GMC Sierra 1500 Limited AT4 Is A Capable Stopper Ahead Of Full 2022 Update – The Oakland Press

As Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote many moons ago, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. That’s why it’s always good to have a strong backup plan in place.

As for the GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck, a completely updated model had been teased for launch in early 2022 – with exterior and interior styling upgrades, updated infotainment system, among other changes.

However, due to production delays caused by ongoing supply chain issues, the arrival of these new Sierras has been delayed until later in 2021. So Plan B – continuing to offer a GMC Sierra 1500 Limited model carried over from the 2021 version – has become a near-term reality .

I recently drove the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited, specifically one equipped with the AT4 off-road package, and I’m back with a full report on what it offers to buyers who aren’t willing to wait for the new version of the Sierra.

FYI

Vehicle: 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited
Price as tested: $64,715 (price starts around $33,000)
Best feature: Ability to perform well both on road and off-road
Grade: 4 out of 5 stars
Who wants this vehicle?: Buyers who want a strong truck now and can’t wait for the fully updated 2022 Sierra to be available

APPEARANCE

The exterior design of the Sierra 1500 Limited is big and bold, with an in-your-face grille and attractive headlight designs, plus attractive wheel designs. The bed was big enough for me to bring home large and heavy items from the store.

It comes in at nearly 20 feet long, 81 inches wide and 78 inches tall. The rear bumper with corner steps and the steps to help passengers get in and out of the vehicle were helpful. Its multipro tailgate also offers multiple positions, depending on your needs.

The vehicle featured a spray-on bedliner, LED cargo area lighting, power folding and heated mirrors, LED fog lights and dual exhausts.

Moving inside, the Sierra Limited is spacious, with plenty of room for all 5 passengers and plenty of storage for small items. Materials used on the interior are of decent quality, but nothing like you’ll find on the more luxurious Denali versions of the Sierra.

My test vehicle had dual-zone climate control, 10-way power front seats, ventilated front seats, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, and a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Buyers can also opt for the AT4 Premium package – which increases performance, design, safety and technical features. Among its highlights are:

  • Universal remote control for the home
  • sliding electric rear windows
  • Premium infotainment system with navigation, Bluetooth streaming and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • Bose premium sound system
  • Wireless charging
  • Parking assistant front and rear
  • Lane departure warning with side blind spot warning
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • AT4 high clearance step
  • Goodyear mud tires

HOW IS THE COURT GOING?

The Sierra 1500 Limited AT4 offers a powerful ride you can trust in almost any environment, on-road or off-road. It is a great option for people in bad weather locations who want to be safe regardless of weather patterns, and for people who want to tow large objects. In my experience, the Sierra was extremely comfortable to drive in snow, even storm conditions and icy roads, which is not the case with all trucks.

Plus, when you drive the Sierra 1500 Limited, you’ll feel ten feet tall and tower over almost any vehicle on the road. Even larger SUVs seem small in comparison. The only downside is that it is often a bit difficult to find a parking space.

Several engine options are offered on the Sierra, but my test vehicle had a Duramax 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine, which offered 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Towing capacity tops 9,000 pounds on the transmission model of the Sierra, but that number will grow to over 13,000 pounds on some versions of the fully updated Sierra arriving later in 2021. The towing capacity of the Sierra I tested came in at just over 2,300 pounds.

The Sierra Limited AT4 offers full-time four-wheel drive. Other features that aid off-road handling include an off-road suspension with 2-inch lift and monotube shocks, 2-speed transmission, skid plates, and hill descent control. You also get trailer sway control and reverse start assist and a trailer brake control.

TECHNOLOGY, SECURITY

The Sierra’s infotainment system has a simple but effective physical design and is easy to use. Voice commands are also easy to master, the vehicle is responsive at the first attempt to change the music source, make a call or dictate navigation destinations. And suggested commands appear on the screen to help you.

OnStar services are included, and the vehicle offers satellite radio, USB ports, remote start and Wi-Fi hotspot.

The Technology Package (optional) gives you HD Surround Vision, rear camera mirror, bedside camera, a head-up display and more.

Safety is another big win for the Sierra, as all government safety ratings are either five stars or four stars, making this one of the safer trucks available. One feature parents will like is the Teen Driver mode, which lets you track the driving habits of younger drivers behind the wheel. There is also a tire pressure monitoring system.

Other useful safety features include: Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control and Front Pedestrian Braking.

MPG

Mileage on the Sierra will vary depending on the engine you choose. Official fuel mileage on the Sierra truck I tested with the turbodiesel engine was: 20 city/23 highway/21 combined. I averaged closer to 17 miles per gallon in real-world testing, mostly in very cold conditions, which can affect fuel mileage.

These aren’t amazing numbers, but trucks across the board tend to struggle in this area — with the exception of smaller, less powerful trucks, or the new wave of hybrid and electric trucks that are starting to make waves.

While these older trucks are now lacking in terms of mileage, I hope that competition from the new wave of eco-friendly trucks will push all trucks further in a positive direction in terms of overall mileage.

AWARD

Trucks these days come at a small price, and the Sierra is no exception.

While the starting price for the Sierra 1500 is around $33,000, My test car came in just under $65,000 after all the options were added. While that sounds like a large number, it’s very common to see today’s top trucks selling for well over $70,000, and the days of finding a cheap yet powerful work truck are quickly fading away.

Warranties on the Sierra include:

  • 3-year, 36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty
  • 5-year, 100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty

CONCLUSION

The hauled 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited AT4 is a big, powerful truck that can handle whatever weather and road (or terrain) you throw at it, and will get the job done if you put it to work. And the updated 2022 version promises to be even better once it’s available – with even sharper looks and upgraded tech/safety features too.

You can either wait for what’s coming, or grab the remaining version if you can’t wait. But either way, you have a very capable truck in your driveway or workplace.

Matt Myftiu can be reached by email at matt@autotechreviews.com. His past reviews can all be viewed online at autotechreviews.com.

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