Impressive towing and hauling capabilities; huge power and torque from any engine; new interior is a major improvement
Manual transmission would be nice; pricing a little steep; no self-leveling suspension such as RAM HD
Because there are so many versions of the Sierra 3500HD, recommending the right one is a difficult task. In the end, we like the pickup, and we think you'll need to carefully consider the model lineup to decide which one is the best for you. If you're looking for a family hauler, it'll be the crew cab. Want to tow a trailer? Go for the turbodiesel. No matter your desire, truck shoppers will find something for just about everyone in the Sierra 3500HD. Find a GMC Sierra 3500HD for sale
The Sierra 3500HD comes in a wide variety of trim levels, body styles and configurations. There are regular cabs, crew cabs and extended cabs, along with regular beds and long beds, gasoline and diesel engines, and 2- and 4-wheel drive. Drivers can also choose between two rear wheels or four (a "dually"), depending on their desired payload capacity.
When it comes to trim levels, the Sierra 3500HD offers four, including a base-level Work Truck model, midlevel SLE and SLT trims, and an upscale luxury-oriented Sierra Denali.
Choose the Work Truck ($35,800), or WT, and you'll have only the basics, as this trim level is primarily designed for use on gritty jobsites. Standard features include an AM/FM stereo with an auxiliary port (but no CD player), air conditioning, vinyl seating and little else. In fact, Sierra 3500HD Work Truck models don't even include features such as keyless entry or power mirrors.
Next up is the SLE ($40,200), which adds many of the WT's missing creature comforts as standard equipment. There are heated mirrors, for instance, and remote keyless entry. There's GM's OnStar telematics system, which provides directions and other assistance. There's also a standard backup camera, which is helpful in a truck this large.
Slotting above the SLE is the SLT ($48,800), which is only available in extended- or crew-cab guise. There's leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, chrome door handles, LED lighting and heated front seats. SLT models also offer available front and rear park assist.
Topping the Sierra HD's range is the Denali ($54,500), which adds a long list of high-end equipment. Features include a heated steering wheel, cooled front seats, additional chrome accents, a vastly improved interior with contrasting stitching and aluminum trim, and a navigation system.
In addition to the Sierra 3500HD's standard features, the truck also offers a long list of options. Of course, there's the 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel engine for shoppers interested in more power and torque, but the truck also offers a heavy-duty trailer package, 4-wheel drive, power adjustable pedals, newly available wireless charging, and front and rear park assist. Shoppers can also add high-end safety features such as a lane-departure warning system and forward-collision alert.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles HD Duramax Diesel|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles HD Duramax Diesel|
|Maintenance||2 Years/24,000 Miles 2 visits|
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