If you are the kind of person who needs to haul significant amounts of cargo or pull your trailer everywhere you go, you need a capable heavy duty pickup truck. Well, going shopping for an HD pickup truck in the states you are bound to come across the GMC Sierra HD trucks. Depending on your towing and hauling needs you will have plenty of options between the 2500HD Sierra and the 3500 HD Sierra as they come in Regular, Extended Cab and Crew Cab body styles not to mention a host of trim levels. Both models are actually identical aesthetically; their main difference is their towing and hauling capabilities.
Generally, 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD / 3500HD trucks offer ultimate toughness and extreme towing power; however, what makes the trucks special is their refined interiors. The automaker believes that pickup trucks don’t need to be just utilitarian working machines; rather, the automaker has crafted the truck’s Cabin like that of a car; the Sierra HD trucks come with serene Cabins, premium upholstery with even heated and ventilated seats, features that are hard to come by in average pickup trucks. Having received an upgrade for the 2017 model year, I expect the models to carry over unchanged for the 2018 model year.
2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD / 3500HD Exterior
The exterior carries over unchanged; as said earlier, the two models share the all familiar, intimidating look. The Sierra HD models feature a huge rectangular grille with chrome surrounds. The grille is flanked by projector headlights and LED DRLs. The side look still features black wheel arch moldings. The trucks ride on 17-inch steel wheels as standard but buyers can opt for bigger steel rollers, chrome mirror caps, belt moldings and door handles.
The only new addition worth noting is the replacement of the Extended Cab’s rear-hinged rear doors for conventional forward-hinged rear doors for easier access to the rear seats. In addition, Crew-Cab models feature larger rear doors. Like the outgoing model’s the, 2018 Sierra 2500HD and 3500 HD are still offered in Base, SLE, SLT and SLT but the range-topping Denali trim is offered on Crew Cabs only. Regular Cabs and Extended Cabs can be had in a 6-foot, 6-inch or 8-foot cargo beds. Crew Cabs, on the other hand, are offered with either a 6-foot, 5-inch cargo bed or an 8-inch cargo bed.
The Cabin is also unchanged. Being a working machine, the automaker did a clever job by offering a Standard Trailer Sway Control that automatically ensures a coordinated drive between the truck and the trailer. The trucks also come with an Infotainment system (a rare feature in these kinds of trucks) as a standard feature on all models. A 7.0-inch touch-screen is used on base models with higher trims featuring an 8.0-inch unit. The system enables easy-to-use connectivity at the job site or when you take your family vacationing in the wild. The infotainment system supports voice recognition; it also features USB ports, charging outlets that support multiple devices among others. The seats are upholstered in quality materials with top trims upholstered in premium leather. Heating is an available option for models with cloth-upholstered seats, a feature that comes standard with models upholstered in leather. The Cabin is spacious enough and offers sufficient legroom and headroom for all passengers.
GMC has fitted LED cargo lights beneath the bed rails to illuminate the cargo bed incases it’s covered. To ease lifting of cargo onto the bed, there is an option for an EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate that makes use of a torsion bar and damper.
The Denali trim features more premium upholstery as well as an array of more premium features and technologies to provide a premium feel. Features in the Denali trim will put several crossovers to shame.
Engine and performance
The lineup of engines carries over unchanged. The base engine for both pickup trucks is the 6.0 L, V-8 gasoline engine that produces 360 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. Those looking for the ultimate performance have an option for the 6.6 L, diesel V-8 that produces 445 hp and a stunning 910 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired with the automaker’s 6-speed MYD automatic gearbox that features electronically-controlled HD transmission with overdrive as well as a tow/haul mode. The transmission system also features Powertrain Grade Braking and Cruise Grade Braking.
With this kind of power and a sturdier suspension, you can haul or tow just about anything. The Sierra 2500HD can haul 1,500 lbs with ease on its cargo bed. In terms of the model’s towing capacity, it can pull as much as 18,100 lbs. This makes the 2500HD ideal for contractors or farmers. The 3500 HD more of a monster as its bed can safely carry a ton of cargo (2,000 lbs) while its towing capacity at 23,300 lbs is really amazing.
Price and release date
The 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD has an MSRP of $38,325 for the Regular Cab exclusive of destination charges. The top Denali trim attracts around $55,000. On the other hand, the base 3500HD Regular Cab has an MSRP of $44,065 with the Denali trim attracting in excess of $60,000. The trucks are already available in GMC dealerships.
There are not that many HD pickup trucks that can compete with the 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD / 3500HD pickup trucks; the key competitors are the Ford F-250 / F-350, RAM 2500 / 3500 and its close cousins Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD / 3500HD.