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What was tested? 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 ($50,800).
Wheelbase: 147.4 in.
Length: 231.7 in. Width: 81.2 in. Height: 78.4 in.
Engine: 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp, 460 ft. lbs.).
Transmission: 10-speed automatic.
Fuel economy: 15 city, 19 highway.
Why buy it?

Designed for off-roading but equipped more like a
luxury truck, the Sierra AT4 occupies a unique spot in
the marketplace.

Off-Roading With Taste
By Derek Price

Sierra AT4 Combines Trail-Ready Capability With Luxury
Years ago, one person might buy
a rugged offroad pickup for getting
to the job site and beating up on
remote, challenging, rocky trails.
Another buyer might pick a luxury truck with leather seats and lots
of add-ons to pamper them in
comfort when they pull up to the
symphony-hall valet.
These days, strangely enough,
you can get both those trucks at the
same time.
I just finished a week behind the
wheel of GMC’s Sierra 1500 AT4, a
truck that tries to straddle the wide
gap between off-road capability
and on-road luxury.
In my mind, it’s a weird thing to
try, but it’s surprisingly popular
with new truck buyers who apparently don’t want to compromise on
anything — nor should they, with

the prices of pickups ratcheting
higher every year.
Unlike the Ram 1500 Rebel and
Ford F-150 Raptor, two trucks that
look almost comically macho, the
off-roading Sierra seems restrained
with its body color trim and nobigger-than-usual “GMC” logo on
the grille.
In today’s world of overthe-top
truck design, it takes some serious
self restraint to keep the letters in
your logo smaller than dinner
Still, the AT4 rides a whopping
two inches higher than the regular
Sierra, which is already no shrinking daisy in terms of size and
intimidation factor. The lifted suspension not only helps with ground
clearance when off-roading, but it
makes driving the truck more of an

It’s a truck you have to hike and
lift yourself up into, not merely
plop into a seat.
It also dips deeply into the Sierra
Denali’s well of luxury features. It
comes standard with the origamilike MultiPro Tailgate, for example,
and soon will be available with the
Denali’s carbon fiber box. A black
chrome finish gives it just a hint of
the Denali’s bling.
It’s the off-road features that
make it really stand out, though.
The AT4 comes standard with
four-wheel drive, a locking rear differential, twospeed transfer case
and skid plates to protect its sensitive bits from scraping on rocks.
Other standard goodies include
your choice of all-terrain or mud
rated tires, hill descent control,
eye-catching red tow hooks, and a
sophisticated traction system that

changes transmission shift points,
throttle mapping and electronic
traction control depending on the
driving conditions.
The Sierra AT4 is available with
one of the most unique and customizable heads-up display systems in the world. You can change
the information it displays on the
windshield, including an inclinometer to show how extremely the
truck is tilting left and right, or forward and back, which is a useful
way to help keep the driver’s eyes
outside the cabin during intense
off-road maneuvers.
Similarly, Surround Vision gives a
bird’s eye view of the truck when
moving slowly. On cars, this is most
useful when parking in small spots
or maneuvering in a garage, something even more helpful when
parking huge trucks like this. But it

has an added benefit when driving
slowly on trails, letting you get a
cursory idea about rocks and ruts
that could be challenging.
While the Sierra is highly competitive in terms of capability, it’s
less so in refinement and luxury
compared to the new Ram and
Ford half-ton trucks. Even after an
all-new design this year, the Sierra
doesn’t feel like it made the same
leap into the future that its soft-riding, quiet competitors did, something that might matter more to
cross shoppers than to the legions
of General Motors faithful.
As a do-anything, go-anywhere
truck, though, the AT4 is a fascinating attempt at straddling the luxury
and off-road sides of the market.
And it does so in a way that seems
more tasteful than its oversizedlogo competitors.


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