Is The Sierra 2500 a Proper Pick-Up Truck?
I had this GMC Sierra 2500 for a week. Here are my thoughts.
The GMC has been making the Sierra for over 20 years now. Just in its fourth-generation, it still follows the same platform as the Chevrolet Silverado just as it did in the beginning. Most people know America is known for producing pick up trucks for doing multiple jobs, be it easy or rough. So, does the Sierra have what it takes to be a proper truck? Let's find out.
At first sight, the GMC Sierra is massive in size. To other cars, it looks intimidating to be next to at any point in time. The mirrors are the size of an iPad and the grille as big as a king size bed. It would make Yao Ming feel like an average person since the Sierra is high off the ground. As for looks, the GMC Sierra seems to have the face of a ticked-off linebacker with the snout of a bulldog. But what helps make it look like a proper truck is the bed in the back. Almost 8 feet long, just like in the good old days.
The interior space is just as big as one would believe it is. The paneling and trim make the Sierra 2500 feel nice and comfortable. Speaking of comfortable, the seats offer proper support to keep the occupants from being bothered with back pain when sitting on them. Also, the extra storage space inside the back seats give way for the exact reason they were made. The all-weather floor mats are what stand out because they're meant for not making the owner feel bad when they've walked in mud and dirt and jump right in to drive off.
Pricing and Options
So how much does this Sierra 2500 cost? Slightly over $77,000. What does that get the owner? For safety, the Sierra 2500 has teen driver security, automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, ;ane departure warning, rear backup camera, blind-spot monitoring, following distance indicator, HD surround vision and several needed airbags. For the truckers, the Sierra 2500 comes with auto locking differential, 2 speed autotrac transfer case, tracrion select system with off-road and tow-haul mode, power folding and extending heated trailer mirrors, red front recovery hooks, cargo lighting, wheelhouse liners , multipro tailgate, spray-on bedliner, black assist steps, 7-pin trailer harness, 12 fixed cargo tie downs, side bed steps, X31 off-road suspension with Rancho shocks, skid plates, all-terrain tires,trailer brake controller, trailering package, digital steering assist, stabilitrak with trailer sway control and cornerstep rear bumper. For comfort and convenience, the Sierra 2500 has heated and ventilated powered front seats, heated rear seats, multiple USB ports, Wi-Fi hotspot, heated steering wheel, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, Bluetooth connectivity, sat-nav, heads-up display, wireless phone charger and Bose premium sound system.
The 6.6L turbo diesel V8 made by Duramx produces a mere 445 horsepower but a whopping 910 foot pounds of torque. No wonder the towing capacity is up to 14,500 pounds. Fuel economy is an achievable 20 miles to the gallon but the fuel tank is 36 gallons, which means journeys can go as far as 600 plus miles. But the star of the show has to be the ride comfort. After driving to and from Virginia for the weekend, there were no back issues or comfort problems to be said. Steering is light but the turning radius is horrendous. The weight of the Sierra, nearly 6,900 pounds, can be felt when braking. But they do the job. As for the ride height, sitting up so high feels empowering.
So, is the GMC Sierra 2500 a proper truck? It is, if I am following my father-in-law's definition. What I mean by that is that it has a large bed for someone who works in a job like construction. So, the GMC Sierra is a proper truck with some extra goodies. A folding tailgate to help someone get in the bed, an off-road package for those who work in rough environments or for those who like to go mudding in the woods, and almost everything else that is not basic in the sense of a truck with a big bed, a radio, and a transmission. Even the ride comfort adds to this because not all trucks were meant to be comfortable. Just durable at no expense. My only problem with it is that I now understand why people who drive trucks drive and park like garbage. They're big for the roads and a pain to park. So, next time you see someone taking up two spots with their truck, regardless of the manufacturer, it is not because they suck, it is because they gave up on trying to park it.
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