When it comes to a performance driving light-duty pickup, the GMC Sierra 1500 is in a class all its own. It has some of the most recognized features on any pickup of its size, including the world's first six-function tailgate, the best-in-class available V8 horsepower, and torque, plus a factory-installed lift on the AT4 trim package. With a number of benefits built into each trim offering the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 has everything you need in a truck and then some. At Rick Hendrick Buick GMC Duluth, it is our goal to connect you with the right pickup for your needs. Here is what to expect from each 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 trim package.
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Sierra 1500 Base and SLE
There are several trim options available. The entry-level trim package is the base Sierra 1500. When going with the base model, you can choose between either a front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive drivetrain. Having 4WD is a great feature to help improve handling during adverse weather conditions, if you're planning on towing gear regularly, or if you go off-roading. It will increase the price point of the Sierra and fuel economy will decline slightly, so do keep that in mind when opting for the 2WD vs 4WD.
With the base model of the Sierra, you have three engine options depending on the configuration you choose. There is the 2.7L Turbo engine, the 4.3L EcoTec3 V6, or you can go with the 5.3L EcoTec3 V8. The standard V6 does provide solid power at 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque.
If you're interested, you can upgrade your base Sierra to accept not only traditional fuel but Flex Fuel. Flex Fuel isn't as widely found at gas stations, but it is a viable option. Flex Fuel is a gasoline that is blended with ethanol. Fuels cut with ethanol are less expensive, although your fuel economy does dip as regular unleaded gives you a higher combustible liquid, which burns for longer. It can be nice to have a Flex-fuel option if you're running low on funds, but you need to fill up the tank.
One thing to consider when checking out the different trims is the safety features. The Base Sierra comes with a driver, front head, front side, passenger and rear head airbags, 4-wheel ABS and 4-wheel disc brakes, electronic stability control, daytime running lights, and traction control. However, if you want added safety features, you can find them on the next level trim packages.
The first official upgradable trim is the SLE (MSRP beginning at $39,395). With this option, there is an optional straight 6, but the two standard engines are of a different variety. Instead, you'll either want to select the larger 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission (the base uses a 6-speed automatic transmission) or a 2.7L Turbo. The 2.7L Turbo offers 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque.
If you went with the 5.3L EcoTec3 V8, you'd up the engine performance to 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque; you can also spring to include the 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine that comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission for improved fuel economy and torque. Many of the safety features are the same as the base model, although front tow hooks do come standard on the SLE. In reality, outside of a handful of minor tweaks, the biggest difference between the Sierra 1500 and the SLE trim package is the engine. The SLE also has the same entertainment features, which are AM/FM stereo, AUX input jack, MP3 player, smart device integration via Bluetooth, and WiFi hotspot (with a data plan).
Sierra 1500 Elevation
The Sierra 1500 Elevation trim is similar to that of the SLE. It offers the same engine options, the same safety features, and the same standard entertainment features. With the Elevation, you're going more for the fine-touches of a sportier look. With this in mind, the Elevation very much is a cosmetic upgrade over the SLE and base models.
What should you expect from the Elevation trim? You'll see a monochromatic and a large, black grille on the font. It features 20-inch black wheels, the C-shaped LED headlamps (and taillamps), LED fog lamps, and 12 total cargo tie-downs, each of which is rated at 500 pounds per corner.
This particular model also has a 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine option if you want to go for a diesel engine. There are several available packages you can take advantage of with the Elevation, and while these packages are not standard, it does make it possible to tweak and adjust the overall look of the truck so it looks exactly as you might like it.
Sierra 1500 SLT
With a starting MSRP of $49,195, the SLT trim is where the pickup fully begins to display its muscle. It does come standard with a 5.3L V8, and it has the option for the 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel. However, you can take it up another level and go for the available 6.2L V8. The 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 will give you an impressive 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough to tow most regular trailers or that speed boat up to the lake during summer vacation.
With the SLT, the front tow hooks are no longer standard (although you can add the hooks as an option). However, the entertainment features do receive an upgrade. In addition to AM/FM stereo, AUX input, MP3 player, and smart device integration, it also comes with HD radio and satellite radio (subscription required after the free trial expires). You can also upgrade to include an optional premium sound system and navigation system.
Sierra 1500 AT4
This is the second-highest trim available on the Sierra 1500. It comes with either the 5.3L or the 6.2L V8 (plus the 3.0L Turbo Diesel). On this pickup, the LED headlamps are upgraded to high-intensity for improved visibility. It also features the GMC MultiPro Tailgate, which lets you configure the tailgate into six different functions, based on your needs at the time of using the truck. You'll also receive an off-road suspension and Rancho monotube shocks and skin plates as standard.
Front tow hooks are back standard on the AT4, and it comes with the same entertainment upgrades as the SLT. The AT4, much like the top-tier Denali, comes with a CarbonPro edition. The AT4 CarbonPro edition features an industry-first carbon fiber composite pickup bed, an Accessory MultiPro Audio System by Kicker, 18-inch Blackwall Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires, a 15-inch head-up display, plus a first-in-class rear camera mirror.
Sierra 1500 Denali
The Sierra Denali is the cream of the crop when it comes to trim packages on the Sierra. It comes in either the 5.3L V8, the 6.2L V8, or the 3.0L Turbo Diesel.
In terms of the safety features, it features daytime running lights, front tow hooks, electronic stability control, traction control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and cross-traffic alert. It also has optional brake assist, lane-keeping assist, and integrated turn signal mirrors. It also has a sizeable improvement in entertainment features over the other trim packages. It includes AM/FM stereo, AUX jack input, MP3 player, WiFi hotspot, smart device integration, HD radio, and satellite radio. It also comes standard with a premium sound system and navigation system. If you want to include a video entertainment system, you can spring for this optional feature, as well.
Much like the AT4, there is a Denali CarboPro edition. This offering comes with the 6.2L V8 as standard, plus the carbon fiber composite in the pickup bed. It comes with larger 22-inch low gloss black wheels, the GMC MultiPro Tailgate, Accessory MultiPro Audio System by Kicker, the 15-inch diagonal head-up display, and the rear camera mirror.
Of course, with any of the Sierra 1500 packages you are interested in, there are always several accessories and individual upgrades you can consider to help tweak, adjust, and edit the truck to fit your needs.
The Denali CarbonPro Edition and the AT4 Carbonpro Edition both come with a special exterior color of Onyx Black.