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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 792 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

This rig is a highway hog, loves the road

By on Sunday, January 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "priced well, and it will get you down the road."

Cons: "Typical 2500 ride, no sliding rear window"

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

"Moved, changed jobs. Time to sell the Duramax. This rig has only pulled an enclosed car hauler, no 5th wheels. All highway miles. Gets 18-20 MPG on road. Clean, leather, nav. And most accessories. I bought new. Great pickup up truck. This is just another "Bullet Proof" 2011 GMC Duramax, thanks"

I bought this vehicle 45 days ago

By on Sunday, November 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I bought this truck at a dealership with low mileage ,it runs great and had to bring it back because it sat for a while and the rotors were warped. They fixed the problem and the truck runs and looks great. My Silveroedo had 280 thousand miles on it and it was wrecked and still running. I love my 2009 Sierra. I kinda miss the 5.3 motor.My new truck has the 4.8 motor .I miss the low end tourge, but if if you put your foot into it you will get about the same performance.It seems quicker when you punch it,I dont know why but it backs down when quick when you let off of it,I love this truck, I hope I dont blow up the motor trying to make up for the 5.3 It sounds great when you work it. It handles really good for a big heavy truck.It is a nice truck !"

16 people out of 37 found this review helpful

Best vehicle i have ever owned

By on Thursday, November 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Very reliable and strong"

Cons: "Emissions system still needs a little reengineerin"

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

"I have a 2013 Denali Crew Cab Dual. In first 85,000 miles, very few problems. Just brake hydro-boost replaced. Otherwise perfect vehicle."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Great truck but has issues

By on Monday, October 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 171,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great for pulling"

Cons: "eats glowplugs"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Love the truck and the power it has but i really don't like how it likes to have glow plugs go out so often. I keep replacing them regularly."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

I have had no problems or warranty issues at all!

By on Sunday, September 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,120

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My Sierra 1500 has 20 inch wheels and rides very well and is comfortable.I have had no problems or warranty issues just change the oil and rotate the tiresetc.The gas mileage could be better but I like the get up and go effect so I can't complain."

19 people out of 29 found this review helpful

This truck is awsome!!!

By on Wednesday, September 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 98,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "depenable"

Cons: "dosen't turn real sharp"

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

"This is one of the best trucks I have ever owned. Almost 100k and is still going strong. I have never had one problem with this truck, I pull a 30 foot fifth wheel (13,000 lbs) and you don't even know is back there."

10 people out of 19 found this review helpful

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