After a major redesign inside out last year, the GMC Sierra Denali 1500 4WD Crew Cab truck for 2020 continues mostly as-is.
This solidly built full-size pickup ensures reasonably quick acceleration from any speed, ample passing ability and accurate handling/balance. The four-wheel-drive system can be driven in auto, 2WD, 4Hi or 4Lo modes depending on road and weather conditions.
A 6.2-liter V-8 engine, mated to a 10-speed auto transmission, makes 420 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 460 pounds-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. Handling the suspension is an independent coil-over shock front and a solid axle rear. The power rack-and-pinion electric power steering has an unswerving and communicative feel, making the truck easy to place at sharp curves. GM’s Dynamic Fuel Management system deactivates up to four of the eight cylinders for fuel savings. Tow capacity is an amazing 9,300 pounds. The optional six-position Multipro tailgate can be used as a table, an extension or a step to load items onto the lightweight carbon-fiber bed. And 12 fixed tie-downs each have a capacity of withstanding 500 pounds of weight.
The robust Sierra boasts a mammoth bright and multi-dimensional grille surrounded by LED headlights with C-shaped elements. The rear also shows off C-shaped LED features within the tail lamps and integrated dual exhaust tips. The 5’ 8”-foot box offers 63 cubic feet for stowage. Climb into the back seat and you won’t find a reason to complain about leg or knee room.
The six-gauge analog instrument cluster is well-lit and crystal clear. The huge center console can swallow a laptop. Other notable features include dual-zone auto a/c, tilt/telescopic steering column, dual glove box, heated/cooled front seats, and an 8-inch color screen for audio, navigation and phone readings.
Dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag for second row, stability/traction and trailer sway control with hill start assist, lane-change and rear-cross traffic alerts, front/rear park assist, four-wheel antilock brakes, rearview camera, tire pressure monitoring system and daytime running lights are standard.
Indeed, the Sierra is a functional workhorse that you can go cruising in on the highway or off the beaten path. It offers outstanding performance with plentiful tow capacity and a gigantic, but classy, cabin.
SIERRA DENALI AWD
Wheelbase: 147.4 inches
Length: 231.7 inches
Width: 81.2 inches
Height: 75.5 inches
Weight: 5,440 pounds
Fuel capacity: 24 gallons
City: 15 mpg
Highway: 20 mpg
Base price: $58,200
Price as tested: $71,850
Web site: www.gmc.com
Nitish S. Rele operates motoringtampabay.com and Khaas Baat, and was an automotive editor/columnist for the Tampa Tribune. Email him at email@example.com.