2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Reviews, Ratings, Prices - Consumer Reports
General Motors has improved the Sierra 1500, with increased payload and towing capacities, plus a deeper bed versus the previous model. But the redesign doesn’t match the fancy cabin or comfortable ride of some competitors. The biggest change is in the powertrain.
Alerts
There are 10 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Head protection air bags and ESC standard from 2010. Side air bags standard from 2010.
Road Test

General Motors has improved the Sierra 1500, with increased payload and towing capacities, plus a deeper bed versus the previous model. But the redesign doesn’t match the fancy cabin or comfortable ride of some competitors.

The biggest change is in the powertrain. Its 5.3-liter V8 engine can now be paired with a new eight-speed automatic transmission, and the combination provides better throttle response and quicker acceleration, answering one of our chief criticisms of the dull, flat-footed previous generation. The new eight-speed automatic transmission and the loss of about 300 pounds help the Sierra (and the Chevrolet Silverado, which we tested) achieve 17 mpg overall, a 1-mpg gain over the previous truck.

Seating
3 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD, Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 10-speed Automatic
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.7-liter 4 turbo (310 hp)
  • 4.3-liter V6 (285 hp)
  • 5.3-liter V8 (355 hp)
  • 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Continuous failure and lack of proper repairs by GMC dealer."

Anonymous, ND (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 6.2-L V8)
Display screen goes blank

"cameras will go to a blue screen. this is intermittent in nature which is why dealer can not assess as it does happen where they can see it. happens at start up, have to shut down and it may or may not come on. it eventually does however. usually does not happen while driving."

Anonymous, MO (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 6.2-L V8)

"Screen will randomly go blank and cannot be operated. System will change volume on it's own. Sometimes resolves it self in a few minutes, other times have had to wait overnight for it to start working again."

Anonymous, TX (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali 6.2-L V8)
Radio

"AM station occasionally bleeds it's signal into the Bluetooth, and auxiliary channels. Reseting the until, phone, or vehicle does not correct it. Only the satellite channel is not affected. Only after turning off the truck and walking away for sometime corrects the issue. I have not taken it to the dealer yet."

Steven J., CA (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 6.2-L V8)

"INTERMITTENTLY WHEN THE IGNITION IS TURNED ON THE RADIO WILL COME ON FULL VOLUME AND THE VOLUME CONTROL HAS NO AFFECT ON THE SOUND. YOU HAVE TO CHANGE IT FROM AM TO FM OR FM TO AM TO REGAIN CONTROL OF YOUR RADIO"

Anonymous, (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 5.3-L V8)
Software update fixes

"It took dealer 8 days to have my vehicle fixed. Sold it with the knowledge it was not working properly"

Anonymous, (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali 6.2-L V8)

"Recall updates caused other functions to quit working. A camera and information system were replaced to fix."

Anonymous, TN (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 6.2-L V8)
Voice control commands

"I tell her to call Sandy and she say play channel 160 on Siri"

Anonymous, AL (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Horn

"the electrical controls on the steering wheel all failed at one time"

Anonymous, (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)
Remote engine starter

"There were multiple recalls out on my truck. I couldn't find a dealership that would provide timely service. It took me 4 months to finally get the truck in for service. Since December of 2019 I had an intermittent check engine light that was on, it wouldn't allow my remote start to work. The brakes vibrates horribly, other lights and controls would flash and turn on and off while driving. When at the dealer after 4 months of waiting, I was told I had a lemon, they wouldn't fix the issue and the dealer that sold me the car had to buy it back and buy me out of the lease. Horrible experience, will never buy another GMC again."

Anonymous, NY (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE 2.7-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

"The engine oil cooler line was leaking. Line completely separated from the fitting leaving the vehicle stranded, as the low oil pressure warning light came on. truck was towed."

Anonymous, MI (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali 5.3-L V8)

"vehicle seems to lose oil. at 7000mi was down 1.5qts, at 12000 mi down 2 qts. the latted was after towing my camper to Fla. No evidence of oil leak or burning of oil. Was told it will burn 1qt for every 2000mi. now being monitored every 1000mi by dealer"

Anonymous, MO (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 6.2-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Water leak from the rear spoiler allowing water to enter in around the rear seat."

Anonymous, MI (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali 5.3-L V8)
Squeaks or rattles

"I found the rattle to be the rear seat headrest. When it is in the raised position it will rattle against something inside the rear seat. This is actually the second 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 I’ve purchased and had the same issue. Very easy fix."

Anonymous, AL (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 5.3-L V8)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Computer problem"

Anonymous, (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali 6.2-L V8)

"Had a recall."

Anonymous, (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"On the first start of the day, the vehicle shifts hard from first gear into second gear. Moreover, the engagement is delayed by a few seconds. The GM dealer says it's functioning as designed and provided a bulletin about how the clutch reservoir needs to fill up properly and that's the reason why. However, I've never experienced this in any other vehicle."

Anonymous, TX (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"Sep 2019, engine locked while driving, spun a piston rod"

Anonymous, NE (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 6.2-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

"Vibration Aggravated back so bad I returned truck Back to dealer. Like sitting in a vibrating chair that wouldn’t shut off. Didn’t notice problem on short around town test ride. They tried different tires etc."

Anonymous, WI (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"It's started with a clicking sound when raising the tailgate. It was determined the rod that holds it in place was bent and needed to be replaced. This was just following the GMC union strike, so parts were on backorder. I had to drive it without a tailgate for several weeks. After replacing the rod, the clicking problem returned. It was determined that the bushings that control the slow-open tailgate were bad, causing the tailgate to drop too quickly, which damaged the rod again. Parts were still on backorder, so had to wait for them to come in, again, for this to finally be fixed."

Anonymous, (2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 5.3-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

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