Basically, it is a souped-up version of the twin from the other stable, Chevy Silverado. And just like its sibling, the GMC Sierra Denali 1500 4WD Crew Cab truck has been overhauled inside-out for 2022. However, the power train has been retained, at least the 6.2-liter engine so that this solidly built full-size pickup ensures quick acceleration from any speed, ample passing ability and accurate handling/balance. The four-wheel-drive system can be driven in auto, 2WD, 4Hi or 4Lo modes depending on road/weather conditions.

A 6.2-liter V-8 engine, mated to a 10-speed auto transmission, cranks out 420 horsepower @ 5600 rpm and 460 pounds-feet of torque @ 4100 rpm. Handling the suspension is an independent coil-over shock front and a solid axle rear. The power rack-and-pinion electric power steering has an unswerving and communicative feel, making the truck easy to place at sharp curves. GM’s Dynamic Fuel Management system deactivates up to four of the eight cylinders for fuel savings. Tow capacity is an amazing 8,900 pounds. And yes, you can turn on the optional hands-free driver assistance Super Cruise while trailering too on select highways. The six-position Multipro tailgate comes handy as a table, an extension or a step to load items onto the lightweight carbon-fiber bed. And 12 fixed tie-downs each have a capacity of withstanding 500 pounds of weight.

The robust Sierra boasts a mammoth bright and multi-dimensional grille with eye-catching Vader chrome accents, surrounded by revamped LED headlights with C-shaped elements. The rear also shows off C-formed LED features within the tail lamps and integrated dual exhaust tips. Our 5’ 8”-foot box offers 63 cubic feet for stowage. Step into the airy interior and you will notice the redesign asap. The driver now faces a 12.3-inch diagonal digital cluster instead of the previous analog gauges. The prior 8-inch infotain touch screen is a sweeping horizontal 13.4-inch instrument panel. It includes built-in Google Assistant, maps, etc., if you are a fan, along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Alpine Umber interior implies you get full-grain leather appointments for the seats, instrument panel and center console, and lest we forget, a microsuede headliner! And absolutely stunning open-pore Paldao wood on doors and center console. Moreover, if you want to be more visually amazed (we aren’t kidding here!), the embossed topographic maps of Mount Denali, highest peak in North America will do just that! The maps have been laser-etched on front/rear seats, door panels and fender vent badges. Other notable features include dual auto a/c, 16-way power heated/cooled massage front seats, two glove boxes, 60/40 rear-fold seat, leather-wrapped steering column, power side steps, etc.

Dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag for second row, stability/traction and trailer sway control with hill start assist, lane-change and rear-cross traffic alerts, front/rear park assist, four-wheel antilock brakes, rearview camera, tire pressure monitoring system and daytime running lights are standard.

Indeed, the Sierra is a well-designed workhorse that you can go cruising on the highway or off the beaten path. It boasts an outstanding performance with plentiful tow capacity and a gigantic but even more high-tech and classy cabin than before.


Tires: P275/50R22

Wheelbase: 147.4 inches

Length: 231.9 inches

Width: 81.2 inches

Height: 75.5 inches

Weight: 5,240 pounds

Fuel capacity: 24 gallons

City: 15 mpg

Highway: 20 mpg

Base price: $78,700

Price as tested: $80,840

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