Buyer's Guide / GMC / 2008 Sierra Heavy Duty

 
 

Overview

Redesigned for 2007, the GMC Sierra Heavy Duty full-size pickup was restyled, inside and out, and boasted roomier cabins, greater maximum towing capacity and higher gas mileage. GMC says ride, handling and interior noise levels were also improved.

The varieties are overwhelming: regular, extended and Crew Cab body styles; short, standard and long cargo box lengths; multiple powertrain combinations; and multiple suspension packages and trim levels. Of course there's also rear- or four-wheel drive.

For 2008, XM Satellite Radio is now standard, and light-duty Sierras get a trailer brake controller that aids drivers when towing. Heavy-duty dualie trucks now have 17-inch wheels.

Despite a concerted effort by General Motors to differentiate the Sierra more than ever from the Chevrolet Silverado, its sister model, they succeed only to a point.

Competitors include the Dodge Ram 2500 and 3500 and Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Dutys.

Exterior
The Sierra's exterior styling changed with its 2007 redesign. It's different and modernized, and though it has different hood and fender shapes, it still isn't wildly different from the Silverado. Its headlights are stacked vertically, like the Silverado's, but the Sierra's are more squat. A taller bumper rests immediately under them. Where the Silverado's disproportionately large grille is chrome-heavy, it's dark and only rimmed with chrome in most of the Sierra trims.

On both models, the windshield is more swept back, yet the nose is taller and more squared off. The end result is better aerodynamics, which plays a part in the improved fuel economy.

The official trim levels are WT (work truck), SLE1, SLE2 and SLT.

The cargo bed lengths are 5 feet 8 inches, 6 feet 6 inches and 8 feet. Not all lengths are available with all cab styles and powertrains, though.

Interior
This new Sierra generation has markedly improved interior quality, with less-plasticky plastics and lower shine. The WT and SLE trim levels have an interior design all their own, with a different dashboard and larger controls and handles (for easier operation with gloved hands, GMC says). Storage capacity has grown thanks to a double glove compartment and even-larger center storage consoles. The SLE1 has a 40/20/40-split front seat. Not really a bench, this configuration is like two bucket seats with a small seat between them that converts into a center armrest/console. It has a lockable bin in the center seat and another in its backrest/armrest. Leather is optional on the SLE trims, with a six-way power driver's seat added in the SLE2.

The higher trim levels get a different interior layout borrowed from the Yukon SUV, intended more for personal pickup users than for workers. In addition to the different dashboard, door panels and trim, the SLT adds heated leather seats with 12-way power adjustment for the driver, a six-CD changer with Bose speakers and heated windshield washers.

In addition to added front-seat legroom, headroom and hip room, GMC made the interiors seem roomier by moving the dashboards down and forward a few inches. GMC says the rear seats are more supportive and offer more legroom in both extended and Crew Cabs. The crews have split rear seats that raise to provide more storage space. They're optional in extended cabs, which now have Nissan Titan-style access doors, which open 170 degrees. They also have power windows in the higher trim levels.

2500HD
The standard engine is a 6.0-liter V-8 that produces 353 hp and 373 pounds-feet of torque. A 6.6-liter turbo-diesel is optional; it makes 365 hp and 660 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The trucks are offered in regular, extended and crew cab configurations, with two cargo box lengths. GM says it has redesigned the tailgate to lessen its mass and make it easier to use and remove.

Both the interior and exterior have been redesigned to make HD versions look different from their milder cousins. Differences include larger door-pull handles, plus a new grille, hood and front fenders. Back to top

3500HD
The standard engine is a 6.0-liter V-8 that produces a maximum of 353 hp and 373 pounds-feet of torque. A 6.6-liter turbo-diesel is optional; it makes 365 hp and 660 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

Dual rear wheels and an 8-foot cargo box are available on 3500 models. The trucks are offered in regular, extended and crew cab configurations. GM says it has redesigned the tailgate to lessen its mass and make it easier to use and remove.

Both the interior and exterior have been redesigned to make HD trucks look different from their milder cousins. Differences include larger door-pull handles, plus a new grille, hood and front fenders.

Safety
Antilock brakes are standard on all models. The StabiliTrak electronic stability system is standard on Crew Cabs. In addition to the required airbag complement, side curtain airbags are optional for all three body styles. They deploy along all the side windows in the event of a side impact or a rollover. GMC says the front seat belt pretensioners are designed to cinch the belts in both front and rear collisions in an attempt to prevent occupants from flopping around and being injured.

The Sierra comes with OnStar, with the first year of Safe & Sound service free. This plan includes automatic OnStar notification in the event of a collision, stolen vehicle tracking and remote door unlocking should you lock your keys in the car.

- Cars.com

 

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02.17.07
First Drive: 2007 GMC Heavy Duty Pickups

 


Specifications

Retail Price:
$24,370-$40,450

Engines:

6.0-liter 8-cylinder Gas
353 hp
373 lb-ft
@5400 rpm
@4400 rpm
 
6.6-liter 8-cylinder Diesel
365 hp
660 lb-ft
@3200 rpm
@1600 rpm
 

Transmissions:
- Six-speed automatic (gas)
- Six-speed automatic (diesel)

Fuel Economy:

6.0-Liter V8
N/A
N/A
City
Highway
 
6.6-Liter Diesel
N/A
N/A
City
Highway
 

NHTSA Safey Ratings:
- NA

IIHS Safey Ratings:
- NA

 
 

Competitors:

Fullsize:
Chevrolet Silverado HD
Dodge Ram HD
Ford Super Duty