2020 Sierra 2500HD New Car Test Drive
The 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 HD is the brand's full-size, heavy-duty pickup truck. It's reached the end of its latest generation, and soon will be replaced by a new model.
Closely related to Chevrolet's Silverado HD, the Sierra 2500HD still functions as a sleek and stylish workhorse. While well-dressed and packed with features (especially in top Denali trim), the 2500HD stands ready for demanding action. In addition to the 3/4-ton 2500 series, the Sierra HD can be obtained in heavier-duty 3500 form.
Nothing of consequence has changed for the 2019 model year, apart from dropping the Regular Cab version. A redesigned heavy-duty Sierra is ready to debut as a 2020 model.
Like rival truckmakers, GMC offers plenty of choices: extended (Double Cab) or Crew Cab body; standard (6.5-foot) or long (8-foot) cargo bed; rear- or four-wheel drive. A quartet of trims stretches from humble work truck to unabashed luxury vehicle. Specifically, the Sierra 2500HD comes in base, SLE, SLT, and chrome-bedecked Denali form. The posh Denali comes only in Crew Cab form. A regular-cab version, lacking a back seat, is no longer offered.
Two big, powerful V-8 engines can power the Sierra 2500HD: one gasoline, and one a turbodiesel. The 6.0-liter gasoline V-8 develops 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, while the 6.6-liter turbodiesel whips up 445 horsepower and a walloping 910 pound-feet.
Depending upon engine and configuration, a Sierra 2500HD can tow at least 13,000 pounds. Peak payload capacity can top 3,000 pounds.
Both engines mate with a 6-speed automatic transmission, but the turbodiesel gets a specially-engineered version, capable of accepting a torrent of torque.
The NHTSA gave the Sierra 2500HD a three-star rating for frontal impact, as well as four stars overall and for side-impact. No heavy-duty Sierra has been crash-tested by the IIHS.
Sierra 2500HD Denali trucks get forward-collision warnings, blind-spot monitors, and lane-departure warnings, along with a rear-seat reminder. These features are optional on SLE and SLT trim, but unavailable for the base model.
Available only in Crew Cab form, top-rung Denali models are almost the equivalent of a Cadillac-brand pickup. When loaded with options, a Denali can cost more than some high-end luxury cars..
Prices do not include $1,495 destination charge. Prices are for gasoline engine models. Crew Cab trucks can substitute the diesel V-8.
4WD Double Cab ($40,900) comes only with four-wheel drive, on a 144.2-inch wheelbase with standard-length bed. Included are a rearview camera, 7-inch infotainment screen, six-speaker audio, locking tailgate, front bench seat, vinyl mats, HID headlights, and 17-inch steel wheels. The extended-cab body has back seat, but only two full-size doors.
Double Cab Long Bed ($38,200 with rear-drive, $41,100 with four-wheel drive) rides on a 158.1-inch wheelbase.
SLE 4WD Double Cab ($46,800) comes only with four-wheel drive, on a 144.2-inch wheelbase with the standard bed. The SLE trim includes 17-inch alloy wheels, an 8.0-inch infotainment screen, under-seat storage, a remote locking tailgate, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and keyless entry.
The SLE Double Cab Long Bed ($43,600 with RWD, $46,900 with 4WD) rides on a 158.1-inch wheelbase.
Crew Cab ($39,000 with RWD, $41,900 with 4WD) has the standard bed, on a 153.7-inch wheelbase. The Crew Cab body has four full-size doors.
Crew Cab Long Bed ($39,200 with RWD, $42,100 with 4WD) rides on a 167.7-inch wheelbase.
SLE Crew Cab ($45,300 with RWD, $48,600 with 4WD) has a 153.7-inch wheelbase and a standard bed, with SLE trim.
SLE Crew Cab Long Bed ($45,500 with RWD, $48,800 with 4WD) rides on a 167.7-inch wheelbase.
SLT Crew Cab 153.7″ ($50,500 with RWD, $53,600 with 4WD) has a 153.7-inch wheelbase and a standard bed. The SLT trim adds leather upholstery, heated front seats and power mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, 18-inch chrome alloy wheels, and remote start.
SLT Crew Cab Long Bed ($50,700 with RWD, $53,800 with 4WD) rides on a 167.7-inch wheelbase.
Denali Crew Cab 153.7″ ($56,600 with RWD, $59,800 with 4WD) has a 153.7-inch wheelbase and a standard bed. Denali trim includes heated/cooled front seats, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, 20-inch wheels, 8.0-inch driver information display, wireless smartphone charging, Bose audio, front and rear parking assist, and navigation. Safety features include forward-collision warnings, lane-departure warnings, and blind-spot monitors..