 8A), SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.6 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 10A), AT4 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.6 ft. SB (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 10A), SLE 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 8A), SLE 4dr Crew Cab 5.8 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 4dr Crew Cab 5.8 ft. SB (4.3L 6cyl 6A), 4dr Double Cab SB (4.3L 6cyl 6A), SLE 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.6 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (4.3L 6cyl 6A), SLE 4dr Double Cab SB (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A), 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.6 ft. SB (4.3L 6cyl 6A), Elevation 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 6.6 ft. SB (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 2dr Regular Cab LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A), and Elevation 4dr Double Cab SB (2.7L 4cyl Turbo 8A).

    What do people think of the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Sierra 1500 1.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Sierra 1500.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

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    What's a good price for a New 2021 GMC Sierra 1500?

    2021 GMC Sierra 1500 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A)

    The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $39,935. The average price paid for a new 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A) is trending $2,377 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $2,377 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $37,558.

    The average savings for the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A) is 6% below the MSRP.

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    We are showing 1 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

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