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2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.7

The 2016 GMC Sierra impresses automotive writers with its handsome, quiet cabin. They say the lower-level trims’ interiors are not especially refined, but they report that higher trims feature premium materials and have a posh feel. Test drivers praise the comfortable front seats, roomy rear seats and easy-to-use infotainment system, but some complain that the voice-control system is difficult to navigate. They add that the flexible-folding rear seats provide added versatility to the truck's interior.

  • "The GMC Sierra stacks up well against class rivals, and—like its Chevrolet Silverado sibling—offers strong, refined engines, good on-road behavior, plenty of handy in-cabin storage, and an impressively quiet driving environment; top-line models such as the Denali add a healthy dose of luxury to the mix." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "It is true that the basic Sierra work truck isn't all that plush, but move up the line to the Denali model and you'll find more leather and chrome than in a Texas rodeo gift shop." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "A number of key revisions ensure that the cabin is sufficiently quiet for even whispered voice commands." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "In addition to being quiet, the new cabin is a pretty nice place to stay. The new dash looks properly modern but retains solid, simple ergonomics and big, easy-to-use buttons." -- Motor Trend (2014)

Seating

Regular Cab Sierra models seat three people (two if the available bucket seats are selected). Double and Crew Cab models seat six (five with the available front bucket seats). Cloth or vinyl upholstery is standard. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, power-adjustable pedals and a heated steering wheel are available. The front seats are both large and comfortable, according to critics. They add that finding a comfortable driving position is easy and that the rear seats offer enough room for passengers to stretch out.

  • "As should be expected in a big truck, the front seats are massive." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "The seats were comfortable, with a multitude of controls that allow a wide variety of human frames to find their optimal driving position. Acoustically, and this was something we repeated to ourselves several times during our many stints behind the wheel, the Sierra seemed as quiet as a late-model luxury sedan." -- Autoblog (2014)
  • "Finally, the seats are wide and soft, perfect for a long drive out to the campground, and surround you with plenty of room to stretch out, especially in the rear." -- Motor Trend (2014)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Sierra include two USB ports and a four-speaker audio system with a 4.2-inch display screen. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, a power sunroof, Bluetooth, a Bose six-speaker audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system, wireless phone charging, forward collision alert, lane keep assist, a safety alert seat, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors and the voice-activated IntelliLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth streaming audio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and navigation. OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fit hot spot is also available.

Reviewers appreciate the Sierra's many available features, and they say that the IntelliLink infotainment system is user-friendly. However, some find the voice-control system hard to use. They add that multiple USB ports and other inputs ensure that drivers and passengers will be able to connect and charge their favorite devices.

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  • "We also loved the Sierra's gadgets. Compared to just a few short years ago, it's hard to believe a truck now has USB ports, navigation, in-vehicle apps, wireless cellphone charging and a center-mounted touchscreen. The only gadget we didn't enjoy was the voice-control system, which we had trouble using for both navigation and audio functions." -- AutoTrader
  • "We were equally impressed by its five (5!) USB inputs and an AC outlet that can keep a bounty of devices juiced and ready to play." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "The GMC MyLink touch-screen infotainment system is user-friendly, changes pages fairly quickly, and features redundant controls for those who want buttons, though it's missing a hard button to take you directly to the nav screen." -- Motor Trend (2014)
  • "On the subject of cabin likes and dislikes, we praised the bank of USB, cigarette lighter and household outlets at the bottom of the console and the array of gauges on the dashboard that allowed us to monitor just about everything mechanical." -- Autoblog (2014)

Cargo

A 6-foot-6-inch bed is standard for Regular and Double Cab Sierra models, and a 5-foot-8-inch bed is standard for Crew Cab models. Regular Cab models are available with an 8-foot bed, and Crew Cab models are available with a 6-foot-6-inch bed. Automotive writers say the rear bumper’s affixed step makes climbing in and out of the truck bed easy. They add that the cab's cargo space can be configured in multiple ways thanks to rear seats that fold down.

  • "Steps mounted in the rear bumper along with reworked stake holes make it easy to climb into the bed, while an easy open/close option allows the tailgate to be accessed using just a pair of fingers." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Flip-up rear seats offer more cargo versatility." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)

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