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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 742 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

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

the truck has custom wheels and tires and lift

By on Friday, September 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

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
10/10

Pros: "lift kit , mud tires, heated seats and leather"

Cons: "none"

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

"my truck has custom 17" rims and 33" tires with a 5" rough country suspension lift and has heated seats"

14 people out of 26 found this review helpful

Very reliable, no problems in 75k miles

By on Tuesday, September 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000

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
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Appears to hold its value"

Cons: "Throttle lag"

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

"For a baseline pickup, I am very satisfied with its reliability and driveability. The only negative is throttle lag with the 4.3 V-6 engine."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

I Love My Truck

By on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 110,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "loaded and smooth ride"

Cons: "big truck means plenty of gas"

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

"We purchased this truck in 2007 but it is a 2008 model. When we first saw it we knew we had to have it. The body of the truck was amazing and had everything you can ask for inside. We have enjoyed it with no troubles as of yet. Hope to keep it for a very long time."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

One NICE truck!

By on Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,000

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: "Like driving a Lexus"

Cons: "None"

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

"I've owned quite a few vehicles through the years...this has to be the best one ever. You are inside and hear nothing from the outside. Going down the road not a creak or rattle to be heard. And talk about power...I have the Denali with 403 hp...no passing problems here. MPG is not that great, but I have been told by others I seem to have a "lead foot"...."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Love this truck.

By on Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Power, comfort, options, rear dvd trip fun, ride"

Cons: "AWD wish it was selectable, no bluetooth"

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

Clean Denali

"I really enjoy this truck and am very happy to own it. The long trips with 4 people are great with the DVD player for the back seat. It makes the time fly by."

Clean Denali

One of the best pick-ups I have ever owned

By on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

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 Truck"

Cons: "Speed Limiter"

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

"The GMC Sierra Denali with the 6.2L engine has been a very dependable and fun truck to drive. My family and I have used it on a few long trips, one to the East Coast and another trip to Las Vegas. On a short trip from Vegas to 29 Palms, California the family was sleeping and I buried the pedal. The suspension is so good that no one woke up while I was doing close to 100 MPH. The interior road noise is very little and the cooling system keeps the cab cool even on those hot Houston days. As a Ford person most of my 55 years, this GMC has changed my mind forever. Sorry Ford."

18 people out of 31 found this review helpful

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