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1995 GMC K1500 Review

A classic pickup for the working professional.

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Overview

The GMC K1500 is a part of the Sierra truck line from the same automaker. This popular pickup comes from the same pedigree as the C1500; the primary difference is that the K1500 has four-wheel drive, while the C1500 has two-wheel drive. This family of classic pickup trucks has been around since 1960, and it continues to build on this solid American reputation. The old C and K designations were dropped in 1999; after that year, the Silverado stands as GMC’s standard truck option, with the Sierra line offering more luxury features.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 4.3-liter V-6, 5.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: GMC K1500 SL, GMC K1500 SLE, GMC K1500 SLS, GMC K1500 SLT, GMC K1500 Special

What's New

The 1995 GMC K1500 enjoys a newly made-over interior, along with a new driver-side airbag. A shift interlock system has also been added, which requires the brake pedal to be pressed for the automatic transmission to shift out of park. Other updated features include power mirrors and more user-friendly power controls and cup holders. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes are now standard. Engines have been tuned up for a quieter, more efficient performance, and a revised transmission allows for quicker upshifting.

Exterior

While the 1995 GMC K1500 is all about business, this traditional full-size pickup also boasts a strong, classic look that’s sure to earn any driver a little respect on the road. The list of various exterior features and options includes 15-inch wheels, tinted glass, camper mirrors, a chrome step bumper, two-tone paint, alloy or chrome wheels, a chrome bumper, and a bed liner.

Interior

The 1995 GMC K1500’s interior is wonderfully comfortable and well-supplied. Updated features like the revised audio controls and new cup holders make the cabin more inviting. The truck comes with cloth seating and a front split bench seat. The regular cab sits three occupants, while the extended cab has room for up to six people. Available features include an AM/FM audio system with optional cassette player. Other options include air-conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, and cruise control.

Performance & Handling

The 1995 GMC K1500’s base V-6 engine may be a bit light for drivers expecting to handle particularly hefty loads. Rugged terrain is better handled by the V-8 with the automatic transmission. Ride quality is a little light when the cargo box is empty. Even with the standard anti-lock brakes, stopping distance from high speeds is not too impressive. Overall, the K1500 is very similar in terms of performance to comparable trucks from Dodge or Ford.

Safety

In addition to the standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes, the 1995 GMC K1500 offers a new shift interlock system that protects the truck from being unwittingly shifted out of park. Additional optional safety features include power door locks and a keyless entry system.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC K1500 SL: 13/17 mpg city/highway
GMC K1500 SLE: 13/17 mpg city/highway
GMC K1500 SLS: 13/17 mpg city/highway
GMC K1500 SLT: 11/16 mpg city/highway
GMC K1500 Special: 13/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Stylish design
  • Smooth ride
  • Comfortable interior

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Noisy
  • Out of date climate controls

Sum Up

A classic pickup for the working professional.

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