2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid Review

The 2012 GMC Sierra Hybrid has decent fuel economy for the class, but reviewers disliked its cheap interior materials, uncontrolled body motions in turns and numb regenerative brakes.

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy for the class
  • Compliant ride
  • Lots of body lean in turns
  • Cheap interior materials
  • Rough transition between power sources




Critics' Rating: 6.0
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 8.4
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2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid Overview

The 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid is powered by a V8 engine, as well as a pair of electric motors that are housed in its electrically variable transmission. Reviewers reported that the Sierra Hybrid has plenty of power, but some found that the transitions between gas and electric power can be choppy. According to the EPA, the 2012 Sierra Hybrid nets 20/23 mpg city/highway, which is better than what most full-size trucks get. When it was new, reviewers mentioned that the Sierra Hybrid handles like most trucks, as cornering brings on significant body lean. Other noted that the Sierra Hybrid has a generally comfortable ride, though many complained about the artificial-feeling regenerative brakes.

Critics said that the GMC Sierra Hybrid's cabin has a straightforward design with easy-to-use controls, but considering its price when it was new, some complained that the cabin materials seemed fairly cheap. The Sierra Hybrid is only available as a crew cab that seats up to six, and most test drivers agreed that it has spacious front and rear seating, though some found the rear seats to be a bit too upright for optimum comfort. The 2012 Sierra 1500 Hybrid comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system and satellite radio. Leather upholstery, a Bose stereo system, navigation and a rearview camera are available.

Other Trucks to Consider

The gas-only 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 is available in a wider range of body styles, and with its 5.3-liter V8, returns competitive fuel economy for the class. With that engine, reviewers said the Sierra 1500 has ample power for most towing or hauling and that the ride is compliant and composed.

The 2012 Ram 1500 has a unique rear suspension design, and auto journalists said that the setup gives it one of the most comfortable rides in the class. Additionally, reviewers were impressed with the Ram 1500's upscale cabin and available, lockable RamBox storage compartments on the bed sidewalls.

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