Bold and aggressive styling; rugged interior on Work Truck trims; CNG bi-fuel capability; EZ lift/locking tailgate; exceptional towing capacity
Denali trim available only on Crew Cab models; no manual transmission offered; side and curtain airbags not standard on all trims
Although the light-duty Sierra is redesigned for 2014, the Sierra 2500HD carries over mostly unchanged. The only real update is that GMC has canceled extended-cab body styles for the new model year, choosing instead to offer only regular cab and crew cab models.
With so many trims and configurations, it is impossible to say which model is the favorite. Much depends on your needs. If you're not a site manager or oil rig crew, and if you just need a big truck for towing a vacation or horse trailer, the Sierra HD Denali will most likely please you. Those looking for a workhorse should consider the Work Truck, while those needing both a work station and a family hauler will likely find the SLE strikes a nice balance between features and price.
The GMC Sierra 2500HD comes in many trims, body styles and configurations. Regular and crew cabs are available, while shoppers can also choose between bed length (short or long), engine (gas, CNG or diesel) and drivetrain (2-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive). As for trim levels, the Sierra 2500HD has four: base-level Work Truck, mid-level SLE and SLT, and high-end Denali.
The base Work Truck ($32,300) includes a minimal dash and interior better suited to dirt and grime. Standard equipment includes rubber flooring, 40/20/40 bench seat, air conditioning, tilt wheel, rear step bumper, 8-lug steel wheels and ABS.
The SLE ($37,500) trim adds power windows and locks, CD player, cruise control, upgraded interior, rear defrost, heated outside power mirrors and bucket seats with power driver's seat.
The SLT ($47,500) trim brings even more standard equipment, including heated front seats, leather seating surfaces, automatic temperature control, a trailer hitch receiver, aluminum wheels and Bluetooth. The SLT trim is also offered only with the crew cab body style.
The Denali ($50,100) adds ventilated front seats, power-adjustable pedals, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, power-retractable side mirrors, a heated steering wheel, rear park assist, rear backup camera and a Bose premium 7-speaker audio system.
Optional equipment includes the Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel engine, in-bed cargo management system, Ultrasonic Rear Park Assist, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, navigation radio, Wi-Fi (dealer-installed hub, requires subscription), tubular running boards, EZ-lift tailgate (SLT) and a skid-resistant bed liner. Optional safety features include front side and side-curtain airbags.
Mechanical options include 4-wheel drive, dual rear-wheel axle, 4.10 rear axle, heavy-duty locking rear differential, heavy-duty trailer package (2.5-inch receiver and 2-in adapter, 7-wire harness and trailer brake control), snow plow prep (10-amp power source, 160-amp alternator and wiring harness for forward- and roof-mounted lamps and skid plates), high payload performance package, high idle, tri-folding hard tonneau cover and various work site and utility options.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/24,000 Miles|
Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD -- Although the Sierra and Silverado are largely the same, you should definitely check out the Chevy, if only to see whether you can get a better deal.
Ram 2500 HD -- The Ram HD outmuscles and out-tows the Sierra, and its HEMI V8 offers more horsepower and torque than the Sierra's base-level engine. But the Ram's ride can be rough and its long-term resale figures are not as strong.
Ford F-250 -- Ford's heavy-duty F-250 offers more horsepower and torque, more trim and cab options (such as the King Ranch and Platinum trims) and more sophisticated audio and infotainment systems (SYNC).