Between the 2018 GMC Sierra and the Chevy Silverado, things can be a bit confusing.  GM owns both GMC (obviously) and Chevrolet,  so it makes sense that they like to share platforms.  Financially, part sharing just makes the most sense.

In the specific case of the Silverado and Sierra, they are pretty much the same thing.  The differences between the two trucks are few and far between.  This makes it difficult for them to be distinct, but I guess GM doesn’t really care do they?  As long as GMC doesn’t adopt those horribly awful commercials that Chevy runs, I guess it’s okay.

I can’t deny that the 2018 GMC Sierra is a great truck, though.  In any configuration that you happen to get it in, the Sierra can run over any little Prius and it’d feel like a speed bump.  I honestly feel a bit intimidated standing directly in front of a Sierra, because I’m small and can easily be ran over.

Though there are some fake wood inserts on the dash and door trim, the interior of the 2018 Sierra is a very nice place to sit as well.  The cabin is relatively quiet as well.  It is spacious, comfortable and still imposing on the roadways.

The Exterior:

Comparing the 2018 to the 2017 model year, there aren’t any real changes on the exterior of the 2018 GMC Sierra.  The model isn’t particularly outdated yet, so it may be a couple years or so before we see a true redesign.  The fourth generation GMC Sierra has a very muscular and masculine look to it that works very well with its market.

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There are plenty of trim levels for the GMC Sierra, and a plus for the consumer is the fact that there aren’t any huge differences in styling over the trims.  The base level GMC Sierra still looks manic from the rear as the top level one does.  Speaking of the rear, I am a huge fan of those steps to get into the bed of the truck that GMC adds on the end of the bumper.  I did hear tales of them breaking on people, but I guess that was an issue that Toyota had on their Tundra’s.

The trim levels available for the 2018 GMC Sierra include base, SLE, SLT and Denali in the 1500 lineup.  There are 2500 and 3500 lines as well for better towing capacity and power for heavy duty jobs.

GMC also offers different bed and cab options for the 2018 GMC Sierra.  For the cab, you can get crew cab, regular cab and double cab.  These options are for how much space you want in the…cab for your passengers.  For the bed, you can get standard box and long box.  This ensures customers they can get the exact truck they want for the job they need.

Regardless of what trim or bed or cab you decide to go with, the 2018 GMC Sierra wears its clothing very well.  From base to Denali GMC did a great job dolling up the truck to suit whatever it’s made to do.  Well done.

The Interior-2018 GMC Sierra:

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Here, you can see the false wood sprinkled across the interior as I said before.  But that doesn’t take away or make the interior look cheap as it might sound.  The 2018 GMC Sierra has a very surprisingly comfortable cabin, and you glide over the road like a big old land yacht.

The GMC Sierra comes surprisingly well equipped for a truck as well (could be just because I’m not used to trucks coming well equipped).  Heated and ventilated seats, wireless phone charging, plenty of outlets for everything, plenty of space for activities, dual-zone climate control, phone connectivity, navigation; The list goes on and on.

The ride quality is better than you think as well.  Plus, the visibility around the truck is phenomenal.  This is good because these things can get massive, so you do need to be able to see well.  The addition of the back up camera also does help.

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Standard cab does not include a rear seat, which is absolutely fine if you don’t use a rear seat.  The double cab and crew cab options offer plenty of room for rear seat occupants if need be.

The crew cab and double cab options definitely add a luxurious appeal to the (normally) worker man’s truck.  Again, there are plenty of options for you no matter what you’re looking for.

The Performance: 

 The 2018 GMC Sierra offers four engine options.  A 4.3 liter V6 is standard, a 5.3 liter V8 is in the middle and high end of the range and the most powerful engine is the 6.6 liter V8 diesel engine.  This means that there is a big range in power delivery for you as well.  The V6 option gets upwards of 285 horsepower, the V8 option gets 350-420 hp, and the diesel 6.6 L gets 445 horses.

Torque, on the other hand, is different.  The range does from 305 pound feet to a whopping 910 pound feet for the diesel.  Which ever weapon you choose, you’ll have plenty of power to do what you need.

 The Specs:

Vehicle Type: Truck
Power plant: 4.3 L V6, 5.3 L V8 , 6.2 L V8, 6.6 L V8 (D)
Gearbox: 8-speed automatic (est.)
Power: 285 – 445 HP (est.)
MPG: Up To 24 Highway, 18 City (est.)
Torque: 305 – 910 Lb-Ft. (est.)
Length: 205.6 to 239.6 Inches (5.22 – 6.08 Meters) (est.)
Width: 80 Inches (2.03 Meters) (est.)
Height: 73.5 – 74.1 Inches (1.86 – 1.88 Meters) (est.)
Top Speed: 150 MPH (241.4 KPH) (est.)
Seating: 2 – 5 Adults
Wheelbase: 119 – 153 Inches (3.02 – 3.88 Meters) (est.)
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): 8 Sec. – 6.5 (est.)
Base Price: $28,400 (est.)

 

Sum It Up:

While there aren’t many changes for the new model year, the Sierra doesn’t need to change much.  It is a very capable and attractive truck for any need.

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