2018 GMC Sierra Denali 1500 Review

Rating
Still one of the best trucks

The Facts:

Base Price: $52,505

Engine: 6.2L V8

Horsepower: 420 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque: 460 lb-ft @ 4100 rpm

Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic

Curb Weight: 5503 lbs

0-60: 5.6 sec

MPG: 15 City 20 Highway

Big Bold Looks:

When I first laid eyes on the Sierra Denali, I noticed it really is the most ostentatious looking truck on the market today. The giant chrome grill, 22” wheels and Denali badging all over shows people you paid the price. The BMW at the country club is nothing compared to your sparkling, chrome plated truck (with no keyless entry or push to start.) But hey! That’s ok because you have wheels that could run over a small car. LED lights are all the rage today, so GMC went all out with an entire LED rear light housing where even the side of the light is one large LED, looks very unique.

The Famous 6.2L V-8:

Towing 12.500 lbs: no problem. Doing 0-60 in 5.6 seconds: no problem. Getting 15 MPG: no problem. Even so, this is by far one of my favorite engines in existence. GM tunes it for use on many different platforms. In this case we're going for maximum torque and towing capacity. Though it’s not the most efficient engine in its class, it does manage to make it one of the fastest trucks we ever tested. The engine note is throaty and deep and sounds better than any V6 out there; I’m looking at you, Ford. An 8-Speed automatic transmission makes an appearance here and to my delight, it provided very crisp responsive shifts. Well done GM, well done.

Magnetic Ride Control = Incredible Ride:

A smooth ride in a pickup truck isn’t always easy to achieve. You’re basically sitting in a cab on top of a steel chassis, which makes it difficult to ease road impurities. GM comes to the rescue with a very unique technology called Magnetic Ride Control while works by having metal particles in the fluid [what fluid], allowing the onboard computer to control the stiffness of the shocks by adjusting a magnetic field at each end. This results in the fastest reacting shocks on the market and makes for a very comfortable ride.

The Denali Interior:

If you weren’t able to tell it’s a Denali by the giant chrome honeycomb grill or 22” wheels, just step inside. The interior has "Denali" on stitched on the headrests, the normal GMC steering wheel is replaced by a Denali one and, of course, "Denali" is imprinted on the doorsills. Overkill? Possibly, but not if you're the kind of person who's considering buying this truck. Not a whole lot changes inside when you go from the SLT trim (one below the Denali) to the top of the line Denali. However, you will get heated/cooled seats, a different center console, and my personal favorite, a large digital screen in-between the speedo and tach. Whether the upgrade is worth it is up to you.

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