Will the 2021 GMC Sierra model be able to hold its own in the brutal pickup truck market in the United States.
In the United States, full sized pickup trucks have become the most sought-after vehicles on the market. Much like its competition, the GMC Sierra has quietly asserted itself amongst the best and most well rounded models in its class. This model is considered GMC’s version of the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado, which is known as the Sierra’s more popular twin. In fact, the Silverado and the Sierra are constantly positioned next to each other in the pickup truck rankings, only being bested by the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150.
What users tell us about the GMC Sierra
The 2019 GMC Sierra was all-new and completely redesigned with a new interior design, exterior design, engine options, and a variety of new, upscale features. There’s no question that the all-new Sierra model is well-positioned to be considered a premium full size pickup truck model, however the model isn’t necessarily able to separate itself from the stiff competition in its class. GMC’s Sierra model lacks some of the features that are available on other full size pickup models such as adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring. Additionally, the all-new interior is impressive and upscale, but models such as the Ford F-150 and the Ram 1500 have better interiors. Overall, the GMC Sierra is a sensational model in and of itself, but there are other full size pickup models that are slightly better.
What can we expect from the 2021 GMC Sierra
The GMC Sierra is set to continue to improve to keep up with the harsh competition in the pickup truck market. The 2020 GMC Sierra already has the best-in-class V8 engine, best-in-class cargo bed space, and the best-in-class crew cab leg and head room. Additionally, the 2020 GMC Sierra is the first full size pickup truck model to offer an available heads-up display and a rearview camera mirror. This model is just as capable as its competitors, and even more so in some categories. The biggest discrepancy between the GMC Sierra and the hierarchy of the pickup truck class is the interior. Other cabins offer better designs and high-end materials. So, it’s reasonable to suspect that GMC will make some changes to the interior in an effort to keep up with the competition.
GMC Sierra Facts
There are safer pickup truck models available, but the GMC Sierra has decent crash test results in most categories. The only standard safety features for all Sierra models are a rearview camera and a teen driver system that allows parents to set speed and audio limits for younger drivers. However, there are tons of available safety features such as lane keep assistance, a forward collision warning system, low-speed automated emergency braking, a heads-up display, and more.
The EPA-estimated fuel economy averages of this model vary greatly based on the chosen General Motors engine option. The popular V8 engine averages about 17 city and 23 highway miles per gallon. The most fuel-efficient option is 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that averages 20 city and 23 highway miles per gallon. All of the other engine options hover near these figures.
The interior of the current GMC Sierra is arguably the models biggest downfall, which is surprising considering the fact that this models interior is well-designed and uses great new materials. GMC’s Sierra model has always offered a more premium interior than most of its competitors, but the current model isn’t quite as upscale as other models, such as the Ram 1500. Thankfully, the infotainment system is responsive, and easy to use making it one of the best available systems in the pickup truck class. This system comes with tons of standard and available features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a WiFi hotspot, wireless charging capabilities, and much more. The center console will most likely feature a touch screen as the infotainment screen.
The completely redesigned GMC Sierra is built on an all-new platform that is longer and lighter than the model has been in previous years. The current Sierra model is virtually identical to the Chevrolet Silverado with the exception of the logo and nameplate. One of the most popular trims will probablt still be the Sierra Denali for the 2019 model year.
The GMC Sierra currently offers five available engine options, each of which is suitable for day-to-day driving. The most popular engine options are the two V8 engines, one of which makes up to 355 horsepower, and another which makes up to 420 horsepower. There’s also an available 285 horsepower V6 engine and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces up to 310 horsepower. A new turbo diesel engine was also made available late in the 2019 model year.
2021 GMC Sierra price and expected release date
The 2020 GMC Sierra was made formally available to the public in the late summer/early fall of 2019. Therefore, the company is likely to release the 2021 GMC Sierra sometime in the fall of 2020. When the 2019 Sierra was initially released, the starting MSRP hovered around $33,000. Since the model was just completely redesigned, the price is likely to hover near this figure in the coming years. The car model has come far since we last reviewed the 2017 model year.
Picture impressions from the 2019 model as featured on the GMC press portal.