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How Much Does a GMC Sierra 2500HD Cost?

GMC Sierra 2500HD Car Prices


On a list of things that are all-American big trucks are right up there alongside baseball, barbeques, and blues. In recent years, however, surging gas prices have caused many big truck owners to question whether they really need one for daily commuting and the occasional hauling of recreational toys. That means the people who truly require the performance offered by a big truck—construction workers, farmers, mechanics, etc.—are most often the ones buying them these days.

2011 GMC Sierra 2500HD MSRP
Work Truck 6.0L V8 $27,965
SLE 6.0L V8 $31,575
SLT 6.0L V8 $38,885
Denali 6.0L V8 $45,865

If you're reading this you're looking for a truck that can take care of business day in and day out. Well, consider your search over. The 2011 GMC 2500HD stands out in the heavy-duty truck class impressively, even considering the stiff competition from Dodge and Ford. With a number of notable upgrades to this year's 2500 HD lineup, including the introduction of the upscale Denali model, GMC offers buyers a greater ability to get ‘er done than ever.

Body Styles and Trim Levels

The Sierra 2500 HD is available in three body style: regular cab (8 foot bed only), extended cab, and crew cab (both with either an 8-foot bed or 6.5-foot bed). For trims levels, choose from the base Work Truck, the higher-end SLE and SLT, and the top-of-the line Denali. At its most basic (2WD regular cab Work Truck), the 2011 GMC Sierra 2500HD comes equipped with 17-inch wheels, a 4-speaker AM/FM stereo, A/C, a chrome grille, OnStar, two 12-volt power outlets, tilt-steering, vinyl upholstery, a front 40/20/40 split bench 3-passenger seat, and more. Dish out nearly $20,000 more for the Denali and you'll be treated to 18” polished aluminum wheels, an AM/FM stereo with MP3 compatible 6-disc CD player and premium Bose speakers, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth compatibility, cruise control, chrome exterior accents, a rear parking sensor, keyless entry, power-adjustable pedals, an EZ-lift tailgate, XM radio, and more. Bear in mind that many of these options are available as upgrades on other trim levels. Other popular add-ons include a protective bedliner, mobile Wi-Fi, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, 19 or 20 inch wheels, power sunroof, the Z-71 off-road suspension package, a rearview camera, and a navigation system.


The standard engine on the 2011 GMC Sierra HD model is a 6.0-liter, 360 horsepower gas V8 that delivers 380 lb-ft of torque and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Optional, and preferred by those who need to move a serious load, is a 6.6-liter, 297 horsepower turbodiesel V8, good for 765 lb-ft of torque and matched with an upgraded manual six-speed automatic transmission that has a manual shift option. The diesel engine was totally redesigned for 2011 (60 percent of its parts are new. It burns cleaner and more efficiently than its predecessor.

All Sierra 2500 HD models come standard with rear-wheel drive and all can be outfitted with four-wheel drive, as well. Top payload for this truck is 4,192 pounds and towing capacity tops out at 17,800 pounds (well equipped). Both of these numbers are up from last year's 2500 HD. This is thanks to a brand new fully boxed frame, which GM's chief engineer claims has improved torsion strength, bending stiffness, and beaming stiffness. Another nice addition for 2011 is an exhaust braking system (like you'd find on a tractor trailer). It improves control when towing, especially on downhill grades.


Aesthetic improvements for 2011 include a three-bar grille with air inlets (for improved cooling), a chrome steel bumper, and a prominent louvered hood.


The interior on the 2011 Sierra 2500 HD is virtually unchanged from last year's model. Beginning with the Work Truck and moving up the trim lines you can find steady improvements in the way of creature comforts and luxury. The Work Truck and SLE models are fairly rugged, the SLT is much more refined, and the Denali is truly regal. To help you out GMC designed the interior with large buttons that are easily accessible while wearing gloves. The seats are firm and comfortable, and the crew and extended cab configurations should provide adequate space for most adults. Cabin quietness is improved.


A stronger frame reduces noise and vibrations, providing a noticeably smoother ride. The ride is also smoother due to a new independent front suspension, wider leaf springs in the rear, hydraulic body mounts, and brand new shocks. Steering is improved thanks to an upgraded steering box.


Standard safety equipment includes antilock disc brakes (the brakes on this year's truck are both larger in diameter and wider, providing improved stopping power), intelligent brake assist, StabiliTrak (stability and traction control), hill-start assist, trailer-sway control, and six months free of OnStar service (including Automatic Crash Response).

The GMC Sierra 2500HD was already one of the best heavy-duty trucks on the market when the 2011 made marked improvements in categories many truck owners rate as the most important: frame, powertrain, and suspension. With a stronger and more rigid base, a new diesel that delivers jaw-dropping amounts of torque, and a more refined ride, the GMC Sierra 2500HD can take care of business—and then some. Although your choice of heavy-duty truck may ultimately come down to brand loyalty, GMC has gone to great lengths to ensure your heart remains true.

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