The current-generation GMC Sierra 1500 was introduced for the 2014 model year as an entirely new platform. Apart from the introduction of the eight-speed automatic transmission in 2015 and a mostly cosmetic mid-cycle refresh in 2016, the Sierra has stayed relatively unchanged. 
However, various upgrades over the last 4 years have pushed the GMC Sierra 1500 further into the luxury world, while never losing sight of its significant utility. After reading through the 2018 GMC Sierra features, a GMC dealers Oregon is likely going to be your next stop. 

What People Think of the 2018 Model
The market has responded well to the Sierra Denali 1500 this year. October Sierra sales were up by 25 percent compared to the same month last year, and the Sierra is solidly positioned as the fourth most popular full-size pickup truck in America. 

Those looking for bold exterior design, top-grade interior luxury, and superior mechanical capability all put together in a premium truck are finding their needs met in this superb vehicle.

What is New for 2018
Last year, the GMC Teen Driver system became standard across the range, allowing parents to monitor the speed and location of the truck, as well as muting the radio until all occupants are buckled up. 

Also standard across the Sierra lineup were a capless fuel filler and new automatic shutters behind the grille, which automatically close to smooth airflow over the front end of the truck and improve fuel economy on the highway. Clever running boards were added to the list of available accessories; they power out for easy entry into the cabin and can motor rearward for quick access to the bed. Lastly, two new colors were added to the Sierra palette: Pepperdust and the magnificent Dark Slate. 

This year, the Sierra has some noteworthy changes for 2018. The eAssist package is now available nationwide. This system, referred to as  “mild hybrid”, uses a single electric motor and doesn’t operate as a typical hybrid, meaning it doesn’t power the truck on its own. The lineup adds two new exterior colors—Deep Mahogany Metallic and Red Quartz Tintcoat. 

Additionally, every model now has a backup camera and the tire-pressure-monitoring system now has an audible alert when adding air to indicate when the tire is inflated to the recommended level. 

The base 1SA trim scraps the outdated 4.2-inch non-touchscreen display for a standard 7.0-inch IntelliLink touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. With these handsome upgrades, it’s no surprise that GMC dealers in Oregon are proudly selling a significant number of these vehicles.

An Incredible Ride
A smooth ride in a pickup truck isn’t always easy to achieve. You’re basically sitting in a cab on top of a steel chassis, which makes it difficult to ease road impurities. GM comes to the rescue with a very unique technology, which analyzes road surfaces up to 1000 times a second and adjusts the advanced dampers to provide the best combination of ride quality and handling at any given moment. This results in the fastest reacting shocks on the market and makes for a very comfortable ride. 

An Attractive and Comfortable Interior
Clean lines and comfortable interior are standard while the Denali version has "Denali" stitched on the headrests, the normal GMC steering wheel is replaced by a Denali one and "Denali" is imprinted on the door sills. 

And while not a whole lot changes inside when you go from the SLT trim (one below the Denali) to the top of the line Denali, there are some benefits. Those include, heated/cooled seats, a different center console, and a large digital screen in-between the speedo and tach. 

Additionally, it is clear that this truck was built for the worksite as many of the interior controls are large buttons, knobs, and switches that drivers can easily use when wearing gloves.

Technology Powerhouse
GMC’s IntelliLink is considered one of the most intuitive infotainment systems on sale thanks to large touch points, snappy performance, and redundant controls for the audio system. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration comes standard on all models. 

OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi is standard on most Sierra 1500s and provides a high-speed data connection for up to 7 devices. Denali versions get an additional 8-inch screen in the instrument cluster that provides key details such as trip information and what’s playing through the infotainment system.

This Thing Can Tow
The Sierra 1500 may not be the class leader in towing or hauling, but it is one of the best in both areas. When properly equipped, the Sierra can tow up to 12,500 pounds, and it has a max payload of 2,250 pounds. In addition to a high capacity, the Sierra has features that make your life easier when pulling a trailer, including a trailer brake controller and the transmission's tow/haul mode, which holds gears longer.

Not only does the Sierra have high towing and hauling capacities, it also pulls heavy loads without feeling strained. Even trailers that weigh multiple tons pose little problem for the Sierra, and the tow/haul mode lets you focus on driving safely instead of worrying about what gear you're in while pulling a trailer.

Engine Options
The Sierra has four engine options. The base 285-horsepower V6 engine has plenty of power for driving around, and it can handle some light towing duties. However, for heavy towing and hauling, one of the V8 engines is a better choice. There’s a 355-horsepower V8 and a 420-horsepower V8. Both are great for towing and hauling, but the more powerful engine delivers noticeably better acceleration. 

The Recommended Trim Levels and Features
With trucks like the Sierra 1500, there are so many options and configurations available that it's hard to recommend one setup that covers all the bases. But a good starting point for the Sierra is the SLT. 

Selecting the SLT gives you access to several desirable options packages, and it comes standard with the impressive 5.3-liter V8. What's more, you can add the powerful 6.2-liter V8 to your options sheet if towing tops your priority list. Avoid the optional 22-inch wheels, though; they can have a detrimental effect on the ride quality. 

Having it All
The 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 is a well-rounded truck that meets the needs of the most discerning customer while maintaining its accessibility and general appeal for anyone looking to upgrade their current vehicle. 

The Sierra is a strong utility masterpiece with the right amount of luxury. No matter what is most important to you when shopping for a truck, you just can’t go wrong with this one. Visit an Oregon GMC Dealer near you.
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