2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD Regular Cab

#4
in Midsize pickup trucks
2018 MODEL

$34,740 - $43,270

7.3

Overall Rating

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Overview

GMC is a division of the American automobile giant General motors whose main focus is to build trucks and utility vehicles. GMC Sierra 2500HD is a full size heavy duty pick up and shares its underpinnings with Chevrolet Silverado which is one of the most popular trucks available in the market today.Primarily designed as work trucks, they are now also being called lifestyle vehicles

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Pros

Smooth transmission

Efficient Engin

Suave looks

Cons

Not so good handling

Larger carbon footprint

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineu

No significant Change


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$34740

bodystyle

2dr Regular Cab

passenger capacity

3

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

364 cu. in.

horsepower

360 hp @ 5400 rpm

torque

380 lb.-ft. @ 4200 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6 in. ventilated disc brakes/13 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

153.7 in.

length

239.8 in.

width

80.5 in.

height

78.2 in.

curb weight

6532 lbs.

ground clearance

9.7 in.

capacity

towing capacity

14500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.3 sec.

warranty

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD Regular Cab in Summit White color  2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD Regular Cab in Stone Blue Metallic color  2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD Regular Cab in Quicksilver Metallic color  2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD Regular Cab in Onyx Black color  2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD Regular Cab in Deep Mahogany Metallic color  2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD Regular Cab in Dark Slate Metallic color  2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD Regular Cab in Cardinal Red color
Summit White

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Ratings

Features

8.9

Engine

5.5

Fuel Economy

6.8

Interior

8.5

Exterior

6.6

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD Regular Cab Base

Base

Fuel: N/A, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 3

$34,740 - $37,695

Configurations
Base 2dr Regular Cab 4x2 8 ft. 133.6 in. (6L 8cyl 6AM)
Seating: 3 HP: 360-hp @ 5,400 rpm
Torque: 380 ft-lbs. @ 4200 rpm
Base 2dr Regular Cab 4x4 8 ft. 113.6 in. (6L 8cyl 6AM)
Seating: 3 HP: 360-hp @ 5,400 rpm
Torque: 380 ft-lbs. @ 4200 rpm

 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD Regular Cab SLE

SLE

Fuel: N/A, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 3

$40,140 - $43,270

Configurations
SLE 2dr Regular Cab 4x2 133.6 in. (6L 8cyl 6AM)
Seating: 3 HP: 360-hp @ 5,400 rpm
Torque: 380 ft-lbs. @ 4200 rpm
SLE 2dr Regular Cab 4x4 (6L 8cyl 6AM)
Seating: 3 HP: 360-hp @ 5,400 rpm
Torque: 380 ft-lbs. @ 4200 rpm

Expert Review


carhp editor October 10, 2018

7.3

Overall Rating


8.9/10
Features

 

5.5/10
Engine

 

6.8/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.5/10
Interior

 

6.6/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

GMC is a division of the American automobile giant General motors whose main focus is to build trucks and utility vehicles. GMC Sierra 2500HD is a full size heavy duty pick up and shares its underpinnings with Chevrolet Silverado which is one of the most popular trucks available in the market today.

Primarily designed as work trucks, they are now also being called lifestyle vehicles. They work hard on the weekdays and even harder during the weekends. GMC Sierra 2500 HD has 3 big engines. First, you have a 6.0L Vortec Variable Valve Timing V8 SFI engine that generates 360 horses and 380-pound feet of torque @ 4200 rpm. Then you have same 6.0L V8 mentioned above but it is CNG/LPG capable engine. A diesel engine is available and its a behemoth 6.6L Duramax turbo-diesel V8 developing 445 horses and massive 910-pound feet of torque. The 6.0L V8 SFI engine is available with a 6-speed automatic transmission and Duramax diesel gets Allison 6-speed automatic transmission.

Features

8.9/10

2018 GMC Sierra 2500 HD has 4 trim levels. It starts from Sierra which is the base trim and goes all the way to the posh Denali trim. Sierra trim level retails at $40,195 for 2WD and $43,195 for 4WD. The ultra-posh top trim Denali starts at $57,795 for 2WD and $60,795 for 4WD. With every trim level, you get good number of configurations be it bed length, transmission and 3 engine options. A 6.0L Vortec Variable Valve Timing V8 SFI engine that generates 360 horses and 380-pound feet of torque @ 4200 rpm.

Then you have same 6.0L V8 but it is CNG/LPG capable, a behemoth 6.6L Duramax turbo-diesel V8 developing 445 horses and massive 910-pound feet of torque. The 6.0L V8 SFI engine is available with a 6-speed automatic transmission and Duramax diesel gets Allison 6-speed automatic transmission.

Trim Sierra 2500HD Sierra 2500HD SLE Sierra 2500HD SLT Sierra 2500HD Denali
MSRP $34,740 $46,495 $51,695 $57,795
Key Features
  • High-capacity air cleaner Outside,
  • manual-adjustable Black mirrors
  • Solar-absorbing glass Air conditioning
  • Manual tilt steering column
  • 7" diagonal GMC Infotainment System
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise and audio controls
  • Remote Locking Tailgate
  • High-capacity air cleaner
  • Digital Steering Assist
  • Air conditioning
  • Manual tilt steering column
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise and audio controls
  • Remote Locking Tailgate
  • High-capacity air cleaner
  • Digital Steering Assist
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • Automatic locking rear differential
  • Digital Steering Assist Outside,
  • power-adjustable,
  • power-folding heated mirrors
  • 8" diagonal GMC Infotainment System with Navigation Front and rear carpeted floor mats
  • Remote Keyless Entry

There are 6 optional packages that are available with GMC Sierra 2500 HD. These are convenience Package, Sierra convenience plus package, 5th wheel prep package or as they say Gooseneck, Hitch Package, Protection Package and essential package.

Our recommendation for the best trim

If you’re looking for a trim which is loaded with creature comfort, SLT trim suits most of your needs. With this trim you get the optional Duramax 6.6L turbo diesel engine giving you the best torque and towing capacity.

Engine

5.5/10

"No matter the trim, all Sierra 2500HD trucks can be equipped with either a stout 6.0-liter V-8 that produces 360 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque or a diesel-drinking, turbocharged 6.6-liter V-8 with 445 horses and a tarmac-tearing 910 lb-ft."-CarandDriver

Engine & Transmission

2018 GMC Sierra 2500 HD is an all-round truck with great performance and excellent capability. It has 3 engine options with choice of gasoline, CNG/LPG capability and Diesel engine. A 6.0L Vortec Variable Valve Timing V8 SFI engine that generates 360 horses and 380-pound feet of torque @ 4200 rpm. Then you have same 6.0L V8 but it is CNG/LPG capable, a behemoth 6.6L Duramax turbo-diesel V8 developing 445 horses and massive 910-pound feet of torque. The 6.0L V8 SFI engine option is available with a 6-speed automatic transmission and Duramax diesel gets Allison 6-speed automatic transmission to handle the immense torque.

Models GMC Sierra 2500HD Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD WT Ford F250 Superduty XL RAM 2500 Tradesman Crew Cab
MSRP $40,195 $39,595 $36,745 $36,145
Engine 6.0L l8 6.0L l8 6.2L l8 5.7L l8
Transmission 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Automatic
Horsepower 360 hp @ 5400 rpm 360 hp @ 5400 rpm 385 hp @ 5750 rpm 383 hp @ 5600 rpm
Torque 380 lb.-ft @ 4200 rpm 380 lb.-ft @ 4200 rpm 430 lb.-ft @ 3800 rpm 400 lb.-ft @ 4000 rpm

In comparison, Ford F-250 is the most powerful at 385 horses and 430-pound feet of torque. RAM 2500 comes in second at 383 horses and generating 400-pound feet of torque from its 5.7-Liter V8. All competitors have 6 speed automatic transmission. In terms of price, GMC Sierra 2500HD is most expensive at $40,195 whereas RAM 2500 is the cheapest of the lot at $36,145. Chevrolet being identical twin to GMC has same horsepower and torque figures.

Acceleration

2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD has a 6.0L gasoline V8 engine which develops enough power to propel this truck to 60MPH in 7.5 seconds and clears the quarter mile 15.9 seconds. Pretty impressive figures for a heavy duty pick-up truck.

Models GMC Sierra 2500HD Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD WT Ford F250 Superduty XL RAM 2500 Tradesman Crew Cab
0-60 MPH 7.5 sec 7.5 sec 8.5 sec 8.8 sec
Quarter mile 15.9 sec 15.9 sec 18.1 sec 17.2 sec
Engine 6.0L 6.0L 6.2L 5.7L
Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) N/A N/A N/A N/A

In comparison, GMC and Chevy are the fastest to 60 MPH and quarter mile with times of 7.5 seconds and 15.9 seconds respectively. RAM 2500 comes last with a time of 8.8 seconds in 0-60 MPH run but comes third in quarter mile with a time of 17.2 seconds. Ford F-250 comes last in quarter mile time of 18.1 seconds but takes 8.5 seconds from 0-60 MPH.

Ride & Handling

2018 GMC Sierra is not a small vehicle to drive as its not very maneuverable, but it still gives commanding view of the road which delivers a very pleasant experience. Steering is pale in comparison and will make you work to get through sharp turns. Ride quality is good over bumps thanks to the suspension package that is standard across the line-up.

These vehicles are designed for new and progressive generation that sees this vehicle as a lifestyle and not like an average joe vehicle. The transmission is smooth and performs reasonable well.

Braking

2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD has 13.8 ventilated discs in the front and 14.1 ventilated discs in the back. It weighs in at 6,242 pounds and takes about 138 feet to stop from 60 MPH.

Model GMC Sierra 2500HD Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD WT Ford F250 Superduty XL RAM 2500 Tradesman Crew Cab
Brake Front (in.) 13.8 13.8 14.3 14.2
Brake Rear (in.) 14.1 14.1 14.3 14.1
Curb Weight (lbs.) 6,242 6,242 6,060 6,306
60-0 MPH (ft.) 138 138 140 135.5

In comparison, Ford F-250 super duty has bigger brakes at 14.3 inches in both front and rear but has a dismal stopping distance of 140 feet. It is also the lightest truck at 6,060 pounds. RAM 2500 is the heaviest at 6,306 pounds but has the best stopping distance at 135.5 feet. Chevrolet and GMC are twins thats why they are equal in every respect.

Fuel Economy

6.8/10

Heavy duty pick-up trucks have very high fuel consumption that is why they are not rated for fuel economy.

2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD 4WD version can tow up to 18,100 pounds but here we are testing 2WD version which can pull 13,000 pounds. Thats really good considering the fact its not 4WD.

Model GMC Sierra 2500HD Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD WT Ford F250 Superduty XL RAM 2500 Tradesman Crew Cab
Maximum Towing Capacity 13000 lbs. 13000 lbs. 12900 lbs. 11520 lbs.

In comparison, Chevrolet and GMC have equal towing capacity of 13,000 pounds, the best in segment. Ford F-250 Superduty has a towing capacity of 12,900 pounds which is pretty good considering it is the lightest truck in the segment. Ram 2500 has the least towing capacity of 11,520 pounds.

Interior

8.5/10

"While it might not be the most luxurious vehicle in the class, this 2500HD has a totally livable interior. The overall design is dated, but the materials quality is sufficient."-Edmunds

Seating & Comfort

2018 GMC 2500HD has good interior comfort. With regular updates every year, the interior gets little Knick knack changes. These trucks can take up to 6 passengers and offer list of endless features which keep everyone at ease. The tall stance and long wheelbase provides ample amount of headroom and legroom.

Model GMC Sierra 2500HD Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD WT Ford F250 Superduty XL RAM 2500 Tradesman Crew Cab
Passenger capacity 6 6 6 6
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 42.8/64.8/45.2 42.8/64.8/45.2 40.8/66.7/43.9 41.0/66.0/41.0
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 40.5/64.3/40.9 40.5/64.3/40.9 40.4/65.6/43.6 39.9/65.7/40.3

With 42.8 inches of headroom and 45.2 inches legroom, GMC Sierra 2500HD and Chevrolet 2500HD are the best among competition. Ford F-250 Superduty has best shoulder room, be it front and rear at 66.7 inches and 65.6 inches respectively. At the rear, GMC Sierra 2500HD and Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD have best headroom 40.5 inches.

Cargo Capacity

2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD has a big bed which has massive cargo volume of 61 cu. Ft. It is enough to carry large suitcases when on a trip or heavy equipment when youre on work.

Model GMC Sierra 2500HD Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD WT Ford F250 Superduty XL RAM 2500 Tradesman Crew Cab
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 61.0 61.0 65.4 57.5

In comparison, Ford F-250 Superduty has the best cargo volume of 65.4 cu. ft, GMC and Chevy have the same cargo volume of 61 cu. Ft. RAM 2500, due to its small exterior dimensions than competition, has the least cargo volume of 57.5 cu. Ft.

Infotainment System

GMC Sierra 2500HD has a 7-inch infotainment system. The touchscreen is really intuitive and easy toVoice-activatedivated technology comes standard which helps in keeping the hands more at the steering column than on the screen. Rest it has host of features such as Apple car play, android auto, Bluetooth streaming etc.

Exterior

6.6/10

Dimension & Weight

2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD is 239.5 inches in length, 80.5 inches in width and 78.2 inches in height. Wheelbase of 153.7 inches opens up a lot of room for passengers inside the cabin. A good ground clearance of 9.6 inches gives it easy clearance over road undulations and a massive advantage over any terrain.

Model GMC Sierra 2500HD Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD WT Ford F250 Superduty XL RAM 2500 Tradesman Crew Cab
Curb weight (lbs.) 6,242 6,242 6,060 6,306
Length(in) 239.5 239.5 250.0 237.4
Width(in) 80.5 80.5 80.0 79.5
Height(in) 78.2 78.2 78.3 76.9
Ground clearance (in) 9.6 9.6 8.5 6.1
Wheelbase (in) 153.7 153.7 160.0 149.0
Track width (in) F/R 68.8/68.8 68.8/68.8 67.2/67.2 66.4/66.4

In comparison, Ford F-250 Superduty is longest at 250 inches and has the largest wheelbase at 160 inches. Such wheelbase provides superb space inside the cabin. GMC and Chevrolet are widest at 80.5 inches and have really good cabin space. RAM 2500 is the heaviest and smallest in the segment. RAM also doesnt have room inside the cabin as competitors.

Safety

GMC Sierra 2500HD gets some really good safety technologies which makes this truck a safe bet when youre carrying loved ones. Some of the features are: -

  • 6 air bags
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • StabiliTrak, stability control system with Proactive Roll Avoidance and traction control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Competition

GMC Sierra 2500HD vs Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado are mechanical twins. They have equal exterior dimensions, engine and performance, seating and comfort, cargo space etc. They are seemingly the same, just the design is a little different and come under different company logos. Both can tow massive amounts of loads and are very capable. The only difference is $1,000 between these two.

GMC Sierra 2500HD vs Ford F-250

Ford has been producing the best-selling heavy-duty pickup trucks since decades. Ford F-250 has got a cyborg look and looks a truck that can be a transformer. Ford has some serious pedigree and heritage that proves its mettle. With an exhaustive list of safety tech, creature comfort features, it is superior to GMC Sierra 2500HD in most areas. The Acceleration department is the only place where the latter exceeds but nobody buys these trucks for drag strips.

GMC Sierra 2500HD vs Ram 2500HD

RAM 2500HD is a really good competition to GMC Sierra 2500HD but only in terms of price and engine performance. In other spheres, GMC has a solid lead over RAM. RAM does have really good interior quality but the in terms of space inside the cabin GMC is a notch above. RAM also lags behind in towing capacity, exterior dimensions etc. Reliability might raise a question as RAM is better than GMC in after sales and longevity.

Final Verdict

GMC is the core of SUVs and heavy-duty pick-ups. It might not have the power of Ford or is reliable as RAM, but it does make up for it by giving absolute best interior space, towing capacity, acceleration etc. It might be pricy than other competitors but luxury and looks do come at a price and GMC Sierra 2500HD justifies it.

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