2018 Best Half-Ton Truck Challenge Preview: 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT

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By Brian Normile

For our third preview of the five competitors in our upcoming 2018 Best Half-Ton Truck Challenge, we'll take you through the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT. We've already shown you both the 2018 Ford F-150 Lariat and the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country, but the GMC Sierra 1500 has several unique features that separate it from the class.

Although the Sierra 1500 SLT is similar in many ways to its Chevrolet Silverado 1500 sibling (mostly under the skin), this new version is probably as different than ever before. You can read about many of those new details and technologies in Challenge judge and reviewer Aaron Bragman's full First Drive, where he breaks down everything that's changed on the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500.

Much like the F-150 Lariat, astute readers will be quick to note that this isn't the top of the line trim for GMC's half-ton truck. We won't speculate on the reasoning behind GMC's choice of an SLT trim instead of the popular, fully loaded Denali since we were happy the truckmaker accepted our invitation to send what it considered to be its "best" truck. We simply invite automakers to send their trucks, then we test whatever we get. Still, there were a lot of special features on this SLT.

This Sierra featured the stalwart 6.2-liter V-8 ($2,495), now equipped with GM's all-new Dynamic Fuel Management system (a multicylinder shutoff system), mated to the new 10-speed automatic transmission. Among the more significant changes in this new Sierra 1500 is an all-new platform, retuned suspension, a host of upgraded and brand-new powertrains, a new interior layout and a thoroughly redesigned bed, all leading to about 400 pounds of weight savings.

On top of our SLT trim, the Sierra 1500 came equipped with the SLT Premium Plus Package at $6,760 (before $1,000 discount) that included blind spot warning, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, front and rear park assist, 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, rear cross-traffic alert, a spray-in bedliner, automatic forward emergency braking and pedestrian detection. The package also added lots of interior nice-to-haves like the Bose Premium Audio system, front heated and ventilated bucket seats, smart headlights, sliding rear window and wireless charging.

The final option packages on our GMC was the Max Trailering Package at $850, the White Frost Tricoat at $950, the power sunroof at $995 and the Trailer Camera Package (embedded in the sideview mirrors) for $250. The Max Trailering Package gives the Sierra 1500 the taller 3.42:1 gear ratio, stronger retuned shock absorbers, heavier-duty rear springs, a heavier-duty alternator, a larger radiator, bigger gross vehicle weight and gross combined weight ratings, and a higher payload capacity.

One standard feature that deserves to be called out separately is the all-new MulitiPro Tailgate. While some may be skeptical of its functional intent, we found plenty of ways to make it work for us — although, without giving too much away, we did find a few problems with the setup as well.

A base model 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT crew-cab 4x4 like our tester has a starting price of $51,495, including $1,495 in destination fees. However, once all the options were totaled and the $1,000 discount applied, our 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT came to $63,040. That's $2,010 more than the F-150 Lariat and $4,380 less than the Silverado 1500 High Country.

Since these previews are running alphabetically, next up will be the 2019 Nissan Titan Pro-4X.

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Comments

Nor was that gutless 4.3 turbo V-6 32 Valve, DOHC etc etc

We have 2.0L turbo engine ms putting out 280hp nowadays. Engines less than half that size of the 4.3L turbo.

awesome looking truck!

Wish they would have out a 5.3L in one of the twins

Interesting to see performance difference if any in 342 and 323

And fanboys claiming a 5.3L with 355,HP gutless has his head on backwards
Its a fantastic durable, dependable, reliable, all around capable motor.

Also is ford scared to send a 2.7L then?

@ tntOnline No Ford is not but GM is scared they will.

Hey "it"

Go find a car forum

So neither is GM scared then. Man u struggle. Maybe u should own a truck before u come on here and comment.

tntOnliine Grow up and learn some respect.

And fanboys claiming a 5.3L with 355,HP gutless has his head on backwards
Its a fantastic durable, dependable, reliable, all around capable motor.

Posted by: TNTGMC | Nov 8, 2018 11:39:38 AM

anyone who defends the 5.3 and says it's not gutless is a "tard"

TNTGOESBIZZERK.

Always knew TNTGMC and GMSRGREAT were the same poster. Proof is in the Nissan Titan article.

What a dipshite.

"And fanboys claiming a 5.3L with 355,HP gutless has his head on backwards
Its a fantastic durable, dependable, reliable, all around capable motor."

Posted by: TNTGMC | Nov 8, 2018 11:39:38 AM


Hey you forgot to mention its a world-peace bringing and cancer curing motor too...... LOL!!


Couldn't resist, but i will agree that its a good overall truck motor that would be better if gm didn't program it to drive the way it does.


Your latest online handle proves you were always both TNTGMC and GMSRGREAT.

What a dipshite you are.


Posted by: Brawndo | Nov 8, 2018 12:26:40 PM

nope ha was always a "tard"

I’d have to agree that Ford was the first to commit to making a turbo charged engine available across the entire product portfolio of light duty trucks. They have their issues, but the EB have gotten better with the dual injection. I haven’t owned the truck variant but I have the 2.0 in the Fusion at nearly 100k miles it’s not had any issues. The powerband of any boosted motor is sweet.
Posted by: Grnzel | Nov 8, 2018 6:07:40 AM


The dual fuel injection variants of the ecoboost and 5.0 have developed new issues and some old issues have come back. Tuning two sets of injectors is a complicated task. Just ask Toyota. A big reason the 2016+ Tacoma has been rated 4th in reliability below the Ridgeline, Colorado, and Canyon is because their 3.5 V6's D-4S dual fuel injection system is glitchy and causes odd hesitation and stalling issues, along with a strange powerband. The 2018+ Mustang's 5.0 has had a lot of issues with knocking, stalling, etc. There's a lot of 2018 F-150's with the 5.0 that have similar issues, stalling especially. The previoous 2.7 EB had a ton of head issues that didn't seem to be addressed yet and now Ford added a basket of new potential issues to it. The gen 2 3.5EB addressed some of the VVT issues and Ford finally upsized the timing chain so hopefully the issues with stretch will start to go away. There seem to be new reports of stalling and hesitation issues with the new duel injection 3.5 so we shall see how it plays out.

@ drools

Keep defending your 20 personality "it" clown

U drove a turd 5.4 for years. U have Gauls to say the 5.3L is gutless. U lost your mind man. Ford should use u and your brother "it" for their commercials. Oh wait, they dont make cars anymore, so "it" couldnt cut it.

@ drools

Keep defending your 20 personality "it" clown

U drove a turd 5.4 for years. U have Gauls to say the 5.3L is gutless. U lost your mind man. Ford should use u and your brother "it" for their commercials. Oh wait, they dont make cars anymore, so "it" couldnt cut it.


Posted by: TNTGMC | Nov 8, 2018 1:26:09 PM

ok "tard" i said this before and i'll say it again i don't use other people's user name, i don't agree with it at all, but i will tell you this you and papajim have created that monster on this site, you guys can't hold a debate without looking down you're noses at them or ramming your biased opinions down their throats you created it you deal with it

@Steelersguy
Interesting stuff. Any data to support the issues noted? Some are widely known like the chain stretch.

U drove a turd 5.4 for years. U have Gauls to say the 5.3L is gutless. U lost your mind man. Ford should use u and your brother "it" for their commercials. Oh wait, they dont make cars anymore, so "it" couldnt cut it.


Posted by: TNTGMC | Nov 8, 2018 1:26:09 PM

yes sir i did and i had a co-worker with an '08 5.3 and my truck ran circles around his truck for years towing, hauling, FE, and performance that figgin thing couldn't get out of it's own way he hated that truck with a passion, had another friend who bought a brand new 2011 20k miles he had a new motor put in, i like the 6.2 and other Gm motor but that 5.3 is a useless, gutless motor i'd take 4.8 before the 5.3

You can't compare the Genuine Ford 3.5L TTV6 with that crap GM built in the GNX.

GM never could sell as many turbo as Ford is with their 3.5L

GTFO, you bunch of dumb@$$3$

You can't compare the Genuine Ford 3.5L TTV6 with that crap GM built in the GNX.

GM never could sell as many turbo as Ford is with their 3.5L

GTFO, you bunch of dumb@$$3$

5.3L with 355,HP gutless has his head on backwards
Its a fantastic durable, dependable, reliable, all around capable motor.

Also is ford scared to send a 2.7L then?

Posted by: TNTGMC | Nov 8, 2018 11:39:38 AM


When you get beat all-around you can resort to "It's a durable motor." Blah blah...gtfo....the 5.4L was tons better than that $hitty 5.3L. I should know, I drove them both you tard.


If you're gonna do any towing of say a camper or similar, you DON'T want the factory exhaust coming straight out the back. It'll blow exhaust all over whatever you tow. Ram did the same dumb thing.
If not towing, then non issue...

Posted by: supercrew02 | Nov 7, 2018 7:55:29 AM

I tow a white horse aluminum horse trailer and I've yet to ever see any sign of any exhaust smoke or anything on the trailer. If you're getting smoke on it then it's most likely not running or tuned correctly. Even diesel guys that have their truck blowing black smoke out the side have stains down the side of the trailers. Your argument about that is pretty useless. Just go to any big horse show and see that there isn't many trailers with smoke stains down them.

better yet why don't we discuss why GM dropped the 454
Posted by: Ford Rules GM Drools | Nov 8, 2018

@drools

I don't mind that you want to take a swing at me, but please bring facts to the discussion. GM did not drop the 454, it was bored out to 8.1 liters (496 c.i.) and sold as a truck engine.

Using your brain is like bringing a knife to a gunfight you fool.

@ papajim

Drools only buys a turbo V6 that has fake exhaust note. He wouldn't know what a true V* sound is, let alone a big block V8.

My cousin had a 8.1L. It was a beast, but couldn't crack 10 mpg with it



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