New GMC 2022 GMC Sierra for Sale in Johnston, RI
On top of its well-established status as a hard-wearing half-ton pickup truck, the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 exudes more luxury, higher-end features, and greater capabilities than ever before. Highlighting the latest Sierra are its two new trim levels: Denali Ultimate and AT4X. The Denali Ultimate has achieved a level of refinement not seen before in this model, while the AT4X delivers an uncompromising off-road experience with its trail-hungry ruggedness. Those who know the GMC Sierra 1500 also shows off will also notice refreshed exterior and interior styling, a stronger implementation of the latest industry technologies, and an improved engine lineup. But the biggest newsmaker may be the inclusion of GM’s groundbreaking Super Cruise hands-free driving system, which was only previously seen on certain Cadillac models (keep reading for details).
What’s New, Specifically?
The ’22 Sierra 1500 has always been a bit classier than its rivals, but this time around GMC makes elegance a priority across the lineup. The exterior now features a revised front bumper, fascia, and grille design, and the new dual-projector LED headlights are more prominent. And as a truly unique element, an animated lighting sequence activates when the vehicle is started or someone holding the key fob approaches or walks away. The interior gets a brand-new infotainment system with a customizable 13.4-inch touchscreen and built-in Google, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a new center console design, and all-new electronic precision shift on models with front bucket seats. GMC has also added the Elevation Premium Package that bundles a black leather interior with bucket seats, rear seat storage, a spray-on bedliner, and the Sierra Safety Plus Package.
Trims and Configurations
While the Sierra 1500 carries over the Pro, SLE, Elevation, SLT, AT4, and Denali trims for 2022, the two new levels – AT4X and Denali Ultimate – are big news. Three cab styles (crew, regular, and double) and three bed sizes (standard, short, and regular) are offered. While the Pro can be ordered in either style, the crew cab version pairs with a short bed, the double cab with a standard bed, and the regular cab with either the standard or a long bed.
The SLE and Elevation are available as crew cabs with the short bed or double cabs with standard bed. The SLT and Denali, though, are both limited to the crew cab/short-bed setup. With 4WD, the crew cab Pro, SLE, Elevation, SLT, and Denali are eligible for a standard bed. The AT4 is 4WD-only and comes as a crew cab with either the short or standard bed. Last, the AT4X and Denali Ultimate can only be ordered with the crew cab/short-bed arrangement.
Powertrains and Performance
The previously standard 4.3-liter V6 has been set aside in favor of an upgraded version of GM’s turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder as the base engine. While this turbo powerplant continues to produce 310 hp, its torque output has rocketed from 348 lb.-ft. to 420 lb.-ft. This engine is standard in the Pro, SLE, and Elevation.
Every other engine from the previous lineup carries over unchanged. The first of those is a 5.3-liter V8 (355 hp and 383 lb.-ft. of torque) that’s standard in the SLT and Denali and available in the Pro, SLE, and Elevation. The second is a 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp and 460 lb.-ft. of torque) that’s standard in the AT4X and Denali Ultimate and optional for the AT4, 4WD SLT, and Denali. The last is a 3.0-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel that makes 277 hp (class-best) and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s standard in the AT4 and offered with the SLE, Elevation, SLT, Denali Ultimate, and Denali.
As for towing capabilities, Sierra with the 2.7-liter turbo can pull up to 9,400 pounds, while those with the 5.3-liter V8 can take on a maximum of 11,200 lb. The 6.2-liter V8 and the 3.0-liter Duramax reach their towing limit at 13,000 lb., which is best-in-class. The 2.7-liter four-cylinder pairs up with an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the other engines are mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox (an electronic precision shift 10-speed is provided in models with front bucket seats). Also, while rear-wheel drive is the default drivetrain in the Pro, SLE, Elevation, SLT, and Denali, four-wheel drive is available with each, although it comes standard with the AT4, AT4X, and Denali Ultimate.
Equipment By Trim
The Pro comes mainly with the essentials: LED headlights and daytime running lights, 17-inch wheels, a locking tailgate, cab-mounted cargo lights, remote keyless entry, a 12-volt interior power outlet, and a 40/20/40-split front bench seat with under-seat storage. The SLE gains remote start, heated front seats, a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated side mirrors, rear privacy glass, the world’s first six-function MultiPro tailgate with EZ Lift power lock and release, keyless access and push-button ignition, a 12.3-inch digital driver information display, two 120-volt power outlets, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power driver’s seat, and two rear USB charging ports.
The Elevation is provided with 20-inch wheels, LED fog lights, and a rear window defogger. The SLT’s wheels are a tad smaller at 18 inches, but the bells and whistles are increased with rain-sensing wipers, a power front passenger’s seat, position memory settings for the driver’s seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and rear under-seat storage. The almighty AT4 gets several off-road enhancing features, including a two-speed transfer case, a heavy-duty air filter, hill descent control, an off-road suspension with a 2-inch factory lift, red recovery hooks, skid plates, and 18-inch wheels with Mud-Terrain Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires. Other than that, it has some helpful trailering features (an in-vehicle trailering app, a trailer brake controller, and hitch guidance with hitch view), plus a few notable perks like a spray-on bedliner, ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, and a wireless phone charger.
The AT4X is even brawnier, coming with class-exclusive locking front and rear differentials, a transmission and engine oil cooler, a rugged Terrain Mode with one-pedal driving, and Multimatic DSSV dampers. What’s more, it receives a booming tailgate sound system, a power-sliding rear window, a moonroof, a bed-view camera system, front bucket seats, a 15-inch head-up display, and a universal garage door opener. The Denali mainly builds off the SLT with 20-inch wheels plus some of the amenities found in the AT4 and AT4X: the power-sliding rear window, spray-on bedliner, heated rear outboard seats, hitch guidance with hitch view, in-vehicle trailering app, power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, universal home remote, ventilated front seats, and wireless phone charger.
The Denali Ultimate, meanwhile, is the most luxurious choice among half-ton gasoline and diesel pickups. It tops the range with 22-inch wheels, a Denali Premium Suspension with segment-first Adaptive Ride Control, power assist steps, a CarbonPro composite tailgate, full-grain leather upholstery, and the remaining features from the AT4X (the two-speed transfer case, hill descent control, tailgate audio system, moonroof, and head-up display). Many of those upscale features are available with less expensive trims via the ’22 Sierra’s multitude of packages.
The ’22 Sierra is loaded with compelling active driving aids. The Pro is supplied with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with front pedestrian detection, lane keep assist with lane departure warning, and Buckle-to-Drive, a unique safety system that keeps the car in park until the driver’s seatbelt is fastened. The SLE, Elevation, and SLT each come with OnStar & GMC Connected Services. The AT4 adds a safety alert seat (which pulses in the direction of where a potential accident has taken place), while the AT4X and Denali are further sweetened with front and rear parking sensors, a 14-view camera system, rear cross-traffic braking, rear pedestrian alert, and trailer side blind-zone alert.
The Denali Ultimate embraces advanced automatic emergency braking and GM’s innovative Super Cruise system, the first-ever truly hands-free driving system that can be used on more than 200,000 miles of compatible roads in the U.S. and Canada. The Super Cruise system also helps bolster the Sierra’s already class-leading lineup of trailering technologies, which contains the 14-angle camera system, a Transparent Trailering mode, GCW Alert (alerts the driver when the maximum weight the Sierra can accommodate is exceeded), and an in-vehicle trailering app.
The Pro’s infotainment system has all of the necessities: a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a six-speaker audio system. The SLE, Elevation, and SLT up the ante with a configurable 13.4-inch touchscreen that has built-in Google, voice recognition, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and SiriusXM satellite radio. The AT4 gains a deluxe 7-speaker Bose sound system, although audiophiles will notice the difference with the AT4X’s premium 12-speaker Bose unit. While the Denali gets a 7-speaker Bose unit, the 12-speaker Bose is issued in the Denali Ultimate. Many of those high-tech infotainment systems can be ordered on the lower trims as options.
MPG Disclaimer: Based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
Based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.