Just got back today from test driving one of the new GMC 1500 Crew Cabs. I was surprised at how nice it was. I don't know if I'd ready to lay my money down for one, but if you need the extra space I think it would be a good option. Plus, it isn't any longer than an Ext. Cab so I didn't feel like a monster driving down the street. More and more people are using their trucks for people haulers rather than loads which makes sense to cut the bed length down and give you more interior room. I didn't get a chance to stomp down on it (since the salesman came along), but it only comes with the 5.3 which I think is enough to keep it going. The price tag was a bit steep ($40k) but it was an SLT with all the goodies and a Z71 offroad package. I'm sure if you got the SLE in 2wd it woud be a little bit more reasonable. All in all, I was very happy with it, and think GM is heading in the right direction...now I want to see the new Denali Crew Cab with the 6.0 and w/o QudraSteer.