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- Clever tailgate. Damped, so it doesn’t crash open, and easy to close. Folds down in a way that turns into a work bench or a step to get into the bed when loading lots of stuff. Having the step built into the bumper is nice. Otherwise, due to the third-floor-walk-up height of the top of the bed, it’s not easy to reach in there and grab stuff.
- Quiet ride. Well insulated cabin. Leather heated and cooled seats. Lots of accessories, including a 120V outlet.
- Rear seat room. Room for your crew. Plenty of room up front, too. You can drive while wearing your sombrero.
- Night visibility. Our Sierra came with great, very bright LED headlights. Unfortunately, perhaps in part due to the height of the headlamps, other drivers mistook them for high beams, and gave us the finger and cursed our ancestors as they drove by, temporarily blinded.
- Towing capacity. If you’re not interested in the towing capacity of this truck, it’s not the truck for you. If you’re just a guy looking for a truck to drive to work, you can get one that’s much cheaper, easier to handle, and less trouble to park one by getting GMC’s Canyon, or Ford’s Ranger. The Sierra AT4 has special trailer towing equipment designed for large and regular towing expeditions.
- Touch screen. We like that GM’s latest infotainment set up is so intuitive. It also sports CarPlay and Android Auto. The Sierra’s Bose stereo will do justice to your Tim McGraw. Volume controls on the back of the steering wheel where your right index and middle finger rest are very convenient. Everyone should put them there.
- All-Wheel-Drive.Unlike trucks of old (and some of new) the Sierra AT4 has a full time all-wheel-drive option, so you never have to think about whether to be in four-wheel-drive or not.
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- Huge. The Sierra is hard to maneuver. It’s cumbersome. It’s like going back in time to when trucks were actually trucks, and not just alternative passenger vehicles. Not that it doesn’t have creature comforts. It’s just really big, and frankly, oversized for your average urban dweller. Also, our significant others didn’t want to be seen in it. But they feel the same way when when GM sends a perfectly socially acceptable bright red v8 Camaro.
- Tall. The off road oriented AT4 is like driving from the second floor. You have to climb up into it, and climb down out of it. Shorter people will have trouble reaching into the bed to fetch stuff.
- Somewhat stiff ride. Nice and smooth on smooth highway. But you will feel each and every bump in the road.
- Mileage. 13.9 overall, mostly city with a bit of highway. This is not great, even for a truck of this size.
- Safety optional. The good stuff (safety features) is only available on higher trim models and as options. You can get it all, but you’ll have to go up the option ladder to get it. The Premium Package is $3,280. The Driver Alert Package adds $745. That’s nearly $4,000 extra to get the safety you need.
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