The GMC Sierra 1500 is a full-size pickup truck with a generous lineup of engines and trims. It’s the light-duty Sierra model, and there are heavy-duty offerings, too. However, for those looking for a truck that is capable of serious towing and hauling while still being easy to handle, the Sierra 1500 is an excellent choice. Today, we’re looking specifically at the base Pro trim. There are a total of eight trims, but many drivers want to know what they’ll get if they don’t opt for the pricier, upper-level trims.
It’s safe to say that even if you decide to stick with the base-level Pro, you will get solid capabilities and a slew of features that will make your drive and your work easier and more enjoyable. With a starting MSRP of $37,200, the 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 Pro delivers tremendous value.[a] It might be the base-level trim, but it boasts features and perks that make it feel anything but basic. Drivers who don’t need bells and whistles or luxury features but just a reliable and strong pickup will be satisfied with this model.
The 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 Pro is ready to tackle some decent towing and hauling projects. It’s available in two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive to offer versatility to drivers who need better fuel economy and performance or better traction in slippery situations. The standard engine is going to be a 2.7L Turbo High-Output, which is a powerful engine kicking out 310 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque and offering towing abilities of up to 9,500 lbs. For light work, it will more than get the job done.
You can upgrade to a 5.3L V8 engine if you need a bit more oomph out of your truck. This will increase the max trailering capacity up to 11,200 lbs. Plus, the V8 is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, allowing for a more efficient application of its additional power. This can be useful for those who plan on pushing the truck’s trailering abilities to its limits, as this transmission will mean less power loss during shifts.
In terms of fuel economy, the base 2.7L engine is rated for up to 19 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highway. Opting for the 5.3L V8 will drop that rating slightly, but it’s better than you might expect at up to 16 MPG in the city and 21 MPG on the highway. Those are pretty solid numbers for a full-size pickup, so if you do need to take this model for long drives, it won’t be too devastating on your wallet.
The 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 Pro is loaded with features that will make both your drive and your tasks on a work site go more smoothly. First off, it has best-in-class cargo volume that outshines all other full-size trucks. You can get up to 89.1 cu.ft. of cargo volume when you opt for the long box. You can also configure your truck with a standard box or a short box if you want more room in the cab or a more manageable vehicle.
At the end of your truck bed, no matter which configuration you choose, you’ll find an available six-function MultiPro tailgate. This unique tailgate boasts several helpful settings, providing a full-width step, an inner gate load stop, a primary gate load stop, and an inner gate work surface. Whether you’re handling paperwork or loading up the truck, these settings make every task a little simpler.
When it comes to the cab, the Pro has three configuration options. You can opt for a regular cab with either a standard box or a long box, a double cab with a standard box, or a crew cab with a short box or a standard box. Between these options, you get to decide whether you want a truck that is more cargo-friendly, passenger-friendly, or both. All three cabs come standard with a 40/20/40-split front bench seat with under-seat storage.
Drivers who know they will be trailering a lot will want to add the available Trailering Package and integrated trailer brake controller. This feature integrates the trailer brakes for enhanced braking control. It will also offer trailer brake gain and output information, which you’ll see displayed on your driver information center. Additionally, the Trailering Package adds an automatic locking rear differential. This system, once activated, keeps the rear wheels from spinning freely, applying equal torque to both wheels, which can reduce traction loss. The package will also add a two-inch receiver hitch, 4/7-pin connectors, and a Hitch Guidance camera.
The GMC Sierra 1500 Pro might be a workhorse, but its technology brings it very much into the modern day. This is a lot of truck to handle, but you will feel in command thanks to its advanced driver-assist features. The 2023 Sierra 1500 Pro includes the GMC Pro Safety Package standard. Forward Collision Alert and Automatic Emergency Braking will notify you of an impending collision and automatically activate the brakes if necessary. The package also includes Front Pedestrian Braking and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning. The latter feature will alert you when you’re drifting from your lane and gently steer you back if needed.
Other elements of the GMC Pro Safety Package include a Following Distance Indicator to help you keep a safe distance between yourself and other vehicles, along with IntelliBeam auto high beams for enhanced visibility in low light conditions. There is also the option to add the Safety Plus Package. This features Rear Park Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Braking, and Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert to provide a much more comprehensive picture of what is occurring around your truck. Finally, you can add OnStar and Connected Services, putting you in touch with first responders and crisis assistance in those critical moments following a crash or other emergency.
The cabin of the GMC Sierra Pro is basic, but it has all the tech features you need. This includes a 3.5-inch Driver Information Center and a seven-inch central touchscreen infotainment center. You can easily view information like important vehicle and road statistics, weather reports, navigation, music choices, and more. The entire dashboard area is beautifully and clearly laid out, making it easy to see everything at once.
One thing that stands out about the Pro trim is just how many convenient features it offers for its price. These include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which lets you see and control your smartphone apps on the touchscreen without plugging in your phone, a remote start system, a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, and even a theft-deterrent system. These all work together to help you seamlessly handle making calls, getting directions on the go, and keeping your vehicle safe. You can even option a 10-way power-adjustable driver seat with power lumbar control for top-notch comfort.