2010 Initial Quality Study Results
2010 GMC Sierra LD 1500
The GMC Sierra is a traditional full-size pickup truck. Like all large American pickup trucks, the Sierra features a highly configurable body-on-frame design with a solid rear axle. GMC offers a wide range of choices in cabs, beds, drivelines, and engines (gasoline and hybrid gasoline-electric power) for the Sierra.
GM has been manufacturing pickup trucks since 1930, but it didn't use the "Sierra" name for its full-size offering until about a decade ago; instead it was simply known as the "1500 Short Bed" or "1500 Long Bed." The modern "Sierra" debuted in 1999 on GM's "GMT800" platform. In addition to its role as a commercial vehicle, the platform was to be shared with other models such as the GMC Suburban, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Yukon, Cadillac Escalade, and more.
The current-generation Sierra was introduced in 2007. The platform, called the "GMT900," features an updated frame, suspension, a new interior, and new exterior sheetmetal. Consumers are offered a choice between 6-cylinder and 8-cylinder engines (gasoline and hybrid).
Dimensions and Interior Room
|Passenger Volume||Not available|
|Cargo Volume||Not available|
Features and Options
The 2010 GMC Sierra is offered with three different cab choices (Regular, Extended, and Crew); three different cargo box choices (Short, Standard, and Long); three driveline choices (4x2, 4x4, and AWD); and in five different trim levels (WT, SL, SLE, SLT, and Denali).
Standard WT models-designed with commercial customers in mind-include vinyl upholstery, air conditioning, manual windows, manual driver seat, AM/FM audio, power steering, adjustable steering wheel, reading lamps, and a tire-pressure-monitoring system.
The upgraded models like the SL, SLE and SLT add creature comforts such as power windows, cloth upholstery, driver lumbar support, MP3 audio playback, leather-wrapped steering wheel, anti-lock brakes, and more. The flagship Denali models add premium appointments, including standard leather upholstery, Bose audio system, dual-zone climate control, remote start, and more. Denali models are also fitted with a permanent all-wheel-drive system that is safe to use on dry roads (4x4 is a part-time system). Options include wheel packages, towing mirrors, tonneau covers, assist steps, bed liners, polished exhaust tips, and more.
The standard powerplant for the 2010 GMC Sierra is a 4.3-liter 6-cylinder engine rated at 195 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. An optional engine is a 4.8-liter 8-cylinder rated at 302 horsepower and 305 lb.-ft. of torque (the engine is flex-fuel compatible). These two engines are mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. Other available engines include a 5.3-liter 8-cylinder rated at 315 horsepower and 338 lb.-ft. and a 6.2-liter 8-cylinder rated at 403 horsepower and 417 lb.-ft. of torque. These two engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Available powertrains include 4x2, 4x4, and all-wheel drive.
The Sierra Hybrid features a completely different powertrain. Under the hood of the Hybrid is a 6.0-liter 8-cylinder engine rated at 332 horsepower and 367 lb.-ft. of torque. There are two 60-kW electric motors to provide propulsion with or without the gasoline engine's assistance, based on driving conditions (a 300-volt nickel-metal hydride battery supplies power). The EPA fuel economy for the 2010 GMC Sierra ranges between 15 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.
Safety and Crash Testing
|Front Driver||5 stars|
|Front Passenger||5 stars|
|Side Driver||Not Tested|
|Side Rear Passenger||Not Tested|
|Rollover 2WD||4 stars|
|Rollover 4WD||4 stars|
|IIHS||** TOP SAFETY PICK **|
|Roof Strength||Not Tested|
|2010 IQS||Highest ranked in segment|
|2010 VDS|| |
|2009 APEAL|| |
To learn more visit:
2010 GMC Sierra LD 1500 Model Page
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