|The long list of available pick-up trucks with the Sierra badge now includes an extended cab with a short length (5 feet, 8 inches) cargo box. Rear access doors which are minus an exterior handle require that the front doors be open in order to open the passageway to the back seat. Among other changes for 2006, the Sierra is fitted with a single antenna for OnStar and XM Satellite Radio duties. In the full-size truck market, Sierra is a meat and potatoes type of offering meaning the accent is on the basics, like an up to 5,753-pound payload capacity. All Sierra models feature standard fare like air conditioning, tinted glass, power steering with tilt adjustable column, full-size spare tire, chrome front bumper, and heavy-duty battery.
Sierra presents a dandy performance package in versions fitted with a 5.3-liter V8 engine mated to a four-speed electronic transmission engaged with a steering column mounted gear shifter. Ride and handling is appropriate for the vehicle type, but the time to heat the cabin seemed a bit slow, even when the dial was set at 90 degrees. One additional negative note: there was a squeak sound in the area of the drivers side B-pillar, and the noise was evident even when the pick-up truck wasnt absorbing road potholes. Sierra 1500 four-wheel drive extended cab with automatic transmission has estimated per gallon fuel economy of 15 city, 19 highway. MSRP is $36,315.