2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid Overview
Getting 23 mpg on the highway out of a V8 is nearly unheard of – unless you’re dealing with the rugged and efficient 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid pickup.
A chrome three-bar grille and hard-drive-based navigation system with satellite radio and a USB port are new additions for 2012. They join GM’s two-mode hybrid system, which consists of a 332-horsepower 6.0-liter V-8 that generates 367 pounds-feet of torque and is paired to a four-speed automatic CVT with auto/manual mode. The gas engine is paired with dual electric motors, which receive power from a 300-watt nickel-metal hydride battery pack, which helps the 2012 Sierra 1500 Hybrid cruise up to 30 mph on electricity alone.
As for those fuel economy estimates: the 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid receives 20 mpg in the city and 23 mp on the highway. Consider that the hybrid version of the Sierra 1500 offers you a 33 percent increase in city mpg compared to base versions of the gas-only Sierra 1500, but also delivers the added benefit of 137-more horsepower.
Don’t let the word “hybrid” fool you; the 2012 GMC Sierra Hybrid can tow up to 6,100 pounds with rear-wheel drive and 5,900 pounds with four-wheel drive. Payload capacity maxes-out at 1,553 pounds and the bed length is just a tick over 5-feet, 6-inches. Unlike the gas-only Sierra, which has multiple cab configurations and trims, 2012 Sierra Hybrid comes in a Crew Cab with two trims (3HA and 3HB).
The interior of the 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid is no slouch either. The 3HA comes with cloth seats, power windows and doors, dual zone climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, CD player, Bluetooth connectivity, and XM Satellite Radio, while power seating and a sunroof are optional. The 3HB model adds power leather seats, a navigation system and XM’s NavTraffic with real-time traffic updates. In an attempt to make the cabin quieter, GM has reduced the amount of wind noise. GM’s OnStar 9.0 telematics system coordinates your media and connectivity and has better voice recognition. Both trims feature a hybrid badge on the tachometer and a power flow display which tracks optimal fuel usage.
In terms of safety, the 2012 Sierra 1500 Hybrid includes and four-wheel antilock brakes, side curtain and side-impact airbags, an electronic stability system and traction control. OnStar comes through again with a suite of crash response measures so that you get the attention you need in the event of an accident.
Be one with nature while out in nature with the powerful, yet efficient 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid.