Absurdly large and obnoxious! At just over 230" long, the Sierra Crew Cab is absolutely monstrous in size; especially when compared with the majority of vehicles driving around downtown Toronto.
“Absurdly large”. Those were the first two words that came to my mind when I first hopped into the 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE. At just over 230″ long, the Sierra Crew Cab is absolutely monstrous in size; especially when compared with the majority of vehicles driving around downtown Toronto. The second most significant thing about the Sierra in my eyes is how many breakdowns to the model lineup there are. For instance, my test vehicle was a 2012 Sierra 1500 SLE Crew Cab Z71 4×4. That’s not even including the packages/options it has on it. To break it down, it means that it’s the half-ton model, with four doors, a full rear seat, 4-wheel-drive, and some other gizmos.
Living in the bustling streets of Toronto, my co-journalists and I were debating on what exactly we could do with the pickup to make the most effective use of it while we had it. Being the practical gang we are, we decided to drive to Buffalo, NY to have cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory. Yes; we decided to drive a half-ton, 14L/100km vehicle on a road trip to get authentic, chain-restaurant dessert. Oh, it gets better; we started with dinner at the Olive Garden.
Averaging 14L/100km on cruise control at 105 km/h in 2WD mode, the Sierra is genuinely impractical for anything short of the countryman experience. Even with its 4-cylinder shutoff, the 5.3 V8 with 315 horsepower isn’t capable of getting passable mileage at highway speeds. Expectedly, the fuel mileage in the city is absolutely absurd, and it’s far too large to fit into any sort of parking spot. I learned that the solution that most pickup drivers have in parking lots is to park at the very end of the lot and have the back end hanging into the second spot. I suppose being a city boy at heart, I don’t really understand the appeal of a vehicle like this, but unless you’re using it to haul a whole bunch of stuff (that you don’t mind getting wet) every single day, the price tag just over $50,000 just isn’t justifiable.
Despite the horrendous fuel economy and how tedious it is to drive on anything but a long, straight highway, the Sierra was actually a decent choice for our road trip. It rides high enough to tower over nearly anything else on the road, and it’s large enough to intimidate slow-moving beige Corollas out of the fast lane on the highway. Our test truck was finished in a bright red and sported neat chrome wheels.
As I was saying; the Sierra is phenomenal for hauling a large amount of stuff. IKEA runs are made effortless and pleasant without the need to fold seats, remove cargo trays, and play Tetris trying to get all your stuff to fit. Frankly though, I personally fail to see how anyone but a contractor or a farmer would benefit in any way by buying a vehicle in this class over a smaller pickup.1 comment