The GMC Sierra cab remains among the roomiest in the
industry, with large door
openings to aid entry and exit. The interior was extensively
redesigned for 2003.
The seats are big and cushy. Whether you like them depends
to some extent on how you're built and how you like your
seats. I don't find them as comfortable as those in other
pickups, which use firmer, more contoured, more supportive
seats. Other pickup owners find the GM seats more to their
liking. Also, the interior door handles are ropey and awkward.
The instrument cluster features highly legible gauges
with white backlighting and orange pointers. The Denalis
gauges feature blue backlighting and white pointers. A driver
information center reports on as many as 27 vehicle functions
with an easy-to-read, single-line LCD display. A compass
is incorporated into the overhead console, along with three
storage areas for sunglasses,garage door
opener, and small items.
Audio and climate controls, which were introduced
for 2003, are sophisticated, yet easy to operate. XM Satellite
Radio is available as an option, great for traveling because
the stations dont change as you drive across the country,
allowing you to keep up on news and weather or listen to
your favorite types of music. You still get ads, but XM
Satellite seems less commercial than FM. The system comes
with AM, FM1, FM2, XM1, and XM2 bands. Optional audio controls
on the steering wheel make it easy to switch among station
presets and modes. Set your stations carefully and you can
quickly zip to favorite stations scattered among AM, FM,
and XM Satellite without taking your hands off the wheel.
Optional bucket seats come with an extended center console
that flows into the instrument panel. It includes a storage
compartment and a 12-volt power outlet at the rear. (All
Sierras come with three 12-volt power outlets at the bottom
center of the dash.) Vents and HVAC controls for rear-seat
passengers are mounted on the rear of the center console
on Crew Cabs and Extended Cabs.
Extended-cab models offer surprisingly good back seat
accommodations. Climb through the reverse-opening rear door
and find a seat thats reasonably
comfortable. Rear-seat passengers get their own air-conditioning
outlets and a set of drop-down cup holders. When cargo capacity
is more important than hauling passengers, the entire rear
seat assembly can be loosened from the floor with a wrench
and removed through one of the side doors. Not exactly quick
release, but a useful feature.
The rear seats in the Crew Cab models are as roomy as the
second-row of seats in a
Suburban. Sierra Crew Cabs are capable of
carrying six passengers and is very roomy with four. With
optional leather, a Crew Cab feels truly luxurious. Rear
seats are split 60/40 and fold down, providing a large protected
cargo area inside the cab.