Review: 2005 GMC Sierra 1500

The Sierra 1500 appeals most to the active, hands-on owner or contractor who needs passenger space and utility, but also favors creature comforts. The Denali version is an enigma because it's quite costly yet lacks the overall refinement that luxury customers demand. The 1500HD is a capable utility machine with a "get it done" attitude and plenty of available power and torque. As with all pickup trucks, the value story varies between body styles and drivetrains, making it important to compare the IntelliChoice Ownership Cost Value Ratings to ensure your function and financial needs align. A brand-new Sierra model will arrive for 2006, so buyers, depending on their needs and desires, can either wait for the improved truck or seek a close-out deal on current model.

A well-dressed, if aging, workhorse, the GMC Sierra offers a wide range of body configurations and powertrains to get the job done.

What's Hot

  • Solid body control and steering
  • 1500HD model with 6.0-liter V-8
  • Available all-wheel drive

    What's Not

  • Limited benefit to Hybrid
  • Dated, puzzle-piece interior
  • Only four-speeds for automatic

    The crew cab Denali joins the Sierra 1500, adding a wide variety of creature comforts and all-wheel drive. Sierra 1500HD returns with 6.0 liters of displacement for excellent towing power.

    The larger V-8s are essential for towing, and given the lack of available stability control, four-wheel drive is highly desirable in snowy climates.

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