2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD

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2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: March 20, 2021

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One of the more capable utilitarians in GMC’s lineup is the Sierra 2500; cheaper than the Sierra 3500 but a lot more capable than the Sierra 1500. The GMC Sierra 2500HD has been one of the most appreciated trucks thanks to its heavy-duty performance on and off the road. The Sierra 2500 gets out to compete with some of the heavy-weights like the Ford F-250, RAM 2500, and Chevy Silverado 2500 HD, but GMC always manages to one-up its rivals with the level of premiumness on offer.

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Pros

Impressive performance

Immense towing capabilities

Imposing looks

Cons

Fuel efficiency can be better

Maneuvering can be a bit difficult given its size

What's New?

The GMC Sierra 2500HD is carried over for the 2019 model year.


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$38600

bodystyle

2dr Regular Cab

passenger capacity

3

top speed

150 mph

drivetrain

four wheel drive

engine type

displacement

364 cu.in.

horsepower

360 hp @ 5400 rpm

torque

380 lb.-ft. @ 4200 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front torsion suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

133.6 in.

length

224.4 in.

width

80.1 in.

height

77.8 in.

curb weight

6065 lbs.

ground clearance

8.8 in.

capacity

cargo volume

76.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

14500 lbs.

payload capacity

3410 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.3 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

7.5

standing 1/4-mile

15 sec.

fuel economy

highway range

461.1 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures

exterior
interior

Trims

Base $38,600 onwards

360 hp @ 5400 rpm | 6 L | V-8 | Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85)

  • 17" Painted Steel Wheels
  • 1st Row LCD monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction Control
  • AM/FM/Satellite-prep, Seek-Scan Radio
  • Cloth Seat Trim
  • Driver Lumbar Support
  • Manual Front Air Conditioning

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Colors and Styles

2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD in Dark Slate Metallic color
Dark Slate Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

9.0

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

8.1

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.9

Final Verdict

8.2

8.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.7

Overall Rating


This handsomely built heavy-duty truck is one of the top-selling ones in America. This was made possible because of the reliable and rugged nature it comes with. The wide array of trims available makes it easier for truck-buyers to get one according to their needs. For the 2019 model year, GMC Sierra stays largely similar to the previous model. Powering the GMC Sierra 2500 HD is a 6.0-liter V8 gasoline motor pumping 360 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Let’s find out more about the 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 HD and see if the newer GMC is any good against its rivals.


9.0/10
Pricing and Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.1/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

8.9/10
Competition

8.2/10
Final Verdict


2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD Pricing and Features

9.0/10

The 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 HD has 4 trim levels of which the Regular Cab comes in Base and SLE. It starts from the base trim and goes all the way to the posh Denali trim. Sierra trim level retails at $38,600 for 2WD and $41,195 for 4WD. The ultra-posh top trim Denali starts at $56,600 for 2WD and $59,800 for 4WD. With every trim level, you get a good number of configurations be it bed length, transmission and 3 engine options. 

Model

Base

SLE

SLT

Denali

MSRP (RWD)

$38,600

$43,600

$50,800

$56,600

MSRP(4wd)

$41,195

$46,800

$53,600

$59,800

Key Features

6.0-liter V8 gas engine

Adds to Base

Adds to SLE

Adds to AT4

 

4way adjustable seats

Leather seats

LED Headlamps

Damping Adaptive Ride Control

 

Premium synthetic leather seats

Leather steering wheel

Six Function Multi-Pro Tailgate

Adaptive Cruise Control

 

7inch color screen

WiFi hotspot

Heated Seats

Premium Audio System

 

Cruise control

Remote start

TPMS

10-way power-adjustable seats

 

Remote keyless entry

Two additional USB ports

Remote activated perimeter/approach lights

Multicolor head-up display

 

Semi-Automatic climate control

Power mirror

Remote keyless entry

 
 

Power drive and passenger seats

     

The Base trim offered at $38,600 and comes equipped with all the primary requirements including comfortable seating and a basic infotainment system. In addition to all that’s offered in the base trim, SLE offers cruise control, Remote start, power-adjustable mirrors, driver seats, and many more for a starting price of $43,600. The SLT offers slightly more kit at a starting price of $52,800 while the top of the line Denali which starts from $ 56,600 gets chrome-laden exteriors with premium interiors alongside a lot of creature comforts.

2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD Buying Advice

If your line of works demands a lot of utilitarian duties, the Base and SLE trims that offer basic features and functionalities would be ideal. But if visual appeal and interior tech is more of a concern then you should opt for the AT4 or Denali trims. It should be noted the AT4 has a more rugged look compared to the Denali, which has bucket loads of chrome to dazzle onlookers.

2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD Engine and Performance

9.0/10

A truck as big as the Sierra 2500 needs an equally big engine. The 6.0L V8 under the hood has no problem handling the massive weight of the truck. This gigantic engine makes 360 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque paired to a 6-speed transmission driving the rear wheels as standard. The setup works quite well and elevates the overall driving experience.

Models

2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD 

2019 Ford F-250 

2019 RAM 2500

2019 Chevy Silverado 2500HD

MSRP

$38,600

$37,820

$37,650

$38,900

Engine

6.0L V8

6.2L 2 Valve SOHC EFI V8

5.7 L V8 

6.0L V8

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

Power 

360 hp @ 5,200 rpm 

385 hp @ 5750 rpm

383 hp @ 5,600 rpm

360hp @ 5,200 rpm 

Torque

380 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

430 lb-ft @ 3,800 rpm

400 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

380 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

The Sierra and the Silverado share the same engine and hence make the same power. The F-250 makes the most amount of power here. However, it does cost relatively the least in the class. The RAM is at a sweet spot making adequate power but being placed the least in terms of cost.

2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD Acceleration And Braking Performance

The acceleration of the GMC Sierra 2500 is commendable considering its heft. Weighing upwards of 6,000 pounds, this massive truck manages to reach 60 mph from 0 in just 7.5 seconds. The transmission does a good job of putting the engine’s power to the ground. Sudden accelerations are met with a quick drop of gears, thrusting ahead.

Models

2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD 

2019 Ford F-250 

2019 RAM 2500

2019 Chevy Silverado 2500HD

0-60 (seconds)

7.5

8.5

8.8

7.4

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

15.6

18.1

17.2

15.4

Top Speed (MPH)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

60-0 (feet)

138 ft.

140 ft.

135.5 ft.

138 ft.

The brakes in the Sierra 2500 work great, despite a very obvious flaw. The brake pedal has a substantial amount of dead travel. Nearly a quarter of the pedal delivered no braking at all. However, when the brakes do deploy, they provide a confident feel. The soft pedal makes it easier to push it all the way.

How much can the GMC 2019 Sierra 2500HD Tow? 

The GMC Sierra 2500 being a Heavy Duty variant hauls enough load for most needs. The 2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD can tow up to 14,400 pounds and carry a payload of upwards of over 3,800 pounds, which is adequate for most needs in our regard.

Models

2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD 

2019 Ford F-250 

2019 RAM 2500

2019 Chevy Silverado 2500HD

Payload Capacity

3857 lbs

4170 lbs

4010 lbs

3534 lbs

Towing Capacity

14400 lbs

13000 lbs

14520 lbs

14400lbs

While Sierra’s towing capacity is very impressive, the RAM has it beat. With over 14500 pounds of towing limit, the RAM 2500 takes the lead. Payload capacity, however, differs with the F-250 edging ahead with a 4170-pound capacity. Here, the Silverado and the Sierra don’t reflect the same numbers, with the Sierra having a slightly better payload capacity.

2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD Fuel Economy

8.1/10

As with all Heavy-Duty trucks, the EPA does not rate them, more importantly though, they fall under commercial use. The same holds for the Sierra 2500HD, but GMC has given it a generous 36-gallon fuel tank which should be enough 

Models

2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD 

2019 Ford F-250 

2019 RAM 2500

2019 Chevy Silverado 2500HD

MPG (City)

NA

NA

NA

NA

MPG (Highway)

NA

NA

NA

NA

MPG (Combined)

NA

NA

NA

NA

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

36

48

32

36

Range (City/Hwy) 

NA

NA

NA

NA

The information of the trucks is not available so it is pretty hard to compare and get a distinct result, as the information jumps from the situations in which they are being tested. A standard result would make it easier for us to decide which one of the trucks would be a better choice.

2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD Interior

9.0/10

Long trips are welcomed in the Sierra 2500 with just the thrum of the engine to be heard, which for the most part is a soothing tone. Being a truck of this stature, interior amenities are top-notch and so is the quality of materials. The Base and SLE are for the most part intended as workhorses so expect extensive use of plastics inside.

Models

2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD 

2019 Ford F-250 

2019 RAM 2500

2019 Chevy Silverado 2500HD

Seating Capacity

3

3

3

3

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/ Legroom; inches)

43.1/66.1/44.5

40.8/66.7/43.9

39.8/65.9/40.9

43.1/66.1/44.5

Cargo Capacity (cu.ft)

61

65.4

57.5

61

To suit the style you want, the Sierra 2500 has a choice for everyone, from being basic and functional to being outright luxurious, the GMC offers you both. The massive size of the truck enables it to have more than enough space for the occupants and there is no compromise on that front.

How’s the 2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD’s infotainment system?

GMC Sierra 2500HD has a 7-inch infotainment system, which is upgradable to an 8-inch unit. The touchscreen is intuitive and easy to use. Voice-activation technology comes standard, which helps in keeping the hands more at the steering column than on the screen. It also has a host of features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, Bluetooth streaming, 4G LTE and WiFi Hotspot, etc. Other features include-

  • 7.0-inch Touchscreen Infotainment System 
  • Rearview Camera
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Integration
  • Voice Command support
  • 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot 

2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD Exterior

9.0/10

The 2019 GMC Sierra 2500 has a massive road presence. The large grille and halogen headlight give an aggressive look to the truck and adds more muscle. The Sierra's brawny exterior is emphasized by optional equipment such as power-adjustable trailer-towing mirrors with LED spotlights, a variety of assist-step choices to name a few.

Models

2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD 

2019 Ford F-250 

2019 RAM 2500

2019 Chevy Silverado 2500HD

Curb Weight (lbs)

6,242 

6,060 

6,306 

6,242

Length (inches)

235.5

231.8

232.0

235.5

Width (inches)

81.8

80

79.5

81.8

Height (inches)

79.9

77.9

78.0

79.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

10.2

8.5

13.0

10.2

Wheelbase (inches)

141.6

141.6

140

141.6

At the side, the regular cab gets steel rims that look retro and have an old-school charm to them and feels like a breath of fresh air in the sea of similar-looking diamond cut alloys. These wheels do look rugged and can go anywhere. The GMC Sierra is a total workhorse and that’s exactly what it looks like on the outside. Step up to the SLE and things do take a turn for the better with slightly updated exterior elements. The Denali further amp up the exterior glam with off-road specific add-ons and loads of chrome respectively.

2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD Safety

9.0/10

GMC has tried to include as many safety features as they can afford to put into their truck for the price point. The Sierra is equipped with features like back up cameras and reverse sensors as standard along with a tire pressure monitoring system. The Sierra also offers features that are unique to it, allowing users to use the backup camera to help align the trailer better while reversing. Some other features are:

  • 6 airbags
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • StabiliTrak, stability control system with Proactive Roll Avoidance and traction control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD Competition

8.9/10

2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD Vs Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

The Silverado and the Sierra are basically the same truck. The difference lies in their nature. While the Silverado focuses on getting the work done, the Sierra is generally seen as the more polished of the two. It has better interiors and a flashier exterior. The choice is up to the end-user in our regard.

2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD Vs Ford F-250 Super Duty

On paper, the Sierra is the truck anyone would prefer. It is quicker than the F-250, it has better-stopping power, has better cabin space, and most importantly, better towing. Well, the Sierra may have more cargo space or maybe faster, but the F-250 is ahead in one key factor, brand value. Other than that it’s difficult to pick a winner since the Sierra offers a more premium offering while the F-250 is a better utilitarian overall.

2019 GMC Sierra 2500HD Final Verdict

8.2/10

While trucks have a distinct customer base, it’s very hard to convert a Chevy guy to a Ford and vice-versa. The brand loyalty is so fierce that regardless of what the trucks are, it doesn’t really matter to the end-user. That said, the GMC Sierra 2500 is not a slouch by any means and is one of the best, if not the best full-size heavy-duty trucks available in the market. Of all the trucks we’ve compared, the Sierra is the more premium offering out there and while others do offer an option for a similar experience, it costs a bit more than the GMC.

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