There's a sense of excitement that permeates every corner of the auto industry. That's because many manufacturers are announcing their 2023 model year vehicles. With tougher competition than ever, brands strive to stay ahead of the curve and provide the best to consumers. Of these various contenders, GMC intends to raise the bar like never before when it comes to providing its customers with workhorses that can take care of any situation and help maintain the infrastructure that keeps the highways and by-ways of this country strong.
The 2023 GMC Sierra 2500 HD is the iron horse that thunders across the roads and helps alleviate the heavy burdens that come with the work week. This truck is armed with an impressive towing capacity, mammoth powertrains, and the refined sophistication we have come to expect from the GMC fleet. Today, we'll be taking a close look at the truck that might not have built America but certainly keeps it running strong.
A workhorse needs a potent powertrain to propel it forward and maximize productivity and effectiveness. As many potential truck buyers have asked, we'll begin our examination by checking out what's under the hood. As one might expect, the 2023 GMC Sierra 2500 HD doesn't lack performance, and if the standard engine offering is any indication, you might want to strap yourselves in as we go full throttle into our examination.
The standard engine for the Sierra is a 6.6L gasoline-powered V8. Introduced for the 2020 model year and exclusive to the Sierra HD lineup, this powertrain has performance built with hard work in mind. Equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission, the engine possesses an impressive 401 hp and can generate 464 lb-ft of torque. This allows for an impressive maximum tow rating of 17,370 lbs. The advantages don't end there, as a payload capacity of 7,442 lbs dominates any job site.
If you think this is the limit of the power that GMC provides…think again. The gasoline-powered engine has a more robust counterpart for those who need to maximize efficiency in the workplace. Part of the wonderful rebirth that has accompanied the diesel engine, an available 6.6L Duramax turbo-diesel truly breaks the mold when it comes to your performance expectations. This is diesel you can rely on, boasting 445 hp and an astonishing 910 lb-ft of torque.
This engine is equipped with GM's ten-speed Allison automatic transmission, but perhaps the most impressive feature of the Duramax isn't so much its specs but the availability of low-end power. Peak torque arrives at an astonishingly low 1,600 RPM. This allows for less strain on the engine, maximizing its lifespan. Despite being part of the Sierra HD lineup since 2017, you could say that this motor has shown no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
This workhorse of an engine is for the jobs that make most people shrink away in uncertainty. A maximum towing capacity of 18,510 lbs and a payload that extends all the way to 3,715 lbs is why GMC continues to use the Duramax in the 2023 Sierra 2500 HD. This professional-grade brand always pushes the limits of efficiency and power with the vehicles it manufactures.
One of the most endearing attributes of GMC is its knack for being just as capable of providing comfort as it is high-grade performance. Sitting behind the wheel of a Sierra 2500 HD for the first time, you might be under the impression that you've gotten into a high-class luxury sedan by accident. This is especially true if you opt for the Denali trim, which radiates sophistication. What makes the interior of the Sierra so refined? Well, you're about to find out.
Like so many other interiors, it all begins with the infotainment screen. This is what serves as the centerpiece and a gateway to the various features that make long trips more enjoyable. For convenience, available wireless charging, plus wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allows you to go cordless whenever you choose to.
While the centerpiece of the interior is the standard seven-inch or available eight-inch infotainment screen, the center console of the Sierra HD is just as impressive. With ample storage that doesn't hinder the spaciousness of the vehicle, you'll have room for all those extra amenities that make any road trip worth embarking upon.
The front and rear seats have ample room, proving everyone's comfort was taken into consideration. Available dual-zone climate control with rear seat vents places luxury at the forefront but doesn't forget the passengers in the back. For those who decide to go with the Denali trim, a two-toned interior color scheme of Dark Walnut and Dark Ash Grey elevates the Sierra HD's interior to a level of luxury that other trucks don't come close to matching.
Of course, the Sierra is, first and foremost, designed to be a juggernaut in the working world. For those who need an impromptu office, the cabin has plenty of room to accommodate this need. This is in addition to GMC's exclusive Multi-Pro tailgate that can function as a mobile desk. Because who doesn't like a comfortable work environment?
The most important aspect of any vehicle is its ability to keep you safe on the road and provide peace of mind. Naturally, a safe trip all begins with the driver. While driving-assistance features don't replace your experience and habits, they do provide you an added layer of protection when life decides to throw unpredictability in your path. GMC not only provides unsurpassed luxury and performance with its fleet but also available features that exceed the public's expectations.
Because many drivers who put their trust in GMC are the trailing type, the 2023 Sierra 2500 HD has a vast array of features that are engineered for safe and efficient towing. One of the most advanced towing assistance packages available is a 15-view camera system, allowing you to keep a close eye on your cargo, ensuring that it arrives at your destination in one piece. It doesn't end there. A collection of top-tier trailering technology known as the ProGrade Trailering System has brought the future of towing into the present. What's more, GMC has made a smartphone app so you can access this new technology from anywhere. The myGMC trailering app will allow you to see a pre-departure checklist and test your trailer lights solo. It even comes with a trailering load calculator to ensure you don't go over the limit in your travels.
Automatic assistance while you're on the road has made countless drivers' commutes easier and navigating the streets safer. The plethora of available driver-assist features in the 2023 GMC Sierra 2500 HD is certain to do the same for you. Features like Lane Departure Warning and Lane Change Alert keep an eye on not only you but also the pedestrians and other drivers you share the road with. If you're someone who makes lengthy commutes on a regular basis, you might want to consider the Following Distance Indicator. This will maximize your reaction time when you're on the road, and we especially recommend it for trailering types.
Of course, the Sierra HD comes standard with Teen Driver, a built-in program that allows you to closely monitor the driving habits of the younger drivers in your family. You'll be able to place limits on the stereo volume and the speed the vehicle can travel. Learning these habits at a young age will ensure that the next generation of drivers is responsible.