First introduced in 1987 as a variant for the Chevy full-size pickup, the GMC Sierra has since established itself as one of the leading and most impressive full-size trucks on the road. We’re proud to say that the 2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD continues this fine tradition by offering everything you would expect from a powerful heavy-duty pickup along with a full suite of luxury options. There are numerous trim levels available for the Sierra 2500HD this year, including the basic setup and the sophisticated Denali model.
Power and performance are at the heart of the GMC Sierra 2500HD, and while it might not be quite as strong as it’s big brother, the Sierra 3500HD, there is still plenty of muscle under the hood of this beast. This is a great truck for people who need power and reliable performance, but don’t quite need the immense capacity or dual rear-wheel setup available with the 3500HD. The beauty of the 2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD is that it has something for just about everyone – offering tremendous power as a workhorse during the week and providing a great escape from the city on the weekend.
In 2019, trucks offer the kind of sophistication and luxury options that would have only been associated with sedans a few decades ago. The Sierra 2500HD is no exception to this, and there are numerous technological innovations to go along with the power and towing performance GMC provides. All of these great features are topped off with great safety options that ensure you and your loved ones are protected.
If you’re choosing the 2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD over the standard Sierra, then that means you’re interested in a heavy-duty pickup, which probably means you want power. Fortunately, power and performance is one area in which GMC truly does not disappoint. Even though only two engines are available – and each has certain restrictions regarding which cab and bed configurations can accompany them – the two options are more than enough for most truck owners. Either of these engines is available for crew cab configurations, but the double cab setup can only come with the more powerful Duramax engine.
The starting engine, which comes standard in most cab and bed configurations, is a Vortec 6.0L Variable Valve Timing V8 SFI engine that provides up to 360hp and 380 lb.-ft. of torque. This is a tremendous engine that offers a lot of power and can push up hills quite well even with a heavy load. One nice detail of this engine is that it is FlexFuel E85-capable; this means it can work with E85 fuel, a blend of ethanol and regular gasoline, which has become an increasingly popular alternative fuel.
The second engine is available as an option for many of the bed and cab configurations, but is the only engine available with the double cab setup. It is an incredibly powerful Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel engine that offers up to 445hp and 910 lb.-ft. of torque. This is an absolute beast of an engine that comes with an Allison 1000 6-speed transmission and can handle just about any payload on pretty much any grade. If you’re looking to haul thousands of pounds of lumber or metal up a serious incline, then this is the engine to do it with.
The exact trailering capacity of this truck depends on certain factors that change the performance of the 2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD. However, we will assume that if you’re interested in the best trailer capacity and hauling power possible, then you will choose a configuration, engine, and trailer package that gives you that. With that in mind, the Sierra 2500HD has a maximum conventional trailer capacity of 14,500 lbs. If you set it up with a fifth-wheel or gooseneck configuration, then that maximum rating goes up to 15,400 lbs.
The bed of the truck itself has a maximum payload of 3,276 lbs., which is quite impressive for a standard heavy-duty truck. If you need to pile up a lot more weight into the back of your truck, then the Sierra 3500HD is a better option, since it can be configured with a dual rear-wheel setup to handle up to 6,112 lbs. of payload. The maximum Gross Vehicle Weight Rating for the 2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD is 10,000 lbs. – so keep that in mind as you are planning how much you can possibly load into this workhorse.
The maximum cargo volume in the bed depends on if you choose a standard or long box configuration, both of which are available with either a crew cab or double cab. A standard box can handle up to 61 cu. ft. of materials, while a long box has a maximum cargo volume of more than 76 cu. ft. of payload. It’s also worth noting that you can choose either a two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive setup for the Sierra 2500HD, depending on the kind of terrain you expect to encounter.
The most important details about any vehicle are its safety features – no amount of towing capacity or interior comfort can make up for an inability to keep you and your loved ones safe. The 2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD has numerous standard and available safety features, and much like other aspects of this truck, you get more options and more included features at higher trim levels. The Sierra 2500HD Denali, for example, has nearly every safety feature that GMC offers, which makes it a perfect melding of stylish sophistication and unbeatable safety.
These terrific safety features include 6 airbags and a rear vision camera that helps the driver gain greater rear visibility than a standard rearview mirror can afford. Additional features include available front and rear park assist, which can help with spotting objects that might otherwise be invisible to the driver, and available forward collision alert that notifies the driver when a front-end collision is likely while following a vehicle. Available lane departure warning also helps prevent accidents by notifying the driver when he or she begins drifting out of their lane without activating the turn signal, which helps prevent accidents due to wandering into other lanes.
Finally, there is the Teen Driver safety system, which is perfect for anyone with a teenager or soon-to-be new driver. This is configured to a particular key fob, so you can make sure it is only engaged when a teenager is behind the wheel. While active, certain safety features are automatically turned on, even if you typically prefer to drive without them, and other features become active to help reduce distractions and encourage safe driving. There’s also an in-vehicle teen driver report card is available that gives you information about how your teenager is driving, so you can correct mistakes they make and coach them on safe habits.
A lot of different technology features are available with the 2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD. Many of these are optional features at lower trim levels but become standard as you go up trim levels to higher levels of luxury. The Sierra 2500HD Denali, for example, is loaded up with pretty much every bit of technology you could hope for, and a few you might not even know you wanted.
For example, the Denali has an 8-inch Infotainment system with Navigation included that features gesture recognition on the full-color touchscreen, along with support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. And there is also an 8-inch driver information center that is customizable and displays information directly for the driver such as vehicle speed, fuel range, and tire pressure. The Denali also features a 7-speaker Bose audio system that includes a subwoofer for an incredible audio experience while driving the 2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD.
The Sierra 2500HD also includes full Bluetooth support, an available Wireless charging pad for compatible devices, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot functionality. At the Denali trim level, you get all of these features plus driver and front passenger heated and ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel with numerous controls, and dual-zone automatic climate control. There are also several power outlets and USB ports for charging devices and power-adjustable pedals that can be configured for optimal driver comfort.