GMC GIVES SIERRA DENALI PICKUP
ULTIMATE UPGRADE FOR THIS YEAR
By far the company’s most popular pickup, the GMC Sierra 1500 gets a new trim for 2022 that takes truck luxury to its highest level.
After all, the association between GMC and the name of the Alaskan mountain peak goes back over two decades when the company redesigned its Yukon SUV for 1999 and dubbed its most luxurious model “Denali.” Three years later, the name “Denali” was bestowed upon the highest trim for the Sierra.
Just to confuse things, the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 series still includes a Denali model along with the entry level Pro and SLE, Elevation, SLT, AT4, and AT4X trims. Each offers various combinations of drivetrains, including 4-cylinder, V8, and diesel engines mated with 8-speed or 10-speed transmissions as well as the option of rear- and all-wheel drive, three different cabs (regular, double, and crew), four different wheel sizes (17, 18, 20, and 22) and short, standard, or long boxes.
We are dealing here only with the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate and will stick with its features and numbers.
A 6.2-liter V8 Ecotec engine is standard on the Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate with the diesel optional. The 6.2L is the larger of the two V8s offered in the Sierra series and puts out 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. It is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and earns fuel mileage numbers of 15 miles-per-gallon city, 20 highway, and 17 combined.
In addition, standard features exclusive to the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate include 22-inch wheels, a sunroof, head-up display, adaptive cruise control, and power running boards, and carbon-fiber composite short box bed.
It is the only Sierra model that offers GMC’s Super Cruise hands-free driving system. When you are on one of the 400,000 miles of compatible roads, first push the steering wheel button to activate the adaptive cruise control system, then push the button to activate Super Cruise. A green lights informs you when the system is fully activated and you can take your hands off the steering wheel.
The cabin is exquisite. Seats aren’t the only areas that get leather treatment. Door panels, console lid, and instrument panel also are trimmed in leather, and a premium microsuede headline tops off the crew cab’s interior.
A full suite of tech features that operate off a 13.4-inch touchscreen includes GMC’s Premium Infotainment System with navigation and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability.
Comfort, convenience, capability — it’s all there in the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate.
Whoever said it only costs an extra 10 percent to go first class wasn’t very good at math.
What I didn’t like about the 2022 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate: Parking is a bear, especially in tight strip mall parking lots. Super Cruise is included only on the Denali Ultimate trim and requires a $ubscription, so don’t let the TV ads promoting it lure you into thinking it’s completely free.
Would I buy the GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate? I’m never going to buy a full-size pickup but if you are, the GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate certainly is a high-class option. You might want to see if its corporate cousin, the Chevy Silverado, fits your needs, however, and save a few bucks over the Sierra, especially on the higher trims.