- New exterior styling added for 2016
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also now available
- Close relative of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500
The 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 gets updated exterior styling and adds new available technology to the cabin for the new model year.
Since its refresh in 2014, the Sierra has added important content the last two years; a new eight-speed automatic transmission and Wi-Fi hot spot capability we added last year and for 2016 there are even more changes coming down the pipe.
Exterior styling changes are found on the Sierra’s face, which gets a new unique grille for each of its trim levels and new headlights with new designs for the LED accents, which are now C-shaped with the open side facing inwards towards the grille. We liked the look of the Sierra before, and we like it now; it is boxy and brash, with a rugged aesthetic that looks at home on a pickup. The Sierra 1500 comes in three cab sizes (regular, extended, and crew) and in short/standard bed lengths out back.
Under the hood, the 2015 Sierra 1500 utilizes the latest in GM engine technology. The three engines (all designated under the name EcoTec3) feature technology like cylinder deactivation, continuously variable valve timing, and direct injection to operate more efficiently while still delivering plenty of power and torque. A 285-hp, 4.3-liter V-6 is the base engine, while those looking for more power can step up to one of two V-8 options: a 355-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 or a 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with four-wheel drive optional. The V-6 and the smaller V-8 are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, while the larger V-8 gets the aforementioned eight-speed automatic.
Inside, the Sierra 1500 adds new technology for 2016, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring available with the optional infotainment system. Trucks with bucket seats up front can also now have a wireless phone charging pad, for phones with a compatible case. The center stack is filled with large gauges that can be operated even with gloved hands. There are also more standard features than you’d find in most trucks, with a USB port, power windows/locks, air conditioning, and a 4.2-inch display for the audio system coming on every model. A larger 8-inch screen, Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated front seats are also available. The Sierra 1500 is offered in Base, SLE, SLT, and Denali trims.
To help drive the Siearra 1500, there is also plenty of available safety technology including forward collision warning, lane departure warning, rearview camera, hill descent control, and front/rear parking sensors.