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2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: November 9, 2020

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There are pickup trucks, and then there are PICKUP TRUCKS. While the majority of the tracks fall in the former part of the definition, the trucks made by GMC fall in the latter category. GMC has always tried to offer competitively priced luxury vehicles for the common guy, and their trucks are no different. This time, taking on a newer and beefier vibe to the new decade is none other than the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500. 

The 2021 Sierra 1500 is all about carrying forward the momentum of the new generation, and hopefully correcting the flaws of its predecessors. It gets additional driver aids along with minor additions to the features being offered on the board. With its magnanimous presence of merging an uptown outlook to a competitive price, the Sierra 1500 has truly tried to outdo itself.

With this kind of effort being made, the competitors are not going to stay silent either. Hence, the GMC Sierra 1500 faces off against the newly rejuvenated Ford F-150 and its own soul cousin, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. In this battle of the biggies, it's time to see which one is primed to take the top spot and which one will succumb to its losses. Read on to find out if the Sierra 1500 made it out on top or not. 

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Pros

Lot of cargo bed features

Bold exterior design

Cabin is spacious

Lots of in-bed tie-in options

Touchscreen is responsive

Long bed is standard with regular cab

Cons

Pricy options

Ride quality is rough

What's New?

Added Driver assistance tech 


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Ratings

Features

7.5

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

7.9

Safety

8.1

Competition

7.5

Final Verdict

8.2

7.9

OVERALL RATING

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Base

Base

power
355 @ 5600
fuel
Gas v8
mpg
17 combined

$31,195 - $37,190


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Regular Cab 8.1 ft. LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $31,195 MSRP (16/17/21) 285 hp @ 5300 rpm, 4.3 L, V-6, Gas v6
6-speed Automatic TBD 3
2dr Regular Cab 8.1 ft. LB (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $32,590 MSRP (16/17/21) 285 hp @ 5300 rpm, 5.3 L, V-8, Gas v6
6-speed Automatic TBD 3
2dr Regular Cab 8.1 ft. LB 4WD (4.3L 6cyl 6A) Starting at $35,795 MSRP (15/17/20) 285 hp @ 5300 rpm, 4.3 L, V-6, Gas v6
6-speed Automatic TBD 3
2dr Regular Cab 8.1 ft. LB 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $37,190 MSRP (15/17/20) 355 @ 5600, 5.3 L, V-8, Gas v8
6-speed Automatic TBD 3

Expert Review

7.9

Overall Rating


The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab serves as the entry to the Sierra 1500 lineup and hence tries to offer a lucrative deal for the price. Starting at an MSRP of $29,700, the truck is powered by a 4.3L naturally aspirated V6 that produces a decent 285 hp and 306 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain comes mated to a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission that can put power to the rear wheels as standard. The 4WD drivetrain can be had for $4,600 extra.

With a payload capacity of 2,250 lbs and a towing capacity of 9,900, the truck gets a long bed as standard for the trim. Also, it gets 17-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, a 7-inch infotainment system, and beefed up driver-assist features to make it feature-rich. With this kind of approach, the truck faces competition from the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, and the Ford F-150, both of which have their own outlook on the segment. 


7.5/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.5/10
Interior

7.9/10
Exterior

8.1/10
Safety

7.5/10
Competition

8.2/10
Final Verdict


2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Features

7.5/10

The GMC Sierra 1500 has been around for a pretty long time now and is a well-seasoned player in the pickup truck segment. With that, it understands the emotion of the market and hence offers the Regular Cab in just a standalone trim level, which comes with mostly the bare minimum features that a person looks for in a personal driver pickup truck.

Starting at an MSRP of $29,700, you get the long bed as standard along with 17-inch wheels and all-terrain wheels, LED headlamps, taillamps, and DRLs, chrome bumpers, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a 3.5-inch digital driver display. The standard drivetrain is RWD while the 4WD can be had for $4,600 extra.

Model

GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab

MSRP (RWD- Long Box)

$29,700

MSRP (4WD- Long Box)

$34,300

Key Features

7-inch GMC Touchscreen Infotainment System with 2-speaker audio system

 

17-inch steel wheel with black finish and all-season tires

 

17-inch Spare Wheel with Spare tire carrier lock

 

Black door handles, manual outside mirrors, and Chrome bumpers

 

LED HeadLamps, LED Taillamps, and LED DRLs

 

Cab-mounted cargo area lamps

 

3.5-inch Digital Driver Display with Outside temperature display

 

40/20/40 split front bench seat with covered armrest storage and 4-way manual adjustment

 

Tailgate and bed rail protection caps with CornerStep Rear Bumper

 

Rear Vision Camera

 

Manual Door locks and windows with Solar-absorbing glass

 

Standard tailgate with Locking

 

Single-zone climate control

 

Rubberized vinyl floor covering

Customization is the name of the game with pickup trucks as you get a plethora of packages, accessories, and add-on options to adorn the Sierra 1500. Ranging from cosmetic upgrades, to feature additions, you might actually find the customization experience a very imperative part of the buying process with the Regular Cab if you plan to buy it for a long term investment.

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

GMC has been one of the biggest pioneers in the automotive industry. However, their track record in terms of long term reliability has been slightly rickety in recent years with increasing recalls every year. Add to that the slightly uptown approach to car building, the ownership costs are also slightly higher than usual.

What is the Reliability and Ownership Costs of the GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab?

Thinking about buying a new car can be a confusing decision. Thousands of opinions and millions of reviews can boggle your mind very easily. Thankfully, the J.D. Power report is here to the rescue which ranks each car on the basis of thousands of actual user reviews and opinions about a car on various parameters. The higher the J.D. Power Reliability score, the better is the car. 

The GMC Sierra 1500 scores a very respectable 87 out of a possible 100 which is more than enough to justify how well built the brand has made the truck. The other parameter wise scores are as below:

Rating Category

Score Out of 100

Verdict

Overall Score

87

Great

Quality and Reliability

86

Great

Driving Experience

82

Great

Resale

92

Best

Dealership Experience

87

Great

While the overall scores are very respectable, like we said before, GMC is finding it hard to stay afloat in terms of keeping a clean track record in terms of recalls. The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 is part of the same generation that came onto the scene in 2019 with a generational change. And since then, both the 2019 and 2020 models have seen the same 5 recalls. The first recall started with a problem in the seat belt pretensioner deployment. In this fault, the deployment of the front seat belt pretensioner might allow the passage of hot gases and could ignite the carpet. The second was for a missing pressure regulator in the fuel pump which could further increase the risk of a fire. 

The third recall happened for yet another fire hazard which could happen because of an intermittent connection in the B+ terminal of the battery cable. The fourth recall was for improperly heat-treated brake caliper bolts that ran a higher risk of rupturing and hence reduced the braking function. The latest recall happened for the diffuser component that was not crimped properly and hence could separate from the inflator during the airbag deployment. 

Now, this might be enough to edge you off from buying it. However, recalls aside, the GMC Sierra 1500 is actually a great truck for the price it demands. Being a luxury offering in the trucking industry for a competitive price, it strikes a great bargain in front of its competitors. Hence, if you do pick it up for yourself, the following are the 5-year costs of ownership that you will come across:

Category

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Total

Insurance

$884

$915

$947

$980

$1,014

$4,740

Maintenance

$384

$617

$616

$1,807

$1,125

$4,549

Repairs

$0

$0

$123

$292

$426

$841

Taxes & Fees

$3,215

$21

$82

$21

$82

$3,421

Financing

$2,004

$1,612

$1,194

$746

$270

$5,826

Depreciation

$3,254

$2,415

$2,285

$2,681

$2,541

$13,176

Fuel

$2,126

$2,189

$2,255

$2,323

$2,392

$11,285

True Cost to Own

$11,867

$7,769

$7,502

$8,850

$7,850

$43,838

The true cost to own the GMC Sierra 1500 is $43,838. Considering that you spend about 30 grand on buying it, these costs do not seem too high to own a truck that will easily last long enough to be passed on to your kids even. As the table reveals, the majority of the ownership costs are incurred in the first year owing to depreciation, higher financing fees, and higher state taxes. But as time passes, these costs reduce significantly and become bearable. But if you want to offset the ownership costs, then pick up an extended warranty plan with a periodic maintenance plan that will help offset the maintenance costs to the tune of up to 20% in the long run.

What kind of Warranty does GMC offer?

Though there are a lot of benefits of buying a new car, one of the best ones is the warranty that it comes with. Essentially, a warranty is a pillow that softens most blows for the first couple of years. 

With the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500, the limited bumper-to-bumper warranty lasts for 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first and the powertrain warranty is in place for 5-years or 60,000 miles whichever comes first. Thankfully you get the first maintenance complimentary as long as you avail it within the first year of buying. The other coverages of the warranty are:

Criteria

Period

Limited warranty

3 years / 36,000 miles; whichever is first

Powertrain warranty

5 years / 60,000 miles; whichever is first

24-hour roadside assistance

5 years / 60,000 miles; whichever is first

Corrosion Protection Warranty

3 years / 36,000 miles; whichever is first

Rust Protection Warranty

6 years / 100,000 miles; whichever is first

While the bumper to bumper warranty is in place for a short period, you might want to extend that coverage period. You can very well do that with the extended warranty that will cover the truck for up to 5-years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first. There are a lot of extended warranty protection plans that you can pick up, or even have one custom made for you.
Depending on the coverages and options you pick for your custom extended warranty plan, the price for it will vary anywhere between $1,400 to $4,700. The most famous and encompassing one is the Platinum protection that will cover more than 1,000 components in various sections of the truck.

Miles Per Dollar

When you buy the GMC Sierra 1500, the MPG figures are not what you would expect them to be. Hence, if you run it around as your daily driver for about 15,000 miles in a year, you are looking at about $2,260 as fuel cost annually. At those numbers, you will be spending about 15 cents per mile, or on the opposite side, you will get 6.6 miles per dollar that you spend on it.

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Buying Advice

The GMC Sierra 1500 as the regular cab is a pretty basic work truck that is only made for one thing, daily driving. Hence, to make it more immersive and uptown that we know GMC is capable of, we would recommend you to slightly splurge and get the following add-ons during customization:

  • Sierra Value Package- $2,130
  • 1SA Driver Alert Package I- $1,165
  • 1SA Safety Confidence Package- $390
  • WiFi Hotspot, SiriusXM, GMC Connect Access- $275

The extra 4 grand that you are spending on the truck will actually prove to be very useful in the long run as you will be in a safe yet modern-day decked up truck that is ready to take on the new decade. 

P.S. GMC is running a discount right now on the Sierra Value Package and it can be picked up at $370 right now. 

Is buying a used car GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab a good idea?

Looking at the track record of the 2020 and 2019 model year, with the sheer number of recalls of the new generation, we would recommend you to steer clear of any model from this generation. However, the previous generation was actually a better proposition. The GMC Sierra 1500 manages to hold its value quite well over the years, hence demand higher than usual resale values.

While the track record of the Sierra 1500 has never really been clear from recalls in the last 5 years, the 2018 model year seems to be the best one of the lot. That model year only had 3 recalls, and by now, it would have depreciated about 23%. Hence, you might find it a better value for money proposition in terms of buying a used one. But if you want to maximize your savings and don’t really bother about the aesthetics, you might need to go back in time to a 2014 model year which can be picked up at half the price by now. Make sure to use depreciation to your benefit, and you might just walk away with more than the average savings in your pocket. Or, you can check out some of the great deals that we have, and save yourself some time. 

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Engine and Performance

9.0/10

When you look at the GMC Sierra 1500, you might feel that the old world nostalgic vibe being exuded from it along with a very chic, macho, and modern touch. Powering up the beast from behind the grille is a red-blooded 4.3L naturally aspirated V6 that can throw out power equivalent to 285 ponies and 305 lb-ft of torque. The power is tamed by a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission that works in perfect harmony and allows you to fully explore the revv range. 

The standard drivetrain is an RWD but if you want that 4x4 feel, you can pick up the 4WD by paying $4,600 extra. With the combo that comes underneath the hood, irrespective of the drivetrain, you can rest assured of a well-balanced ride quality, that might be slightly rough around the edges.

Models

GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab RWD LB

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck Regular Cab RWD LB

Ford F-150 XL Regular Cab RWD SB

MSRP

$29,700

$28,600

$28,940

Engine

4.3L V6

4.3L V6

3.3L V6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic

10-speed shiftable automatic

Power 

285 hp @ 5,300 rpm

285 hp @ 5,300 rpm

290 hp @ 6,500 rpm

Torque 

305 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm

305 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm

265 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

In front of the others, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is essentially the same truck underneath as the Sierra 1500 in Chevrolet rebadging. The Ford F-150 is the more powerful here but loses out on the torque part of it. The drive experience is pretty enjoyable and along with that, it remains very competitive in terms of price which is why it is one of the most bought trucks in the country.

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab Acceleration And Braking Performance

Buying a pickup truck is not like buying a street racer with which you can set track records for the fastest lap. However, when it comes to it, they can definitely provide you with some much-needed fun that any average Joe might expect. The regular cab is definitely lighter on its feet and hence hushes off the line when you bury the pedal. 

The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 can complete the 0-60 mph sprint in 6.5 seconds while the quarter-mile run takes slightly longer at 15 seconds as the truck runs out of juice after hitting the mid-segment revs. For the truck, these are still relatively acceptable as it's made for being a work truck and not a road ripper. To keep up with its “athleticism”, the brand has made provisions to tame it as well when needed. The brakes are well refined, however, still lack the finesse as the GMC Sierra 1500 takes a distance of 131 feet to stop from 60-0 mph.

Models

GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab RWD LB

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck Regular Cab RWD LB

Ford F-150 XL Regular Cab RWD SB

0-60 MPH 

6.5 sec

7.0 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile 

15.0 sec

13.6 sec

13.2 sec

Top Speed 

NA

NA

130 mph

60-0 MPH

131 feet

126 feet

119 feet

In front of its adversaries, the Sierra 1500 scores top marks in terms of rushing off the line but loses out in the quarter-mile. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 comes in second and holds this spot in all regards, both in running and stopping. The Ford F-150 starts off slow and then picks up the pace very quickly to occupy the top spot in the quarter-mile and in terms of stopping.

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab Towing and Payload Capacity

With the GMC Sierra 1500, for the regular cab, there is no standard bed being offered. The brand only offers a long bed thanks to the reduction of tow seats in the back. Hence, you get a great towing capacity of 9,900 lbs and a payload capacity of 2,250 lbs. For a full-sized truck with a long bed, this is definitely one of the best if not the best. 

Models

GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab RWD LB

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck Regular Cab RWD LB

Ford F-150 XL Regular Cab RWD SB

Towing Capacity (lbs)

9,900

10,000

9,200

Payload Capacity (lbs)

2,250

2,250

1,990

Compared to the others, its own blood, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 one-ups the Sierra 1500 in terms of towing capacity whilst retaining the same payload capacity, hence securing the top spot. The Ford F-150 as a standard is actually not as strong of a contender, however, if you deck it up with add-on options the F-150 can tow up to 14,000 lbs.

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab Drive Experience

The GMC Sierra 1500 is one of the best-built trucks out there and certainly sets the tone for many others out there. However, in terms of drive experience, the truck surely misses a mark as you might feel the ride becoming rough sometimes. That being said, the suspension and steering system try to keep that in check at all times and hence try to deliver that feeling of the drive. 

At times when you want to venture into the unknown or to the off-roads, the Sierra 1500 will prove to be the best companion as it will surely know how to tread through the surface and provide you with just the kind of thrill that you might be looking for. The feature-rich and comfortable interiors surely add their touches to the overall experience to mask the overall rough and raw experience of the truck. When you are out on the paved ground, either the highway or on the road back home, the truck will maintain a simplistic point of view and deliver the things that matter.

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Fuel Economy

8.0/10

Pickup trucks are known for their hauling capacities, but expecting them to churn out mind-boggling MPG figures is too far fetched. The GMC Sierra 1500 does not waver much from this approach.

The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 offers 16 MPG in the city, 21 MPG on the highway, and 17 MPG overall. While these are far from impressive, they still get the job done for the most part. Add the factor of a 28-gallon fuel tank to the mix and you get an overall range of about 476 miles after a full refuel.

Models

GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab RWD LB

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck Regular Cab RWD LB

Ford F-150 XL Regular Cab RWD SB

MPG (City)

16

16

19

MPG (Highway)

21

21

25

MPG (Combined)

17

17

22

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

28

28

23

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

448 / 588 / 476

448 / 588 / 476

437 / 575 / 506

When compared to the rest, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is practically the same underneath and hence offers the exact same figures in all regards with the same fuel tank capacity. The Ford F-150, however, is the crown king here because it offers the best MPG figures across the board. The fuel tank capacity of the Ford is on the lower side which might undercut the case for some, but even then it offers a much better overall range than the GMC twins.

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Interior

7.5/10

Open the gates to the Sierra 1500, and you will find bench seats in the front wrapped in vinyl upholstery. GMC has tried to go the extra mile in terms of bringing the Regular Cab to the levels of the others, however, you cannot help but accept the fact that it actually is a bare-bones of an interior. 

The touchscreen infotainment system is housed front and center in the dashboard flanked by two A/C vents on each side. The steering wheel is just plain polyurethane exposed material with multifunction buttons on it. The seats are plain and simple 40/20/40 foldable and quite comfortable to be in at all times. Even if you are on a cross country trip, you will not find any problems with sitting for a long time. One thing to do in this case would be to pick up the cloth upholstery as that will be much more comfortable in the long run. 

Models

GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab RWD LB

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck Regular Cab RWD LB

Ford F-150 XL Regular Cab RWD SB

Seating Capacity

3

3

3

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

43.1 / 66.1 / 44.5

43.1 / 66.0 / 44.5

40.8 / 66.7 / 43.9

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft.)

71.7

61

44.8

The center seat can double back as an armrest as well when you are traveling alone. There are also two cup holders housed within it that come in handy almost at all times for carrying anything from your coffee to your phone, power bank to anything else that can fit in there really. The dual glove boxes come in pretty handy since you can stow away a lot of stuff that you might need in daily driving. The other notable features of the interiors are:

  • Speed-Sensitive Volume Control
  • 40/20/40 split-bench front seat with covered armrest storage 
  • Vinyl upholstery
  • 4-way manual front seat 
  • Rubberized vinyl floor covering 
  • Manual tilt steering column 
  • 3.5" diagonal monochromatic Driver Information Center 
  • Outside temperature display 
  • Manual windows 
  • Door locks, manual 
  • Single-zone climate control 
  • Inside rearview manual day/night mirror 
  • Assist handles
  • Front Cupholders

Besides the standard features, there is a lot of room for customization and hence you can actually build it up to suit the present-day standards. And if you opt for the packages, then you will save some money along with getting almost everything taken care of. 

What is there to keep me entertained in the GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab?

After a long day at work, you might be more than inclined to unwind and chill back with your favorite beer back home. But to set the mood, you need to calm your senses on the way back. This happens best with the music you play on the ride home. The GMC Sierra 1500 comes with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that is supported by just 2 speakers in total. The system is only decent and gets the job done at the price you pay. The other notable features of the system are:

  • 7-inch GMC Infotainment System with a color touchscreen 
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • 2-speaker audio system 
  • USB ports 
  • Bluetooth
  • SiriusXM
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Satellite Radio

For starters, there is no real upgrade available in the Regular Cab lineup in terms of the infotainment system. However, for the crew cab or double cab, there is a bigger touchscreen, and even a Bose Premium Surround System available. Unfortunately, if you want to get an upgrade, you will need to head over to the after-market accessories.

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Exterior

7.9/10

The GMC Sierra 1500 received a generational change in 2019 and since then, there has been no major change in the exterior design. The 2021 model year looks similar to the new model from the generational switch which was a perfect amalgamation of edgy and suave, kind of like Chris Hemsworth in a suit. 

The headlamps are a definite head turner and the chrome grille and bumpers certainly add to the appeal. 

Riding high on 17-inch tires, it certainly strikes an intimidating impression onto someone who is uninitiated in the world of pickup trucks.

Models

GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab RWD LB

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Work Truck Regular Cab RWD LB

Ford F-150 XL Regular Cab RWD SB

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,520

4,520

4,465 

Length (inches)

229.6

229.5

209.1 

Width (inches)

81.2

81.1

79.9 

Height (inches)

75.6 

75.6

75.6

Ground Clearance (inches)

8.1

8.2

8.7

Wheelbase (inches)

139.6

139.6

122.8

Move from the front to the side, and you will see the steel wheels with all-terrain tires in full glory. Unfortunately, since the Regular cab serves as the entry to the Sierra 1500 range, you will not find a lot of uptown upgrades in its exteriors. The door handles and the side mirrors are black which can stick out sometimes. Move to the rear end, and you get a manual locking capable standard tailgate. The other cabs get the EZ-lift tailgate as standard, but you can add that during customization. The other notable features of the exteriors are:

  • 17-inch steel painted wheels with all-terrain tires
  • Spare wheel and tire with carrier lock
  • Chrome Bumpers
  • LED Headlights, LED Taillamps and LED DRLs
  • Black door handles and outside rearview mirrors
  • Standard Tailgate with locking
  • CornerStep Rear bumper
  • Solar-absorbing glass 
  • Cab-mounted cargo area lamps 
  • Bed rail protection caps 
  • Capless fuel fill
  • Aluminized stainless-steel muffler and tailpipe 

Standard features aside, there are also a plethora of features that can be picked up during customization. There are 54 accessories for the bed alone, and about 22 for the exteriors that range from aesthetics to feature additions. While the options as standalone are pricey, you can pick up the curated packages to save some money and yet get your hands on them. 

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Safety

8.1/10

With trucks, the safety concerns are one of the highest since you are hauling around stuff half the time and hence can easily lose sight of the things in the grand scheme of things. Thankfully, the brilliant minds at GMC have kept in mind the clear fact that the stuff in the back should always stay intact and hence have provided a plethora of in-bed tie-in cables to that avail. Furthermore, they have beefed up the safety suite on the Sierra 1500, the highlights of which are as follows:

  • StabiliTrak, an electronic stability control system 
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps 
  • 6 airbags 
  • Rear Vision Camera 
  • Teen Driver settings
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System 
  • Brake pad wear indicator 
  • 4-wheel antilock disc brakes 
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Post-Collision Safety System
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Traction Control
  • Rear Door Child Safety Locks
  • Dusk Sensing Headlamps
  • Auto Delay Off Headlamps
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • Jackknife alert
  • Trailer Length indication

The folks at GMC have tried to offer the best experience and decked up the safety assist options, however, in front of the authorities, they seemed slightly unimpressed. The NHTSA has granted the Sierra 1500 an overall 4-star rating out of a possible 5-stars, while the IIHS has given it a conditional “Good” rating on account of the usage of a specific type of tech. Nevertheless, the brand still offers a safe and sound proposition which will certainly take care of your loved ones at all times. 

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Competition

7.5/10

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab Vs 2021 Ford F-150

The Ford F-150 is one of the most loved trucks out there and is part of the most-sold trucks in the country along with its other F-series siblings. With its powerful and feature-rich approach, there is certainly an F-150 out there for everybody. However, when compared to the Sierra 1500, the F-150 offers lesser hauling capacity, a smaller bed, and rather slower performance overall. But all that is overlooked when you look at the price tag, the reliability factor, MPG figures, and the overall safe and practical approach, and you get a very value for money proposition. 

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab Vs 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is the soul and corporate cousin of the Sierra 1500. Based on the same platform, and essentially the same truck in Chevy branding, the Silverado 1500 is a much more practical option here if you want to get a more useful and cost-effective truck in the segment. Furthermore, being a Chevy offering, the add-on options are rather easy to buy and afford and you will be much more likely to build a personalized statement than just a customized truck with this one. But all of that comes at the expense of slightly scaled-down and mellow interiors that are not as luxurious as the Sierra 1500, hence boiling it down to personal brand preference here.

2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Final Verdict

8.2/10

The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 certainly offers a value for money proposition in its build. However, the looming risk of impending recalls might deter a lot of buyers. But if you overlook that, the slightly cushy and very comfortable interiors with rather feature-packed and customizable options, make the Sierra 1500 a great buy overall.
So, if you want a truck that stands out from the crowd as distinctively as it blends in, then the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 is the one to choose. 

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2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Overall Reviews


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Donald S. Powell

2020 GMC Sierra 1500

2dr Regular Cab LB 4WD (5.3L 8cyl 6A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 12, 2020

Not what I had in mind

Pros - Seats, spacious, mpg

Cons - Transmission, headlights, infotainment

Overall Review

8 /10 Overall Rating

An amazing truck through and through. Handling is great especially for a truck, has good mpg numbers, and most important of all it is very comfortable and smooth to drive.

8/10
Features
7/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

CM

Chris A. Murphy

2020 GMC Sierra 1500

2dr Regular Cab LB (4.3L 6cyl 6A)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 12, 2020

2020 GMC Sierra

Pros - Looks, handling, interior

Cons - Customer support, mpg compared to previous models

Overall Review

10 /10 Overall Rating

Drives just like a truck, and gas mileage is worse than a truck. So, yes, not a good truck when it comes to the driving experience.

7/10
Features
7/10
Interior
7/10
Design
7/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

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Chester Y. Hein

2020 GMC Sierra 1500

2dr Regular Cab LB (5.3L 8cyl 6A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: August 10, 2020

No attention to detail

Pros - DRL, heated mirrors, keyless entry

Cons - Hard plastic center console, slick steering wheel, rocker panel

Overall Review

9 /10 Overall Rating

The pricing of Sierra is quite competitive and judging with respect to the price, it's the best truck to have in the garage. Comes handy because of the space and bed for daily drivers like me.

9/10
Features
9/10
Interior
9/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
10/10
Dealer Review

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Used GMC Sierra 1500 for Sale

Car Name Deals Starting Price Number of Listings
2019 GMC Sierra 1500 6 Great Deals Out of 647 $25,950 647 Listings
2018 GMC Sierra 1500 0 Great Deals Out of 3 $32,541 3 Listings
2017 GMC Sierra 1500 2 Great Deals Out of 227 $23,000 227 Listings
2016 GMC Sierra 1500 0 Great Deals Out of 1 $34,995 1 Listings

Top User Reviews

8

User Overall Rating

Not what I had in mind

An amazing truck through and through. Handling is great especially for a truck, has good mpg numbers, and most important of all it is very comfortable and smooth to drive.

by Donald S. Powell

10

User Overall Rating

2020 GMC Sierra

Drives just like a truck, and gas mileage is worse than a truck. So, yes, not a good truck when it comes to the driving experience.

by Chris A. Murphy

9

User Overall Rating

No attention to detail

The pricing of Sierra is quite competitive and judging with respect to the price, it's the best truck to have in the garage. Comes handy because of the space and bed for daily drivers like me.

by Chester Y. Hein

10

User Overall Rating

Loaded

So many convenience features to make daily driving easy. A good amount of practicality depicts right from the design and the way it drives i.e, smooth. I can’t feel the difference between my Sonic and Sierra 1500 in terms of driving dynamics.

by Ronald D. Burgin

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