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2001 GMC Sierra Review

A powerful workhouse that is fun to drive.

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Overview

Offering a wide range of models, styles, and performance enhancers, the 2001 GMC Sierra competes well against other pickup trucks in its class. It offers four models, which come in either regular or extended cab lengths and short bed or long bed. The SL and SLE include a solid list of standard features, which features a few convenience upgrades. The SLT offers better performance enhancers than the previous models, plus more luxury conveniences. The C3 debuts as GMC’s luxury line of pickup trucks, featuring leather and wood trim interior and several luxury conveniences not offered with the SLT model. As a strong competitor in the market, it stands out for all its outstanding features, multitude of safety and security accessories, and proven performance.

The Range

Body Styles: truck
Engines: 4.3-liter six-cylinder, 4.8-liter six-cylinder, 6.0-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: GMC Sierra SL, GMC Sierra SLE, GMC Sierra SLT, GMC Sierra C3

What's New

The 2001 GMC Sierra offers improvements to all standard Vortec V-6 and V-8 engines this year, extending oil change intervals to 7500 miles. The new electronic throttle control system has been added to all automatic V-8s for increased handling. Also, the C3, a performance-based luxury model, debuts this year. It now includes the new torsion bar front suspension. The heavy-duty versions now feature larger interiors, better suspensions, better brakes, and improved axles.

Exterior

The 2001 GMC Sierra is available in two-door regular or four-door extended models, and short-bed and long-bed lengths also come in light-duty and heavy-duty versions depending upon the buyer's needs. The Sierra can be outfitted with either a 6.6-foot or 8.1-foot truck bed, and 16-inch steel wheels with all-weather tires are included as standard. Chrome steel wheels are featured on all SLT models, and alloy wheels are on the C3. All models include dual rear wheels.

Interior

Interior features for the 2001 GMC Sierra vary between models. The SL offers a front console with storage, front cup holders, AM/FM audio system, premium cloth seating, 12-volt front power outlet, passenger vanity mirror, clock, tachometer, and low fuel level warning light. The SLE features all of these accommodations plus air-conditioning, cruise control, and leather steering wheel. The SLT and C3 include the most standard interior features, coming equipped with all the above as well as leather seating, power windows, power door locks, power driver and front passenger seats, and AM/FM in dash-CD stereo. Several luxury features come with the C3 that are not available with other models, including six speakers, separate rear audio, trip computer, leather trim on doors, wood trim on dash, leather and wood trim center console, and electrochromatic rear view mirror.

Performance & Handling

The 2001 GMC Sierra produces 200 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque when equipped with the 4.3-liter V-6. The 4.8-liter V-6 reaches 270 horsepower with 285 lb-ft of torque, and the hefty 6.0-liter V-8 gets 300 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque. All engines are built for performance and deliver. Outstanding power, acceleration, and good handling for a truck of this size make it a solid work vehicle as well as a fun truck to drive. A powerful Duramax 6600 turbodiesel V-8 is available, as well as an upgraded Vortec 8100 V-8 standard engine.

Towing and hauling capacities for the 2001 GMC Sierra are excellent. The 1500 has a maximum payload capacity of 2042 pounds, the 2500 can hold up to 3092 pounds, and the 3500 can carry as much as 5753 pounds. Able to handle all the demands of a solid work vehicle, it is also a performer, with excellent acceleration and handling. A fun truck to drive, whether for work or for leisure, it can be outfitted with a wide assortment of luxury features, including the C3 model, which is built specifically with luxury in mind.

Safety

The 2001 GMC Sierra includes standard safety features, such as four-wheel anti-lock brake systems (ABS), dual airbags, daytime running lights, engine immobilizer, child seat anchors, front center lap belt, electronic brake force distribution, dusk-sensing headlamps, two front headrests, two rear headrests, passenger airbag deactivation switch, and front and rear ventilated disc brakes. The C3 also features a remote anti-theft alarm system and fog lights.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC Sierra: 14/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Wide range of models and styles
  • Powerful standard engines
  • Luxury features of the C3

You Won't Like

  • Poor gas mileage
  • Cheap interior materials on all models but the C3

Sum Up

A powerful workhouse that is fun to drive.

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