GMC Sierra Denali: Comfortable and capable

CHATHAM, Mass. – The first move in the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited Denali door handle results in the treadmill – or GMC MultiPro Power Steps as the company calls it – jumping out, enabling a smooth and easy entry into the extremely well-appointed interior.

We are once again welcomed into the world of today’s full – size pickup trucks, one that competes at all levels with the best cars and sports tools in terms of fit and finish, amenities, amenities, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and technology, not to mention passenger comfort, both while driving and just sitting in the supportive, 10-way electrically adjustable heated and ventilated front seats (the driver has memory for the settings for the seat and exterior mirror).

The limited Denali model designation means that this truck sits close to the top of the Sierra range and thanks to a long list of both standard and optional features, it proves to be quite competitive with others in this market segment.

Solid quarter tone foundation

Sierra and its siblings Chevrolet Silverado (combined) were the best-selling vehicles in the United States in 2021 with a total of 768,698 trucks sold (of which 248,924 were Sierra versions), a sales position they often have.

The design follows the basic pickup formula – body on frame, independent front suspension, solid rear axle with leaf-sprung rear suspension – but thanks to years of refinement and engineering, it now produces a quiet, comfortable driving vehicle.

Denali has adaptive suspension control of the independent spiral-over-shock with two-tube shock absorber set in the front and the solid shaft with semi-elliptical, two-stage multi-leaf springs, spread double-tube shocks on the back.

Last year’s extensive trailer traction control components will be transferred in 2022, which will facilitate the often jaw-dropping process of maneuvering with a trailer that is hooked behind.

The components of the brake system have four-wheel discs with electro-hydraulic servo assistant, anti-lock brakes (ABS) and ventilated rotors in all four corners (13 × 1,118 inches at the front, 13.6 × 0.79 at the rear).

The Sierra we tried had unique 22-inch, high-gloss black wheels (an option for $ 2,995) shod with P275 / 50R22 all-season tires.

2020 GMC Sierra Denali

Surprising economy from the big V8

Providing propulsion – and the ability to pull up to a 13,000-pound trailer – is the (optional) 6.2-liter, dual overhead cam, aluminum V8 that produces 420 horsepower and 460-pound-feet of torque.

This power goes through a 10-speed automatic transmission and AutoTrac automatic transmission with four-wheel drive (4WD).

This driveline produced power when requested and responded immediately to my right foot. It also gave surprising fuel economy results – 18.4 miles per gallon over hundreds of miles of mixed driving – over the Federal Environmental Protection Agency’s 16 mpg overall rating (14 city, 19 highway).

Denali adds driver assistance system

All Sierra Limited models come with a comprehensive set of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS): front and rear parking assistance; lane change warning with blind spot warning on page; rear cross-warning warning, and safety warning seat which adds a haptic vibration to audible and visual warnings should any of these systems be activated.

The list of ADAS is growing significantly with the addition of (included in our tester) Denali Reserve Package. These additional features are forward collision warning; file management help with file change warning; automatic emergency braking (AEB); front braking for pedestrians; Intellibeam – car headlights; adaptive cruise control and monitor for following distances.

All of these ADAS systems make full-size Sierra piloting a much more relaxing, natural activity for those (like me) who do not regularly drive such trucks, as well as for those who have been doing so for several years. And GMC has done a good job of integrating them into the truck’s DNA.

Technology and optional packages enhance Sierra’s liveliness

The Denali Reserve Package provides more than ADAS enhancements. The above-mentioned power steps – treadmills – are part of the package as well as power moonroof; HD Surround Vision with two trailer cameras and a superb multicolored head-up display (which works perfectly even when the driver wears sunglasses – not a common feature of HUDs!).

I have already discussed some of the basic interior features that provide a comfortable environment for travel of any length. In addition, an automatic climate control system with two zones; eight-inch color touch screen centered infotainment system with wireless (!) Apple CarPlay / Android Auto and SiriusXM satellite radio and Bose Premium Sound System; WiFi hotspot; several USB and 110-volt sockets; remote start; keyless unlocking of doors and starting of the vehicle and – for the driver – heated leather-covered steering wheel make everything to live with and in the Sierra a very pleasant experience.

Using (optional) Denali Carbon Pro Edition pickup bed in carbon composite with built-in 110V socket and MultiPro Audio System from Kicker (Bluetooth amplification / speaker system mounted in the tailgate) is made easier thanks to GMC’s six-function MultiPro tailgate (which made it easy to access a staircase to the test vehicle’s short bed).

2022 GMC Sierra AT4X

Fixed collection value in full size

2022 The GMC Sierra series offers a comprehensive range of full-size pickups for the more discerning buyer, the buyer who may want a little more than a simple truck. The configuration of two-door rear-wheel drive with standard cab starts at $ 34,995 and the standard box for the top-class crew cab starts at $ 44,295.

I use the term “starter” when describing the Sierra model’s pricing because, as is true for most full-size pickups, the ability to change configurations with different drivelines, bed sizes; cabin sizes and two- or four-wheel drive make it difficult to choose price ranges. Suffice it to say that the buyer can build the truck they want from the brand they like.

For the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited Denali I drove, the base price was $ 59,600. There were significant options (such as the Denali Reserve Package, 6.2L engine, wheels and Carbon Pro Edition) that pushed the price to $ 71,530. Add the destination fee of $ 1,695 and the MSRP was $ 72,725.

This is not an insignificant figure, but one just behind the scenes of the other full-size pickups equipped as the Sierra, which means that it offers solid value for a solid full-size pickup.

Next week, TBR will drive the Ford Bronco.

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