Until 1988, the Sierra name was used by GMC to designate an upscale trim package for their increasingly popular line of pick up trucks. It was in 1988 that the GMC Sierra 1500 2WD became a model name for GMC full size pick up trucks. There was only one generation of this pick up spanning the 1988 through 1998 model years, with 11 two wheel drive configurations available in two engine sizes - the 4.3 liter V6 and the 5.0 V8. Many four wheel drive configurations were also available at the end of the 1998 model year.
Completely new for the 1999 model year, the redesigned pick up received a new look inside and out as well as increased towing capacity, a stiffer frame, more passenger and cargo room and some much appreciated comfort and convenience features. For pick ups outfitted with a regular sized cab version there were two trim levels, the SL and the SLE, and 6 total configurations of the light duty Sierra 1500 2WD, all with 4.3 liter V6 engines.
The exterior of the 1999 model was more rounded and detailed than previous models. Larger headlights and new colors helped to give a brand new appearance to the GMC workhorse. The interior was also upgraded to include cup holders, head rests, optional premium sound systems and additional heating and air conditioning vents. Instrument panels remained truck-like, but were slightly softer in appearance than the previous generation.
It was not until 2007 that the Sierra would once again receive a major overhaul, though many improvements were incorporated throughout the 1999 to 2006 model years. The 2007 Sierra 1500 2WD with a regular cab is available in two trim levels, 10 possible vehicle configurations, with three available engine sizes from which to choose. The smaller, most fuel efficient model is equipped with a familiar 4.3 liter V6, while those who craved more horses and towing capacity were offered their choice of either a 4.8 liter V8 or 5.3 liter V8.
Even with the comfort and convenience features, the GMC Sierra 1500 2WD is still one of the best bets for towing and hauling. Years of research and improvements have kept this full size pick up popular with consumers and able to work round the clock when necessary-so having a little touch of comfort and convenience makes the Sierra 1500 2WD all the more attractive.