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2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Interior Review


Interior: 8.3

The redesigned 2019 GMC Sierra looks good inside and features a lot of quality materials, but it doesn't live up to the standards set by some class rivals. The spacious seats are comfortable, and the user-friendly infotainment system makes it easy to control audio and climate functions.

  • "Sharp and upscale, the GMC Sierra's interior is classy and has a good amount of soft-touch surfaces, but doesn't raise the bar in design." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The top-spec Denali trim level has a familiar-looking interior design and is decked out with premium leather and real open-pore wood. While we appreciated its increased spaciousness and straightforward controls, the Denali's cabin materials seemed less upscale than those of the last-gen Denali and certainly trailed the most luxurious of the new Ram 1500 models." -- Car and Driver
  • "At first glance, you'd be hard pressed to tell the Sierra and Silverado's interiors apart from both each other and the outgoing models. It's basically the same design, though the Sierra makes do with some slightly nicer materials. Even in the Denali, though, leather, trim and switchgear feel cheap, and look notably worse than the competition. The Sierra's overall packaging is nowhere near as efficient as the new Ram 1500. It may be rugged, but it lacks a premium feel we've come to expect in these high-end trucks." -- Autoblog


The Sierra seats three in Regular Cab models and five or six in Double and Crew Cab models (depending on whether you opt for front-row bucket seats). Cloth upholstery is standard, and a rear-seat reminder comes in models with rear seats. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel are available.

The Sierra's seats are comfortable, and driver visibility is decent for a full-size truck. The interior remains whisper quiet, even at highway speeds, and the rear seats – particularly in the Crew Cab – offer an abundance of space.

For installing child safety seats, Sierra models with a rear seat have two full sets of LATCH connectors for the outboard seats, as well as an upper tether for the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the setup the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. The tether anchors can be hard to find, and the lower anchors are too deep in the seat.

  • "Another pleasant feature is that the GMC Sierra is spacious, and even the middle rear-seat passenger benefits from a flat floor." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "And you won't be missing much from the rear seats, either. That extra legroom back there means the Crew Cab version of the truck can properly handle a crew of any size." -- CNET
  • "While we don't know about other cabs, the crew cab grew three inches in length with the redesign, virtually all going to rear-seat legroom — which is vast." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Standard features in the Sierra include Teen Driver (which lets you set audio and speed limits for secondary drivers), a rearview camera, and an infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Available features include a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, remote start, a 120-volt power outlet, wireless device charging, an 8-inch touch screen, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, three additional USB ports, voice recognition, and navigation.

Available active safety features include automatic high beams, a safety alert seat (which vibrates in conjunction with the other safety features to alert you to hazards they detect), lane keep assist, lane departure warning, lane change alert, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, low-speed forward automatic braking, pedestrian detection, a surround-view camera, a Rear Camera Mirror, and a head-up display.

The enormous head-up display is a fan favorite, as is the infotainment system. Standard connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make it easy to pair your smartphone with the system, and the touch screen features intuitive menu layouts and quick response times.

See 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 specs »

  • "At least the Sierra does well on the technology front. The huge heads-up display is clear and crisp and one of the best I've seen in any vehicle at any price point. The infotainment system is quick and intuitive. … The updated rear-camera mirror allows you to adjust the viewing angle and brightness. It's a great tool if your eyes get used to the new reference points." -- Autoblog
  • "Sierra's infotainment center has been upgraded to the latest generation, while retaining its 8-inch size, and we couldn't be happier with it. Apple CarPlay works seamlessly, which has been a constant gripe among our GM-driving staffers." -- Truck Trend
  • "In the dashboard sits a touchscreen running GMC's latest flavor of IntelliLink, which … continues to be among the best, offering a simple but comprehensive experience and, most important, responsive performance." -- CNET


The Sierra is available with three bed lengths: 8-foot, 6-foot-6-inch, and 5-foot-8-inch. Not every bed length is available with every cab. Several bed features are available, including an in-bed 120-volt power outlet, a multi-function tailgate (GMC calls it the MultiPro tailgate), and integrated LED lights. The bed is now wider and deeper, meaning it has more volume than the previous Sierra's bed. There's also a good amount of in-cabin storage space, especially if you flip up the rear seat.

  • "The GMC Sierra scores well on the pickup-box front, with generous internal dimensions and 12 standard tie-downs. This year the corner steps built into the ends of its rear bumper have been enlarged to accommodate boots. A spray-in bedliner is standard on the SLT, AT4 and Denali, with an optional carbon-fiber box to come later. The Denali can be equipped with GMC's clever MultiPro retractable side steps that can pivot forward to offer bed access at the tap of a foot. And then there's the new MultiPro six-position tailgate. Standard on the SLT, AT4 and Denali, the MultiPro tailgate has a second hinge in the middle — a tailgate within a tailgate, if you will — and a flip-up panel. The flip-up panel is a load stop that keeps stuff from sliding out in two of the positions, and it becomes a nearly full-width stairstep when deployed with both tailgates down. We could not stop playing with it. This genius bit of truck origami alone will sell some Sierras." -- Edmunds
  • "Or, fold up the rear seats and there's plenty of room for bicycles, large dogs, polar bears or whatever else you're traveling with." -- CNET
  • "In the here and now, Sierra's 5-foot, 8-inch box features best-in-class cargo volume at 63 cubic feet, which was created by widening the bed floor nearly seven inches. The standard bed floor … has 12 fixed tie downs rated at 500 pounds per corner. LED cargo lights are still present and, like everything else, have been improved." -- Truck Trend

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