Trucks

2019 GMC Sierra Denali: The Pros

It ain’t ugly. While I’m not among the legions out there hating on the 2019 Chevy Silverado for its front end, there’s no disputing the GMC Sierra is the better-looking of GM’s full-size pickup twins.

The Denali grille looks less like the business end of a Norelco electric razor than before, and the overall face somewhat resembles an improved version of the awkward-yet-handsome Nissan Titan. The chrome spanglies that come with the Denali trim would probably be a little much on a truck clad in a darker color, but they fit nicely with the bluish-gray Dark Sky Metallic paint of my tester.

GMC didn’t hold back on lobbying tech features into the pot. The MultiPro Power Steps—a fancy term for “retractible multi-functional running boards”—don’t just slide out from the body when you need to step up into the cabin; tap the rear of the step with your foot, and it pivots back towards the rear tire, giving you a place to step onto in order to access the front of the bed. The 15-inch head-up display, as always, often comes in handy—doubly so for a vehicle with an outdated instrument panel like this one.

And 360-degree camera coverage, parking sensors, and GM’s vibrating-alert driver’s seat make parking even a vehicle as massive as this one a snap. (Those features, by the way, come as part of the Denali Ultimate Package, which includes the 6.2-liter V-8, the 10-speed automatic, and a litany of active safety features, among other goodies; consider it a must-have if you’re going for the truck.)

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