I was amazed by the GMC Sierra Hybrid's incredibly smooth powertrain from the moment I headed out of our parking structure. The Sierra is most definitely the strong, silent type. As others have noted, the back-and-forth between gasoline and electric power in GM's two-mode hybrid system is very impressive, as is the seemingly endless supply of torque. This baby goes.
Like Phil Floraday, I was surprised by how rudimentary the eco-driving indicator is in the dash. I've driven the three newest hybrid sedans - the Toyota Prius, the Honda Insight, and the Ford Fusion Hybrid - and they one and all have fabulous, user-friendly instrument panel interfaces that allow drivers to monitor their efficiency. This is an obvious oversight on GM's part and, surely, it's something they must be working on for future hybrid models.
As pleasant as the Sierra Hybrid was to drive, I did a double-take when I saw the price. Whew! GMC Sierra Hybrid drivers will really need to be committed to saving fuel to pony up nearly fifty grand for a pickup truck, even one this luxurious.
Joe DeMatio, Executive Editor