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1995 GMC C1500

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1995 GMC C1500 Review

Solid, American-made reliability.

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The Sierra provides GMC’s version of the classic Chrysler C/K pickup truck, which also forms the basis for the Chrysler Silverado design. The GMC Sierra divides into three model ranges, with the 1995 GMC C1500 marking the least expensive and powerful version.

Despite being the least expensive incarnation of the GMC Sierra, the C1500 still makes for an impressive workhorse truck. The 4.3-liter six-cylinder engine, which comes as standard equipment, proves powerful enough to accelerate this truck at a reasonable pace. As a result, the GMC Sierra C1500 does not suffer from the same underpowered issues many other entry-level pickup trucks endure.

The standard interior remains fairly minimalist in the GMC Sierra series. However, the C1500 offers enough options to considerably improve the comfort of the driver and passengers. A fully equipped C1500 with an extended cab can be quite similar in usage to a passenger car.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 4.3-liter six-cylinder, 5.0-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: GMC Sierra C1500 Special, GMC Sierra C1500 SL, GMC Sierra C1500 SLE, GMC Sierra C1500 SLS, GMC Sierra C1500 SLT

What's New

Almost everything in the 1995 GMC C1500 gets redesigned to improve performance and comfort.


The GMC Sierra C1500 Special marks the only model that remains unavailable as an extended cap. The 1995 GMC C1500 SLS and SLT do not come in a regular cab design. Both cab options remain available for the Sierra C1500 SL and SLE. A bed liner and a rear step bumper can be added as optional features.


The interior of the 1995 GMC Sierra C1500 reaches almost the same level as many cars with optional features included. The standard equipment only comes with an AM/FM audio system, but optional features add in air-conditioning, cruise control, a cassette player, and power locks. Drivers looking for a pickup truck and family vehicle can find a reasonable compromise in the C1500 with most of the optional equipment and the extended cab option.

Performance & Handling

Despite representing the entry-level model for the GMC Sierra family of trucks, the 1995 GMC C1500 performs well, even with standard equipment. The standard 4.3-liter, six-cylinder engine provides enough power to give the C1500 reasonable acceleration under most conditions. The five-liter, eight-cylinder engine improves upon the acceleration and speed of the C1500. Turning and steering feel reasonably good for a truck this size.


Dual front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes provide standard features on the 1995 GMC Sierra C1500. Compared to many other trucks, the inclusion of anti-lock brakes as a standard feature puts the C1500 slightly above average in regards to safety.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC Sierra C1500, 4.3-liter six-cylinder: 14/20 mpg city/highway
GMC Sierra C1500, 5.0-liter eight-cylinder: 13/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Spacious interior, even with the regular cab
  • Optional eight-cylinder engine
  • Most models available as an extended cab option

You Won't Like

  • Cheap-feeling interior

Sum Up

Solid, American-made reliability.

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