WardsAuto Names GMC Sierra Denali Top Interior – No Way
WardsAuto recently named the GMC Sierra Denali as its top truck interior of 2014. While it is a good interior, it certainly isn’t great. With everyone else pushing high-quality leather and nice color contrasts, the black and grey interior isn’t really inviting. Here is our beef with WardsAuto.
The GMC Sierra Denali is GM’s top interior trim for the GMC pickup (the High Country is for Chevy). It is a premium grade interior and, as such, comes standard with many of the same features found throughout the segment like heated seats. Why do we point this out? WardsAuto says the heated seats and a heated steering wheel were big factors in making their choice. Huh? Isn’t the interior more about keeping your hands and rear warm?
In all fairness, WardsAuto received the truck during a particularly chilly time in Michigan. The term “Polar Vortex” was being used quite extensively when talking about sub-zero temperatures and the all-time record for snowfall. Yes, it was chilly and cold. We don’t blame WardsAuto for liking the heated seats/steering and remote start.
WardsAuto does go further to point out all the storage in the new interior, the ergonomics and “sturdy materials.” Plus, they like all the rear headroom and legroom.
Lastly, they point out the quietness of the cabin and the colors of the reconfigurable instrument cluster.
What is our problem with their choice? Simple. Go sit in one. The leather may be “sturdy,” but it is lack luster. The controls may be easy to reach, but aren’t everyone’s controls easy to reach these days. The ergonomics are personal preference at best, yet these luxury trucks have so many seat adjustment options, you would be hard pressed to find a truck that isn’t ergonomic (save for older designs like the Nissan Titan).
And they liked the rear headroom and legroom? Again, go sit in a few different trucks. The GMC Sierra feels like it has the least amount of rear headroom and legroom among the competitors. Personally, after sitting in them, it is a toss up between the Tundra and the Ram Megacab.
The chart below lays out all the specs.
|Model||Rear Head Room (inches)||Rear Hip Room (inches)||Rear Leg Room (inches)||Rear Shoulder Room (inches)|
|Ford F-150 King Ranch||40.30||64.60||43.5||65.5|
|GMC Sierra Denali||40.50||60.27||40.93||65.73|
|Ram Laramie Longhorn||39.70||62.90||40.3||65.70|
|Toyota Tundra 1794||38.70||62.60||44.5||65.60|
Now, let’s say the Tundra 1794 isn’t the best. However, the Lexus leather, it definitely has a better leather than the GMC. And with more headroom and legroom, it beats the GMC again.
Yes, the GMC has a heated steering wheel and remote start. Ok. If it wasn’t a Polar Vortex in Michigan during WardsAuto interior review, would those features have really mattered? Not really.
What do you think? Have you sat in the other trucks?
Filed Under: TundraHeadquarters.com