WHEELS

2016 GMC Sierra a classy-look­ing truck with off-road at­ti­tude

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Contents - By Ann M. Job For The As­so­ci­ated Press

THE 2016 GMC Sierra full-size pickup truck com­bines an off-road at­ti­tude in its new All-Ter­rain X pack­age and an el­e­gant vibe with sub­tly fresh­ened front and rear styling.

New fea­tures add con­ve­nience: a re­mote-lock­ing tail­gate, power ar­tic­u­lat­ing steps, wire­less phone charg­ers and eas­ier smart­phone com­pat­i­bil­ity. Plus, a mod­ern, eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion is avail­able on more mod­els this year.

It’s a ve­hi­cle that will con­tinue to ap­peal to buy­ers look­ing for a high-rid­ing, well-styled truck that can tow big trail­ers, haul large loads and carry up to six pas­sen­gers with ease.

The 2016 Sierra has earned five out of five stars for oc­cu­pant pro­tec­tion in frontal and side crash test­ing by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment. And though it’s rated as a rec­om­mended buy of Con­sumer Re­ports mag­a­zine, the pub­li­ca­tion gave it a “worse than av­er­age” re­li­a­bil­ity rat­ing com­pared to sim­i­lar ve­hi­cles.

The Sierra doesn’t come cheap: For a base, reg­u­lar cab model with 285-horse­power V-6, stan­dard pickup bed and two-wheel drive, con­sumers will pay $30,205 (start­ing man­u­fac­turer’s sug­gested re­tail price, in­clud­ing de­liv­ery charge). Add four-wheel drive, and it’ll run $32,950 MSRP

Pop­u­lar with fam­i­lies, the 2016 Sierra with a Crew Cab — four doors, seats five or six — runs $37,525 for a two-wheel drive model and $40,675 with four­wheel drive.

All base mod­els come with a 285-horse­power V-6. Two V8s also are of­fered — a 365-horse­power, 5.3-liter unit and a per­for­mance-ori­ented,

420-horse­power, 6.2-liter V8 that’s de­rived from the Chevro­let Corvette sports car.

The big­ger en­gines push prices up­ward, as does the All-Ter­rain X op­tion. It added $4,315 on the test Sierra Crew Cab SLT model.

All in all, the test ve­hi­cle had at­ti­tude, topped off by the deep V8 ex­haust note from the All-Ter­rain X’s per­for­mance ex­haust. The 5,600-pound Sierra re­sponded well and could zoom for­ward quickly, but paced slower traf­fic with­out fuss.

The V8 is an older push-rod de­sign and worked well with the op­tional-for-$995 eight-speed au­to­matic. Shifts were quick when the driver de­manded it, and a man­ual shift mode that’s part of this trans­mis­sion holds shifts to the fuel cut­off mark.

Peak torque for the V-8 is 383 foot-pounds and com­pares with the 305 and 460 foot-pounds, re­spec­tively, gen­er­ated by the V-6 and the larger, 6.2-liter V8.

Fuel econ­omy isn’t a pri­or­ity. The test truck av­er­aged 18.6 miles per gal­lon and was rated by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment at 15 mpg in city driv­ing and 21 mpg on the high­way.

The Sierra in­te­rior is spa­cious. Front legroom is more than 45 inches and head­room mea­sures 42.8 inches. There’s an­other 40.9 inches of legroom in the back seats, where head­room is more than 40 inches.

The ride in the test Sierra, which had a Z71 sport sus­pen­sion and 18-inch tires, was firm but not harsh on pave­ment and sturdy-feel­ing on dirt trails. Plus, the in­te­rior was much qui­eter than ex­pected.

Don’t let the la­bel “All-Ter­rain X” fool you. The Sierra re­mains a rather wide ve­hi­cle — 6.7 feet from one side to the other — and it’s heavy. This isn’t a nim­ble billy goat in rough ter­rain.

It also doesn’t come from the fac­tory with all the needed off-road shields. But it sure looks good and rides well.

(GM via AP)

OFF-ROAD EL­E­GANCE. This photo pro­vided by GM shows GMC Sierra All-Ter­rain X, a high-rid­ing, well-styled truck with an el­e­gant vibe.

CLASSY WITH AT­TI­TUDE. The 2016 GMC Sierra is a classy-look­ing truck that adds an off-road at­ti­tude with a new All-Ter­rain X pack­age plus fresh­ened front and rear styling.

NEW FEA­TURES. GMC Sierra All-Ter­rain X has new fea­tures such as a re­mote tail­gate lock, power ar­tic­u­lat­ing steps, wire­less phone charg­ing and new com­pat­i­bil­ity with Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto.

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