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Pros & Cons

  • Potent V8 options
  • Composed ride
  • Lackluster handling
  • Lethargic performance with base V6




Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 8.4
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2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Overview

The 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 has a standard V6 engine that some reviewers said provides adequate power, while others wrote that acceleration is lackluster. Most preferred the added power provided by one of the three available V8 engines, especially the 5.3- and 6.2-liter variants. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard on models with the V6 and 4.8-liter V8, while models with the larger V8s come with a six-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy for a rear-wheel drive Sierra 1500 with the V6 is an EPA-estimated 15/20 mpg city/highway, which is typical for the class. Models equipped with the 5.3-liter V8 earn similar estimates at 15/21 mpg. Test drivers reported that the Sierra has a ride that’s generally composed and comfortable, but they noted that a wide turning circle and body lean keep the Sierra from feeling nimble. When properly equipped, the 2012 Sierra 1500 can tow up to 10,700 pounds.

When it was new, reviewers said that the 2012 Sierra 1500's cabin is built with generally high-quality materials. Some found the base model's cabin design a bit plain, but noted that upper trims look more luxurious. Regular cab models seat three, while extended and crew cabs seat up to six. Test drivers noted that the front seats are comfortable and spacious. Most agreed that rear legroom in extended cab models is lacking, but crew cabs have spacious and comfortable rear seats. The 2012 Sierra 1500 has a standard stereo with an auxiliary input and satellite radio. Available features include air conditioning, power windows and door locks, cloth or leather seating upholstery, a Bose audio system, Bluetooth, navigation and a rear-seat entertainment system.


Other Trucks to Consider

The base 2012 Ford F-150 gets better fuel economy than the base Sierra, and the F-150 can tow a bit more when properly equipped. The F-150 is also available in a number of trims, and reviewers were pleased with the roomy seating inside SuperCab models.

Test drivers said the 2012 Ram 1500 has one of the best cabins among full-size pickup trucks, with soft-touch materials and spacious seating in the front and rear. Reviewers also liked the Ram 1500's innovative Ram Box storage areas, as well as its powerful 5.7-liter V8 engine.

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