GMC Sierra SLE Hybrid Review

Posted on 13. Jul, 2004 by in Auto News

I think the average pickup the buckboard ride and apple cart handling a constant source of wonder. If they can put a man on the moon, why can not they make the lunar rover, the suspension on a pickup truck? Yes, I know: if you want to carry heavy things, coil / leaf suspension is your only option. But why would anyone want to haul the stuff actually does not have to choose a life, take a pick?

Dunno. What I do know is that roughly ride, bad handling pickups are America's most popular form of personal transportation. And the United States (or at least the U.S. media) hybrid is crazy. So it was only a matter of time before Detroit answered their petro-political critics by building a hybrid pickup. First out of the blocks: the GMC Sierra Hybrid. The beauty of it-well, the beauty of the concept is inevitable. Insert a gas-electric hybrid engine for a pickup, increase their gas mileage by a respectable margin, and voila! A politically incorrect gas-guzzler is a deeply desirable statement of environmental awareness-with. A healthy dose of blue collar chic without surcharge Yes, now to redneck America have their cake and the Kyoto Protocol!

OK, back to reality. First of all, the GMC Sierra Hybrid is not a true hybrid. His Panasonic lead-acid batteries do not provide propulsion, the sub-system only drives the Sierra when it is stationary. In other words, when the pickup comes to a halt, so does its internal combustion engine. The kick-in batteries to power all electrical goodies (AC, lights, radio, windows, etc.). Then when you go to the foot of the brakes, the V8-up coils, and off you.

C'mon, did you seriously expect a 42-volt battery, providing a driving force for a £ 7000th Pickup truck with a 9200 pounds. Towing capacity? What we have here is nothing more or less than a standard GMC Sierra pickup with a battery-operated electronic stop – start system that is charged with energy generated by the brakes. A system. Also off fuel to the power station during coasting and smooths the resulting vibrations of the engine The technology is certainly impressive, but the driving experience is more prosaic. Stomp on the quasi-hybrid gas-pedal and you get the same answer as you. In a regular Sierra His 295HP Vortec 5300 is driving the pickup to 60mph in less than eight seconds. Again, I'm not a fan of the way this (or any) Pickup bumps and curves processed, but there is no question that the General demi-hybrid enough grunt to a tree hugger, the Toyota Prius has to leave for dead.

Things start to get Hinky if one of the feet of gas. It's a strange feeling of increased drag something between engine brake and the feeling that you run out of gas. The fact that the slowdown is caused by the effect of fuel-saving engine cut-off function distracting morally comforting, but dynamic. Brake feel, like the attacks recover energy for the batteries is also peculiar. Fortunately, the braking performance is not affected.

If you bring the Sierra a point dies, the oil pressure indicator. It is the only visible sign that the Sierra has 5.3-liter V8 went into hibernation. Physically, there is a slight rattle checked the Vortec. If you take your foot off the brake, announces another little shudder the return of normal service. The change between life support and pulse power is fast, but it is not seamless as a softball. If you are in a hurry, you can even call it annoying. Of course, environmentally conscious consumers are happy to put a few "quirks" for their environmental advantages deserve. Which brings us directly to the heart of the matter: What's the mileage? General Motors claims that their hybrid Sierra 10 – 15% more efficient than the traditionally-powered siblings. Impressed? Take a look …

First of all, despite all my efforts at accelerative restraint, I achieved more than 10% improvement over a comparably equipped, "normal" Sierra. This is 16.5mpg vs 15mpg, not exactly the type of fuel, the American foreign policy can change. Second, if saving the planet second only to protect your financial resources, you will need to draw about eight years ago, the cost of the hybrid system: $ 6900 with mandatory extras (?). And finally, where the hell are the hybrid sticker?

The Sierra Hybrid is with great graphics cards trumpets its high-tech eco-friendliness can be plastered. The two small hybrid badge door not cut, not by a long chalk. Call me cynical, but what's the point of being socially responsible, if the company does not know about them? Anyway, I have already mentioned that the Sierra Hybrid is an electric generator? Its AC outlets can provide electricity for up to 32 hours. Now there's a good reason to buy one.