Choosing a new full-size pickup is tough these days, and General Motors has made things even more difficult with a redesigned lineup of light trucks. Today on CarCostCanada, Trevor Hofmann reviews the…

2014 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT Crew Cab 4WD Road Test Review

What a great looking truck! I have always liked the styling of GMC pickup trucks more than their Chevy dizygotic twins, and despite a good looking all-new 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 the even better looking (to my eyes at least) 2014 Sierra 1500 shows that this rule isn't about to change anytime soon.

While GMC's half-ton pickup doesn't come in a base Work Truck (WT) trim level like its bow-tie sibling, its least expensive "Sierra" trim level is priced just $614 higher and therefore isn't much fancier, but still somehow the pickup sold through General Motors' dedicated truck and SUV division manages to seem more upscale.

In actuality the base Sierra is about as basic as new vehicles get, not even included carpeted flooring. Of course, if you're dealing with the dirty and often muddy life of construction sites, plush carpeting won't be high on your priority list. Rather, the inclusion of GM's Z85 increased capacity suspension system as standard equipment will be more appreciated, Read Full Story
In today’s world of restricting fuel economy standards, every possible way an automaker can eke out efficiencies needs to be explored, and when proven technologies deliver significant results yet don’t…

Silverado and Sierra 1500 pickups to get optional 8-speed automatic for 2015

In the light-duty pickup truck arena, the big three can't be seen as behind the times. Leave such mundanities as normally aspirated V8 power conjoined with six-speed automatic transmissions to Toyota and Nissan, which don't compete as fiercely for top dog as Ford, GM or Ram. It's ok to have one of the above, but you'd better include some innovative tech under the hood and elsewhere if you want to be taken seriously or your loyal truck owners will start feel inadequate.

Ford F-150 owners should be feeling particularly virile these days, with the brand's EcoBoost turbocharged V6 giving them powertrain leadership bragging rights and now an all-new lightweight aluminum body shell seemingly more supercar than super-duty, while Ram owners will be feeling pretty smug about the new 1500's ultra-efficient and powerful EcoDiesel V6, eight-speed automatic gearbox and air suspension. How about Chevy and GMC light truck owners? The Silverado and Sierra are excellent pickup trucks with superb Read Full Story
The last time we saw seatbelt interlocks, way back in 1974, they were a much-hated regulatory requirement foisted upon the   car-buying public by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).…

Seatbelt interlocks make a comeback with GM

The last time we saw seatbelt interlocks, way back in 1974, they were a much-hated regulatory requirement foisted upon the car-buying public by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

Those early seatbelt interlocks weren't always reliable (they'd sometimes prevent the car from starting even when all occupants were buckled up), and the outcry against them was so loud that the NHTSA was quickly forced to lift its mandate, abandoning the technology in favour of airbags.

Now GM is quietly bringing the seatbelt interlock back as an option for a select number of models. There's no government mandate this time. Instead, the system is being marketed as a "Belt Assurance System" that, in addition to increasing occupant safety, can help prevent drivers from getting violation tickets for failure to wear seatbelts.

Rather than preventing the car from starting until front-seat occupants are buckled up, as the original seatbelt interlocks did, GM's new Read Full Story