2016 GMC Sierra 1500

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GMC Sierra 1500 highlights

Customer rating


  • Convenient cargo bed options
  • Versatility in the cabin
  • Quiet cabin


  • Transmission issues
  • Second-row seats are not very comfortable
  • Low-quality rearview camera

Mileage (EPA estimate)

15 city, 21 highway, 17 combined

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What is new for the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500?

  • Sierra 1500 trims have been upgraded with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment this year.
  • Blind Spot Monitor, Head Up Display, and Kicker Speaker System features are now available as options on select trims.

5 reasons to buy the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500

1. Mighty engine options

The 2016 GMC Sierra 1500's three engine options offer pleasing performance for day-to-day tasks and those welcome weekend adventures. A 285-hp 4.3L V6 engine with six-speed automatic transmission and rear- or four-wheel drive is standard for the base and SLE trims. Standard for the SLT and Denali trims (and an option for the other trims) is a 355-hp 5.3L V8, paired with an eight-speed automatic. When properly equipped, this engine is able to offer an impressive maximum estimated towing capacity of 11,100 lbs.

For heavy hauling, you'll want to size up again. A 6.2L V8 engine is available for the SLT and Denali trims. It's good for 420 hp and is able to tow up an estimated to 12,000 lbs when properly equipped.

2. Cab and cargo combos

For small teams and sole traders, choose the Base or SLE trim in the regular cab configuration. It seats three and maximizes cargo space too, pairing with the 6.5-foot standard or 8-foot long bed. If you need a truck that accommodates your family or work crew, the 2016 Sierra 1500 double cab and crew cab models seat up to six across two rows, have 34.6 or 40.9 inches of legroom respectively, and both come equipped with two full sets of LATCH fixtures.

3. Features that make life easier

Yes, the 2016 Sierra 1500 is a robust and brawny truck, but it's clever and refined too, offering some smart features that make your day easier. When you need to reach into the flatbed to grab a toolbox or your baby's stroller, it's good to know all 2016 models benefit from a CornerStep rear bumper with integrated hand grips, providing a step-up boost to your reach. If you want to call ahead to check reservations or confirm stock availability at the store, pick the SLE trim or above for standard Bluetooth® handsfree calling, and smartphone connectivity with Apple Carplay® and Android Auto.

4. Supremely comfortable seats

In the 2016 Sierra 1500, aluminum or wood accents complement the soft-touch surfaces, and vinyl, cloth, or available leather upholstery. On cold mornings, heated front seats are an available option on the SLE and standard for the SLT and Denali trims. And for those days when your hands are full of tools, boxes, or big gulp drink cups, remote keyless entry (available on the base trim and standard for SLE, SLT and Denali) has you covered.

5. Package deals

Once you've identified your preferred Sierra 1500 trim, why not secure some valuable extras courtesy of an available add-on package? Chances are that one of the 13 packages will spark your interest. The All-Terrain package is ideal for off-road adrenaline junkies. Available for the SLE and SLT trims in the six-seat configuration, it includes a Z71 off-road suspension set-up, an underbody shield, LED fog lamps, and more. Want to stand out from the crowd? Lock in a 2016 Sierra 1500 SLT with the available SLT Premium package for six-inch chrome tubular assist steps, 20-inch aluminum wheels, and a Bose® premium audio system.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.6 out of 5

9 customer reviews
Above Average

RepairPal gave the GMC Sierra 1500 an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks GMC Sierra 1500 4th out of 19 among Fullsize Trucks.

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GMC Sierra 1500 features and specs

Base 2WD 2D Regular Cab

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Cruise Control
  • Flex Fuel Vehicle
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Bed Cover
  • Bed Liner
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Flex Fuel Vehicle
  • Long Bed
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Running Boards
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Tow Hitch
  • Vinyl Seats

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 45.27"

Head room

F 42.4"

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Max towing capacity

590/9800 lbs.



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