The GMC Sierra 3500HD is back for 2013 to deliver hauling and towing performance with steady handling, plenty of standard features, and enough trim options to satisfy even the pickiest of pickup drivers. The Sierra 3500HD is available in four trims: Work Truck, SLE, SLT and cream-of-the-crop Denali.
A 6-liter V8 engine is standard for all models; a 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V8 is available for those with serious hauling jobs. Rear-wheel drive can be upgraded to four-wheel drive for extra traction, and buyers can also specify double rear wheels. Cabs come in regular, extended, and crew sizes, and while regular cab can only be had with a long bed, the extended and crew sizes can be coupled with longer eight-foot beds for extra space.
The base trim features 17-inch steel wheels, split-bench front and 60/40 folding rear seats, vinyl upholstery and a trip computer. Upgrading to the SLE adds keyless entry, power windows, On-Star navigation, cloth seats, and a leather steering wheel. The SLT offers even further refinement with 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, heated leather front bucket seats, and remote start. The Denali adds a chrome grill, heated and cooled front seats, power-adjustable pedals, EZ-lift tailgate and rear parking sensors. All models come with antilock brakes; a tire pressure monitor; front, side, and passenger airbags; and traction control.
For each trim level a number of features found on higher trims can be added as options. Several packages, such as the Heavy-Duty Trailering Package, come standard on each model, and others are available depending on the trim and cab size. These include the Convenience Package with power-adjustable pedals, rear parking assist, and universal home remote; and the Preferred Package with solar ray deep tinted glass, fog lamps, remote vehicle start, and a 6-way power adjustable driver's seat.
There isn't much not to like about the Sierra 3500HD. Perhaps the buttons on the center console could be a little bigger, and drivers might wish the tilting steering wheel also telescoped. But small issues such as these will not dissuade most drivers from buying the Sierra, and rightly so.