Finding Excellence in the Sierra 1500, 2500, and 3500
With a roomy cabin, a tough exterior, and the smoothest ride you will receive in such a powerful machine, the 1500, 2500, and 3500 models have grown to be some of the most popular in today’s market. The Sierra trucks have proven GMC’s quest to create a tough yet luxurious vehicle true, and for countless enthusiasts the Sierra is the only truck worth driving. At Liberty Buick GMC, we think pretty highly of the Sierra as well. That’s why we always stock our lot with those of the most popular colors and trim levels.
Buying a Truck: First Thing’s First
Before you go to buy a new Sierra truck, it’s important to think about how you will use it. The 1500, 2500, and 3500 all have unique components, which make them a perfect match for different types of truck drivers. Here are a few things to consider when deciding on your Sierra:
- What sort of things will you be carrying and hauling? If you only need the truck for around the house (hauling mulch, pulling a small trailer, or even some fun off-roading), you might consider a light-duty truck with four-wheel-drive. On the other hand, if you need to carry heavy loads and pull big pieces of equipment, you might consider a heavy-duty truck, maybe even a dually which has four wheels in the rear. And there’s also the mid-duty truck that isn’t quite as extreme as the heavy-duty, but can do more than a light-duty. This level of truck is nice for those who will mostly use it around the house, but occasionally will need it for some big jobs.
- Just as important as choosing the right size of truck is finding the right engine. The advancements in the modern truck have made it a bit more powerful than that of the old days. Now, a 6-cylinder truck engine can out-perform just about any older V-8. And the modern V-8? Well, these are nothing but raw power and can pull and carry just about anything. Heavy-duty, mid-duty, and small-duty trucks can differ in engine sizes. A small-duty truck usually comes with either a 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder engine, and a mid-and heavy-duty can be a 6 or an 8. Again, just depends on how you plan to use your truck.
- Another thing to think about is the cab size you will need. A regular cab offers a single row of seating and can create tight quarters for three passengers. A crew-cab, however, has two rows of seating, offering extra space and is more comfortable for longer trips. The size of the cab also affects the length of the bed. The less cab room, the more bed space. There are special cases when you can get an extended bed, which offers the best of both worlds, but this will add length to the truck as a whole, which can take some getting used to.
It can be a lot to think about, but there’s no reason to stress. If you find yourself struggling to decide between the right truck, we can help. Let’s take a closer look at the Sierra 1500, 2500, and 3500.
The Sierra 1500
The base level of the Sierra 1500 has a 4.3-liter, 6-cylinder engine with 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. It can tow up to 7,600 pounds and reach a speed of 60 miles an hour in around eight seconds. Pretty impressive for a base-level engine, huh? But, if you find the need for a little more power, GMC still has you covered with the 1500. Sierra drivers can opt for the 5.3-liter, V-8 engine, which offers 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. And regardless of the engine size, all Sierra 1500s come with a tow/haul mode transmission and tap/shift controls. These controls make driving and distributing power much easier no matter the size of the load being carried.
Comfort and handling are exceptional in the Sierra 1500. There is the option for rear- or four-wheel drive, and the front strut and rear leaf-spring suspension offer an extra smooth ride no matter how many wheels are pushing you along. But, to truly understand the effect of the leaf-spring suspension you need to take the 1500 for a drive, preferably on a rough road or rigid path. You will be amazed at how well the suspension takes any pothole or bump and translates it as smooth, easy driving. In addition to an undisturbed ride, 1500 drivers will enjoy the crisp steering that allows the Sierra to easily make its way around sharp corners and fit into tight spaces.
It’s not only the drive components providing a comfortable ride either. Inside the roomy cabin, the Sierra 1500 is filled with soft materials and pleasing aesthetics. The aluminum and wood trim pieces throughout the inside give of a sense of luxury, while the plush seats and polished dash create a comfortable, happy environment.
The Sierra 1500 is surprisingly tough and pleasantly high-end. It offers superior comfort and power for being considered a mid-duty truck. This is a perfect choice for the truck driver who needs something tough, but doesn’t quite need a machine to pull super heavy loads on a daily basis.
Though the Sierra 2500 shares many of the same aspects as the 1500, it does have more power. It also sits a little higher off the ground than the 1500 and offers different body configurations, such as regular, extended, and crew cab models with bed sizes of 6’6 or 8’ in length.
The Sierra 2500 comes standard with a 6.0-liter, V-8 engine with 360 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. Yes, this is the base level of the 2500! And if you still want more strength in your Sierra, you can go for a 6.6-liter turbodiesel V-8 engine, which can handle 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque.
Like the Sierra 1500, the 2500 comes in rear-wheel or four-wheel drive, as well as, the expert rear leaf-spring suspension. The cabin to the 2500 is arguably the nicest interior made for a heavy-duty truck. Thick leather seats, tasteful metallic accents, soft-touch materials, and plenty of storage compartments make this cabin tough to beat. Add in the hands-free connectivity and advanced navigation system and you won’t want to leave.
The Sierra 3500
Biggest and baddest of the Sierra trucks, the Sierra 3500 comes standard with a 6.0-liter Vortec 6000, V-8 engine that blows away its competition. And for extreme power, GMC offers the 3500 with a 6.6-liter Duramax turbo diesel V-8 engine that can pull your house off its foundation and drag across town if you like. Well, maybe not that strong, but it’s definitely the most powerful truck in its class. This extra heavy-duty truck is built to work with its 397 horsepower and 765 pound-feet of torque. And it comes with all kinds of bonus features:
- StabiliTrak (keeps the truck from rolling) and four-wheel anti-lock brakes come standard.
- OnStar comes standard with trims SLE and up.
- Automatic crash response, turn-by-turn navigation, and stolen vehicle and roadside assistance come free for the first six months.
And there’s more. Built-in 4G LTE connectivity, the IntelliLink touchscreen interface, and an Allison automatic transmission make the Sierra 3500 the envy of every heavy-duty truck driver.
Commitment to Excellence
GMC’s commitment to excellence is apparent in all three Sierra trucks. And once you find the model that fits best, let us take you for a test drive and answer any questions you might have. Plus, you won’t find a better price on a GMC Sierra truck anywhere other than Liberty Buick GMC. Come see us today!