The GMC Sierra 1500 is back for another year of delivering hard workers, DIY enthusiasts, and off-roaders all the power and capabilities they need. The GMC Sierra is one of the most popular in its class of light-duty pickups, consistently offering solid towing and hauling abilities and an ever-evolving lineup of technology features that empower drivers to be even more in command when trailering. It is available in a terrific array of trims that offer a well-curated selection of features for every type of driver.
Those looking for a reliable and no-frills work truck can find what they’re looking for in the Sierra. Likewise, drivers that love all the frills and undeniable luxury can look to the popular Denali and Denali Ultimate trim. With the additions of the AT4 and AT4X, off-road enthusiasts can get their kicks with the 2024 GMC Sierra 1500, too. There haven’t been many changes since the 2023 model, and for good reason. The 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 was something of a masterpiece, and why mess with perfection? Still, we are always here to inform our customers about every new year model. So today, we look at the 2024 GMC Sierra 1500 and what makes it so special.
We’ve always loved the great selection of engine options that GMC gives its drivers, and it meets that expectation again with the 2024 Sierra 1500. Lower trims will start with the base-level turbocharged 2.7L four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It has plenty of pep and decent enough fuel economy for those only looking to do some light-duty work. Moving up the engine ladder, there is a Duramax diesel along with two admirable V8s, a 5.3-liter, and a 6.2-liter. For those opting for the V8s, you'll have plenty of horsepower at your disposal.
Those looking for the best fuel economy available out of this pickup should check out that Duramax diesel. When equipped with this monstrous engine, you can get up to 24 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway. Those are respectable commuter figures, so if you do need a truck that’s got a lot of oomph around the work site and on long stretches of road, that diesel engine is more than worth the investment. Drivers not looking to harness the power of diesel can still get a notable 19 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway when choosing the standard turbocharged 2.7L engine.
Now let’s talk towing and payload figures. When appropriately decked out, the 2024 GMC Sierra 1500 can tow an astounding 13,300 lbs and support a payload of 2,240 lbs. While it is technically a “light-duty” truck, those are numbers that contractors and similar professionals with serious towing demands can get excited about. Naturally, when you are trailering, you need optimal control, and that’s why the top three engine options are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, allowing for useful small steps. The base-level engine gets a nice eight-speed automatic transmission.
The terrific off-roader variants, the AT4 and AT4X, also offer thrilling performance off the pavement. What is new for the 2024 model year is that the AT4X gets a standard 3.0-liter Duramax diesel engine. The AT4X specifically gets some juicy off-road perks, like electronic-locking front and rear differentials, additional skid plates, and off-road tires. Even if you don’t plan on going off-roading but need versatility, the GMC Sierra 1500 is available in rear and four-wheel options, allowing you to tackle any condition with confidence.
Just because your days might be spent on rough and unwelcoming work sites doesn’t mean you don’t deserve to slip into a comfortable cab. The 2024 GMC Sierra 1500 delivers in this category, just as the 2023 model did. The days of minimal comfort features on pickups are a thing of the past, and the Sierra 1500 demonstrates that you can get a plethora of great features without sacrificing comfort and style.
As always, there is that illustrious Denali trim and the Denali Ultimate, which have set the standard of luxury in the truck world. That Denali Ultimate will see stunning open-pore wood panels and leather-covered surfaces for a sophisticated look. Plus, it gets 16-power adjustable front seats with massage functions and lumbar support. If you spend all day doing manual labor or are stuck behind the wheel for long stretches, you’ll appreciate these thoughtful features. They should keep your body nice and limber for tomorrow’s workload.
Upper trims of the Sierra 1500 will get a head-up display to put pertinent vehicle information right in your line of sight. You can also get a power-adjustable and tilting steering column, helping you set the wheel to your ideal angle. Drivers with long commutes will want to get this feature because cranking your neck even slightly for a long drive can leave you in some discomfort. Not only does the driver and front seat passenger get comfort-boosting features, but the 2024 Sierra 1500 offers generous leg and headroom to rear seat passengers, so when you opt for that crew cab, everyone will technically get “the good seat.”
If your busy days call for constant contact with the outside world, you’ll appreciate the available built-in Google on the available 13.4-inch GMC infotainment system. Use this to look up directions, check traffic, get weather reports, and find local recommendations as you go. Finally, we love to remind drivers that the GMC Sierra 1500 has available Super Cruise, allowing for hands-free driving on over 400,000 miles of compatible roads in the US and Canada.
We know that the people who keep America moving forward drive a GMC truck. It’s our contractors, agriculturalists, moving companies, and the like. The Sierra 1500 is a fierce workhorse ready to tackle any challenge you throw at it, whether moving heavy materials on the job site or starting that DIY project at home.
Let’s start with the available CarbonPro composite bed that’s available on the Denali Ultimate. This proprietary bed is made of composite carbon fiber and is 25 percent lighter than traditional steel beds. It’s lighter but tougher. It’s dent, scratch, and weather resistant, so if you need to spend extended time out in the elements, we recommend it. Plus, it earns you a full cubic foot more volume, which is ideal for those who need to load up a lot of tools and materials. Additionally, this bed has useful indentations for stashing tires and two more tie-down locations than the standard bed.
As with previous years, the 2024 model still has the MultiPro Tailgate, with its handy six convention functions that make it easier to climb into your bed and access things inside. With settings that allow for safer loading of second-level items and securing extra-long goods, we love the versatility of this tailgate. If your days take you to all sorts of locations and over all sorts of terrain, you’ll like the Traction Select system. It has several settings, including Sport, Terrain, Tow/Haul, Off-Road, and Snow. As you select your terrain, the vehicle changes the powertrain calibrations and stability control settings to help you stay in command.
You’ll also remain in command when trailering, thanks to the available ProGrade trailering system. It’s a high-tech system that makes hitching and towing much smoother. Plus, there’s even an available Trailer Side Blind Zone Alert for better monitoring your surroundings when carrying heavy cargo. That’s not the end of the features that help you dominate the road, even when trailering. StabiliTrak Electronic Control detects a difference between your desired path and the real-time direction of your vehicle, making adjustments to the brakes and torque to put you on track. Finally, the available Hill Descent Control helps you maintain control when going downhill.