You'll Like The 2007 GMC Sierra 3500 If...
If you need a serious work truck, one that can haul loads of dirt or tow a horse trailer, there is a Sierra Classic with your name on it. The Sierra Classic's interior can be made quite plush, especially with the Denali trim level.
You May Not Like The 2007 GMC Sierra 3500 If...
If you are not used to piloting a large pickup, the Sierra Classic may be a bit too much truck for you. The Sierra Classic also lacks such newer conveniences as GPS navigation and side-curtain airbags.
Entering its final model year, the Sierra Classic receives standard recovery hooks on 1500HD, 2500HD and 3500 trim levels.
The Sierra Classic's interior is nice, but starting to show its age. There is a lot of dark plastic on the dash face, and the plastics and other materials used on the dash and door have a generic look. Denali models get a bit more color and contrast with their trim and interior fabrics. The Sierra Classic's seats are soft but comfortable, especially when covered in leather. Those who regularly carry two or more people will want to get the Crew Cab for its roomy rear seat; the Extended Cab is best used for short trips or to provide a secured storage area.
GMC has tried to distance its trucks from their Chevy counterparts with a bold grille design, different wheels and the upscale Denali trim option. The Sierra Classic maintains that tradition with a boxy middle section tempered by rounded edges and the familiar GMC logo proudly centered in the grille. Though older than the F150 and Dodge Ram designs, the Sierra Classic still strikes a powerful stance, especially when outfitted with the Denali trim package.
On the open road, you'll find the Sierra's steering is light, with modest feedback to the driver. On the other hand, the brakes get excellent marks for their rock-solid pedal feel. It should be noted that different wheel and tire packages will affect the way the Sierra feels on the road, so you may want to test-drive something that will reflect your final choice. Choose the available 5.3-liter V8, with 295 horsepower and a stump-pulling 335 pound-feet of torque, and you'll find that even a fully-loaded Sierra with a trailer attached can accelerate and pass without much hesitation. When not burdened with a heavy load, the Sierra's performance is practically muscle-car quick, especially when accelerating from a standing stop. The four-speed automatic transmission delivers crisp, precise shifts, and features a tow/haul mode that limits gear hunting when towing or driving in mountainous or hilly terrain.
The Sierra Classic's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) ranges from $16,740 for the most basic V6 Regular Cab Work Truck to more than $45,000 for a fully-loaded four-wheel-drive Denali Crew Cab. A look at the Fair Purchase Price will show you the typical transaction price being paid in your area - a helpful tool when negotiating. As for resale, the 2007 Sierra Classic 1500 series is expected to trail slightly behind the values held by the Ford F150, Nissan Titan and Dodge Ram and well behind those of the Toyota Tundra.
Base SL models have cruise control, CD player, air conditioning, tilt wheel and chrome-styled steel wheels. SLT and Denali models get a four-speed automatic, electronically controlled transmission with overdrive and tow/haul mode and a 4.8-liter V8 or 5.3-liter V8. Other models can be equipped with engine choices that include the 6.0-liter V8 and the 5.3-liter hybrid.
Options for the Sierra are too numerous to list. Beyond the various bed lengths, wheelbases and cab configurations, you can opt for the StabiliTrak stability management program, a number of off-road and towing packages and the OnStar telematics system. SLT and SLE Extended Cab two-wheel-drive models can be outfitted with a new Performance Edition package that matches a 6.0-liter high-output Vortec V8 with 20-inch chrome wheels, high-performance suspension, 3.73 rear axle, automatic locking differential and traction control.
An electric motor mounted between the engine and transmission helps get the Sierra Hybrid trim rolling, saving gas as well as wear on the engine.
The luxury-oriented Denali Crew Cab is a step above the SLT trim level.
Under the Hood
The Sierra line up offers a wide variety of engines, allowing the consumer to choose between fuel economy and power, or a combination of both.
195 horsepower @ 4600 rpm
260 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/21 (2WD automatic), 16/23 (2WD manual), 15/18 (4WD automatic), 15/20 (4WD manual)
285 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
295 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/21 (2WD automatic), 16/21 (2WD manual), 15/19 (4WD automatic), 15/19 (4WD manual)
295 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
335 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/21 (Hybrid 2WD), 17/19 (Hybrid 4WD), 12/16 (E85 2WD), 11/14 (E85 4WD), 16/21 (Gasoline 2WD), 15/19 (Gasoline 4WD)
5.3-liter V8 (L33)
310 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
335 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/21 (2WD), 15/19 (4WD)
300 horsepower @ 4400 rpm
360 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19 (2WD), 14/17 (4WD)
6.0-liter V8 (VortecMAX)
345 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
380 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/16
You can thank the Coca-Cola Company for attaching the term "classic" to a product that should actually be termed "old." The latest company to grab hold of this scheme is GMC. With the arrival of the all-new Sierra, the previous model forgoes mothballing to become the 2007 GMC Sierra Classic. A capable pickup truck by all measures, the Sierra Classic continues to offer a full range, including 1500, 2500 and 3500 models in Regular Cab, Extended Cab and Crew Cab configurations. Despite the Sierra Classic's age, it can still pull, haul and luxuriate with the best new rivals from Dodge, Ford and Toyota.