2018 GMC Sierra 1500 Car Review
2018 GMC Sierra 1500 Car Review

When you get the kind of lake effect snow we get here in Hermitage, you need a truck that can conquer the elements so you can get to work. If you agree, the Sierra 1500 may have what you need in the New Castle and Mercer areas.

To break down exactly what this light-duty pickup brings with it to the job site, our team created this 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 car review.

2018 GMC Sierra 1500 Engine Specs

2018 GMC Sierra 1500 in QuicksilverThe Sierra 1500 truly leaves drivers spoiled for choice when considering engines. With three options to choose from, you’re sure to get the kind of strength and power you need.

The standard engine is the 4.3L ECOTEC®3 V6, which generates 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. If you need a little more horsepower, upgrade to the available 5.3L ECOTEC®3 V-8 engine, for an output of 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque.

Now, if you’re looking for a lot of strength, the available 6.2L ECOTEC®3 V-8 engine is the way to go. This engine will get you to the max towing capacity of 12,500 pounds by producing 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.

You’re aided by an available 4-wheel drive (4WD) drivetrain, which is available in all trims, while 2-wheel drive (2WD) is the standard.

These engines are all coupled with either a standard 6- or available 8-speed automatic transmission for a smooth acceleration, which is especially handy for towing.

Sierra 1500 Trailering Capabilities

When you have a heavy load to pull, the GMC Sierra 1500 is more than up for the challenge. This pickup reaches a maximum towing capacity of 7,600-12,500 pounds, depending on the engine. That’s over six tons! For perspective, that’s almost the weight of a standard school bus.

This truck comes with several tools to keep you in control no matter how much you’re towing, like a tow/haul drive mode that raises your transmission upshift points for easier acceleration.

You’ll also have a Trailer Sway Control that automatically monitors and corrects trailer sway, and the available Auto Grade Braking that adjusts shifting and engine output to help maintain your desired speed when descending a steep hill.

And, if you need a clear view of what’s going on behind you, the available dealer-installed Trailering Camera System can display your trailer from several angles on the infotainment console screen. This includes a multi-view display for a more complete monitoring experience.

Payload and Cargo

2018 GMC Sierra 1500 Payload CapacityIn addition to towing over six tons behind you, the 2018 GMC Sierra also manages to carry a maximum of 2,250 pounds on its back.

This payload can be situated in your choice of three cargo boxes, short, standard and long, providing 53.4, 61 and 76.3 cubic feet of cargo volume, respectively.

The EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate makes loading and unloading this space easy by implementing an internal torsion bar that reduces the effort to raise and lower the tailgate.

Montrose GM Superstore

If our 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 car review has you eager to explore more of what this pickup can provide for your drives around the New Castle and Mercer area, visit our GMC dealer in Hermitage and we’ll get you behind the wheel.

Contact us here at Montrose GM Superstore to test drive the GMC Sierra 1500 today!