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How Much Does a GMC Sierra 1500HD Cost?

GMC Sierra 1500HD Car Prices



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General Motors is no stranger to trucks and their latest full-size offering, the 2011 Sierra 1500, shows that they know what the modern truck buyer wants. With a lineup that runs the gauntlet from basic work truck to one of the most luxurious trucks on the market, GMC has a full size pickup for everyone.

Once upon a time truck makers could get away with producing vehicles that towed and hauled heavy loads but didn't offer much else. Those days are long gone. Although most truck owners today still desire a tough and rugged workmate many also demand a high standard of refinement. Lucky for them truck manufacturers have come around to this reality and now offer pickups that balance performance, comfort, and luxury.

2011 GMC Sierra MSRP
1500 Work Truck 4.3L V6 $21,240
1500 SLE 4.8L V8 $27,345
1500 SL 4.8L V8 $30,565
1500 XFE 5.3L V8 $33,595
1500 SLT 5.3L V8 $36,080
1500 Hybrid 6.0L V8 $38,710
1500 Denali 6.2L V8 $43,495

Body Styles and Trim Levels

Those looking at a new Sierra 1500 have a plethora of options, including a number of cab sizes, cargo bed sizes, engines, suspension packages, and interior packages. For cabs, the half-ton Sierra 1500 offers standard cab (two-door), extended cab (small, rear-hinged back doors), and crew cab (four regular doors) configurations. The regular cab seats up to three; extended and crew cabs up to six. Crew cabs can only be fitted with a short bed (just under six feet), while the standard and extended cab styles come with either a 6-foot 6-inch bed or an 8-foot bed.

A number of trim levels are available on the Sierra 1500 depending on the cab size. The regular cab is available in Work Truck and SLE trims, extended cab Sierras come in Work Truck, SLE, and SLT trims, and the crew cab can be selected in any of the following trims: SL, SLE, XFE (Xtra Fuel Economy, featuring a variety of specs that make it more fuel-efficient), SLT, and Denali. As you might imagine the standard equipment on these different trim levels increases proportionally with the price tag. At its most basic (the regular cab, 2WD, V6 Work Truck), a Sierra 1500 comes equipped with 17-inch wheels, a 4-speaker AM/FM stereo system, A/C, a front 40/20/40 split bench seat, OnStar, and tilt-steering. On the other end of the spectrum, the top-of-the-line Denali features 20-inch chrome wheels, an MP3 compatible 6-disc CD player with premium Bose speakers and subwoofer, Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, full-power front bucket seats, leather upholstery, heated steering wheel, navigation system, and unique interior and exterior styling. Other attractive options, available on various trims, include a number of towing packages, suspension packages (the Z71 off-road package, All-Terrain package, and special regional packages), a back-up camera, a navigation system with real-time information, a sunroof, rear park assist, a rear-seat entertainment system, and a power tailgate.

Powertrains

You also have your work cut out for you when deciding what goes under the hood of your Sierra 1500. The base engine in the Work Truck is a 4.3-liter, 195 horsepower V6 (15 city/20 highway mpg), matched with a 4-speed automatic. Next up is a trio of 8-cylinder engines: a 4.8-liter, 302 horsepower V8 paired with a four-speed automatic transmission (14/19 mpg) a 5.3-liter, 315 horsepower V8 (15/21 mpg), and a 6.2-liter, 403 horsepower V8 (12/19 mpg). Both big V8s get a six-speed automatic transmission. The Sierra 1500 Hybrid combines a 6.0-liter, 332 horsepower V8 with an electric motor and a continuously variable transmission (21/22 mpg). The 5.3-liter engine has active-fuel management, meaning it switches between four and eight cylinders whenever possible to boost fuel economy. All Sierra 1500s are available with 4WD; all-wheel drive is standard (and only available) on the Denali trim. A Sierra, properly equipped, can tow up to 10,700 pounds.

Exterior

The exterior styling on the Sierra 1500 is modest but handsome. It has a new EZ lift tailgate on as an option that makes tailgate operation a snap. It also has available features like chrome moldings, a tailgate cap, and heated side mirrors.

Interior

The interior of the Sierra features high-quality materials throughout. The basic Sierras were created with the working man in mind. They have great features like large console buttons and door handles that can be operated while wearing gloves. The more luxury-inspired interiors, by contrast, can be fitted with upscale features like leather upholstery and wood and metallic accents. All Sierra cabins are spacious and comfortable, even for those riding in the optional crew or extended cabs. On extended cab models, the rear seats fold up providing a generous, flat-floored cargo area.

Performance

Behind the wheel of the Sierra expect firm, but not stiff, handling. The Sierra's road mannerisms vary considerably depending on which suspension package it's equipped with. You'll be well-protected by standard antilock brakes, StabiliTrak (electronic stability control), a host of airbags, and a complimentary year of OnStar coverage.

The full-sized truck market is crowded with worthy competitors from Ford, Dodge, and Toyota. This is good for buyers. In an effort to one-up each other automakers consistently tweak and refine their trucks. This is evident in the 2011 GMC Sierra 1500. It offers a broad range of technological innovation and practical, user-friendly features. Whether you pride yourself on being a nose to the grindstone type guy or a man who likes his creature comforts, you'll be well-served by a Sierra 1500.

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