2016 GMC Sierra 1500 specs / reviews

2016 GMC Sierra 1500

2016 GMC Sierra 1500

Engine & Transmission
Base Engine5.3L V8 16 Valve L83
TransmissionAUTOMATIC 6A
Drivetrainrear wheel drive
Horsepower355 Horsepower
Torque383 ft-lbs.
Fuel Efficiency (CTY/HWY)16 MPG City / 23 MPG Highway
Fuel Capacity26.0
Fuel Typeregular unleaded
Turning Circle48.6
Front Suspension Classificationindependent
Rear Spring Typeleaf springs
Independent Suspensionfront
Rear Suspension Classificationsolid axle
Front Stabilizer Barstabilizer bar
Front Spring Typecoil springs
Exterior Dimensions
Overall Width Without Mirrors80.0 in.
Minimum Ground Clearance8.5 in.
Overall Length239.0 in.
Wheelbase153.0 in.
Overall Height73.7 in.
Bed Length Measurement78.9 in.
Interior Dimensions
2nd Row Leg Room40.9 in.
1st Row Hip Room60.7 in.
2nd Row Shoulder Room65.7 in.
1st Row Leg Room45.3 in.
1st Row Head Room42.8 in.
2nd Row Head Room40.5 in.
2nd Row Hip Room60.3 in.
1st Row Shoulder Room66.0 in

Positioned as a more upscale truck that a Chevrolet Silverado, the GMC Sierra is basically the same thing but with different styling and slight changes to equipment. When deciding between the two, it comes down to design, plain and simple.


Changes for 2016 GMC Sierra 1500

• Revised front styling with standard LED running lights, available LED fog lights, available LED headlights

• New Elevation Edition version of Sierra Double Cab

• Upgraded IntelliLink infotainment systems with faster response and performance, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration platforms

• Wireless phone charging is standard for all Sierras with front bucket seats

• 5.3-liter V8 comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission when installed in SLT trim level

• Optional remote locking tailgate, 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheel design

• Driver Alert option package adds lane keeping assist and automatic high-beam headlights

• Reduced powertrain warranty and free scheduled maintenance program

• Metallic paint colors are extra cost, instead of free

• New colors: Crimson Red, Cardinal Red, Mahogany, and White Frost


2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Highlights

For 2016, the updated GMC Sierra 1500 is offered in regular cab, extended cab (Double Cab), and crew cab styles paired with 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive and a short, standard, or long cargo box.

Buyers can choose base, SLE, SLT, or luxurious Denali trim, and depending on the model, GMC offers All-Terrain and Elevation Edition appearance and equipment packages. We discuss the Sierra Denali in a separate report.

This year’s new Elevation Edition is offered for the base-trim Double Cab model, giving the affordable model a more aggressive look combined with popular equipment. Black 20-inch aluminum wheels, LED fog lights, and LED cargo box lighting accentuate the truck’s body-color trim, and the Elevation Edition includes an automatic locking differential, heated power side mirrors, and a remote locking tailgate. This version of the Sierra also comes with an IntelliLink infotainment system with a 7-inch display screen and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration technologies. OnStar subscription services, complete with a 4G LTE mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, are also standard for this model.

If you’re planning to go off-road, get the SLE or SLT in Double Cab or Crew Cab style, and equip it with the All-Terrain option package. This upgrade installs unique 18-inch aluminum wheels with all-terrain tires, a Z71 off-road suspension, a transfer case skid plate, Hill Descent Control, and front tow hooks. Special interior and exterior detailing, a spray-on bedliner, and rear parking assist sensors are also standard for the Sierra All-Terrain.

For the Sierra, GMC employs a family of direct-injected engine equipped with cylinder deactivation technology that is designed to help conserve fuel. The 4.3-liter V6 engine makes 285 horsepower, the 5.3-liter V8 engine generates 355 horsepower, and the optional 6.2-liter V8 is good for 420 horsepower. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard for the V6 and 5.3-liter V8, while an 8-speed automatic is optional with the 5.3-liter V8 and standard for the 6.2-liter V8.

Depending on how the truck is configured, the Sierra 1500 can tow up to 12,000 pounds and handle a payload measuring as much as 2,260 lbs.


Alternatives to the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500

A structural and mechanical twin of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, the GMC Sierra 1500 gives buyers an alternative to the Chevy in terms of design and image. Other full-size, light-duty pickup trucks include the Ford F-150, Ram 1500, Nissan Titan XD, and Toyota Tundra.

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