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An Inside Look at the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited

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By Chelsea Hammond

If you’re in the market for a new truck, the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited is worth looking into it. It’s perfect if you need a light-duty truck with a big truck bed and solid towing capacity. In addition, this year’s model is capable both on the road and off, so your adventures aren’t limited to the already-known.

The Sierra is perfect for anyone who needs space for work equipment or regularly needs to tow. People working in landscaping, construction, remodeling and similar crafts will find the combination of space and towing capacity ideal for their needs. Easily carry all your tools and machinery with you by attaching a work trailer to the back of the Sierra.

To help you decide whether this is the right truck for you and your lifestyle, we’re going to cover everything you need to know.

The Basics

The standard trim for the Sierra Limited starts at $32,200. It features an in-vehicle trailering application that helps make towing a trailer both easier and safer. Adaptive cruise control is optional in all models, as is a 15-inch head-up display. This revolutionary head-up display provides valuable driver information along the bottom of your front windshield, so you don’t have to turn your head while driving.

The Sierra provides a roomy interior, regardless of which of the three cab options you choose. You can choose from:

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New for 2022

There aren’t many significant upgrades to this year’s Sierra compared to last year’s model. However, there are a few minor changes worth noting. For starters, the base trim level was renamed and is now called the Pro. While the exterior, including color options, remains the same, there were a few minor interior updates.

Most changes can be found under the hood. This year’s Sierra features a stronger battery on the standard trim, with higher-level trims featuring a few other changes. Throughout the trim levels, the tires have been upgraded, including in the standard trim.

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Available Trim Options

There are six available trim options for the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited. With two of these trims (the AT4 and Denali), optional packages are available for a more customized driving experience.

Most people will be fine with choosing the standard trim (the Pro). However, there are circumstances where a different trim may be more suitable. For example, if you’re looking for something that looks fancier, feels more comfortable or has a higher towing capacity, a different trim may be a better option. Each trim level is discussed in more detail below.

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1. GMC Sierra 1500 Limited Pro

The Pro is 2022’s standard model. It starts at $32,200, with a towing capacity of 9,000 pounds. The fuel efficiency is average for a pickup truck, with the Sierra Pro receiving 19 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on highways.

The Pro comes equipped with the best-in-class cargo box volume, LED headlamps, LED taillights and GMC’s signature standard running lamps. Although a V6 engine is standard with the Pro, you can upgrade to a V8 engine. Also optional is the MultiPro Tailgate, which offers additional ways to operate the tailgate.

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2. GMC Sierra 1500 Limited SLE

The SLE trim starts at $45,800 and has a towing capacity of 11,200 pounds. The SLE gets better gas mileage than the Pro, receiving an average of 23 city and 30 highway mpg. The trailering package comes standard with the SLE and has several unique features that simplify pulling a trailer.

The SLE has a 10-speed automatic engine, and you can choose between gas or diesel. Diesel engines are generally slightly more powerful and receive better fuel economy, although diesel is more expensive than traditional gasoline.

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3. GMC Sierra 1500 Limited Elevation

The Elevation trim starts at $45,000 and has a towing capacity of 11,200 pounds. Like the SLE, the Elevation receives an average of 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Again, you can choose between a gas or diesel engine.

Heated driver and front passenger seats make driving in the cold more comfortable, and they can help work out tight muscles from a long day of work. Standard with this trim is 20-inch black gloss painted aluminum wheels.

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4. GMC Sierra 1500 Limited SLT

The SLT starts at $49,400 and has a towing capacity of 13,000, making it the 2022 Sierra trim level with the highest towing capabilities. The SLT receives 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. You can choose from a gas or diesel engine with the SLT.

High-quality leather seats make this a slightly more luxurious Sierra trim than other options. You also have the option to add an HD surround vision system with an industry-first transparent trailer view. While this option adds to the total price of the SLT, it may be worth it if you often tow a trailer.

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5. GMC Sierra 1500 Limited AT4

The AT4 trim starts at $57,900 and has an additional package you can add on (which is described below). The truck comes with a two-inch factory-installed lift for extra ground clearance, making it great for off-roading. The AT4 features 420 horsepower and has a towing capacity of 9,100 pounds.

A six-function MultiPro tailgate comes standard with the AT4, as do polished dual exhaust outlets. Plus, you can choose from a diesel or gas-powered engine. The diesel engine gets slightly better fuel efficiency and higher horsepower than the gas version. However, for the average person, the improvements won’t make a huge difference, so you can feel free to choose based on preference.

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Optional: AT4 CarbonPro Edition

If you choose the AT4 trim, you also can upgrade to the CarbonPro Edition. This edition has a pickup bed with carbon-fiber composite, which is stronger and more durable than traditional options. It also comes with an upgraded audio system.

The AT4 CarbonPro Edition has a few exterior upgrades, too. It features a black chrome grille, black badging and dual black exhaust tips. The wheels are 18 inches and boast dark gray accents with Mud-Terrain tires.

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6. GMC Sierra 1500 Limited Denali

The Denali trim starts at $57,900 and comes standard with the MultiPro tailgate. It has 420 horsepower and a towing capacity of 9,600 pounds. Adaptive cruise control comes standard in this trim, and your car will automatically slow down if you get too close to another vehicle.

The truck bed can be opened from the key fob, interior or manually. This convenient option allows you to get the most access from your truck bed without ever leaving your cab. The Denali’s interior features luxurious leather seating and wooden trim.

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Optional: Denali Reserve Package

Suppose you’re looking for a solid combination of high-class luxury and rugged work capabilities. In that case, you might want to add the Reserve Package to the Sierra Denali. Depending on your preference, you can choose between a gas-powered or diesel engine, and both options come with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The Reserve Package adds a rear camera mirror, power steps and sunroof. The heads-up display comes standard with this package, as do 22-inch polished aluminum wheels. In addition to all of this, you also get all the features of the standard Denali trim.

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Optional: Denali CarbonPro Edition

If you choose the Denali trim, you have a second upgrade option in the form of the CarbonPro Edition. This is similar to the CarbonPro Edition available for the AT4, but they aren’t exactly the same.

The pickup bed is created with carbon-fiber composite for more strength and durability, with an attached six-function MultiPro tailgate. You get an upgraded audio system, power steps and a rear camera mirror. Additionally, you have the option to upgrade to 22-inch high gloss black wheels. This is on top of all the features that come standard in the Denali trim.

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Chelsea Hammond

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Chelsea Hammond is a content creator and marketer with over a decade of experience. She studied towards a bachelor's in English with a minor in media analysis at Arizona State University and received multiple marketing certifications from HubSpot Academy.

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