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  • 2019 GMC Sierra 3500HD Overview

    Matthew Pilgrim
    Automotive Editor - August 29, 2018

    The 2019 GMC Sierra 3500HD was made for heavy hauling and, with this truck being a GMC, things can get very luxurious and expensive. GMC offers everything you need to get your this truck prepped for trailering and doing so in style.

    What's New for 2019

    The 2019 GMC Sierra 3500HD carries into 2019 with no significant changes.

    GMC Sierra 3500HD

    Choosing Your Sierra 3500HD

    Every Sierra 3500HD features the truck’s largest configuration, the crew cab, with four true doors and then offers a whole range of bed sizes, engines, and drivetrains. When properly equipped, the payload and towing capabilities are significantly greater than its “medium duty” twin, the Sierra 2500HD.

    The standard-length box, at 6.5-feet, can be swapped for an 8.0-foot-long box for $200. Select the dual-rear-wheel configuration for another $600, available only with the long bed, and the payload capacity climbs from 3,758 to 6,655 pounds, while the towing capacity also increases from 17,500 to 23,100 pounds. The four-wheel-drive system is available on all trims and configures for $3,000 and includes a transfer case and additional underbody protection.

    The base engine is a 6.0-liter V8 that develops 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque and is available only paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. While that power is certainly impressive, the optional 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 engine generates an outrageous amount of power, achieving 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque. This engine is part of a package that also includes an Allison-branded six-speed-automatic transmission, exhaust brake, and block heater.

    The Sierra 3500HD’s lineup consists of four trim levels:


    The base Sierra trim starts at $42,490 (all prices include the $1,495 destination charge) and comes equipped with the Trailering Package and towing mirrors but it’s not all work and no play. Inside, the truck features a seven-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 3.5-inch display in the gauge cluster, cloth seats, and your other expected retail-market modern features. A large chrome grille and bumpers, along with HID projector-beam headlights and LED signature lighting, bring instant brand recognition.

    Metallic colors require another $395 if chosen, while an available Sierra Convenience Plus Package ($1,290) brings keyless entry, a remote locking tailgate, heated power mirrors, 4G LTE connectivity, cargo box lighting, a 110-volt power outlet, and tinted windows. The Essentials Package ($1,295) adds all-weather floor liners, chrome assist steps, and a soft-folding tonneau cover. A Protection Package (floor liners and splash guards), Gooseneck/5th-wheel prep Package, and Hitch Package are offered for $385, $370, and $295, respectively.


    The mid-level SLE trim begins at $48,190 and absorbs the Sierra Convenience Package features and adds an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, a 4.2-inch digital gauge cluster display with SiriusXM and HD radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and even an electronic 4WD-engagement dial. Also notable is the digital-assist steering “box” that varies the steering ratio to enhance maneuverability.

    The favorably-priced Preferred Package ($1,545) includes features like a rear-window defogger, a remote vehicle starter, 10-way power adjustable seating, and dual-zone climate control. The SLE’s Convenience Package is $890 and includes a power-sliding rear window, rear parking sensors, and power-adjustable pedals, while the Cargo Convenience Package ($450) adds all-weather floor mats, a center console tote organizer, and rear underseat storage. The Essentials Package, Protection Package, Gooseneck/5th Wheel Prep Package, and Hitch Package return unchanged.

    Navigation is a stand-alone option at $495 as are rear parking sensors at $295. Premium cloth seats, priced at $1,295, can also be selected and they bring heating with 10-way power for the driver and six-way power for the passenger, a center floor-mounted console, and wireless charging. Available on four-wheel-drive models, a $330 Off-Road Suspension Package is equipped with different dampers, additional underbody protection, and a few Z71 badges placed prominently on the front fenders.


    The SLT starts at $53,290 and uniquely features chrome mirror caps, door handles, and body side molding, while the front heated bench seat is now covered in leather. The SLT contains the features of the SLE Preferred Package as standard equipment and adds newly available equipment. For $510, GMC swaps the bench for bucket seats and a floor console, while another $650 adds ventilation functionality to the front seats.

    An $845 Driver Alert Package includes lane departure warning, a safety alert seat, forward collision warning, and front and rear parking sensors. The Duramax Plus Package checks in at $10,785 and includes the mighty turbodiesel engine, corresponding transmission, engine block heater, and some other non-powertrain related features like navigation, Bose speakers, and front and rear parking sensors. The aforementioned packages are still offered for the same prices.


    The highest trim designation within GMC’s world is the Denali, which starts at $57,895. For that amount, it bundles many of the optional packages from the SLT trim as standard features like the Driver Alert Package, navigation, heated and ventilated seats, and the premium audio system. The large front grille gains a unique design and the bumpers are painted in body-color. Because so much is already included, the Duramax Plus Package is only $9,645.

    CarsDirect Tip

    Those who are shopping for a 2019 GMC Sierra 3500HD are likely drawn by its impressive hauling capabilities. The SLE spec’d with dual-rear wheels and four-wheel drive ensures there's little that this truck won’t be able to handle. The optional diesel engine makes hauling less stressful, while selecting the SLE’s Convenience Package helps to ensure passenger comfort during those long hauls.

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