A manufacturer that offers a pickup with the 'HD' name is serious in terms of the performance, reliability and promise of the pickup truck. This is true for the GMC Sierra 3500HD Truck. The good news is that unlike others, it does not disappoint. In fact, when this was compared to other heavy duty pickup trucks on the market, the Sierra 3500HD Truck managed to place higher than its competitors including the Ford F-350 and the Ram 3500. The GMC Sierra 3500HD Truck took home the 'Heavy Duty Hurt Locker' title, a comparison test between the leading heavy duty trucks of the automotive industry. The test is one of the hardest and most grueling in the industry as this involves towing the 19,400 pound fifth wheel trailers for more than 2,000 miles. No matter how tough the tests were, the GMC Sierra 3500HD Truck managed to get on top of the heap. The result of the test only reinforced the earlier label used for this GMC truck, as the go-to choice when it comes to heavy duty applications including hauling and towing.
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At the core of the performance of the GMC Sierra 3500HD Truck is the 6.6-liter Duramax Diesel Engine that packs 397 horsepower and 765 pound-feet of torque. When this engine is fitted with Allison Transmission, the performance of the pickup is one of the segment's best. This kind of power is highly recommended for heavy duty work including hauling of large loads and towing. In fact, with a fifth wheel connection, it can tow up to 21,700 pounds. Coming in as standard engine for the GMC Sierra 3500HD Truck is the 6.0-liter V8 engine that can deliver 360 horsepower and another 380 pound-feet of torque if powered by the 6-speed automatic transmission. This also packs the standard 36 gallon fuel tank. With an increased tank capacity by as much as 38 percent, drivers don't need to worry about long travels when using this pickup.
As far as safety is concerned, the 2012 GMC Sierra 3500HD has the ability to stop from 60 mph in only 147 feet, which is amazing for a truck of this size and power. It comes with a few safety features that are hard, if not impossible to find elsewhere, such as trailer sway control, hill-start assist, rear parking sensors and power adjustable pedals. There is no denying the appeal and the brawn offered by the Sierra 3500HD. This is one of the most competent, refined and toughest heavy duty pickup trucks available in the market. With a redesigned interior to address the common complaints of lackluster seats and amenities, this GMC is ready for the road.