2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid Interior

$18,879 - $24,631

2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid was new.


Interior: 7.8

Reviews are mixed on the Sierra Hybrid’s interior. Several reviewers mention that the materials and build quality are not as upscale as the truck’s price tag suggests, although all agree that both front and back seats are roomy and comfortable.

  • "Inside, the 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid is all work truck. Black plastic trim and functional, rudimentary switchgear rule out any pretensions. Still, for the hybrid price premium, we'd like the classy Silverado LTZ dash finery as an option." -- 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


The Sierra Hybrid has room for five or six people, since it is only available as a crew cab. The standard 3HA trim has front bucket seats and a rear bench seat, seating a total of five, while the higher 3HB trim includes a bench seat in the front as well, increasing the seating to six. Reviewers don’t say much about the seating except that the Crew Cab is roomy and comfortable. GMC uses the same seats in the Sierra Hybrid and the Sierra 1500, so if you’re looking for more information about the Hybrid’s seating, you may want to take a look at our Sierra 1500 review.

  • "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, though the seatback angle is a bit upright." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Although reviewers acknowledge that the Sierra Hybrid’s interior is well-made, several complain about the quality of the materials and dashboard appearance.  Some reviewers expected a more upscale interior to match the Sierra Hybrid’s $38,000 price tag. Also, a few writers mentioned that the Sierra Hybrid’s fuel efficiency gauge, which gives the driver feedback on their gas mileage, is not as easy to use as those in other hybrid vehicles.

  • "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." -- 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


Reviewers mention that Sierra Hybrid buyers have to make a small compromise in cargo space, due to the short bed and battery pack that sits under the rear seat. Although the rear seat flips up as in most trucks, the battery pack prevents the Hybrid from having a flat floor like the conventional 1500.  Also, the Sierra Hybrid is only available with a short, 5-foot-9-inch bed, decreasing the options for greater bed capacity that would go along with longer beds. The Sierra Hybrid’s bed has 53.2 cubic feet of cargo space.

  • "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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