2008 GMC Sierra 1500

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2008 GMC Sierra 1500 Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 GMC Sierra 1500 was new.

The Sierra 1500 gets a high ranking among full size pickups for its good combination of power, handling and comfort. It also offers a number of configurations and a long list of standard and optional features.

Pros & Cons

  • Long list of options and possible configurations
  • Expansive and versatile cargo room
  • Impressive crash test scores
  • Options and configurations can be overwhelming
  • Four-speed transmission limits capabilities

Research & Ratings

Currently, the GMC Sierra 1500 has a score of 8.7 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 42 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.1
Safety: 9.6
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2008 GMC Sierra 1500 Overview

Reviewers praise the Sierra 1500 not only for its strength and utility, but also its luxurious cabin, and say the combination of these attributes make the truck very appealing.  The Sierra offers two interior styles -- a basic "pure pickup" style and a more luxurious SUV-type style.  New Car Test Drive says, "Those who plan to use their trucks for commuting to work, carrying lots of family members and towing boats, may prefer the SUV-style interior, while those who use their trucks primarily as working tools will opt for the more utilitarian-oriented pure pickup design." Auto writers also note that with three cabs, three cargo beds, six engines, five suspension and four interior packages, the GMC Sierra can be custom built to each buyer's specifications. With large truck sales in a steep decline, buyers should be able to find some very good incentives and options on the GMC Sierra, which also has one of the best fuel economy ratings in the class. 

The Sierra 1500 was just redesigned last year, so changes for 2008 are minimal. These include the addition of new standard equipment including XM Satellite Radio. If you're shopping for a full-size pickup, also consider the Sierra 1500's platform-mate, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

  • Reviewing both the Sierra and the similar Chevy Silverado, Car and Driver says "It's hard to beat their all-around excellence and utility, although the four-speed automatic transmission now feels dated." -- Car and Driver
  • "This brawny four-wheel-drive truck was set up for off-roading, but more than that, it was equipped as a luxurious family transport." -- Arizona Republic
  • "While the new Tundra is excellent, the upgraded-for-2008 Titan terrific, the F-150 a solid home run, and the somewhat elderly Ram still highly competitive, these new Silverados and Sierras excel, especially in body fit, driving dynamics, fuel efficiency and cabin quietness." -- Truck Trend
  • "The 2008 GMC Sierra is offered in a Denali version, which makes for a comfortable, luxurious, pickup with the emphasis on performance rather than payload and towing capacity." -- New Car Test Drive

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