The GMC Sierra (and its Chevrolet Silverado twin) will be replaced this fall by a truck based on the new Chevrolet Tahoe. The 2004 Z71 Silverado that we tested had a stiff, choppy ride. Other trim lines ride slightly better. Braking is adequate, and fit and finish is unimpressive. The powertrain isn't as smooth as competing models from Toyota or Nissan.
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Acceleration is very good. Plenty of power."

Anonymous, CO (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"It accelerates great and handles great"

Sid S., MS (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Handles nicely for a truck"

Anonymous, MI (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Preforms very well, easy to handle and has the power when wanted."

Mark S., TN (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"I have installed dual exhaust and an improved intake. Truck has excellent acceleration, and gas mileage improved slightly."

Anonymous, TX (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Better than expectedride and performance compared to my 2991 4wd GMC."

Anonymous, CA (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Handles well, installed air shocks which were easy to install."

Anonymous, AZ (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Drives great and handles very easy."

Anonymous, VA (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"This truck was made in Mexico and the frame underneath is totally rotting away. I know the vehicle is over ten years old but I have never witnessed a frame flaking away like this."

Paul S., NY (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Would like better pick up when starting from a stand still at light or stop sign."

William M., GA (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Lots of power with the high-perf 5.3L motor."

John P., CO (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"I needed a truck and being four door was a great plus almost like a car"

Anonymous, FL (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)


Anonymous, FL (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"bench seats are very uncomfortable for long rides. Cab is noisy. Rides like a truck, but that's okay ;-)"

Anonymous, MA (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"smooth ride, easy to drive,still airtight after 12 years"

Mike D., OK (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"This GMC Sierra has a surprisingly quiet and comfortable ride. It's hard to believe you're in a truck."

Cathy C., IL (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Very comfortable and quiet."

Anonymous, IA (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Ride is great"

R C., NC (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"dependable,pulls 5th wheel trailer fine."

W M., CA (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Not as comfortable as cloth seats"

Anonymous, NC (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Climate control with dual controls is not very effective. If outside temperature is cool, it is hard to get fresh air in vehicle.Defrost is especially frustrating if there is high humidity."

Anonymous, KS (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"12 years and no major problems, still running great"

Terry S., TX (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Great value, no frills and all the functional capabilities needed in a truck"

Anonymous, CA (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"solid reliable truck"

Mitchell J., NV (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"This was the basic truck with no back seat, crank windows, etc. Decent acceleration with a 6 cyl. engine but better gas mileage. Good work truck overall"

Anonymous, MA (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"paid 13500 new for the pickup, still looks and drives like new. replaced everything you should at 100000 miles, besides that its only been in the shop once, for a starter. it gets better mileage now than it did 12 yrs ago. wow!"

Mike D., OK (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"It has performed very well for us. The passenger seat is not comfortable for long drives."

Anonymous, CA (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"28000 loaded"

Mitchell J., NV (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"I have had a vibration problem from day one that was never resolved. Costly oil leak soon after warranty expired."

Anonymous, FL (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"This truck was very basic but has been a very reliable truck"

Anonymous, SK (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Vehicle in it's 11th year and performed excellently."

Anonymous, NC (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"I bought the truck new in August 2006 for $14800 tax included. This has been as reliable as a rock. The only big repair was the catalytic converter being replaced at 117000 miles and I may have contributed to the failure during the replacement of an oxygen sensor. I changed plugs and wires at 115000 miles, brakes when needed and oil change every 3000/4000 miles."

ARTHUR W., NY (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Extremely dependable, holds resale value."

Anonymous, SC (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Good value for the money.."

JOHN A., CA (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Problem free"

Anonymous, FL (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Reverse doors for rear seat access are a major problem when loading items ( groceries etc ) in a parking lot with other vehicles in adjacent spaces, I will never buy another vehicle so equipped ."

Anonymous, FL (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"overall good looking truck"

W M., CA (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

"It looks like a truck"

R C., NC (2006 GMC Sierra 1500)

Would you buy this car again?

2006 vehicles
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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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