A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 GMC Sierra Hybrid

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When you buy a truck – even a half-ton truck like a GMC Sierra 1500 – you expect to make a trade-off between hauling capacity and fuel efficiency, right? Well, the designers and engineers at GMC don’t think that you should have to make that choice. That’s why they introduced the 2012 GMC Sierra Hybrid, a better compromise that allows you the space and ruggedness you expect in a pickup truck without going broke at the pump.

Key Features

In addition to the hybrid engine, the 2012 GMC Sierra Hybrid also helps you save on gas with its active fuel management system, which essentially allows it to operate on only four of its eight cylinders for around-town driving when you don’t have a heavy load. Other optional features we love are the rain-sensing windshield wipers, power-adjust driver’s seat, and Bluetooth phone connectivity on the Denali trim.

Changes for 2012

Like other 2012 Sierra models, the hybrid version got more stability and hill start assist to prevent rolling back when starting on an incline. It also got heated and cooled front seats and a rearview camera on the Denali trim, as well.

What We Like

While decreasing your carbon footprint and increasing your fuel economy, the 2012 GMC Sierra Hybrid doesn’t sacrifice much in hauling or power. We can’t complain about a truck that gets 23 miles to the gallon.

What Concerns Us

While we love the idea of a hybrid pickup truck, it’s not one that’s really catching on, and we’re concerned that GMC might abandon this model if it doesn’t. If that happens, continuing to get your 2012 GMC Sierra Hybrid serviced and finding the right parts for it could become problematic in the future.

Available Models

Available in most of the same trims as the gas-powered Sierra, when you lift the hood on a 2012 GMC Sierra Hybrid, you’ll find:

  • Engine – 6.0-liter V8 hybrid
  • Power – 332 HP at 5100 RPM
  • Torque – 367 lb-ft at 4100 RPM
  • Fuel economy (MPG city/highway) – 20/23

Major Recalls

There have been no recalls of the 2012 GMC Sierra Hybrid.

Common Issues

Drivers haven’t really had a lot of issues with the 2012 GMC Sierra Hybrid, though some wish that it was available in more than just the crew cab size.

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