2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD

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in Midsize pickup trucks
2018 MODEL

$35,840 - $44,480

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Heavy-duty trucks are on a continuous battle for towing superiority and with the introduction of the Super HD trucks, GMC didn't wait to fight back and came out with the 2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD. This truck is identical to the Silverado sold by Chevrolet as General Motors is the parent company.

The Sierra 3500HD has 3 massive engines. First, you have a Vortec 6.0L variable valve timing V8 SFI engine developing 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, second 6.0L V8 Gaseous CNG/LPG capable engine with 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque and the ginormous and Duramax 6.6L turbo diesel V8 making 445 horsepower and earth-shattering 910 pound-feet of torque. All the engines except Duramax Diesel are available with a 6 automatic transmission and Allison 6-speed automatic transmission respectively.


Heavy-duty trucks are on a continuous battle for towing superiority and with the introduction of the Super HD trucks, GMC didn't wait to fight back and came out with 3500HD. This truck is identical to the Silverado sold by Chevrolet as General Motors is the parent company.

2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD has 3 massive engines. First, you have a Vortec 6.0L variable valve timing V8 SFI engine developing 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, second 6.0L V8 Gaseous CNG/LPG capable engine with 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque and the ginormous and Duramax 6.6L turbo diesel V8 making 445 horsepower and earth-shattering 910 pound-feet of torque. All the engines except Duramax Diesel are available with a 6 automatic transmission and Allison 6-speed automatic transmission respectively.

2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD Features

We would suggest SLT dual rear wheel Trim as it has hosts of features in interior and safety department with a lot of optional packages. You also get the option of picking the 6.6L Duramax Turbo diesel engine to give you the best hauling capacity and good low range torque to aid you in tough situations.

2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD Engine

"The transmission is tuned for fuel economy and always wants to upshift to the highest gear, making the truck feel sluggish at times."-MotorTrend

Engine & Transmission

GMC Sierra 3500HD is all about capability and optimal performance. It comes with Vortec 6.0L Variable Valve Timing V8 SFI engine that produces 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque and the legendary Duramax 6.6L turbo diesel V8 developing 445 horsepower with staggering 910 pound-feet of torque. The Gasoline engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission but the diesel one gets 6-speed Allison automatic transmission.

Models

GMC Sierra 3500 HD

Dodge Ram 3500

Chevy Silverado 3500 HD

Ford F-350

MSRP

$41,995

$37,245

$41,890

$37,920

Engine

6.0L V8 SFI

5.7L V8 HEMI VVT

6.0L V8 SFI

6.2L 2-Valve SOHC EFI NA V8

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

Power

360 hp

383 hp

360 hp

385 hp

Torque

380 lb-ft

400 lb-ft

380 lb-ft

430 lb-ft

In comparison, Ford F-350 and Dodge are almost identical if you see the power they make. From its 6.2L V8 Ford makes 385 horsepower whereas Dodge makes 383 horsepower, just 2 horsepower less, from its 5.7L HEMI V8. Ford has more torque and considering the price of both of them, they are only $700 dollars apart. Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra are almost identical in price terms and also dearer to the Ford and Dodge by $4,000. The power and torque they make from 6.0L V8 engine is 360 horsepower which is identical.

2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD is a truck, so it wont be super quick or as nimble and agile as sports cars. It does 0-60MPH in 6.7 seconds and a quarter mile time of 15.3 seconds, pretty decent for a truck with huge dimensions and massive weight.

Models

GMC Sierra 3500 HD

Dodge Ram 3500

Chevy Silverado 3500 HD

Ford F-350

0-60 MPH

6.7 sec

6.3 sec

6.7 sec

8.2sec

Quarter mile

15.3

15.1 sec

15.3 sec

16.8 sec

Engine

6.0L

5.7L

6.0L

6.2L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Against the Competition, Ram 3500 is the fastest in all the times despite having a less cubic capacity at 5.7L. Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra are equal in the time at 6.7 seconds for 0-60MPH and quarter mile time of 15.3 seconds. Ford F350 however, loses out big time by 2 seconds from Ram and 1.5 seconds than GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado.

GMC Sierra 3500HD is a huge truck and its not the most maneuverable or comfortable vehicle in the segment but it still gives a pleasant driving experience. The steering is not that responsive and can make you falter a bit when making sharp turns. The ride quality is actually satisfying and the vehicle runs easily over big bumps and can tackle rough roads. The 6-speed automatic transmission keeps in overdrive gear for smooth and efficient operation. The Suspension package is standard across all models to give a smoother ride and also helps in maintaining quality while towing a trailer or carrying a load.

2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD has 13.8-inch ventilated discs in the front and 14.1 inches ventilated discs in the back. The tires are all seasons. With a curb weight of 6421 pounds, Its close to 3 tons. Braking distance is unavailable, but it wouldnt be that quick because of its heavy weight.

Model

GMC Sierra 3500 HD

Dodge Ram 3500

Chevy Silverado 3500 HD

Ford F-350

Brake Front(in)

13.8

14.2

13.8

14.3

Brake Rear(in)

14.1

14.1

14.1

14.3

Curb weight(lbs)

6423

6421

7239

6279

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Comparing the brakes, Ford F-350 has bigger brakes at 14.3 inches in both front and rear and weighs less then every other truck at 6279 pounds. Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra have same size ventilated discs of 13.8 inches in the front and 14.1 in the rear. Silverado is the heaviest among the lot at 7239 pounds. Ford F-350 is the lightest at 6279 pounds. GMC Sierra and Dodge Ram are almost identical in weights at 6423 and 6421 pounds respectively.

2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD Fuel Economy

Heavy-duty trucks are not rated for fuel economy. It's obvious they are going to massively low because they are bought for the work they are meant to do not for the pleasure they provide.

2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD has a payload capacity of 4052 pounds which is just massive. It can easily carry 2 Suzuki Hayabusa in the cargo bed which sounds unbelievable!!

Model GMC Sierra 3500 HD Dodge Ram 3500 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD Ford F-350
capacity (lbs) 4052 4090 5761 3870

In comparison, the heavyweight Chevy Silverado has a payload capacity of 5761 pounds, which is absolute bonkers. It has a massive advantage of nearly 1700 pounds over the closest rivals ie: - Ram 3500 and Sierra 3500HD. GMC comes in third in payload capacity at 4052 pounds and Ford has the least payload capacity of 3870 pounds.

2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD is rated to pull up to 23,300 pounds which is incredible. But the 2WD versions of the GMC 3500HD can still tow 14,200 pounds considering the fact it is not 4-wheel drive.

Model GMC Sierra 3500 HD Dodge Ram 3500 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD Ford F-350
Drive Train 2WD 2WD 2WD 2WD
Power Train 6.0L 5.7L 6.0L 6.2L
Weight (lbs) 14200 17520 17500 12700

In comparison, Ram 3500 has the edge over Ford F-350 and GMC Sierra 3500HD by 4800 pounds and 3,300 pounds respectively. Chevy Silverado also pull 17500 pounds, its a surprise as Silverado and Sierra are one model in 2 different body designs but one does better.

2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD Interior

"The interior is likable and user-friendly."-Edmunds

Seating & Comfort

The 3500HD offers great interior comfort. The truck can take up to 6 passengers and has ample creature comfort to keep all passengers at ease. The front and rear head, shoulder and legroom is good in crew cab model due to wide body, tall stance and long wheelbase.

Model GMC Sierra 3500 HD Dodge Ram 3500 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD Ford F-350
Passenger capacity 6 5 6 6
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 42.8/64.8/45.2 41.0/66.0/41.0 42.8/64.8/45.2 40.8/66.7/43.9
Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 40.5/64.3/40.9 39.9/65.7/40.3 40.5/64.3/40.9 40.4/65.9/43.6

In comparison, Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra have the best front headroom and front legroom at 42.8 inches and 45.2 inches respectively whereas, in terms of front and rear shoulder room, it is best in Ford F-350 at 66.7 and 65.9 inches respectively. Talking about the rear, Headroom is identical for GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado at 40.5 inches which is the best, Ford is almost equal in that department too at 40.4 inches.

The 3500HD trim gets a 7-inch diagonal infotainment system whereas all the other trim levels get 8-inch infotainment system. Apple car play and android auto is standard across all trim levels. You also get a voice-activated technology to make your browsing a little easier and minimal distraction as you don't have to move your hand from the steering column.Also, it has got Bluetooth streaming audio and you can also check your phone book listings or incoming caller on the color display. It has got 6 speaker system which gives great sound and an enjoyable listening experience.

2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD Exterior

Dimension & Weight

The Sierra 3500HD is long at 239.4 inches, has a width of 80.5 inches and a height of 78.3 inches with a ground clearance of 8.5 inches. These trucks are built tough to the core will do anything and tackle any terrain due to durable and capable designs. Wheelbase is 153.7 inches to give rear passengers maximum comfort while youre driving down the country roads.

Model GMC Sierra 3500 HD Dodge Ram 3500 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD Ford F-350
Curb weight(lbs) 6423 6421 7239 6279
Length(in) 239.5 237.4 239.5 250.0
Width(in) 80.5 79.4 80.5 80.0
Height(in) 78.3 78.4 78.3 78.2
Ground clearance(in) 8.5 7.3 8.5 8.5
Wheelbase(in) 153.7 149.5 153.7 160.0

In comparison, Ford F-350 is the longest among the competitors at 250 inches with a wheelbase of 160 inches makes it the cabin with most space for rear passengers. Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra have identical measurements in every department as they are under the same parent company, General Motors. As for the ground clearance, Ford, Chevrolet and GMC are identical at 8.5 inches.

2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD has a bed length of 76.3 inches and a width of 66.4 inches. It is sufficient enough to carry most of your daily cargo from one place to another.

Models GMC Sierra 3500 HD Dodge Ram 3500 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD Ford F-350
Width (inch) 51.0 66.4 51.0 50.5
Length (inch) 78.8 76.3 78.8 81.9

With a bed length of 81.9 inches Ford F-350 gets first place but it falls short in the width department at 50.5 inches. Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra have the same bed dimensions at 78.8 inches and width of 51 inches. Dodge has the smallest cargo bed at 76.3 inches but has the maximum width of 66.4 inches.

2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD Safety

GMC Sierra. 3500HD is an exceptional luxury cum work truck with excellent durability and capability. It offers some of the best safety features so that you stay safe in any kind of environment. These are:

  • StabiliTrak, stability control system
  • Daytime Running Lamps with automatic exterior lamp control
  • Airbags, single-stage frontal and thorax side-impact, driver and front passenger.
  • Airbag system
  • OnStar, delete
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Teen Driver
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD Competition

GMC Sierra 3500HD vs Dodge Ram 3500

Between these two Dodge Ram 3500 is better. In many departments such as engine power, torque numbers, payload capacity, towing capacity etc. Dodge Ram has the edge over GMC Sierra 3500HD. Dodge is considered more reliable plus the safety kit and endless configurations make it a win-win situation for Dodge over GMC. Also, Dodge has the air suspension technology which no one has in the segment.

GMC Sierra 3500HD vs Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD

Silverado is an identical twin to GMC Sierra. They are equal in the exterior dimensions, the interior space, and comfort, the engine they both carry under the hood etc. But Silverado does two jobs better than GMC and it is the most essential one when you're spending this amount of money on a work truck, Towing, and Payload capacity. Silverado is a hands-down winner because most people's criteria for buying such vehicle is that it should tow massive amounts and also carry loads of stuff in the back.

GMC Sierra 3500HD vs Ford F-350

Ford F-350 is all American favorite truck for decades. F350 looks really like a Terminator from the future whereas GMC Sierra has a nimble looking face with looking like a box. With great refined engines, 6-speed automatic transmission, intuitive Sync 3 infotainment, an extensive list of safety options, it's no wonder that it is one of the best-selling truck in the USA. But in certain areas, F350 falls short in which they are going to be used more often such as towing capacity and payload capacity. Here GMC Sierra 3500HD has the edge over Ford F-350.

2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD Final Verdict

The highest amount of sales that GMC accounts are from Sierra 3500HD. It's massive and has incredible towing capabilities and payload capacity. The Duramax turbodiesel never fails to impress, and Denali trims are unique in their own way. It might be expensive and doesn't fare well with the competition, but it does have a place in the segment. It has all the creature comfort you want from the truck and safety is also at par with most of the rivals.

Pros

The legendary Duramax Diesel

Towing and Payload capacity

Denali models

Cons

No air suspensions

No special editions

Rivals are more advanced

What's New?

Exterior upgrade

Optional packages



Styles

 2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD in Stone Blue Metallic color  2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD in Red Quartz Tintcoat color  2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD in Quicksilver Metallic color  2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD in Onyx Black color  2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD in Deep Mahogany Metallic color  2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD in Dark Slate Metallic color  2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD in Cardinal Red color
Stone Blue Metallic

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD Base

Base

power
360 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
N/A

$35,840 - $39,575


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Base 2dr Regular Cab 4x1 133.6 in. SRW (6L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $35,840 MSRP N/A 360 hp @ 5400 rpm, 6 L, V8, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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6-speed automatic four wheel drive 3 NA
Base 2dr Regular Cab 4x2 133.6 in. DRW (6L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $36,620 MSRP N/A 360 hp @ 5400 rpm, 6 L, V8, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 3 NA
Base 2dr Regular Cab 4x4 133.6 in. SRW (6L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $38,795 MSRP N/A 360 hp @ 5400 rpm, 6 L, V8, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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6-speed automatic four wheel drive 3 NA
Base 2dr Regular Cab 4x4 133.6 in. DRW (6L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $39,575 MSRP N/A 360 hp @ 5400 rpm, 6 L, V8,
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6-speed automatic four wheel drive 3 NA

 2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD SLE

SLE

power
360 hp @ 5400 rpm
fuel
Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
mpg
N/A

$40,335 - $44,480


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLE 2dr Regular Cab 4x2 133.6 in. SRW (6L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $40,335 MSRP N/A 360 hp @ 5400 rpm, 6 L, V8,
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6-speed automatic four wheel drive 3 NA
SLE 2dr Regular Cab 4x2 133.6 in. DRW (6L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $41,350 MSRP N/A 360 hp @ 5400 rpm, 6 L, V8,
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6-speed automatic four wheel drive 3   Cardinal Red
  Dark Slate Metallic
  Mineral Metallic
  Onyx Black
  Quicksilver Metallic
SLE 2dr Regular Cab 4x4 133.6 in. SRW (6L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $43,465 MSRP N/A 360 hp @ 5400 rpm, 6 L, V8,
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6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 3 NA
SLE 2dr Regular Cab 4x4 133.6 in. DRW (6L 8cyl 6A) Starting at $44,480 MSRP N/A 360 hp @ 5400 rpm, 6 L, V8, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)
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6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 3 NA