Two years since the last Sierra Denali we drove, we're back behind the wheel to see what's new for 2021. Our Spotlight is on the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali 4WD.
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We've driven 2 previous model years of the GMC Sierra Denali, including the previous generation 2018, and the new generation 2019. Since then GM has added a couple features and option changes, but the truck itself has remained pretty much unchanged going into it's third model year on this new generation. Our Spotlight is on this 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali 4WD finished in Onyx Black with several options we haven't tested before. Typically on TestDrive we just go over the changes from previous episodes, and while we invite you to watch our previous review on this truck we do spend more time on this episode for those who want the complete picture on this 1/2 tonne truck.
We go over the mechanical information such as the 6.2L V8 engine, 10-speed automatic transmission, 4WD system, and the lack of GM's Magnetic Ride Control found on the previous generation. We also discuss the exterior styling of the GMC Sierra Denali including the MultiPro tailgate, and two optional features on ours including the MultiPro Tailgate Lights, and MultiPro Audio System by Kicker. The latter adds two LED lights to the lower portion of the step for better nighttime visibility, while the audio system features a two-speaker, 100W audio system independent from the car's main Bose system, with Bluetooth connectivity, USB, and 3.5mm inputs.
We discuss the interior design and setup on the Sierra Denali including the bed view camera added on the 2020 model year truck, and the new wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto fetures for this year. Aside from that we have a unique Denali colour-scheme on the inside with the same features we've seen before, like the 15" colour head up display, 8" infotainment system, dual zone automatic climate control, ventilated and heated front seats, heated outboard rear seats, power moonroof, video rearview mirror, 360º cameras, power folding mirrors, and remote starter.
We take the 2021 GMC Sierra Denali 4WD on a real world road test to talk about how this truck performs, drives, handles, and rides. We discuss our fuel economy test results and how they compare to two years ago, and how they compare to the other 6.2L V8 GM vehicle we drove, the 2021 GMC Yukon Denali. We discuss our overall impressions of this truck and some of the reasons you might want to consider this one for your next purchase.
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