Given GM’s two-brand pickup truck strategy, the GMC Sierra half ton has frequently lost out to its bigger brother, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500. But that might be changing for 2019. The GMC Sierra 1500 has now found new and more substantial ways to separate itself from its more popular twin.

The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 offers a unique exterior look with exclusive body panels, trim-specific grille designs and LED C-channel headlights. Big improvements under the hood for 2019 include six different engine and transmission combinations with added fuel-economy benefits from the new Dynamic Fuel Management system (in both the 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8 engines) that allows the engine to run on one to all eight cylinders depending on the load. Among the six powertrain choices are an all-new turbo-diesel 3.0-liter I-6 and turbocharged 2.7-liter I-4 gas engine. Additionally, select models get the new Traction Select system that offers five unique transmission/traction settings: Tour, Sport, Snow, Off-Road and Tow/Haul.

Unique interior features and optional equipment (in the six trim selections) are too many to detail, but some highlights include an optional 8-inch info/nav screen, more legroom and headroom, hidden storage in the seatbacks, the largest color head-up display available, a class-first rearview camera in the mirror as well as one of the most sophisticated trailering packages around. Additionally, and possibly most important, GMC offers an exclusive MultiPro tailgate that allows for six distinct positions to provide access to the bed as well as better cargo management. And, finally, GMC will be the first to offer a carbon-fiber bed floor/wall option for those looking for the ultimate in durability and payload capacity. 

The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 4×4 crew cab was the winner in’s 2018 Best Half-Ton Truck Challenge, surprising many but offering a good balance of capabilities, power, style and comfort for a reasonable price.