We will hand out our Best Pickup Truck of 2016 Award during Cars.com's Best of 2016 event Jan. 12 at the Fillmore Detroit. The awards presentation will cap two press days at the North American International Auto Show, which opens to the public Jan. 16 and runs through Jan. 24. There are six contenders for Best Pickup Truck of 2016, and we are providing a preview of each truck before the big reveal.
Our fourth preview focuses on the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 and by association, the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.
The GMC Sierra 1500 and its Chevrolet sibling, the Silverado 1500, both get a new hood, grille and tailgate redesign for the 2016 model year. In keeping with GM's bigger and bolder look, the GMC Sierra 1500 will offer a unique grille, headlight and hood design for each of its most popular trim levels: the Denali, All Terrain and SLT.
Although the driveline and powertrain essentially remain the same (there will be more availability of the eight-speed transmission with the smaller 5.3-liter V-8), the new look and design flows inside the half-ton pickups as well, delivering better storage compartments in the center console along with a wireless phone charging station. Finally, a unique articulating side-step option will be offered. Not does it make stepping into the truck easier for smaller passengers, but it also swivels back behind the cab to provide easier step-up access to gear inside the bed.
Check back with us on Jan. 12 to see how the Sierra and Silverado stack up and who the big winner is.
Editor's note: This story was updated Jan. 4 to correct public show dates.
Cars.com photos by Bruce Smith; manufacturer images