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2016 GMC Sierra 3500HD

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You'll Like

  • Towing and hauling capability
  • Luxurious Denali model
  • Bold exterior looks

You Won't Like

  • Competitors offer more powerful diesel engine
  • Interior design is aging
  • No smartphone integration on lower trims

New for 2016

Updates for the 2016 GMC Sierra 3500HD include standard HID projector-beam headlights with LED daytime running lights, Digital Steering Assist, and the adoption of SAE J2807 trailering rating standards. A new GMC IntelliLink features a 7.0-inch or 8.0-inch touchscreens with faster processor, while Denali models gain Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. New available features include wireless phone charging, remote locking tailgate, and a gooseneck/fifth-wheel trailering prep package with spray-in bedliner. New exterior paint colors include Crimson Red Tintcoat, Cardinal Red, Deep Garnet Metallic, and Mahogany Metallic. The GMC Sierra HD got its last major update for the 2015 model year.

Vehicle Summary

The GMC Sierra 3500HD sits atop the automaker's pickup lineup above the Sierra 2500HD, the light-duty Sierra 1500, and midsize Canyon pickups.

Overview

The base engine in the Sierra 3500HD is a 6.0-liter L96 V-8 making 360 hp 5,400 rpm and 380 lb-ft of torque at 4,200 rpm. A dual-fuel gasoline/CNG LC8 version is available and makes 301 hp at 5,000 rpm and 333 lb-ft at 4,200 rpm. The gasoline engine is backed by a Hydra-Matic 6L90 six-speed automatic transmission. An optional 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V-8 engine makes 397 hp at 3,000 rpm and 765 lb-ft at 1,600 rpm. The Duramax is backed by a Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission.

Body configurations include regular cab with 8-foot box, double cab with 8-foot box, crew cab with 6.5-foot box, or crew cab with 8-foot box. The Sierra 3500HD is available in two- or four-wheel drive, with single- or dual-rear wheels. Depending on configuration, max payload is 7,153 pounds, while max towing is rated 20,000 pounds with a ball hitch and 23,200 pounds with a fifth wheel or gooseneck hitch.

Trim levels include base, SLE, SLT, and top-spec Denali. The ZL1 suspension is offered on SLE and SLT models, while an All-Terrain HD premium off-road package is offered on the SLT trim.

Safety

Available safety features include the Driver Alert Package, which included Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Safety Alert Seat, and Front and Rear Park Assist. The OnStar system includes Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Assistance, and turn-by-turn navigation.

What We Think

"We took a Silverado 3500HD out that was loaded with payload, and discovered the truck did very well. As you would expect in this size category, the truck didn't even feel like it had a massive load in the bed," we said in our 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD First Drive.

"There are also cool features such as hill start assist and hill descent control, and, as we discovered when we towed in the Silverado HD with the Duramax, the cruise control is integrated with the exhaust brake and auto grade braking. That makes it easier to keep a consistent speed when towing up and down steep hills.

"When someone buys an HD-sized truck, they want to be able to use it for hard work without worrying about it. GM has made sure that the Silverado and Sierra HDs give drivers that sense of confidence. It would've been nice to see some more hp or lb-ft come from the engines in the trucks, but the engineers have done a great job getting the best use possible of the power that's available."

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