2019 GMC Sierra AT4 new car reviews

The big news with the 2019 GMC Sierra is its refresh. Boxes are in, and here’s your proof. The other story is the new AT4 package.

 What’s the AT4 package include? We’re glad you asked.

From GMC:

  • Standard 2-inch factory-installed suspension lift.
  • Standard 4WD with a two-speed transfer case, locking rear differential and skid plates.
  • Standard off-road-tuned Rancho monotube shock absorbers.
  • Standard Hill Descent Control.
  • Standard Traction Select System.
  • Standard GMC exclusive, industry-first MultiPro Tailgate.
  • Standard black chrome finish on the fog lamp bezels, fender surround and grille insert.
  • Standard body-color grille surround, door handles and bumper.
  • Standard exclusive athletic interior trim elements.
  • Standard red vertical recovery hooks.
  • Available segment-first Multi-Color Head-Up Display.
  • Available segment-first Rear Camera Mirror.
  • Available GMC-exclusive, industry-first Carbon Fiber Pickup Box.
  • A full suite of advanced available safety features including Surround Vision, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking and Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking.

Feeling wild? You can spice up your AT4 with GMC’s “Off-Road Performance Package”, which for $4,980 gives you the 6.2L V8 mated to a 10-speed auto, 18inch wheels wrapped in Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires, a cat-back exhaust and performance intake.

 

Other staff views

David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

Good thing this thing has 360-degree parking cameras because it’s huge. And then add in the new squared-off nose.

It’s no secret that today’s trucks keep getting bigger by the day, and I’m assuming that this all falls on deaf ears: Either you crave one or realize that, yeah, they’re huge. And then jack them up like this one. For me, personally, no, I wouldn’t want to drive one daily.

For those who need/want such a truck, though, I’m going to call this the Camaro SS of trucks. It’s not a 1LE or ZL1, but it is sportier than the basic truck.

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mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise HalfDork
7/8/19 1:44 p.m.

Front end looks SO much better than the horrendous Chevy version

xflowgolf
xflowgolf SuperDork
7/8/19 1:52 p.m.

It's a LOT less ugly than the Chevy variant.  

Stealthtercel
Stealthtercel Dork
7/8/19 1:53 p.m.

What in the Harley Earl are "athletic interior trim elements"?  Does this have anything to do with how they made the interior 2" farther away, i.e. harder to get into?

Aaron_King
Aaron_King PowerDork
7/8/19 2:02 p.m.

This is what I think of when someone says AT4:

 

Shadeux
Shadeux New Reader
7/8/19 3:37 p.m.
Stealthtercel said:

What in the Harley Earl are "athletic interior trim elements"?  Does this have anything to do with how they made the interior 2" farther away, i.e. harder to get into?

Good catch. Somehow I'm reminded of a jock strap.

noddaz
noddaz SuperDork
7/8/19 5:26 p.m.

"Bigger than big!" "Larger than large!"  "The new trucks from EVERYONE!" "So big it will not fit in ONE picture frame!"

meh.

Dave M
Dave M Reader
7/8/19 5:28 p.m.

In real life it's good looking! Is the bad Chevy styling a strategy to upsell people to GMCs? Because it might be working.

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
7/8/19 6:06 p.m.

Talk to me about the rear camera mirror. Is this a mirror that is really a screen that makes it look like there are no c-pillars and blind spots that I can use when driving?

classicJackets
classicJackets Dork
7/8/19 6:09 p.m.

In reply to mazdeuce - Seth :

If it's like the other GM rear camera mirrors I've seen, then that's exactly what it is. The other one I saw had the option to switch back to a traditional mirror too

CobraSpdRH
CobraSpdRH Reader
7/9/19 8:00 a.m.

I saw one of the otherwise stock Chevys on the way in to work today with a horrendous black roll bar over the front of the bed, it looked so out of place (and I can only imagine what the poor guy paid for it). It is apparently a $1,300 option on the Colorado ZR2...

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela Digital Editor
7/9/19 8:07 a.m.
mazdeuce - Seth said:

Talk to me about the rear camera mirror. Is this a mirror that is really a screen that makes it look like there are no c-pillars and blind spots that I can use when driving?

I'll ask David.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/9/19 8:30 a.m.

Yes, it's available with GM’s relatively new Rear Camera Mirror. It's trippy at first–especially when you use it to check for a wayward nostril hair. 

Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy UltimaDork
7/9/19 8:37 a.m.

I did see a 4x4 Chevrolet that might have had the factory lift and it looked like a 4x4?  Not sure.

My ‘16 Silverado 4x4 looks like a 4x2.

NickD
NickD PowerDork
7/9/19 9:05 a.m.

I see that GM has loosened up availabilty of the big stove. Now you don't have to jump to the highest trim level to get the 6.2L, its now available in the stripper Work Truck trim, because, surprise, guys who are using their trucks to do actual truck things might need power too. I wonder which enterprising individuals will order a stripper single cab, short bed with the 6.2L as a factory muscle truck.

CobraSpdRH
CobraSpdRH Reader
7/9/19 9:16 a.m.

In reply to NickD :

I just tried to build one on their configurator as I was curious but only saw the 6.2L available on the LTZ and High Country trims (and crew cabs at that).

Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela Digital Editor
7/9/19 9:20 a.m.

I was shocked to see the 4.3 V6 is still alive and well. 

NickD
NickD PowerDork
7/9/19 11:02 a.m.
Jordan Rimpela said:

I was shocked to see the 4.3 V6 is still alive and well. 

Well, it's 4.3L V6, not the 4.3L V6 of yore. More closely related to the Gen V series of engines. Direct-injected, active-fuel management, variable valve timing. Still rougher than a cob. When they go into V4 mode, they will rattle the teeth right out of your skull. When we started selling them, we had customers coming back thinking there was something seriously wrong with the engine. Nope, that's just how they are when AFM kicks in.

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