GMC Test Drive Reviews 

2016 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT All-Terrain X Test Drive Review

I have to be honest. I didn’t even know GMC built a truck that looked this mean until it showed up at my door. This is a 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab with the All-Terrain X Package. It’s big and black and comes with enough built-in testosterone that it would make your 85-year-old Grandma feel tough if she ever got behind the wheel.


2016 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT Crew All-Terrain X Exterior:

Blacked-out packages like this are nothing new. However pulling one off so it looks the business is not as easy as it may seem. To get it right GMC started with their 1500 Series Sierra pickup, fitted it with their Z71 off-road suspension package and then infused a healthy dose of accessories from the GMC parts catalog. Items like a Cat-back performance exhaust (good for an additional 10-hp), 18” black wheels with beefy 265/65-Series Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires, a blacked-out bed-mounted sport bar and of course, some sport assist side steps have all been incorporated. There are also gloss black mirrors caps, side moldings, door handles and special “All-Terrain” badging that further add to Sierra’s already rugged appearance.

Keep in mind that while we think the All-Terrain X Package ($3,565.00 option) looks amazing, it may not be for everyone. Let’s face it, this is not a subtle way to roll around and in fact, this truck gets more attention than many high-end cars we’ve tested. Black paint aside, the 2016 Sierra 1500 is a great looking truck in its own right. Full LED projector beam headlamps with LED driving lights, dual tow hooks and a massive grille give this truck some handsome qualities. Out-back features like a large bumper with integrated steps, a slow lowering drop tailgate and flared fenders all-around convey an image of burliness to the outside world. From a styling perspective, GMC nailed this truck.


2016 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT Crew All-Terrain X Interior:

Black carbon fiber-esque seating surfaces with contrasting red stitching, a combination of high quality hard and soft touch plastics and a near perfect ergonomic layout greet both driver and passenger alike. There was a lot of thought put into this cabin and it shows. GMC’s Intellilink audio and navigation system work great. The 8-inch color touchscreen is clear and provides access to everything from navigation and vehicle settings to Apple Car Play, HD Radio and the rear vision camera.

Leather-covered power front seats with heat and lumbar adjustment are all-day supportive. And with the amount of power ports this thing has (inverter, standard cigarette lighter, multiple USB ports) you’ll have no trouble powering up your gadgets. Rear seating is beyond ample and provides more than enough room for 3 adults. Keep in mind that you can also fold up the rear seats resulting in storage space that’s greater than that of most full size sedans. The All-Terrain X Package also adds molded rubber floor coverings for further protection.

Owners of previous generation Sierras will notice a redesigned cluster with a combination of digital and analog gauges. While the tachometer and speedometer are analog, a horizontal digital readout display offers up oil pressure, temperature, fuel and voltage. A center-mounted information screen provides the driver with an overview of all vehicle functions as well. This cabin is one of the nicest pickup interiors on the market today as it combines high-luxury and functionality with vast amounts of convenience and comfort. It’s also unbelievably quiet whilst on the road – something I did not expect for a truck wearing serious all-terrain tires. The dual climate controls are also welcome as were the separate controls for the 4WD system and trailer tow controls.


2016 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT Crew All-Terrain X Performance:

GMs aluminum-block, 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 with direct injection lives under the hood and runs on regular unleaded fuel. The optional performance exhaust (like on our tester) means 10-extra horsepower over stock for a total of 365 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. During light cruising the engine will seamlessly go into cylinder deactivation mode shifting from a V8 to a V4 so as to improve fuel mileage. EPA fuel economy numbers are rated at 21-mpg highway, 15-city and 17-mpg in combined driving. I experienced an average 16-mpg overall. Not stellar mind you, but pretty good considering this truck weighs in at over 5,430 lbs.

Put your foot down and the Sierra will hit 60 mph in the high 7-second range. It’ll also tow 11,200 lbs. and haul over 2,100 lbs. when properly equipped. The new 8-speed automatic transmission is smooth and can be manually shifted with a tap of a column-mounted button. Trailer sway control, hill start assist, integrated trailer brake controls and powertrain grade braking are available as well. The four-wheel drive system is a snap to engage with its 4-mode selector switch (2wd, Auto, 4-high and 4-low).

Overall steering feel on the 1500 was light and a bit more feedback would have been welcome. Hard braking and emergency handling maneuvers were conducted without drama and conveyed a feeling of composure and confidence. The 1500 also drove much smaller than it actually is. Parking lot maneuvers were a piece of cake; visibility was fantastic and highway cruising provided a very comfortable ride.


2016 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT Crew All-Terrain X Safety:

GMC understands that safety is paramount and as such has equipped the 2016 Sierra 1500 with a variety of features to ensure a pleasant journey. Items like available Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Alert, Intelligent Brake Assist, Front and Rear Park Assist, a Rear Vision Camera, Anti-Lock brakes and of course Airbags can be found throughout the cabin.


2016 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT Crew All-Terrain X Overall:

Ranging in price from $27,510 to around $60k for a highly equipped Denali, GMC has priced the Sierra 1500 lineup to fit a wide variety of buyer needs. Our All-Terrain X model stickered at $56,695*($47,270.00* base price) – a good amount of money for sure. Factor in all the factory goodies and an amazing interior and well, you’ve got a truck that’s not only capable both on and off the road, but has a presence that few others can match. Drop by your local AutoNation dealership today to check one out!


*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.

**Vehicle MSRP of $47,270.00 excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.

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