Consumer Reviews Summary
21 of 24 (87%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Overview
More upscale than its Chevrolet Silverado sibling, the 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 offers you the same power and practicality with an extra helping of class and refinement.
The Sierra 1500 is available in three different cab sizes: regular, extended, and crew-cab. The regular and extended cabs come with your option of a standard (6-foot, 6-inch) or long (8-foot) cargo bed, while the crew-cab only offers a shorter cargo bed (5-foot, 9-inch) but more interior room for passengers. Features are spread across five trim levels: Work Truck, SL, SLE, SLT, and the luxurious Denali.
Under the hood of the Sierra 1500 is one of four available engines. A 195-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-6 with 260 pounds-feet of torque is the base engine. Next is a 302-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 that produces 305 pounds-feet of torque. Two flex-fuel engines are also available: a 315-horsepower (with gas), 5.3-liter V-8 with 335 pounds-feet of torque (gas) and a 403-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 with 417 pounds-feet of torque. Transmission options include a four- or six-speed automatic, and four-wheel drive is available. Towing capacity for the Sierra 1500 is about 9,000 pounds with one of the V-8s and an enhanced trailering package can bump that number north of 10,000 pounds.
Fuel economy ratings vary based on powertrain choices, 12-15 mpg in the city and 18-22 mpg on the highway. For a more fuel efficient option, a Sierra 1500 Hybrid is also available which is reviewed separately on this site.
Similar to the Silverado 1500, the Sierra’s trims run the gamut between functional and luxurious. The Work Truck, SL, and SLE trims offer a more work-space oriented approach with touches like large door handles that can we operated even when wearing gloves. Air conditioning, remote keyless entry, an AM/FM stereo, and cruise control are standard. The SLT trim raises the bar adding a power driver’s seat, upgraded Bose stereo, and Bluetooth® connectivity among its standard features.
If you really want luxurious trappings for your truck, then the Denali trim is surely your cup of tea. It gets unique exterior features like a chrome mesh grille that set it apart from the other trims. On the inside, the Denali adds dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, and remote start. A navigation system and a rear entertainment system are optional.
Safety features include antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability system with rollover mitigation technology, and a full suite of airbags. For safe maneuvering in tight spaces, the Sierra 1500 can also be outfitted with rear parking sensors and a backup camera. GM’s OnStar safety technologies are also optional.
As proof that you can have your cake and eat it, the 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 marries luxury and practicality in a truck that both looks and plays the part.