The Sierra and its Chevrolet Silverado twin are well-rounded pickups with an available full-time 4WD system and generous payload capacity. Ride quality is decent with the Z85 suspension and handling is secure with standard ESC. High-end models have very good interior fit and finish, but all have simple controls. A luxurious Sierra Denali model has permanent AWD and a powerful 6.2-liter V8.
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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

"I can still feel the 6 speed transmission jerk when it shifts from first to second"

BONNIE M., IL (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"More than enough pep for a rural truck"

VIRGINIA M., TX (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"It has been the easiest truck to drive. It maneuvers very easily even in tight spaces."

Anonymous, MN (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"The transmission shifts between gears is not always smooth."

Anonymous, ID (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Not enough torque at lower rpm"

DON T., AL (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Both"

T M., WY (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"The small V8 is underpowered. I live in the mountains of the Sierra and the transmission is always hunting and downshifting on even slight hills with no load on or in the truck"

Paul L., CA (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Like the power of 6.0 liter engine coupled with the 4 speed transmission with tow/haul."

Peter D., VT (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"ACCELERATION IS OK, SEAT IS GOOD"

Gervais G., QC (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Use truck mostly for pulling trailer. Good power and very comfortable to drive. Handles trailer well."

Dennis H., AB (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"I hate the way the 6 speed transmission. It shifts at the wrong time. Your in 3rd gear going through an intersection then it has a poochy speed till you slow down or speed up"

Bonnie M., IL (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"I use it to pull a 26' travel trailer and it handles it very well. Have made trips of up to 1000 miles one way and the only problem is getting by gas stations. Pulling the trailer I get about 7 MPG."

William K., IL (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"The Sierra with a 5.3 l V8 has excellent acceleration, steering is very responsive and braking is very solid, with short stopping distances."

Anonymous, OR (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Very responsive"

Anonymous, OH (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"very easy to handle. great accelleration"

Anonymous, MN (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"It’s larger than I anticipated and the turning radius is larger than I expected."

William O., MS (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"I've rode and drove many 1/2 ton pickups and my 9 year old GMC is still one of my favorites. Much better than my friends 2017 RAM."

Joel C., NC (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Nice firm, but not too firm and easy to get in and out."

VIRGINIA M., TX (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"The controls for the driver seat do not work all the time"

Anonymous, ID (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Seats, Ride & Power"

T M., WY (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Larger vehicle. Cloth covered seats very comfortable."

Anonymous, AB (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Centerconsole armrest storage tray needs to have a lid. If you raise it everything in the tray dumps into the backseat area"

Paul L., CA (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Seats are comfortable, smooth ride, no road noise"

Anonymous, SK (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"NOISE AND SEAT"

Gervais G., QC (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Comfortable and easy to adjust"

Peter D., VT (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"The Sierra is nearly as comfortable as a passenger car designed for cruising. The seats are soft, the ride is relatively jolt-free despite having a 9600 lb. towing capacity. The noise level is higher than passenger cars, but as this vehicle is primarily used for towing, it's acceptable."

Anonymous, OR (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"seats are comfortable and controls are easy to reach"

Anonymous, MN (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"The seats in this vehicle were deep to begin with but they have compressed over the years and there is no adjustment provided to raise the seats so cushions have to be used to accommodate the height level needed."

Angela S., TX (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Like driving your living room."

Anonymous, OH (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"It was tricked out by the previous owner to be very easy to load and unload and to pull a trailer. this is a work vehicle and it comes in very handy when hauling stuff around. the interior definitely looks like it has been used hard."

Anonymous, MN (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"This area is a Pick Up Truck mecca. Good deals are fairly easy to find if you do your homework. We got a very good deal on this truck and are very happy with it."

Anonymous, ID (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"too many minor defects in my GMC. Door latches and locks not working/breaking. Also the automatic windows are defective."

Anonymous, TX (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Basically a solid truck. I was able to purchase with leather and no computer or navigation to pay for"

Mark B., AR (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"The purchase price for this vehicle was 32000 which is a little much for the year of purchase and the amenities that come with the vehicle"

Angela S., TX (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Overall style of the truck and it's color combinations -- have had several people comment on how they liked it."

Anonymous, KY (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

"Phone blue tooth"

MARTHA B., MO (2009 GMC Sierra 1500)

Would you buy this car again?

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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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