INTRO: The pronounced wheel openings and bold, horizontal front grille flanked by stacked dual headlight clusters visually affirm the get-down-to-business attitude of the 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 full-size pickup. Available in six body configurations comprising single, extended, and crew cabs as well as multiple bed lengths, the Sierra 1500 can tackle a wide range of job requirements.
Starting with 17-inch painted steel wheels on the base model, wheel options inch their way up to 22-inch chrome wheels available on the upper trims. The up-scale Denali trim receives 20-inch chrome aluminum wheels.
PERFORMANCE: There are four engine choices for the 2012 Sierra 1500, ranging from a 195 horsepower 4.3-liter V6, all the way up to a 403 horsepower 6.2-liter V8. Depending on model selected, power is sent through either a 4 or 6-speed automatic transmission to rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive with low range.
FUEL ECONOMY: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
FEATURES: The Sierra comes well appointed. The entry level Sierra 1500 offers interior features including air conditioning, four-speaker AM/FM stereo and power outlets. Up-rated Sierra's can be outfitted with leather appointed power seats, high-end audio, in-dash navigation and DVD systems.
While disc front and drum rear antilock brakes are standard on the Sierra, upper trim levels are available with 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes.
SAFETY: Other standard safety features include the StabiliTrak stability and traction control system with proactive roll avoidance, electronic trailer sway control and hill start assist, along with a full array of front and side-impact air bags.
PRICING/WARRANTY: Base MSRP for the 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 is $21,945. A top-level all-wheel drive Denali model starts at $48,610. The Sierra is backed by a 5-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
CLOSING: From the basic "Work Truck" to a luxury loaded truck-based office, there's a full-size 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup that's right for any job.