The option to customize your 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 to the right blend between work and comfort is one of the vehicle’s most compelling features. With three engines to pick from, the new 2016 model features a completely new vehicle on the inside as well as under the hood. Although the GMC Sierra tries to distinguish itself from the Chevrolet Silverado, the two are built on the same platform and remain closely related with only a few minor differences.
Sierra owners can expect to find a new interior to the 2016 series for improved comfort including an updated front dashboard and wireless phone charging. Other new features include assistance with remaining in your lane, a remote locking tailgate, and automatic high beams. The outside of the vehicle received some attention as GMC attempted to improve the vehicle’s grille. Upgraded engine options include a 5.3 liter V-8 engine from the standard size 4.3 liter V-6.
GMC put some time into improving the exterior of the Sierra to give the truck more of a presence. Exterior features include twenty inch aluminum wheels with an option for twenty two inch wheels with chrome finish in upgraded trims. Gone are the boxy sharp right angles that used to define all GMC Sierra trucks. Smoother corners and softer features make the Sierra better looking than ever. Still noticeable is the GMC logo located front and center on the vehicle’s grille.
Upgrades were made to the interior of the GMC Sierra to give it a more luxurious feel. These include leather, aluminum and wood trim and an attractive looking cabin design. Reviewers complained that the steering wheel location was a bit off and did not correctly align with the driver’s positioning. Despite the location of the steering wheel, reviewers noticed the ride was smoother and felt improved from previous models. Front heated and ventilated seats make for a more comfortable ride in extreme weather.
Technology upgrades to the 2016 Sierra include an active noise cancellation system, triple door seals and sound absorbing materials to make the ride as quiet as ever. Premium Boise speakers line the vehicle for great sound control. With the tap of a foot, a side rail presents itself for easy stepping into and out of the cabin. Wireless charging for smartphones is located in the center of the vehicle’s dash for easy access to your phone at all times.
The Sierra’s standard engine is a V-6 with two hundred and eighty five horsepower. Upgrades are available for V-8 engines with either three hundred and fifty five horsepower or four hundred and twenty horsepower. Its maximum towing rate tops out at twelve thousand pounds and regular cabs are available in either six point five or eight feet boxes. Fuel efficiency includes a rating of fifteen miles per gallon in the city and twenty one miles per gallon on the highway.
The 2016 Sierra earned a five star crash test rating, making it the first of two trucks (along with the Chevrolet Silverado) to earn a perfect safety score. Universal in all GMC Sierra trucks are dual front and side airbags, a tire pressure monitor and lights that stay on during daytime. Upgraded safety features include a front collision alert system, lane-departure warnings, automatic high beans, lane-keep assistance, and OnStar compatibility.