2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Wins Truck Trend's Pickup of the Year Award

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Truck Trend magazine has named the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali its Pickup of the Year for its unique combination of performance, interior refinement and comfort.

This is the second year that Truck Trend has handed out this award; last year's winner was the 2015 Ford F-150. To be considered, pickup trucks must be all new or significantly revised for the new model year, which keeps the contenders fresh.

The Sierra 1500 Denali beat out six other trucks, including the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country, the Chevrolet Colorado Z71, the GMC Canyon SLT, the Nissan Titan XD PRO-4X, the Ram 1500 Rebel and the Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road.

Truck Trend's editors were impressed by many of the same things that we noted when we drove the Sierra 1500 Denali earlier this year. Its interior refinement and cabin quietness are second to none in its class, with luxurious materials and an active noise cancellation system providing impressive isolation. And the Magnetic Ride Control found underneath keeps the Sierra 1500 Denali riding smoothly.

The Sierra 1500 Denali also stood out on the measurable portion of Truck Trend's testing, running from zero-to-60 mph (unloaded) in just 6.6 seconds and completing the quarter mile in 15.03 seconds at 97.83 mph. It also turned in 19 mpg during mileage testing, impressive numbers from the 420-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 that is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

To see more about Truck Trend's competition and the Sierra 1500 Denali, click here.

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GM wins again, no surprise here.

It's a Nice Truck!

This is the second year that Truck Trend has handed out this award; last year's winner was the 2015 Ford F-150. To be considered, pickup trucks must be all new or significantly revised for the new model year, which keeps the contenders fresh.


What was refreshed for this truck?

The Denali looks like a great truck, expensive, though.

With a small selection of pickup manufacturers in the US market, limits what's available, so a system to rehash older vehicles should be used.

It's not like the CUV or car segments where there are many vehicles to select, every year.

@LMAO
Truck trend says that the Denali wasn't tested last year because it wasn't available. It fully qualifies for 2016. I guess for 2016 , the F-150 offers nothing new, so why retest it.
This does however, raise a great question. If the Denali was available last year, would it still have won over the F-150. I believe that Truck trend clearly demonstrated that it would have. Sounds like you Ford fans dodged a bullet in 2015.


@LMAO
Truck trend says that the Denali wasn't tested last year because it wasn't available. It fully qualifies for 2016. I guess for 2016 , the F-150 offers nothing new, so why retest it.
This does however, raise a great question. If the Denali was available last year, would it still have won over the F-150. I believe that Truck trend clearly demonstrated that it would have. Sounds like you Ford fans dodged a bullet in 2015.

Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Dec 23, 2015 3:05:30 PM

Actually that was not even remotely close to my question. I was wondering what was done with the refresh. But thanks for the GM spin on it anyways.

I will say the magnetic ride control is very intriguing. Possibly a first for a truck. I'm sure the future will be filled more of suspension options like this. However you may have to pull out your wallet for that special feature.

Denali was available last year dummies.

http://www.gmc.com/2015-sierra-denali-pickup-truck.html

The updated 2016 Denali was not.

http://www.gmc.com/sierra-denali-pickup-truck.html

It includes a new front end (new grille, headlights, bumper), sidesteps, remote locking tailgate, infotainment updates, etc.

Techincally it does qualify for Motor Trend/TT testing, but overall it is just a nice refresh. The truck wasn't new, but give it credit for beating the lousy All New Nissan Titan. A lot of the Nissan fanbois were saying Nissan would get TTTOTY since it lost MTTOY. Nissan Titan lost both.

http://news.pickuptrucks.com/2015/11/2016-gmc-sierra-1500-denali-offers-ultimate-refinement.html

Good job GM! You kicked Nissan XD's butt!

@Ken Walden: Click the link to truck trend and watch the video. That's what he said, not available. I assumed he meant no available for testing.

@Ken Walden: Click the link to truck trend and watch the video. That's what he said, not available. I assumed he meant no available for testing.

@Ken Walden: Click the link to truck trend and watch the video. That's what he said, not available. I assumed he meant no available for testing.

Unlikely that this truck would have beaten the f150 last year. They did have a sierra 2500 last year and a chevy silverado 1500 last year. The f150 beat the silverado in every category and the sierra 2500 in every category except "interior and exterior". It hasn't changed a whole lot from last year. My guess is they didn't include it in last year's test because they already had 4 GM pickups in that test.

If you put lipstick on a Pig, it will make the Truck Trend pickup of the year.

I truly wish people could read the article, and make reasonable observations/comments based on the information provided. This is a review, and of course it isn't going to coincide with everybody's opinion. Hence why there are many different iterations of trucks to meet the needs and desires of the consumer. I happen to like the GMC, however I understand that each manufacturer brings something to the market. The truck market is so competitive now, it is really hard to say which is the best overall. In this comparison they did a barrage of testing over a week, while putting many miles towing, hauling and cruising, and came up with the GMC as the winner. I'm curious if they will release more of the scoring information, since that is normally interesting. A lot of the comparisons come down to a couple points, which can mean the difference between winning or not is aesthetics, which is very objective. Congrats to GMC!

I truly wish people could read the article, and make reasonable observations/comments based on the information provided. This is a review, and of course it isn't going to coincide with everybody's opinion. Hence why there are many different iterations of trucks to meet the needs and desires of the consumer. I happen to like the GMC, however I understand that each manufacturer brings something to the market. The truck market is so competitive now, it is really hard to say which is the best overall. In this comparison they did a barrage of testing over a week, while putting many miles towing, hauling and cruising, and came up with the GMC as the winner. I'm curious if they will release more of the scoring information, since that is normally interesting. A lot of the comparisons come down to a couple points, which can mean the difference between winning or not is aesthetics, which is very objective. Congrats to GMC!

Smooches!

Nice truck. Not too crazy about the front end of this refresh. I think this is the first time in a while i actually find the refreshed silverado more appealing. Still nice tho. Especially the interior

Its not bad, but its really not great either. You would think a big square truck would have lots of room inside, it doesn't Low ceiling, low car like seating, and not as much rear leg room.

Nearly hits its top speed governor of 98 mph in the quarter mile.

"The engine made the Sierra Denali one of the fastest vehicles Truck Trend has ever tested, with a blazing 15-second quarter-mile time at the truck’s top speed of 98 mph"

What good is 420 hp with a 98 mph governor? If it is disabled the warranted is kaput. Looks like Skippy is already out of the White House and running GM.

GM will have to build a new building to house all the awards they keep winning! Keep up the great work GM!

@ Greg
"GM will have to build a new building to house all the awards they keep winning! Keep up the great work GM!"

The Government will give GM taxpayer money to built the building.

Posted by: Frank | Dec 23, 2015 2:40:11 PM, Sorry Frank, your knowledge of pick up trucks is zero, Ford finished in 6th place behind the Ridgeline, which isn't even a truck.

I wrote to Jsaon Gonderman at Truck Trend to ask him if he would provide everybody with the actual numerical scores for this decision. (He previously said that he and the staff there spent a lot of time working through the data and evaluations.)

I would like to see by just how much the Denali won; and which vehicles were number two and number three.

No response yet. We could be talking about really minor differences behind all this hoopla about the Denali. Sort of like "Car and Driver's" data sheet: one car gets 202 and the second gets 199 (for example). What is the PERCENT advantage? Is that big deal?

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Merry Xmas Furd lovers, the Ecobusts, that's plural, get boot stomped by good old American V-8 and superior GM Engineers/Engines.

Its like a broken record for GM and Ford, everyone knows, GM owns the powertrain competition in the light duty and Ram is a close second, Ford is nowhere to be found, with their 6.2, where did it go??? Oh its in the Super Duty only now and the 5.0 is not competitive for power or FE.

The only thing F-150's are good for is max payloads, other than that they aren't worth mentioning, all the cameras and trailer assist BS is for the bird, long live the small block chevy.

The new 6.2 in the Camaro also totally destroys the Mustang GT and almost beats their flatplane engine, that's 0-60 in 4 seconds flat with the 8 speed auto for a regular ss.

@Frank:
The only time they win is when a Ford isn't invited. It basically beat it's GM brands.


Posted by: Frank | Dec 23, 2015 2:40:11 PM


It has been a year now, maybe Truck Trend figured out that an aluminum truck is just a poser.

Good thing this truck is fast! I really need to haul a cord of firewood and get it home fast! I wouldn't want something slow. It also helps my street cred...

GM revised both Sierra and Silverado after just two years. I wonder why? The last truck didn't have hardly any exterior cosmetics done in almost 7 years. Makes you wonder if they found some design flaw.

Like the design flaw with the new 6.7 Powerjoke getting a new block and new turbo after it got crushed by the ancient Duramax??


@maxASSisAmess
GM revised both Sierra and Silverado after just two years. I wonder why? The last truck didn't have hardly any exterior cosmetics done in almost 7 years. Makes you wonder if they found some design flaw.

Like the design flaw with the new 6.7 Powerjoke getting a new block and new turbo after it got crushed by the ancient Duramax??

Posted by: GM_Man | Dec 24, 2015 9:53:05 AM

This shows your ignorance of the Duramax. There has been a lot of design changes over the years with the 6.6. Talk about egg in your face. LMAO.

I have seen a lot more of these GMCs around where I live. There have been some really good deals on them. Most of the GMCs I have seen are the Denali trim crew cabs with 4x4. A few people I know that had older F-150s have bought the new GMCs. GMC must be doing something right.

Jeff S,
Looking at Novembers pickup sales, GMC dropped a considerable amount.

Even the Colorado dropped, but if you read up on the Colorado I think the vehicles have been manufactured and are diesels sitting awaiting for GM to move them out to their customers.

eff S,
Looking at Novembers pickup sales, GMC dropped a considerable amount.

Even the Colorado dropped, but if you read up on the Colorado I think the vehicles have been manufactured and are diesels sitting awaiting for GM to move them out to their customers.


Posted by: Big Al from Oz | Dec 24, 2015 11:33:24 AM

I would be expecting a huge increase in GMC sales for December. Actually both Chevy and GMC are putting up to $12500 in incentives.

I have to take these with a grain of salt. My experience with GM trucks, and, unfortunately, I have a lot of that experience, is that they are very nice trucks when new. But they just don't hold up. All too frequent breakdowns. Rattles. Squeaks. I've given up on them after 40 years or so.

Will never buy one, PUSH-RODS AND LIFTERS!!!!!!!!!!! ESPECIALLY KNOWING THERE ARE WAY BETTER AND MORE ADVANCE ENGINE TECHNOLOGIES. A $50,000 TRUCK WITH A $5,000 DRIVETRAIN, DAMN GM IS SAVING MONEY ON EACH TRUCK SOLD!!! LIFTERS DO STICK AND RODS DO BEND!!!

420hp FROM 6.2L THATS IMPRESSIVE?????????????????????????? How when there are way smaller engines with comparable output. 420HP from 6.2L is easy, simple and cheap!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Will never buy one, PUSH-RODS AND LIFTERS!!!!!!!!!!! ESPECIALLY KNOWING THERE ARE WAY BETTER AND MORE ADVANCE ENGINE TECHNOLOGIES
Posted by: latwoods | Dec 24, 2015 12:13:57 PM


latwoods LOL Ford V6s getting 6.2L MPGs. Yeah that's some better technologies right there LMFAO!!!!

@ GM_man

I didn't mean to hurt your feelings. For future reference just because I said something "somewhat" negative about GM doesn't make me a Ford guy. Typical GM guys response though.

@Big Al--I was just mentioning around where I live I have seen a lot more GMC Sierra Denalis than in the past. There have been some very good deals on them where I live and GMC trucks have gone more luxurious than in the past. GMCs appear to have the nicer trims than the Chevy. I have seen a number of new Colorado and Canyons as well and most of those are crew cabs that are well optioned.

As for the GM V-8 push rod engines they have proven themselves over the last 60 years. Whether its push rods or overhead both are good and will provide years of service. The American made V-8 engine regardless of brand has overall been very reliable and long lasting. Everyone has a brand preference but overall most of the V-8s will last a long time.

Merry Christmas from Downunder!

@big Al. Merry Christmas to you too mate

@ big Al. I assume it's a helluva lot warmer there than here. I am freezing up here in the Arizona Mountains.

Big Al - - -

"Merry Christmas from Downunder!"
Posted by: Big Al from Oz | Dec 24, 2015 5:55:03 PM

Merry Christmas to you too.
Glad you are contributing to this site: lots of good perspectives and information from you.

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Generic Motors only won as the best truck manufacturer wasn't even represented here because it had nothing new enough to bring.

Merry Christmas to All!

It seems maybe maybe some of these outlets feel bad that the twins follow Ford, probly the only reason why they pick them, with nothing new to show, year after year, can't wait till they switch to Aluminum, and hear all the fanboys jump on the bandwagon, now thats military grade!

@nitro:
It has been a year now, maybe Truck Trend figured out that an aluminum truck is just a poser.

@gmsgreat, I'll remember you said that

t has been a year now, maybe Truck Trend figured out that an aluminum truck is just a poser.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Dec 28, 2015 8:26:36 AM

A rather funny comment considering the link you showed us where the F150 was the winner vs the 6.2L chivy. And the chubby was lower to the ground over the Ford. Kinda hard to be a poser when your taller. LMAO.



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