2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Review
Which Sierra 1500 does Edmunds recommend?
While the Denali trim is popular, we recommend first taking a hard look at the SLT. The SLT is available with a long list of options and can be optioned with the same 6.2-liter V8 that's available in the Denali. We also recommend sticking with the SLT's 18- or 20-inch wheels rather than the optional 22-inch wheels in the interests of ride quality.
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Several available powertrains for various towing and hauling needs
- Long cabin provides excellent rear legroom
- Lots of in-bed tie-down points and massive bed capacity
- New touchscreen display is attractive and easy to use
- Interior design and cabin controls look dated
- Has a rougher ride than primary rivals
- Quality of some cabin materials is subpar
- Extra-large center stack takes up lots of cabin space
- The Sierra is fully redesigned for 2019
- Part of the fourth Sierra generation introduced for 2019
|Overall||7.3 / 10|
There's no replacement for displacement, and the optional V8 is a wonderful engine. We wish the brake pedal feel wasn't so lethargic. Handling, too, lacks any real edge, even in Sport mode. But if power is all you need, then the Denali is a worthy consideration.
The Denali is aiming to be a premium truck but, aside from the comfy seats and effective climate control system, we don't see what the fuss is about. Our test truck's 22-inch wheels produced a lot of tire noise over rough terrain.
Purposeful and without frills, the Sierra Denali is designed for ease of use. It's roomy and easy to get in and out of. Shorter drivers may not like the tall hood and the relationship between the steering wheel and the seat when the seat is raised.
The GMC's bed is quite useful and convenient. It's big, with plenty of tie-downs. On top of that, it has useful bed steps and an exclusive MultiPro tailgate. The tow and payload ratings aren't sky-high, but that's not a major concern. The back half of the large crew cab has lots of room for cargo, and it is easy to fit just about any child safety seat.
Even if the screen is a little small, the infotainment system and driver aids work well and are easy to use. The head-up display can show speed limit info through a handy bar graph. Otherwise, the story is about incremental improvement with this generation truck.
Most helpful consumer reviews
Denali 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 8A)
If your thinking of Buying a GMC " Industrial grade truck , JMO DON'T ! I have less than 36,000 miles on my top of the line Denali " again Industrial Grade truck ( their words and slogan not mine ) ! The Front Trans Axle has had to be replace ( never Tow anything with it ) It only took 3 tries to get it right . After fixing it the first time , within a month or so leaked fluid all over my paved drive way , and the after 6 months it did it again , ( costing me over a grand in my cost ( Gm supposedly paid 60 % and I had to pay 40 % ) During the exact time the Trans Axle messed up I receive a error message saying " Stability Traction control " They said had nothing to do with the Trans Axle problem it was ( a faulty senor ) and just coincident , They'd fix it for me for 3 to 4 hundred dollars more . It comes on and goes off , if I back up and turn steering wheel it comes on for a day or two . I guess your not supposed to back up a Industrial grade GMC truck ??? The expensive Chrome Wheels are peeling off chrome like cheap paint on a old house . They've always been polished , and waxed , was told whoever prepped these wheels didn't clean them properly . Now when I clean and Polish / wax them I have to wear protection cut gloves cause the peeling chrome will cut you like a razor knife ( found that out the hard way ) Now lets put this in perspective , I Haven't even had to replace the original tires YET ! The GAS Mileage is bad , nothing like what is stated . I Run High Test Gas , top of the Line Synthetic oil , have a K & N Air Filter for better flow , nothing really helps ! ( if you run reg gas you get no gas mileage ) JMO but this truck hasn't done a decent day work in it life , been babied , pampered , and I would not Own another one . I have been a huge , loyalist fan of GM for most of my life , I have had what I consider good and some bad vehicles but this GMC Industrial grade Serra Denali , JMO rated at the bottom of the list and cost me the most . IT will be gone as soon as I can Afford to dump it ! Don't get me wrong nice looking truck , very Appealing , But Buyer Be wear . NOT WORTH THE MONEY ! Don't let the Looks of it , cost you like it did me .
SLT 4dr Crew Cab 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 8A)
I bought the new 2019 Sierra 1500, and I’ve had bad cabin noise. The dealership tightened doors, no help. They changed the A/T tires to Street tires. Some help, but the noise is unreal. Now the dealership said they have a GM Engineering guy coming to check it out. I’m also not crazy about the new brake system. The truck has been to the dealership 3 times now. I’ve owned 6 Chevrolet trucks and never had so much noises in the cabin of a truck. I traded a 2014 GMC for this truck with no noise. I’m not happy with it.
Denali 4dr Crew Cab 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 8A)
I leased a 2019 GMC AT4 Crew Cab. Factory 2 inch lift with 18” rims and the Goodyear Wranglers. After driving the truck for approx. 100 miles there was a horrible whirling or whipping sound from front driver side. Also, a disturbing rumbling sound under the passenger seat. As usual, the dealer said it was tire noise! It was more of an axle, front end noise. They allowed me to return the truck.. so I got the 2019 Sierra Denali. I hit 5000 miles and lost my brakes!!! Similar to other forums. I had no braking power unless I pushed the pedal to the floor. UNACCEPTABLE GM!!! I also have a check engine light on. When I opened the hood, I heard a hissing sound from the driver side. UNACCEPTABLE GM!!!! Sure the new body style looks good. The multi pro tailgate is useless. Just another component to break. BTW. I have a hitch step so the tail gate can not open and be used as a multi pro gate. Sorry if you guys have a hitch and tow!!!! The interior. Is clean and simple. By no means worthy of the cost they ask! Overall, my 2019 SIERRA DENALI, overpriced trash sitting at a dealer ship waiting for repairs on a brake system. Figured GM would of perfected there products after so many years and a government bail out. Womp.womp.womp!!!!! Loyal GM customer highly unsatisfied!!!!
SLT 4dr Crew Cab 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 8A)
Own a 2019 Denali with the ultimate package. I have had it in the shop 4 times for ride quality and vibrating gear shift. Was recently in the shop for 3 weeks, and all that was done was changed one tire. The truck rides like the tires are out of balance. This is the most expensive vehicle that I have ever owned, and it’s my 3 rd and worst Sierra. The gear shift vibration is so bad, it draws your eyes to it. Talking about distracted driving!
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Sierra 1500 models:
- 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 frontal crash at low speeds.