Review: The GMC Sierra 1500 AT4X is a truck that makes you want to spend money

The 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4X is shown driving on a rocky hillside. The truck delivers extreme off-road capability without compromising on-road comfort. (Photo courtesy of GMC)
The 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4X is shown driving on a rocky hillside. The truck delivers extreme off-road capability without compromising on-road comfort. (Photo courtesy of GMC)

Some trucks merely serve as modes of transportation, and then there's the 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4X -- a revelation that beckons you to experience a new dimension of driving.

Picture a vehicle that seamlessly blends rugged power with uncompromising style, inviting you to embark on thrilling adventures with each turn of the wheel. If you've ever yearned for a truck embodying both form and function, you're in for a treat.

Gazing at the Sierra 1500 AT4X, one can't help but be drawn in by its magnetic charm. It's a truck that beckons you to hop behind the wheel and embark on a thrilling journey, whether through untamed terrain or down city streets. Its aesthetic allure is undeniable, making a statement impossible to ignore.

Stepping inside the cabin reveals the AT4X's Denali heritage, albeit with a more understated approach.

The interior showcases a lavish all-black full-grain leather finish adorned with red and white contrast stitching and a black microsuede headliner. Black ash wood trim accents and chrome detailing are added to the refinement, complemented by bold "AT4X" badges.

But, there's more to it than just its looks. It has a great personality as well.

The Sierra, which has a base price of over $81,000, offers an impressive amount of interior space, rivaling even full-size luxury cars, especially in the rear seat area. While lacking significant lateral support, the front seats provide adequate comfort for extended journeys, though opinions on their firmness may vary.

The truck compensates for any seating reservations with standard features that include front seat heating, ventilation, and massage functions, ensuring passenger comfort on the road. Rear-seat passengers also benefit from heated seats.

The AT4X delivers a smooth freeway ride and excellent noise insulation despite mud-terrain tires on all four corners. However, the interior does have some shortcomings. The center bin is relatively small, and the open console storage is minimal, underutilizing potential storage space.

The Sierra's cargo box is a standout feature, with a deep, wide design that rivals competitors' medium-size beds in short-bed form. It offers various tie-down options and includes GMC's innovative MultiPro tailgate, providing versatility for cargo management.

The truck is a powerhouse in its own right, boasting a robust 6.2-liter V8 engine -- which can be found in many of the trims -- that delivers an impressive 420 horsepower at 5,600 RPM and substantial torque. Complementing the engine is a 10-speed automatic transmission, which executes seamless shifts between gears.

Regarding fuel mileage, look to get about 14 in the city and up to 17 on the highway.

The AT4X leaves no stone unturned for the off-road enthusiast, offering an impressive array of top-tier upgrades. These enhancements include a two-speed transfer case, 32-inch all-terrain tires, and a factory lift that bestows an impressive 11.1 inches of ground clearance.

Hill Descent Control, front tow hooks, and a comprehensive assortment of skid plates further elevate its off-road capabilities. The Sierra's Terrain mode is another standout feature, offering an authentic one-pedal driving experience that maximizes control on steep slopes.

Finally, the truck has two settings dedicated to off-road use: Off-Road and Terrain.

Like similar settings on other trucks, Off-Road mode deactivates certain systems, such as traction control, to give the driver more control over the vehicle. Terrain mode, however, is a little magical. This setting shines brightest when the truck is in 4-Lo with the transmission in manual mode.

The truck makes a bold statement in terms of style and substance. It's a truck that transcends the ordinary, offering a compelling combination of power, comfort, and off-road prowess. Whether navigating challenging terrain or cruising through city streets, the AT4X is a vehicle that commands attention and delivers an exhilarating driving experience.

If you want to spend $81,000. Once you've had the privilege of driving it, resisting its charm becomes a challenge.

So, be forewarned, because the allure of the GMC Sierra 1500 AT4X is an experience that's hard to escape.

photo The 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 has a 6.2-liter V8 engine that delivers an impressive 420 horsepower at 5,600 RPM and substantial torque. Photo courtesy of GMC)
photo The 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4X tackles off-road obstacles. The truck 18-inch wheels with recessed valves for added protection on the trail and 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires. (Photo courtesy of GMC)

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