2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab

MSRP range: $30,100 - $34,700
3.2 out of 5 stars(21)
What others are paying$31,903
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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.

Drag Race! Ford F-150 vs. Ram 1500 vs. GMC Sierra | Racing Pickup Trucks! | 0-60 Performance & More

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.


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. 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?

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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 $30,100.

Other versions include:

  • 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $34,700
  • 2dr Regular Cab LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A) which starts at $30,100
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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 Regular Cab Overview

The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab is offered in the following styles: 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A), and 2dr Regular Cab LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A). The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab comes with four wheel drive, and rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic. The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Sierra 1500 Regular Cab 3.2 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 Regular Cab.


  • 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

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

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What is the MPG of a 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab?

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, flex-fuel (unleaded/E85)
17 mpg compined MPG,
15 city MPG/20 highway MPG

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab 2dr Regular Cab LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A), 6-speed shiftable automatic, flex-fuel (unleaded/E85)
17 mpg compined MPG,
16 city MPG/21 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG17 mpg
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic
Drive Trainfour wheel drive
Displacement4.3 L
Passenger VolumeN/A
Wheelbase139.6 in.
Length229.6 in.
Height75.6 in.
Curb Weight4730 lbs.

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