While a very thoroughly improved GMC Sierra 1500 will arrive later this year, die-hard pickup fans might want to do themselves a favor and consider the 2022 Sierra Limited, essentially a pre-refresh version intended to shore up sales between now and when the new model arrives. No, this reheated Sierra might not keep up with the Joneses all that well, but sometimes a safe choice is a smart decision.
Having gone through a redesign in 2019, the exterior is probably the freshest part of the 2022 GMC Sierra Limited. It's an attractive truck, with headlights and a grille that aren't cartoonishly large, in addition to just the right amount of body sculpting that gives it a burly look without being too over-the-top. My tester's AT4 Premium Package ($3,405) also throws in a set of Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain tires that enhance the looks even further, and the Cayenne Red paint ($645) is pretty flashy, too. One of my favorite parts of the Sierra is 'round back -- the six-way MultiPro tailgate offers all sorts of flexibility in ways the competition can't match.
And then there's the interior. Honestly, the biggest reason to wait for the refreshed 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 is right here, because when the 2019 model debuted, it was put on blast for basically carrying over the previous generation's cabin, warts and all. In terms of functionality, it's fine -- all the controls are where you expect them to be, and you get copious amounts of storage in the door panels, the two-tier glove compartment and the massive center console. But the design feels like it's a decade old (because it basically is), and the materials used throughout the cabin don't exactly jibe with my tester's $64,715 price tag. If you're using this truck for more than work, you're probably better off waiting for the new Sierra.
The Good ~ Good around-town manners ~ Solid cabin tech
The Bad ~ Still quite expensive ~ Aged, low-quality interior ~ Basic driver aids paywalled behind options packages
The Bottom Line The 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited is a safe choice for those who don't want or need all the flashiest, newest stuff the segment has to offer.
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