2019 GMC Sierra has unique new tailgate, carbon fiber bed
Competition among truck manufacturers is at an all-time high. Full-size pickups are more popular than ever, and every manufacturer wants to grab as much business as they can. That's why every new truck that comes on the market is offering more power, more versatility, and more features for your money.
Case in point: the all-new 2019 GMC Sierra. While this truck is closely related to the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC has a few things that are exclusive to the Sierra, and you won't find anything like them from any other brand of truck.
First, there's the GMC tailgate. This innovative development is pure genius for the multi-purpose truck user. The tailgate has a smaller tailgate built into it, and you can change the way you fold things up to create a step up into the bed, or the ability to stand closer to the bed with the tailgate down. You can also flip the main tailgate down and flip up the step to create a little load stop to give you 8 feet of bed space in a 6.5-foot bed. You can also flip the inner tailgate down on its own to create a standing desk or workbench. You really have to see this tailgate in action to understand how it works. But once you've seen it, you're going to want one.
The other GMC exclusive is the optional carbon fiber bed surface. This is a press-formed bed that GMC says is the toughest they've ever made for standing up to serious work. If you're looking for something really special, GMC has it.
Beyond the GMC exclusives, the Sierra is a truly impressive truck. It will be available in six different trim levels but only three are in dealers now, including a new off-road optimized AT4 trim. Buyers will be able to choose from an impressive turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine, the holdover 4.3-liter V6 or 5.3-liter V8, or a new 5.3-liter V8 with Dynamic Fuel Management. This new tech allows the engine to choose from 17 different modes of cylinder deactivation to save fuel. There's also a 6.2-liter V8 with Dynamic Fuel Management as well. Next year, a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6 joins the lineup, too. Depending on the engine you choose, you'll get a 6-speed, 8-speed, or 10-speed automatic transmission. 4WD is available in all trim levels.
I drove both the new AT4 and the top Denali trim levels of the new truck, and it's greatly improved over older models. GMC has done a lot of work to the suspension, frame, and cabin to make the new Sierra quiet and comfortable. The luxury features of the Denali trim are engaging, such as the camera-based rear view mirror or the head-up display. You'll want to check those out at the dealer, too.
The bottom line is that if you're looking for a new truck before the end of the year, you need to check out the 2019 GMC Sierra. You won't find anything else like it.
2019 GMC Sierra
Base price: $48,590
Price as tested: $67,340
Type: Full-size pickup truck
Engine: 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp, 460 lbs-ft)
Transmission: 10-speed automatic
EPA estimated mileage: 15/19
Overall length: 241 inches
Curb weight: 5,400 pounds
Final assembly: Fort Wayne, Indiana