PUTC Buyer's Guide: 2002 GMC Sierra 1500


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$19,153* (1500 SL 4x2 Regular Cab, Short Bed)
$19,453* (1500 SL 4x2 Regular Cab, Long Bed)
$24,962* (1500 4x2 Extended Cab, Short Bed)
$25,262* (1500 4x2 Extended Cab, Long Bed)
$29,423* (1500 SLE 4x2 Crew Cab, Short Bed)
$23,720* (1500 SL 4x4 Regular Cab, Short Bed)
$24,020* (1500 4x4 Regular Cab, Long Bed)
$27,814* (1500 4x4 Extended Cab, Short Bed)
$28,114* (1500 4x4 Extended Cab, Long Bed)
$32,823* (1500 SLE 4x4 Crew Cab, Short Bed)
Add $720 destination charge.
*Prices are base prices.

Four engines are available for the Sierra

4.3-liter OHV Vortec 4300® V6 with sequential fuel injection.
200hp @ 4600
260ft-lbs. @ 2800

4.8-liter OHV Vortec 4800® V8 with sequential fuel injection.
270hp @ 5200
285ft-lbs. @ 4000

5.3-liter OHV Vortec 5300® V8 with sequential fuel injection.
285hp @ 5200
325ft-lbs. @ 4000

6.0-liter OHV Vortec 6000® V8 with sequential fuel injection.
300hp @ 4400
360ft-lbs. @ 4000

Four transmission choices exist for the Sierra:

- MG5(NV3500) Five-speed manual for 1500 models

- MW3(NV4500) Five-speed manual 2500 models

- M30( 4L60-E) Four-speed automatic for 1500 models

- MT1( 4L80-E) Four-speed automatic for 2500 models

MPG (city / highway):
4.3-liter: 16 / 21
4.8-liter: 16 / 20
5.3-liter: 15 / 19
6.0-liter: N/A

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GMC is leading a revolution in handling and control, with the full-size truck industry’s first four-wheel-steering (4WS) system. It features Delphi Automotive Systems’ revolutionary Quadrasteer 4WS system as standard equipment on the 2002 all-wheel-drive Extended Cab short box pickup Sierra Denali, formerly known as Sierra C3.

Also new for 2002, two purposefully designed Sierra Professional models also join the lineup to provide the ultimate professional grade tool for vocational operators who want more than just transportation. They are available in 1500 Series 2WD/4WD Extended Cab short box configurations and will be introduced in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2001.

The 2WD Sierra Professional, available in either SLE or SLT trim, has a standard Vortec 4800 V8. The Vortec 5300 V8 is optional. The 4WD model, available only in SLE trim, has a standard Vortec 5300 V8. It provides the option of a Vortec 4800 V8 for credit on the purchase price. Both engines mate to a standard 4L60-E four-speed automatic transmission.

The new models create a striking appearance, which also accommodates personal use. They feature a large, heavy, full-chrome grille; bold, molded-in-color bodyside molding, embossed with "GMC Sierra Professional" in raised letters; specific 16-inch cast aluminum wheels and LT245/75R-16C tires and wheel flares. They also feature a full standard bedliner and box rail protector covers. Additional options have also been created for them. The trucks are available in all regular 1500 Series Extended Cab colors, except Toreador Red.

The 2002 Sierra lineup includes 2WD/4WD 1500HD Crew Cab models (C/K 15743), combining optimum six-passenger roominess with best-in-class power, performance and work capabilities.

Light duty Sierras share standard equipment and equipment package upgrades with their heavy-duty Sierra counterparts. The equipment refinements simplify vehicle ordering and tailor the trucks more closely to customers’ wants and needs. (See Sierra HD press information write-up for full details.) Bigger, bolder "Sierra" badge on the rear tailgate also emphasize the standout professional grade capabilities of the new models.

The Sierra 1500HD Crew Cab short box pickup, available in 2WD and 4WD configuration, provides optimum six-passenger seating and the quarter-ton segment’s highest work capabilities. It is the ideal vehicle for recreational users who tow horse trailers, campers or race cars and provides more performance/work capability than any of the segment’s vocational or commercial customer might expect.

The Sierra 1500HD can tow trailers weighing up to 10,300-pounds or haul up to 3139-pounds of payload. It has a standard (Z85) handling/trailering suspension that creates a smooth ride and provides good management for vehicle loads.

Exterior Design:
There are no exterior changes for 2002 other than the Sierra Professional appearance package.

Look for a mid-cycle enhancement to the Sierra's exterior for the 2003 model year to bring it in line with the more industrial looks found on the Terradyne and Terra4 concept trucks.

Interior Design:
The Sierra Professional's interior features a full-length, custom-designed console, extending from the instrument panel to the back of the front seats, along with a unique rear under-seat storage container. Both storage facilities lock for full security.

The center console has a front compartment, providing concealed storage for a PDA (personal digital assistant), cell phone and two auxiliary power points to charge them. It also provides a storage tray for smaller items like maps, gloves or CD. In addition, it has an oversized "Big Gulp"-type cupholder and a second temperature-controlled cupholder that can keep beverages hot or cold, when the ignition is on. The center console also accommodates a seven-quart capacity, thermal electric cooler, provided with the ensemble, which can keep drinks and food cold or warm. The cooler runs directly off the battery and provides power continuously, even with the engine off. It uses a smart switch, which monitors the battery charge level and shuts power off, when necessary, to preserve the battery.

The center console can also be easily converted to provide hanging file folder storage, with two specially designed rails provided for that purpose. The rails slide into the center bin in place of the thermal electric cooler. Additional storage capability in back of the console accommodates items like folders and portfolios. Convenient storage nets on the underside of the lid and on the backside of the console provide additional storage. The console also has two additional power outlets in the rear for charging battery packs for power tools.

The lockable storage container beneath the rear seat is approximately 57 inches wide, 16.5 inches deep and eight inches high, providing a little over two cubic feet of storage space for larger vocational tools like rotary hammers and saws. Inside, it provides another 13.5-inch x 12.5-inch x 5.5-inch storage container for smaller items like electrical components, fasteners or plumbing repair items.

The Sierra 1500HD, available in SLE and SLT trim, provides all the uplevel features and amenities those packages include, such as standard air conditioning with micron air filter, an AM/FM stereo with seek-scan, digital clock, four speakers and a compact disc player and power programmable door locks and power windows.

There are a wide variety of powerplant choices for the GMC Sierra including a 4.3-liter V6, 4.8-liter V8, 5.3-liter V8 and
6.0-liter V8.

Emission refinements for the 2002 Sierra include the addition of multi-port fuel injection to its Vortec 4300 V6 for better fuel control to meet California emissions requirements. The Vortec 5300 V8 also benefits from refined emissions for most regular cab and extended cab models. To meet California’s Low Emission Vehicle requirements, similar refinements have been made to Sierra’s Vortec 6000 V8 engine.