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2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Named Truck Trend’s Truck of the Year

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The 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali was named Truck Trend's Truck of the Year

The 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali
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Just a couple of  months after the 2016 Chevy Colorado defended its Motor Trend Truck of the Year title, General Motors has won yet another end-of-the-year award, as the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali has been named Truck of the Year by Truck Trend.

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A full week of testing by Truck Trend editors and staff, as well as two additional weeks of scoring and calculations went into the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali being named the Truck of the Year. Judges were impressed by the Sierra’s powerful V8 engine, sophisticated exterior design, and comfortable interior. Judges also complimented the GMC onboard infotainment system, which is now compatible with Apple CarPlay.

“GMC has set out to produce the definition of a luxury pickup, and its Sierra Denali has certainly hit that mark,” said Jason Gonderman, Truck Trend editor. “By combining a finely appointed interior with a world-class drivetrain and 21st-century technology, GMC has taken the fullsize truck to the next level. Our test is hard on both man and machine, and the fact that the Sierra Denali took on each grueling challenge with relative ease consistently impressed our panel of experts.”

In total, judges put the GMC Sierra 1500 Denali through more than 1,100 miles worth of tests, which evaluated the vehicle’s performance, hauling, fuel economy, and off-road abilities.

Trucks that the Sierra 1500 Denali beat out in order to capture the Truck of the Year award include the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country, Chevrolet Colorado Z71, GMC Canyon SLT, Nissan Titan XD Pro4X, Ram 1500 Rebel, and the Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road.

Gallery: Discover the award-winning 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali

More From GMC: Check out what other awards the GMC Sierra has earned

News Source: Truck Trend

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    Samuel Huist is easily the tallest member (6-feet 5-inches) of the The News Wheel team. He enjoys listening to hip-hop music and loves watching NBA basketball. Sam is also a Dayton, Ohio native and doesn’t seem to mind that distinction as much anymore. His first car was a 1996 Ford Taurus he could barely fit in. Like many young folks, he seemed more concerned about the radio in his first car than actually doing the work to maintain an automobile, so sadly it’s no longer with us. See more articles by Samuel.