(By Tom Lohnes) – Since 2018, the GMC Sierra 1500 and all of its attached models have sort of been a mid-tier pickup truck. It wasn’t anything bad, just nothing too great either. Well, for 2022 the 1500 gets a refresh, and it is a legitimately nice truck now.
First off, the new trims. Based off of the Chevy Silverado ZR2, the GMC Sierra 1500 AT4x has been added to the lineup to combat the Ford Raptor and other related trucks. It rides on adaptive DSSV dampers, has a big, hearty, 6.2-liter V8 under the hood, and a whole suite of features to make this thing a legit Baja blaster.
If you like your truck to be a bit more grown up (and a lot more expensive), the 2022 Sierra 1500 Denali Ultimate is the truck for you. Starting at a whopping $80,395, this truck is expensive. But, from the looks of it the rig appears to be somewhat worth it. Aimed square at the Ford F-150 Limited, this thing does not play around. With a sueded headliner, etched steel speaker grilles, a map of Alaska’s Denali mountains etched into its matte wood interior trim, and 16-way adjustable massaging seats, this is the Denali we should’ve had in the first place. Oh yeah, SuperCruise is optional too.
Besides the work-truck Pro model, every new Sierra 1500 benefits from a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, plus a 13.2-inch infotainment system. The interior styling mimics the Yukon SUVs, but adds more stuff due to this pickup being a more expensive vehicle.
Finally seeing GM trucks competitive in fields other than powertrains again is refreshing. The 2022 GMC Sierra starts at $32,495, and can range all that way to the $90k range.