A half-ton truck is nice and all, but sometimes you need something more powerful. While you may not need to tow as much as 36,000 pounds, you also need to tow more than 12,000. Falling somewhere in between on the capacity scale, where does that leave you? Right smack dab in the driver's seat of a three-quarter-ton truck like the 2022 GMC Sierra 2500 HD, which gives you the perfect balance of power and size.
The big question is, why choose this model over the competition? There are several capable three-quarter-ton models out there, so what makes this model different? While yes, there are multiple heavy-duty trucks out there, not all of them include luxury features like the Sierra does. The heavy-duty Sierra 2500's exterior appeal and interior convenience features are what make this model stand out when compared with others in its class. We're excited to tell you all about this model's most important specs here today.
When it comes to trucks, there's nothing more important than performance specs. The 2022 GMC Sierra 2500 is best known for its towing capabilities, and rightfully so. This model can tow as much as 18,500 pounds, meaning it can tackle most pull-behind campers, boats, and heavy trailer loads. To reach this maximum towing capacity, it is essential to purchase a Sierra with a diesel engine. The gasoline version can tow almost as much, however, maxing out at 17,370 pounds.
But don't count the gas model out completely based on the tow ratings. While the diesel engine tows more, the gasoline engine offers the highest payload capacity, maxing out at 3,979 pounds. This means that you can haul a bit more in your truck bed when you get the 6.6-liter V8 gasoline engine. The diesel engine doesn't fall far behind though, maxing out at 3,715 pounds.
Torque power is the big perk that comes with the 2022 Sierra's diesel engine. Thanks to its high torque score of 910, paired with a slightly higher 445 horsepower rating, this model can handle more weight than a gas truck can. That said, if you like a bit of pep in your pedal, the gas engine is better for acceleration. Plus, the gasoline V8 still offers a high-level towing capacity in addition to acceleration power. Overall, when it comes to tow capacity, both engines are capable. However, the diesel engine is most powerful when it comes to serious towing instances.
It's really important to keep the engine cool when you're towing. This is mostly the heat generated by heavy towing can cause long-term damage to the engine and transmission. GMC has taken this into consideration, giving the 2022 GMC Sierra 2500 HD a 28-inch variable-speed cooling fan, standard. Drivers no longer have to rely on aftermarket parts to make their engines last longer, thanks to this feature. The Sierra's grille is designed specifically to help the fan reach its fullest potential.
If this isn't enough, the Sierra 2500 HD model also includes a traction select system designed specifically for towing and off-roading. You don't have to calibrate anything yourself. Simply select the mode you need, and the Sierra's computer will automatically adjust everything to suit your goal. Whether you're towing a trailer or heading off-pavement for a bit, there's a drive mode available to you.
Speaking of off-roading, the heavy-duty Sierra is the first truck EVER in its class to offer a 2-speed transfer case with automatic 4x4. While you still have your standard 2HI, 4HI, and 4LO settings, you also have an Auto setting. While traditional part-time 4x4 should only be engaged after you have already entered slippery or loose terrain, the Sierra's 4x4 Auto setting will automatically send power to all four wheels as needed, combining the simplicity of all-wheel drive with the capability of a true 4x4. Between its towing, hauling, and off-road driving capabilities, the 2022 GMC Sierra offers the most luxurious power on the market.
One thing that the 2022 GMC Sierra 2500 HD offers that others in its class don't is pure luxury - and that includes the exterior. Let's start with exterior aesthetics and make our way down to convenience features. Firstly, you can choose from no fewer than 13 different factory wheel options for this model! These range from basic 17-inch painted steel wheels all the way up to a collection of 20-inch alloy options.
In addition to its plentiful wheel options, the 2022 GMC Sierra 2500 HD model includes numerous other exterior features, such as tow hooks, side steps with several different style options, a side bed step for looks and easy access, and standard wide grilles with air intake hood scoops. While there are several competing heavy-duty models, no other brand does customization like GMC does.
Now that we've gone over the looks, let's talk about exterior convenience. First off, this model includes a MultiPro tailgate. This tailgate includes six different features. It comes with a primary gate, both primary and inner gate load stops, an inner gate work surface, a full-width step, and an "easy access" option. Once you make it past the gate, you'll find up to 83.5 cubic feet of bed space in the long bed option. This best-in-class bed space comes with 12 cargo tie-downs and LED lighting, so if you have to load or unload at night, you're set.
Not only is the new Sierra 2500 HD aesthetically appealing, but it's also accessible to boot. With the multifunction tailgate and numerous side steps, it has never been easier to load up a full-size truck. For more space and convenience than any competitor, you'll definitely want to check out the Sierra 2500.
Trailering capability is one thing, but trailering technology is a whole other. The new 2022 Sierra's towing technology makes towing easy for new towers and professionals alike. Smart Trailer Integration is specifically helpful for campers, as it can control a compatible camper's power slides, view its water tank levels, and even power generators.
The MyGMC mobile app comes with handy trailering features as well, including the following features:
Thanks to GMC's trailer profiles, you can add several trailer profiles, which keeps you from having to readjust everything when you switch from your camper to a boat trailer, for example. Simply name your trailer profile and select it again when you switch back. The load calculator keeps you from going over tow capacity, which is nearly impossible to do with a model this strong anyway, but this does help further protect your engine and transmission.
Between light testing, the trailer glossary, and health monitoring, it's also easy to diagnose any towing-related issues you may have. The Pre-Departure Checklist is there to make sure you don't forget anything important. This system works with the In-Vehicle Trailering app for your convenience. Simply view these specs and options from the GMC's infotainment system.
Oh, and did we mention those 15 different camera views? You can view the hitch when you're hooking up your trailer or even choose the "transparent trailer view" camera angle to see what's going on behind you. These multiple angles make hooking up your trailer, backing it up, and driving with it on the highway easier than ever before. These technologies are part of what makes the 2022 GMC Sierra 2500 HD the best heavy-duty truck on the market.