There is certainly no shortage of impressive full-size trucks on the road, but few can come close to the remarkable power and unprecedented sophistication of the 2022 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Denali. The standard Sierra 2500 HD is already a bold and powerful medium-duty pickup, but the features found in the legendary Denali trim take it to another level. If you are looking for a truck that works hard while giving you the kind of interior features you need to make it a mobile office with everything you are looking for, then this is the pickup for you.
In terms of power, the GMC Sierra 2500 HD Denali is an amazing choice that has two engines for you to choose from, so you can get exactly the right amount of muscle for what you need. There is a 6.6L V8 gas engine with 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque, or you can choose a monster of a 6.6L Duramax Turbo Diesel engine that gives you 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque. With the Sierra 2500 HD Denali, you do not have to worry about missing out on power due to an overwhelming number of options like you might find with some trucks out there. The Sierra 2500 HD Denali delivers fantastic capability with up to 18,500 lbs of conventional towing.
This is a truck for anyone looking to get serious work done; you get up to 3,488 lbs of payload capacity available for the 2022 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Denali when properly configured. Any Sierra 2500 HD Denali you choose comes with a crew cab, though you can pick between a standard bed and a long bed. As you would expect from a Denali model, the interior of this truck is remarkable, with a Bose 7-speaker Premium sound system, perforated leather-appointed seating, and heated front seats. You also get an 8-inch digital Driver Information Center, a wireless charging pad, and much more to make this truck your office on the road.
When you are looking at a truck, the engine is one of the most important things to consider since so much of your experience with it will come from the kind of power it has to offer. Some trucks have half a dozen different options, and you end up with a situation where there is a clear best choice; with the 2022 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Denali, however, there are two engines to pick from. Best of all, the differences between these engines depend mostly on what you prefer for your truck, so it is more about finding what is right for you rather than one being the best.
The standard engine in the GMC Sierra 2500 HD Denali is a 6.6L V8 gas engine that gives you 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque, which comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission. This is an impressive engine that gives you plenty of power to get most jobs done, so if you prefer gas engines, then this is the way to go. If you prefer diesel engines, however, then there is an available 6.6L V8 Duramax Turbo Diesel engine that delivers 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque. As you would expect from a diesel engine in a medium-duty pickup, that kind of torque makes a huge difference for towing and overall power, plus it comes paired with a 10-speed automatic.
Not only does this give you a tremendous amount of muscle for getting your job done, but the Sierra 2500 HD Denali is also designed to go just about anywhere. It has impressive off-road features, including an Off-Road Suspension with Rancho Shocks, as well as skid plates to protect the underside of your truck. You might not be planning on hitting the trail, but these features are also excellent for keeping your truck in great shape at job sites or if you have to drive on a lot of rough roads to get where you need to go.
If you are interested in a medium-duty truck like the 2022 Sierra 2500 HD Denali, then you are probably looking to do some towing and be able to load up the bed with everything you need to take with you. Whether you work in a trade or have a trailer that you need to be able to transport easily, the Sierra 2500 HD is a fantastic choice due to the impressive capability it can offer. Your towing capacity will depend on whether you choose the gas or diesel engine, so keep that in mind, though it is worth noting that every Sierra 2500 HD Denali comes with the ProGrade Trailering System and trailering package for optimal capability.
In terms of maximum towing, the biggest consideration that affects the Sierra 2500 HD Denali’s capability is the engine you choose. If you go with the standard gas engine, then this pickup offers up to 14,500 lbs of conventional towing and up to 17,370 lbs of fifth-wheel or gooseneck towing capacity. Those numbers are already impressive, but if you choose the available diesel engine, then you get up to 18,500 lbs of conventional towing capacity and up to 18,500 lbs of fifth-wheel or gooseneck towing. You can see that the difference is most significant for conventional towing, but in both cases, the diesel engine offers superior capability.
When it comes to payload, anything that affects the weight of your truck will impact payload capacity since the extra weight has to be accounted for. If you choose the standard gas engine, then you get up to 3,488 lbs of payload capacity with the long bed. Choosing the available diesel engine, on the other hand, drops the payload maximum a bit, so it's better to choose that engine if you need better towing and the gas engine for better hauling ability. With either powertrain, the payload with the standard bed is slightly lower but not by much; the heavier diesel engine makes the bigger difference.
For years now, the “Denali” name has been known as the hallmark of sophistication and luxury for GMC models, and the 2022 Sierra 2500 HD is no exception. Choosing the Denali means you get the best version of this truck on the road, including an 8-inch infotainment display with Navigation and an 8-inch digital Driver Information Center. These screens are used by the truck’s hitch guidance system for connecting to a trailer--there is even a bed view camera that shows you the truck bed from an elevated position to help with gooseneck towing. You also get a 7-speaker Bose Premium sound system, wireless phone projection for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and perforated leather seating.
Speaking of seats, the Sierra 2500 HD Denali features 10-way power-adjustable driver and front-passenger seats with adjustable lumbar, plus heated front seats with individual controls. You get a leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel with mounted controls to make driving the Sierra 2500 HD Denali easier and more enjoyable. Other comfort features include dual-zone automatic climate controls, rear air vents, and front and rear carpeted floor mats. Tech features like power windows, programmable power door locks, keyless open and start, and remote start are all included with the Denali trim.
You also get a wireless charging pad inside the 2022 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Denali for compatible devices, making it easy to keep your devices charged while on the road. Numerous USB ports are available in the front and for the rear seats, further expanding on charging options or for use with streaming audio through the truck’s sound system. You get an auto-dimming rearview mirror that helps you keep your eyes on the road behind you without being blinded by glare from the sun or bright headlights. Meanwhile, your IntelliBeam auto high beams come on automatically due to low light and will turn off when oncoming traffic is detected to avoid potentially blinding other drivers on the road.