2010 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid

Interior


$16,404 - $21,690

2010 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2010 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.4

The Sierra 1500 Hybrid gets mixed reviews for its interior. While most reviewers acknowledge that the interior is nice and roomy, several complain that it isn't as upscale as the truck's price tag would suggest.

  • "Pure work truck." -- Edmunds
  • "Automakers have figured out that trucks don't have to be boring on the inside and covered with plastic from the door panels to the center console. Cloth seats are an option, but leather gives the Sierra Hybrid a comfortable and luxurious feel." -- NADA Guides

Seating

The Sierra 1500 Hybrid is only available as a crew cab truck, and depending on the front seat buyers opt for (bench or buckets) it can seat five or six people. Few reviewers comment on the seats, though a few say that the rear bench is roomy. Since the Sierra Hybrid has the same seats as the regular Sierra, you might want to read our Sierra 1500 review to get a better idea of the Sierra Hybrid's seating comfort.

  • "Ample room for adults. Both the bucket and bench seats lack side support in fast turns but are firm and comfortable. . . . Short drivers will appreciate the available power-adjustable pedals Generous headroom, adequate legroom. With the front bucket seats, the center console restricts foot space for a center rear-seat passenger." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The crew cab version will seat six in relative comfort with enough headroom for either a cowboy hat or work helmet, or perhaps some old school beehive style hairdo." -- D.C. Examiner
  • "The rear seat is roomy and comfortable, as it should be in a crew cab, though the seatback angle is a bit stern." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

While acknowledging that it's well-made, several reviewers complain about the Sierra Hybrid's interior, which they say doesn't match the truck's price tag. Some reviewers also note that the Hybrid's efficiency gauge, which can help drivers use less fuel by providing feedback on driving habits, isn't as easy to use as similar gages in other hybrids.

  • "One of the key elements in the success of the Toyota Prius is its graphic display that tells the operator when the car is running on battery power, the state of the battery pack, etc. That sort of feedback is conspicuous by its absence in the GM hybrids." -- Car and Driver
  • "The gauges are easy to see and read. The available navigation system absorbs some audio controls but doesn't complicate their use. Navigation screen features a helpful energy flow display that indicates the status of the vehicle's gas/electric system." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The plastics are a uniformly somber black, and the functional but rudimentary switchgear doesn't exactly exude class. That's not a problem for a regular Sierra, but considering the Hybrid's elevated price, it'd be nice to have the prettified dash at least as a stand-alone option." -- Edmunds
  • "The sunroof was a great addition on a warm day, and there was ample room in the back of the crew cab for three passengers. GM could improve the quality of materials used inside, with too much hard plastic for the price." -- MarketWatch
  • "One complaint applies to all of GM's other Two-Mode Hybrids: The "efficiency gauge" is confusing. It's not immediately obvious what its unmarked green bar indicates, so it's not clear whether drivers are supposed to keep the needle to the right or the left. As it turns out, the aim is to keep the needle centered." -- HybridCars.com
  • "At nearly $50,000 as tested, we can't help but think that GM should offer the luxury dashboard on the uplevel 3HB trim package we tested." -- Left Lane News

Cargo

One compromise buyers of the Sierra Hybrid make is in interior cargo space. The Hybrid's battery pack sits under the rear seat. While the rear seat still flips up, as in the conventional Sierra, the battery pack keeps the Hybrid from having a flat load floor like the regular Sierra.

  • "In front, the bucket seats come with a roomy console bin, while the bench seat is available with a flip-down center armrest that doubles as a large storage bin. Otherwise, there are few other interior storage cubbies." -- Consumer Guide
  • "While the cushion portion of the rear seat hinges up, the space available for cargo in the back of the crew cab is diminished by the battery pack." -- Automobile Magazine

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