Kelley Blue Book Value®
$13,980 - $25,080
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
15 City / 22 HWY
Horsepower
195-403
Seats
3-6
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$13,980 - $25,080
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
15 City / 22 HWY
Horsepower
195-403
Seats
3-6

Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.7 Overall Score
Performance 3.5 Comfort 3.5 Styling 3.6 Value 3.6

You'll Like The 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 If...

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2012 GMC Sierra 1500 Owner Reviews

4.65

48 Reviews

69% 27% 4% 2 star 0% 1 star 0%

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The 2012 GMC sierra is a great choice for a rugged long lasting daily vehicle.

The 2012 GMC sierra is by far the best pickup truck I have ever owned. The 5.3 liter v8 engine is a powerhouse and can handle anything I can throw at it. I have used it to pull car trailers, haul wood and pull out tree stumps. It has never let me down. As far as how it handles on the road, well it is like driving a luxury sedan. The steering is very responsive, the suspension is smooth and the braking system is wonderful. One of my favorite features is the brake assist system that helps you transition from break to gas pedal on steep inclines. The interior is quite spacious, I have the extended cab which means plenty of room for extra people or extra cargo. The design is rugged and masculine but it is also got all the bells and whistles available on a 2012 model pickup truck. It has power seats, power windows, fully adjustable steering wheel, power mirrors with heat and an heating and cooling system more responsive than the one you have at home. The thermostat feature is very nice just pick a temperature you are comfortable with and the truck's computer automatically keeps it there for you. This just also features a lot of head a leg room for those taller folks like me. It seats six people comfortably and has a drop down center console for stowing all of your essential items. I have never had any major problems with this vehicle and it has been through a lot of miles, 398000 to be precise. I believe that is a testament to the quality and craftsmanship put into the design and development of this particular make and model. I couldn't ask for a better truck.

- Stephen P

The Onyx Black paint is very gorgeous in the sunlight with chrome accents.

Overall this truck is reliable. It does everything I want it to do. It could be a little more comfortable and future models followed up on that. I have had zero issues. Something I will point out though is I highly recommend the 2007-2013 5.3L engines should be tuned to take the AFM (Active Fuel Management) out. This causes premature wear and tear on your cams and will cause catastrophic engine failure at 100,000 miles or less. I thankfully had my truck tuned at 40,000 miles and hopefully won't have any issues. I have only had 1 serious warning and that was to service the 4 wheel drive. Simply putting the truck in 4HI and letting it cycle in 4WD will do the trick. Just needs the cobwebs blown out of it. Also ever since I have bought the truck it always tells me my washer fluid is low. These sensors were notorious for going bad on these trucks and are very difficult to replace. Other than that I have zero complaints about this product. As with all the GM Vehicles I have owned they always perform as advertised even when they have 200,000 miles on them. Let me tell you they can take a beating. Yes they are pricey brand new but they are a vehicle you can pass down to the next generation. Will only buy GM.

- Lucas R

The White Knight of pickup trucks always there to save the day

My GMC Sierra 1500 SLE is a relatively reliable, versatile, economic truck in terms of those expectations I hold for pickup trucks. It helps me accomplish many demanding tasks such as hauling heavy loads over long distances of varying grade without any detected issues. It can also stand up to the demands of being consistently driven short distances throughout the day as would be required by a typical yard maintenance crew. I have had several small scale problems with it in the past but not unusual and nothing outrageously expensive/unexpected.

- James J

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Key Specs

Category Name: Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$13,980 - $18,193
$17,686 - $21,517

Horsepower

Horsepower
302 hp
195 - 315 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
Vortec 4.8L Variable Valve Timing V8 SFI FlexFuel capable of running on unleaded or up to 85% ethanol (302 hp [225.2 kW] @ 5600 rpm 305 lb
VORTEC 4.8L VARIABLE VALVE TIMING V8 SFI FLEXFUEL
Vortec 4.3L V6 MFI (195 hp [145.4 kW] @ 4600 rpm 260 lb
Vortec 4.8L Variable Valve Timing V8 SFI FlexFuel capable of running on unleaded or up to 85% ethanol (302 hp [225.2 kW] @ 5600 rpm 305 lb
Vortec 5.3L Variable Valve Timing V8 SFI FlexFuel
VORTEC 4.3L V6 MFI
VORTEC 4.8L VARIABLE VALVE TIMING V8 SFI FLEXFUEL
Interior Features

Category Name: Convenience & Comfort

Alarm

Alarm
Optional
Optional

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Optional

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Optional

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Optional

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Optional
Optional

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows
Optional

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Optional
Optional

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass
Optional

Power Steering

Power Steering

Category Name: Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.3 in.
41.3 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
41.2 in.
41.2 - 41.5 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
34.3 - 38.7 in.
34.3 - 38.7 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.2 - 40.5 in.
39.2 - 40.5 in.

Cargo Volume

Cargo Volume
53.2 - 60.7 cu. ft.
53.2 - 75.5 cu. ft.

Category Name: Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional
Optional

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional
Optional

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Optional

CD Player

CD Player
Optional
Optional

Category Name: Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5 - 6
3 - 6

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Optional
Exterior Features

Category Name: Accessories

Bed Liner

Bed Liner
Optional
Optional

Running Boards

Running Boards
Optional
Optional

Category Name: Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
143.5 in.
119 - 157.5 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
46.9 - 47.2 ft.
39.7 - 51.2 ft.

Width

Width
80 in.
80 in.
Mechanical Specs

Category Name: Engine & Performance

Horsepower

Horsepower
302 hp
195 - 315 hp

Torque

Torque
305 ft. lbs.
260 - 335 ft. lbs.

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Capacity
4700 - 9400 .lbs
8900 - 10000 .lbs

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
470 - 500 .lbs
440 - 500 .lbs

Limited Slip Differential

Limited Slip Differential
Optional
Optional

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
8 Cylinders

Category Name: Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
26 gal.
26 - 34 gal.

Combined

Combined
14 - 19 mpg
14 - 19 mpg

City

City
13 - 14 mpg
13 - 14 mpg

Highway

Highway
18 - 19 mpg
18 - 19 mpg

Category Name: Transmission

Overdrive

Overdrive
Optional
Optional
Safety Features

Category Name: Features

Tow Hooks

Tow Hooks
Optional
Optional

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Stability Control

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control

Category Name: Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety