The 2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD is a strong and efficient pickup. With a GMC vehicle, you can expect nothing less. But this pickup has an eye-catching look that makes it stand out among the competition. One look and you will be sold on its technological advances, its beautiful interior and exterior, and its power and fuel-efficiency. Its high score ratings show that it is an impressive vehicle to consumers and critics alike.
The 2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD is a stylish and refined vehicle especially with its Denali trim which is chrome-clad and premium. But beyond its looks, the Sierra is hard-working, heavy-duty, and supremely capable – towing up to 23,100 pounds. The Sierra is leading in its class with high-tech advancements that meets all the requirements of any tech-savvy driver. It also has its fair share of safety enhancements. The 2018 GMC Sierra is an exciting vehicle in looks, strength, and tech-savviness. It’s sleek, smart, powerful, and fun to drive. There’s nothing as exciting as giving one of these vehicles a test-drive.
The 2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD, as you would imagine, is a hard-working vehicle. But it also plays hard too. The base model comes standard with a fun and great-looking 7.0-inch IntelliLink touchscreen. This is where you can see a great backup camera, standard on all cargo box models. If you upgrade, you can get an 8-inch screen which also includes navigation.
All of the infotainment controls have sleek and stylish knobs and buttons, but you can activate it using voice commands too. Buyers of the 2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD will appreciate these standard enhancements they already know and love such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 4G LTE WiFi. And the savvy buyers know that for a little bit extra they can add even swankier features including a Bose audio system to listen to their favorite tunes. They can also get a 110-volt outlet to add to the dash, which works well alongside the wireless charging pad.
The safety features you have come to expect are also standard. A useful favorite is the tire pressure monitor system. This swiftly alerts the driver of any necessary tire-fills immediately before an issue arises.
The Sierra HD offers many other affordable safety features, which have not required much updating. Previous models had the inclusion of latch anchors that aid in installing a child safety seat. Standard in all Sierra HD’s is Teen Driver Mode, which allows parents to monitor any driving activity by their children. This includes the speed, location, and muting of all controls until seatbelts are fastened.
The 2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD shows a remarkable ability to withstand crash-tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) were very impressed with their evaluation of the 2018 GMC Sierra.
They assigned an overall rating to the 2018 GMC Sierra of 4 stars for its ability to withstand these tests. The 2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD is still considered a Top Safety Pick because of its automated forward-collision-braking system.
GMC Sierra’s 3500 can outperform every other vehicle in its class, and GMC engineers ensure that it is also the most luxurious. Denali trims are premium when it comes to appealing equipment packages. 2018 brought a new grille design for the 2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD, along with a long list of new exterior colors: Red Quartz Tintcoat, Deep Mahogany Metallic, and White Frost Tricoat.
With spacious front seats and an ergonomic cabin, The Sierra HD is practical and stylish. It has an upright dash with straightforward controls which are 12-way power-adjustable. The soft and plush interior of the Denali trim will almost make you forget this is a pickup truck, meant for hauling and towing.
The modern cabin insulates drivers and passengers alike from outside elements and does its best to shield them from ambient noise.
The drive of the new 2018 GMC Sierra 3500 has a fun and easy feel, while also being hard-working and reliable. And though it drives tough, it’s not big and boxy like its counterparts.
Though dependable, it is also the most powerful midsize pickup truck. That’s why it does so well with off-roading. The 2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD has great horsepower and engine capability with a Duramax diesel and Allison transmission with a heavy-duty powertrain. That’s because of its dependable gasoline V8 engine that gets it up to 445 horsepower providing an unbelievable 910 lb.-ft of torque.
GM wanted to ensure they continued improving the 2018 Sierra with improvements made to the induction system. This also includes improvements to the internal components and the transmission. What always comes standard is the 6.0-liter V8 engine that gets up to 380 lb.-ft of torque and is paired with a six-speed automatic.
The 2018 Sierra 3500HD has been updated about 90 percent. It’s a huge difference between other models and even of the previous Duramax. As mentioned before, the cabin is quiet, and that is aided by much-reduced engine noise. Even on the highway pleased passengers definitely note the noise reduction. And torque enthusiasts will love the feel of this big-dog powertrain, and even at low speeds, they can feel the pickup.
The 2018 GMC Sierra 3500HD is an impressive off-road vehicle with all-inclusive features such as rear electronic locking differentials, a class-exclusive front, cast iron control arms, modified front and rear bumpers, a Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve damper technology, rock sliders, and a modified rear axle complete with a 3.42 ratio.
Its trailering package is standard with an integrated trailer brake controller. The GMC Sierra 3500 is deserving of its Best Pickup Truck of 2018 award.