Chevy alien the latest Silverado auto backward in 2017 as a 2019 archetypal year. Styling was met with a resounding…ummmm. The able adaptation looked a little better, but if you’re in the bazaar for a GM congenital barter that looks great, you’ll accept to footfall hardly up to the GMC Sierra. And if you appetite article absolutely sharp, get the AT4 off-road version.
I aboriginal noticed the headlights. They are actual Ford-like in their “C-Clampy-ness.” But the giant, boxlike off nose, able-bodied sheetmetal and big tires all attending abundant together.
That tough-looking AT4 amalgamation adds a 2-inch branch abeyance lift, accepted 4WD with a two-speed alteration case, locking rear differential, drift plates, Rancho monotube shocks, 18-inch auto with accessible Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires, Hill Descent Control, Traction Select System, MultiPro Tailgate, absolute exoteric and autogenous trim, red vertical accretion hooks and a accepted 5.3-liter V8 engine.
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The cheapest way to set yourself up with a Sierra AT4 is with the bifold cab agreement for $52,895 afore any discounts. If you bandy to the aggregation cab, like this vehicle, you’ll be out $55,295. And if you appetite the big, 420-hp, 460 lb-ft 6.2-liter V8 it’ll be addition $2,500 or so.
Aside from the design, the powertrain is the best affair activity for the Sierra AT4. The ten-speed/V8 admixture is powerful. And while the V8 is array of loud, it’s additionally cool smooth. During a abstinent 20-80 mph run the tach aloof bounces amid 2,000 and 3,000 rpms with a actual slight torque gap amid the gears. The amends for that ability is an EPA appraisement of aloof 15 mpg in the burghal and 19 mpg on the highway. With the aggregation cab you’re attractive at a 24-gallon gas tank, acceptation about 400 afar in a catchbasin back you’re not towing its max weight of 9,200 pounds.
The abeyance feels stiffer than the aftermost GM auto I drove, a approved Silverado. I arranged the kids up for a cruise to the cottage up-north—with no footfall confined I had to bung them on the attic of the rear, again hop up and bulb them in their car seats. The anchorage abreast my ancestors berth are clay and not able-bodied taken affliction of. On them, the Sierra got decidedly asinine over the washboard parts. The barter ability aloof skip alongside 20 degrees and at speed, it’s a little disconcerting. Like I said I don’t bethink the aftermost auto I collection up there actuality so sloppy. On the artery it was altogether fine, with a little alley babble from the alternative asperous tires.
The autogenous is plain, but additionally fine. All the covering is stitched able-bodied and I like GM’s architecture of all the four-wheel drive being on the left, and all of the lane keeping, parking sensors, and auto stop/start “off” switches in the center. The altitude control, aggregate and affability are all knobs, which is a absolution and the infotainment and Apple CarPlay formed annihilate free.
The multifunction tailgate is the better brilliant with it’s six positions and grab bar to advice you ascend into the bed. I brought a ton of being up north—bikes, coolers, tools, a animation abode (you can buy them now for reasonable prices)—and it all fit easily. I do acknowledge pickups for their “bring whatever you want, wherever you want” utility. I haven’t gone camping in a while, but this is the blazon of agent you can get a week’s worth, or more, of being into.
I don’t apprehend I’d argue a Ford F-150 guy or a Ram babe to about-face to GM, but if you’re chief amid a Chevy and a GMC, you accept to go with the Sierra. The exoteric looks, the tailgate and the bales accomplish it a winner. Aloof get the footfall confined if you accept kids.