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2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab

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2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab Review

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Several fuel-efficient full-size pickups are now available. These range from the Chevrolet XFE (Extra Fuel Economy) to V6-equipped versions of the Ford F-150 and they deliver up to 22 miles per gallon in the government's highway driving test. Some might think that this has rendered obsolete the 2011 GMC Sierra Hybrid (and its corporate twin, the Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid). While the Sierra Hybrid full-size pickup doesn't hold the fuel-economy lead that it once did, it retains its title as the most fuel-efficient full-size pickup on the market with a rating of 20 mpg in the EPA's city driving test and 23 mpg in the highway regime. In addition, it boasts a beefy V8, a 6,100-pound tow capacity and room to comfortably accommodate up to six passengers.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need a pickup truck for work or pleasure and want to limit costly fill-ups, the 2011 GMC Sierra Hybrid is ready to serve. It remains the most efficient full-size truck on the road.

You May Not Like This Car If...

It costs money to save money. The technology responsible for the 2011 GMC Sierra Hybrid's class-leading fuel economy has a direct and negative impact on the truck's sticker price. Buyers who really work their trucks will also be disappointed by the Hybrid's lower payload and towing capacities.

What's Significant About This Car?

Few changes have been made to the 2011 GMC Sierra Hybrid. Gray Green Metallic has been added to the color palette, an updated OnStar system is included and efforts have been made to reduce the amount of wind noise that makes its way into the truck's cabin.

Driving the Sierra 1500 Crew Cab

Driving Impressions Hybrid vehicles have come a long way since first being introduced. The utter lack of power is largely gone, as are the grabby regenerative brakes. The 2011 GMC Sierra Hybrid...

shows what can be done with this technology, offering a 6,100-pound towing capacity paired with up to 23 miles per gallon on the highway. The driving experience is much like any other Sierra, meaning the steering is nicely weighted and the handling predictable. On the plus side, the Sierra Hybrid's ride is commendably smooth and the truck suffers few ill effects during travel over rough pavement.

Two-Mode Hybrid System
Created through a joint venture with BMW, Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz, this technology uses a pair of electric motors to balance fuel economy with power demands.

Exterior Styling
In the early days of hybrids, it seemed that the promise of top-notch fuel economy was rivaled by a new "green" model's conspicuous look-at-me styling. The Sierra Hybrid looks much like any other Sierra, a point likely appreciated by shoppers who would rather not drive a social statement.

2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab Details
Interior

GMC offers the Sierra with two distinct interior designs, one for the working-class trims and one for more luxurious models. The 2011 GMC Sierra Hybrid is fitted with the former, which is host to large handles, knobs and dials that can be easily manipulated by gloved hands. Storage provisions include dual glove boxes and a spacious locking bin.

Exterior
2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab photo

Visually, very little separates the 2011 GMC Sierra Hybrid from its conventionally powered counterparts. It is only offered as a Crew Cab model. All Sierras have the same body panels, grille and lights, but the Hybrid steps out of the lines just a bit with its unique badges, low-rolling resistance tires and aerodynamic improvements, which include a lowered suspension and soft tonneau cover for the bed.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

GMC offers its Sierra Hybrid with a healthy serving of standard equipment, including an updated version of OnStar, dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, leather interior accents, and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. The truck also features a heavy-duty suspension and tow package, satellite radio, and safety equipment such as four-wheel antilock disc brakes, electronic stability control and front-side and side-curtain airbags.

Optional Equipment

With the understanding that some buyers want a truck loaded with features, GMC has created a rather long list of options that can be ordered with the 2011 Sierra Hybrid. Some of the more notable items include power-adjustable pedals, a rearview camera, leather seats, and a navigation system. Like any Sierra, the Hybrid can also be ordered with four-wheel drive.

Under the Hood

Central to the 2011 GMC Sierra Hybrid's fuel-efficient nature is its Two-Mode Hybrid system. This is similar to that found on buses and unlike that in almost every other automotive hybrid. It features a pair of electric motors, one that helps propel the truck and the other that also starts the gasoline engine and allows the four-speed transmission to act like a fuel-saving continuously variable transmission. The main propulsion comes from a 332-horsepower, 6.0-liter, gasoline-fed V8, which employs Atkinson cycle operation to enhance mileage. A 300-volt nickel-metal hydride battery pack feeds the batteries. The Sierra Hybrid can travel up to 30 mph on electric power, without any input from the gas engine.

6.0-liter V8 with two 60-kilowatt Electric Motors Atkinson Cycle Two-Mode Hybrid
332 horsepower @ 5100 rpm (gasoline engine); 80 horsepower (each, electric motors); 492 net horsepower
367 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4100 rpm (gasoline engine)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/23

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2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 783 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.1/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Great vehicle - doesn't break

By on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "GMC looks, comfort, amenities, towing, resale"

Cons: "Fuel economy, price for new truck"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought new in 2004, 2007 and 2013. Love this truck. Fuel rail went out in 2004 model at 80K but dealer R&R'd at no charge and paid for rental truck and hotel. Traded 2004 for new 2007. The 2007 developed cooling problems at 150K. Traded 2007 for new 2013. The 2013 has 60K to date with no problems. I would buy another in a heartbeat but the prices have shot through the roof."

Best truck i've owned!....no disappointments!

By on Thursday, July 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"GMC...well designed,most reliable,comfortable,great looking,best versatile truck,i have ever owned!,,,and,i've owned them all!...;)"

10 people out of 16 found this review helpful

This is the best vehicle that I've ever owned.

By on Wednesday, July 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,500

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great ride, dependable, comfortable, capacity,"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This Sierra rides better than my cars. It's been great for hauling things back & forth to NY, I am working there on a temporary basis. It fits my lifestyle well for canoeing, Kayaking, biking, hauling my zero turn lawnmower and the occasional home project. It's been great in the snow in upstate NY. Never had any issues starting it. Completely dependable. I'd never be without a full size truck again. I owned an S10 prior and had 240,000 miles in the inline 4 when I bought the Sierra. I figured if that GM 4 banger could last that long I'd get a full size and it should do better. I did consider the Toyota Tacoma and am glad I bought the Sierra, that bed size has been very handy. I'll never go back to a small truck again. My next truck is going to be a Sierra."

16 people out of 27 found this review helpful

One of the best vehickles I have owned.

By on Friday, July 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 141,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great price, great ride, and reliable."

Cons: "Mileage with the V6 versus the v8."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The one thing I would change on it is the engine. The V8 available for this year got about 6 mpg better mileage on average. Otherwise the V6 has been more than adequate for all my needs. I do a lot of highway travel as well as in town, and am happy with comfort, performance and ride. I do not plan to replace this truck any time soon \, at least before it reaches 300,000 miles. Would I buy it again. You bet, in a heartbeat."

10 people out of 18 found this review helpful

very nice

By on Monday, June 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 117,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great gas mileage , 18 mpg plus more on highway"

Cons: "i lost my job n cant afford it no more"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought if for grand son and he moved away I owe 12,500 on this truck , you can have it for the payoff price"

8 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Best truck I have EVER owned.........love it!!

By on Saturday, June 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Just a GREAT truck"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Smooth riding, plenty of power, turns on a dime ( unlike last truck) I pull a fairly heavy boat/ trailer, can't hardly tell it's behind me. Gas mileage is decent in the city and excellent on the highway. And with the flex fuel option, whenever gas gets expensive, I switch to good old "corn oil"......big savings! Best part........truck is gorgeous! Always get comments about what a " good looking truck I have" :)"

39 people out of 68 found this review helpful

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