Review of 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE Crew Cab Short Box 4WD

2019 GMC Sierra SLT
By John Hayden

Part of the fourth Sierra generation introduced in 2019, this Sierra has been fully redesigned. With a striking exterior facelift that distinguishes it from its competitors, the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE Crew Cab Short Box 4WD rests on an entirely new platform.

With a longer base and more interior space, the crew cab adds three inches of extra room for backseat passengers. Other exclusive features include a carbon fibre cargo box, a split folding tailgate, adaptive dampers, and C-shaped lighting elements.

Its trimmer frame covers more resistant suspension. Meanwhile,  its aluminum hood and door panels are 360 pounds lighter than its predecessor. Another innovative feature is its Dynamic Fuel Management. By fine-tuning an even balance between power demands and consumption efficiency, this ensures that the engine operates at anywhere between two and eight cylinders, depending on the specific load on any trip.

For drivers needing extra space, the SLE offers a Cargo Convenience package with an additional console and seat storage. The potential of its massive carbon-fibre bed capacity is underpinned by plenty of in-bed tie-downs for extra peace of mind. For added convenience, another feature exclusive to GMC is the optional retractable side steps.  Additionally, they pivot backwards for easier bed access.

Innovative Features of the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE

With six drivetrain configurations, the GMC Sierra 1500 is available in four trims: Sierra, SLE, SLT, and Denali. Upgrading the standard Sierra features – air conditioning, automatic door locks and windows, a USB port, and Bluetooth – the SLE version adds many desirable features.  They include heated exterior mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an easy-to-use eight-inch touchscreen, and an audio system with six speakers. It also comes with the OnStar app, and key fob services that allow owners to remotely start, lock and unlock doors. They can also  activate the horn and switch the lights on and off.

Parents particularly appreciate two standard safety features:

  • Report cards provided by the Teen Driver Safety Suite; and
  • Rear-door alert system that ensures children are never forgotten in the truck.

The available safety equipment runs on cutting edge technology. This includes   forward-collision alert, lane-keep assist with lane-departure warning, front pedestrian braking, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic braking and lane-change alert with blind-zone alert. Furthermore,  other common items are also available, like wireless mobile device charging, a navigation system, a rear seat entertainment system, a sunroof, and a remote locking tailgate.

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE is Outstanding Value

Affordable enough for owners to feel relaxed about using this truck for heavy tasks, it’s nevertheless comfortable. In fact, it’s plushy to the point of luxurious for drivers who want a ride that pampers their passengers.  But it still gets the heavier jobs done. Easily customisable, it feels upscale. However, it’s also practical, particularly with the latest updates that extend its towing capacity: the Prograde Trailering system. When properly equipped, this 2019 Sierra 1500 can tow up to 12,200 pounds and handle 2,240 lbs. of payload – more than enough for most needs.

Still looking at the rear features, the MultiPro tailgate is a gate-within-a-gate that has multiple functions. For instance, it can:

  • Extend your cargo box;
  • Create a step into the bed;
  • Serve as a seat; and
  • Transform into an onsite workstation.

Easy to maintain and relatively fuel efficient, this compact truck copes easily with even the harshest Canadian winters. Rigorously detailed and approved by certified Hayden Auto technicians after a 180-point inspection, it comes with a clean MVI and a full tank, plus many other incentives.


For the typical Canadian truck driver, the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE Crew Cab Short Box 4WD trim level is a great option, with features that make it far more than just a working vehicle. Picked as one of Edmunds’ Best Trucks and Best Gas Mileage Trucks, this is a tough but affordable workhorse with luxury options and configurations for every taste and need.



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