The 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali
A diesel and a carbon fiber bed are just some the shining stars of this beast.
For the last week I have been spending time with the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali. After getting behind the wheel of its Chevy cousin the Silverado 1500 I wanted to see what the GMC version was all about.
Danny Korecki | @dkorecki
What you get
This particular 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali was powered by a 3.0 liter Duramax turbo-diesel inline-6 engine putting out 277 horsepower and 460 ft-lb of torque all accessible via a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The drivetrain on the GMC Sierra 1500 Denali is four-wheel-drive. It features a 2-speed Autotrac transfer case. You are able to select 2 high, 4 low, 4 high, and an auto 4WD mode below the drive mode selector on the left side of the steering wheel. Speaking of drive modes, the GMC Sierra 1500 Denali features Normal, Sport, and Off Road driving modes each changing the driving characteristics of the truck.
Getting the powertrain and drivetrains out the way, this thing was "the Cadillac of trucks". It was packed with so many features and tech. 8 inch touch navigation screen, Apple Car Play/Android Auto, Bose sound system , 4G LTE, remote start are some of the base features, but then the opinions just kept getting checked on this one.
It was a Denali CarbonPro Edition. It featured a Kicker audio system, HD surround vision, rear camera mirror, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and the the one option that gives it its namesake - a CarbonPro carbon fiber composite truck bed.
I tested out a 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 diesel earlier in the year before the pandemic. The Silverado 1500 and the Sierra 1500 obviously go hand in hand. I mean they share 4 digits in their names. If these trucks were Batman and Superman, they would say their mom's names are Martha and go off fighting crime together.
Back on the trucks, the Sierra 1500 is a more spec'd up package in my opinion. I think I would have the GMC over the Chevy. Since GM owns both, I guess no matter what you pick GM wins.
Danny Korecki | @dkorecki
I think one of the oddest things about the truck I tested was it being the CarbonPro Edition. I am a fan of carbon fiber. I put it on my daily driver and love seeing it on sports/supercars. The carbon fiber bed is just one of 16 options the $8965 Denali CarbonPro (there is an additional $500 discount for CarbonPro) gets you, but it inherits the full name of the package. With it getting the full name I think more carbon should be sprinkled about. I know carbon fiber is expensive, but with the full name I think it should have been more than 1/16th of the package. In the end I loved seeing the "form" of having a carbon fiber truck bed, but for more the "function" I would love to see one pop up in some of GMs more off road offerings like the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 or Silverado Trail Boss.
The diesel engine was great driving around town and the 10-speed automatic transmission was seamless. The combo was heaven in the Silverado 1500 and it is just the same in the GMC Sierra 1500 Denali. You cannot go wrong checking the diesel option box.
Own a GMC? Own a Sierra 1500? I miss out on talking about your favorite feature? Let me know in the comments! I would love to compare notes!