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How Much Does a GMC Sierra 3500HD Cost?

GMC Sierra 3500HD Car Prices


If there was ever any doubt whether the Sierra 3500HD was up to the challenge of towing or hauling your biggest loads then GMC has answered them with considerable upgrades. GMC's biggest, baddest heavy duty truck did so with a stronger, more rigid frame, an upgraded suspension, a more powerful diesel engine option, and a host of other welcome additions. All in all, this year's Sierra 3500HD has all the features needed to make it your own personal work horse.

2011 GMC Sierra 3500HD MSRP
Work Truck 6.0L V8 $28,805
SLE 6.0L V8 $32,210
SLT 6.0L V8 $40,125
Denali 6.0L V8 $43,600

Body Styles and Trim Levels

GMC offers three cab sizes for the 2011 Sierra 3500HD: regular cab, extended cab (both with an 8-foot bed only), and crew cab (8-foot or 6.5-foot bed). For trim levels, choose from the Work Truck, the SLE, and SLT. New for 2011 is the top-of-the-line Denali. Regular cab models seat up to three while extended and crew cab models have room for six. Aside from cab size your other main choice for body style comes down to single-rear-wheel and dual-rear-wheel (dually).

Buy the base Work Truck and you'll get an AM/FM stereo, A/C, 2 twelve-volt power outlets, 40/20/40 split-bench, 3-passenger reclining vinyl seats, 17 inch wheels, tilt-steering, and more. The SLE trim level is slightly more sophisticated. It features cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power heated mirrors, keyless entry, a remote starter prep package, 18-inch wheels, XM radio (with 3 months free), AM/FM stereo with MP3 compatible CD player and USB port, and OnStar with 6 months of Directions & Connections (navigation). Moving up a notch to the SLT, one finds further refinement with dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, a Bose premium sound system, full-power front bucket seats, leather upholstery, steering wheel audio controls, and heavy-duty trailer equipment. At the top of the Sierra 3500HD range is the totally-loaded, uniquely-styled Denali. Other appealing upgrades, include a rear seat DVD Entertainment System, a sliding or stationary tool box, a power sunroof, mobile Wi-Fi, the Convenience Package (power adjustable pedals, universal home remote, remote vehicle starter, rear parking assist, and a rear window defroster), a rear-view camera, a sliding bed divider, and numerous performance packages such as the Snow Plow Prep package and the Z-71 off-road package.


The standard powertrain on all 2011 GMC Sierra 3500HD trucks is a 6.0-liter, 360 horsepower V8 that delivers 380 lb-ft. of torque and is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Also available, and recommended for those with serious hauling needs is a 6.6-liter, 397 horsepower turbodiesel. It provides 765 lb-ft of torque and is matched with a sophisticated Allison 1000, 6-speed automatic transmission (featuring electronic overdrive, engine grade braking, tow/haul mode, and manual shift controls). The turbodiesel, which is B20 biodiesel compatible, not only gives you 105 lb-ft more of torque than last year's truck but is 11 percent more fuel efficient.

Rear wheel drive is standard on all 3500HD models while four-wheel drive is optional. Properly equipped, this truck has a maximum payload of 6,635 pounds and can tow up to 21,700 pounds (fifth-wheel configuration required). This improved towing and hauling capability is due, in part, to a brand new fully boxed frame that provides greater rigidity. Also, the 3500's better load bearing capacity is further helped by an upgraded suspension package. And what's the point of being able to haul a massive load if you can't control it? This was likely the question on GMC's mind when it added a new trailer-sway control system and an exhaust braking system (similar to what you'd find on an 18-wheeler) that stabilizes the chassis and reduces wear on the brakes. By the way, the breaks are bigger and provide better stopping power.


The exterior of the 2011 GMC Sierra 3500HD is similar to last year's model. The few changes include a new 3-bar grille, chrome bumper, louvered hood, and new wheels with trailer-profile tires.


There's nothing flashy about the interior of the Sierra 3500HD, but it's intuitively laid out with clear, easy to read instruments and wide buttons and gauges that can be operated with gloves on. Additionally, the pedals have wide spacing to accommodate work boots. The front cab is roomy and the seats are comfortable. Extended cab models have a folding rear bench and extended cab models have a 60/40 folding rear bench. Depending on your comfort demands you can choose anything from the utilitarian Work Truck to the Denali. The Work Truck has the most basic interior and the Denali has all the amenities of a luxury car.


Once upon a time, heavy duty pickups were a chore to drive on a day to day basis, but improved refinement has changed this, especially on the 2011 Sierra3500 HD. As mentioned, GMC added a new frame and suspension, and this smoothes out the ride and gives the driver a better sense of control. And although nobody would ever describe this behemoth truck as “agile,” it nonetheless has a respectable turning radius and responsive steering for a vehicle of its size. Those who choose the diesel will be pleased to find less noise and vibration than is typically associated with this type of engine.


Antilock disc brakes, hill-start control, stability control, and dual-front airbags are all standard on the Sierra 3500HD. Optional safety equipment includes a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, the OnStar Safe and Sound plan, and front-side and side curtain airbags.

If you are a GMC man the manufacturer has given you plenty of reasons to renew your loyalty to the General Motors badge. Make no mistake about it: this truck is the real deal. With its more powerful and fuel-efficient diesel engine, refined suspension, and numerous electronic driving aids, the 2011 GMC Sierra 3500HD might even cause some Ford or Dodge guys to think twice.

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