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2002 GMC Sierra Review

Equipped to handle the family and hard work every day.

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There are many types of 2002 GMC Sierra pickup trucks that can meet the needs of any type of worker or family. GMC offers three different models of the Sierra truck, three different options for cab sizes, over six different trim levels (including the Heavy Duty and Work Truck versions), and five different types of engines capable of handling the largest workloads. The extended cab option provides six seats and ample cabin room. This is an ideal truck for towing boats and large loads for work.

The Range

Body Styles: full-size pickup
Engines: 4.3-liter V-6, 4.8-liter V-8, 6.0-liter V-8, 8.1-liter Vortec V-8, 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel
Transmissions: six-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: GMC Sierra 1500, GMC Sierra 2500, GMC Sierra 3500

What's New

The overhaul design was completed the year before so there are not many new changes done for the 2002 Sierras. Changes in the 2002 GMC Sierra pickup truck lineup include the premium brand name change of the C3 to the Denali and the Z85 firm-ride suspension becoming standard on all 1500 models, helping to improve towing capacity and handling as well. The four-wheel-drive system was also added to the 2002 Denali Sierras. An air-conditioning standard for all trim levels and a tinted glass standard for the premium trim levels also change for the 2002 models of the Sierra lineup. A rear window defogger within the Cold Weather package for the Sierra 3500 marks another change for the 2002 model launch.


The 2002 Sierra pickups feature exterior badging that has been redesigned. The SLT trims feature exterior mirrors that are power heated. The overhaul design was completed the year before so there are not many exterior changes for the 2002 Sierra pickup models. The crew cabs have rear doors and provide ample legroom for back-seat passengers. Sierra extended cab models also feature rear quarter windows that swing out to open. Drivers can choose from exterior colors such as Fire Red, Onyx Black, Pewter Metallic, Summit White, Stormy Gray Metallic, and Polo Green Metallic. These pickups come equipped with trailer wiring, all-season tires, and a full-size spare.


The Sierra pickup trucks can seat three or more people depending on the type of cab selection. The Sierra Denali has a two-tone leather interior designed with bucket seats that are heated, audio controls on the steering wheel, and a six-disc CD changer in the dash. All of the pickup trucks in the Sierra lineup provide more than enough room for the passengers inside to feel comfortable. The different cab options and trim levels provide an abundance of options that cater to just about any type of driver. All of the Sierra pickups provide air-conditioning as a standard feature. The SLT trim levels feature OnStar communications and a built-in compass as well.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 GMC Sierra lineup of pickup trucks has five different options for an engine. The smallest engine is a 4.3-liter V-6 with an output of around 260 lb-ft of torque and 200 horsepower. The Sierra 1500 line typically features this type of engine with a manual transmission. The Sierra 1500 SLE has the 4.8-liter V-8 with an automatic transmission. The largest engine is an 8.1-liter Vortec 8100 V-8 that’s available in the Sierra 3500. This engine’s output is typically around 455 lb-ft of torque and 340 horsepower, it’s available with a heavy-duty manual transmission. Drivers can choose between six-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmissions depending on the trim, model, and specific needs of the driver. These Sierra 3500s feature heavy-duty suspension assemblies as well.


The GMC Sierra pickup trucks provide several different safety features for the driver and passengers. These pickups utilize electronic brakeforce distribution, an engine immobilizer, four-wheel ABS, and front and rear disc brakes that are ventilated. These pickups also have child seat anchors, a passenger airbag deactivation switch, and headrests in the front and rear. Drivers also benefit from the headlights that activate at dusk and daytime running lights as well.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC Sierra, 4.3-liter V-6: 15/19 mpg city/highway
GMC Sierra, 4.8-liter V-8:14/18 mpg city/highway
GMC Sierra, 6.0-liter V-8: N/A
GMC Sierra, 6.6-liter Duramax Turbodiesel: N/A
GMC Sierra, 8.1-liter Vortec V-8: N/A

You'll Like

  • Industry-leading powerful engines and towing capacity
  • Spacious and comfortable interior cabin
  • Many options available to fit different needs

You Won't Like

  • Cheap interior parts
  • Low gas mileage

Sum Up

Equipped to handle the family and hard work every day.

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