The 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 HD has a work-truck look, but it's a work truck with style and elegance. It’s a vehicle at home in every job situation, but most likely to be the foreman’s ride.
Most Sierra 2500 HD models sold come with four doors, with lots of room for your work crew. All the engines that can be chosen to power these beasts are strong enough to tow many thousands of pounds with ease. The Denali trim adds all the premium features you expect in a luxury sedan.
For the 2019 design, the GMC Sierra HD is almost the same, after the massive and successful overhaul last year. The base models now have a rear-view camera along with a seven-inch touchscreen on the control panel, and Denali models have a new front grille.
The 2500 HD pickup weighs three-quarters of a ton, and you can choose the massive 3500 HD full-ton version that can have a single- or dual-rear-wheel setup.
To feed these giants there are two different V8 engines from which to choose: a splendid 6.0-liter V8 gas engine that outputs 360 horsepower and can transport more than 3,500 pounds, or a titanic 6.6-liter turbo-diesel with 910 pounds per foot of torque that can pull up to 18,000 pounds, if you ever need to move things this heavy.
The Sierra HD comes in four different trims, all with the ability to choose from three different cab sizes. All cab trims come with an eight-foot box, but if you choose the crew-cab version you get a six-foot-six-bed configuration.
If you have had any doubt about the capabilities of the 2019 GMC Sierra HD 2500, the V8 engines will clear up your mind.
These street titans come fitted with either a 6.0-liter gas V8 or a monstrous 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V8, making the GMC Sierra HD one of the most capable vehicles you can buy today.
The 6.0-liter gas V8 capable of 360 horsepower and 380 pounds per foot of torque comes standard on all models. It is rated to tow 13,000 pounds across the board and up to 14,800 pounds when fitted with rear-wheel-drive and paired with a goose-neck hitch. This engine can carry over 3,500 pounds in the bed.
The optional 6.6-liter V8 turbo-diesel was a new entry last year. It is capable of an outstanding 910 pounds per foot of torque. With this power masterpiece, it is not so surprising seeing the towing capability being rated at the staggering value of 18,000 pounds (only legal if you have a commercial driver’s license).
It’s interesting to see how frequently the monstrous diesel version is ordered; about half of the Sierra HD models sold in Michigan are Denali versions, and almost all of those are diesel equipped.
The Sierra HD is the sister of the Silverado HD, so these two models share quite a few components. The two engines are paired with a six-speed automatic that’s tuned for extreme hauling.
Like some competitors in the heavy-duty class, the GMC Sierra range can be had in a single- or dual-rear-wheel configuration, but the dual-rear-wheel is only available on the 3500 HD class. Rear-wheel drive is equipped as standard for all versions, but you can swap this for a four-wheel drive, and it’s a common choice to do so.
Unlike the Ram, the Sierra has a classic front strut with rear leaf spring suspension that is designed to maximize hauling and towing capabilities.
The GMC Sierra HD has more classic design lines than other competitors in this sector, but this is not a bad thing. The accentuated corners, heavy-duty fenders, and prominent grille come together for a look that is modern without being fussy.
The interiors are very similar to those of the Chevrolet Silverado HD but keep in mind that the most GMC Sierra models sold tend to be SLT or Denali models that come with leather interiors and all the comforts. The Sierra, therefore, beats the Silverado in the cab.
Denali models had a revamp in grille design back in 2018, changing from a honeycomb style to a three-bar neat grille that holds the GMC badge firmly at its center.
The look, in the end, is similar to the GMC 1500, which is not bad at all overall. In last year’s revamp, a hood scoop was added to the diesel versions to help engine ventilation.
While a monster in terms of cargo and towing capabilities, the 2019 GMC Sierra HD is a very comfortable vehicle too.
The standard configuration is a regular two-door cab, but this kind of trim will be rarely chosen because for this class of vehicles an eight-foot bed is a much more common choice.
Another choice is the four-door double cab, with a rear bench reduced in length that is ideal for short trips only. The double cab trucks offer 34 inches of legroom.
All in all, the Sierra HD 2500 is a comfortable vehicle in every trim choice available, but as said earlier, the trim chosen most of the times is the Denali premium trim, 90 percent of times coupled with the monstrous diesel engine.
Road noise is contained for a truck this size and this power, and the diesel engine does not clatter whatsoever.
To check this out for yourself, come into Fletch’s in Petoskey, MI and try the 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 HD first hand.