Many people want a new truck, but not nearly as many want to fork out the high prices that come along with it. The good news is that you don't have to break your bank in order to afford a new truck, thanks to the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited. This new full-size truck can be customized for a high-end feel, sure, but its base-level pricing still leaves room for budgeting. In fact, the Sierra Limited Pro trim starts out at only $31,200 with standard equipment–this includes the ability to tow up to 9,100 pounds and haul up to 2,060 pounds.*
Not sold yet? Maybe the two available V8 engines will help to change your mind. The 5.3-liter V8 makes the Sierra Limited capable of towing up to 11,100 pounds, while the top 6.2-liter V8 can handle trailers weighing up to 11,800 pounds. The new Sierra Limited also has more bed volume than any other full-size truck in its class while offering better front headroom and legroom than any other 2022 option on the market.
The best part of it all is that this truck gets better fuel economy than many popular SUVs even do. The Sierra 1500 Limited can reach 23 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway thanks to the Duramax engine while still offering a hefty tow capacity of 9,200 pounds. After years of sacrificing fuel efficiency for power, you can now drive a powerful and spacious truck without fearing the gas pump.
There are four different available engines you can get in the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited, meaning that specs vary across trims. The first engine choice is the 2.7-liter Turbo I4, which comes standard on the base-level Pro trim. This engine is paired with a standard 8-speed automatic transmission and produces 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque. When using this engine, drivers can tow up to 9,100 pounds and haul 2,060 pounds.
Next up is the 5.3-liter EcoTec V8 engine. This engine is standard on the SLT trim and is paired with either a standard 8-speed automatic transmission or an optional 10-speed automatic transmission. More powerful than the 2.7-liter I4, this engine produces 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, making the truck's towing capacity as high as 11,100 pounds. In addition to trailering 2,000 pounds more than the I4, this engine allows the Sierra Limited to haul 120 pounds more in the bed, with a 2,180-pound max payload capacity.
The 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 is available on the SLT, AT4, and Denali trims. This engine is paired with an automatic 10-speed transmission and offers a drastic influx of power at 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. This engine increases the truck's max tow capacity to 11,800 pounds but brings a slight decrease in the max payload to 2,000 pounds.
Finally, the 3.0-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel I6 engine is available on every trim except the Pro. This engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission and produces 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. The Duramax engine offers the best fuel efficiency out of all the engine options while towing up to 9,200 pounds and hauling as much as 1,830 pounds.
Depending on how it is configured, the 2022 Sierra 1500 Limited can reach up to 23 MPG in the city and 30 on the highway, thanks to the available Duramax engine. However, the exact fuel economy rating will depend on the truck's engine, drivetrain, and other options. The AT4 models, with their large mud-terrain tires, have lower fuel economy ratings than the standard models.
The 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited is an off-road-capable model in general. That said, the AT4 trim is designed specifically with off-roading in mind. From its design and exterior features to its trail capability, the AT4 is a trail-ready model.
This model is about more than just engine capability. The new AT4 includes standard 18-inch Wrangler DuraTrac mud tires, with optional 20-inch mud tires available. The AT4 also comes with a 2-inch lift to increase its ground clearance, paired with Rancho shock absorbers that help make the bumps and ruts smoother. Front tow hooks are also standard.
You won't find the Six-Function MultiPro Tailgate on just any truck–in fact, this feature is exclusive to the GMC Sierra. As the original multi-function tailgate, the MultiPro gate includes an inner gate load stop, a primary gate load stop, and a full-width step, among other features.
In addition to functionality, the AT4 offers its own exterior aesthetic appeal as well, including dual exhaust pipes and black chrome accents. Drivers can take this even further by choosing the AT4 CarbonPro Edition. This model includes the same AT4 features, plus a carbon fiber composite bed, exclusive badging, and more.
Let's talk about terrain. The Sierra Limited includes a Traction Select System with Off-Road Mode. Put simply, this technology offers drive modes for every possible road condition. These modes include Tour Mode, Sport Mode, Terrain Mode, Snow Mode, Tow/Haul Mode, and Off-Road Mode. Snow Mode is only available on 2WD models, while Terrain Mode is exclusive to 4WD models.
Speaking of 2WD versus 4WD, when you opt for an AT4, you will get 4WD standard. You can also count on Active Automatic 4WD to lead the way. This feature is possible thanks to the AT4's two-speed Autotrac Transfer Case. When in use, Active Automatic 4WD monitors road conditions and will shift between 2WD and 4WD, depending on which mode is most appropriate.
Finally, there are two engine options on the AT4. While the diesel option is standard, drivers can choose the 6.2-liter gasoline V8 engine instead. Either way, the AT4 packs 460 pound-feet of torque, the driving force behind off-roading power. Both engines offer the powerful acceleration you'll need to tackle rocky hills and muddy roadways.
Technology is not typically a truck owner's biggest concern. That said, GMC offers several new technologies that are designed to help towing, hauling, and off-roading. These features also help improve overall safety whether you're on the highway or hitting the trails.
Blind spots are much less of a threat, thanks to GMC's 15-view camera system. This available feature helps you keep tabs on everything from your truck bed and trailer hitch to even the inside of your camper or enclosed trailer. There are multiple overview angles, along with front, side, and rearview variations. You'll even get a "picture-in-picture" view that shows the front and side of your trailer. This is especially handy when you're on the trail as it helps you avoid logs, rocks, and other obstacles.
You can also add on the ProGrade Trailering System. This includes the In-Vehicle Trailering App and Smart Trailer integration. This allows you to access several helpful features. One option included in the Trailering App is the Trailer Profile. This allows you to create specific trailer profiles for each trailer you have. Whether it's a fishing boat, a livestock trailer, or a camper, you can depend on presets to help speed up the hook-up and towing process.
Smart Trailer Integration is especially ideal for campers. This gives you access to trailer light controls and even your camper's HVAC system. From here, you can monitor your camper's water levels and even access generator controls. The best part is that the myGMC Mobile Trailering App gives you access to these features outside the truck. From your smartphone, you can create and check a Pre-Departure Checklist. This ensures that you check all the important pre-travel essentials. You can also monitor your trailer's health and calculate your load.