2010 GMC Sierra HD Review

Note: This review was created when the 2010 GMC Sierra HD was new.

Though competitors can tow and haul more, it's hard to beat the GMC Sierra HD trucks for daily drivability.

8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 8.7
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

 

  • Easy to drive
  • Strong engines
  • Nice interiors

 

  • Competitors can tow and haul more

2010 GMC Sierra HD Overview

Available as a 2500 or 3500 truck, the GMC Sierra HD, with its strong engines, versatile interiors and easy-to-live with ride and handling, is an appealing option when it comes to heavy duty trucks. Reviewers are particularly pleased with the Sierra HD's 6.6 liter diesel engine that generates torque like it's going out of style.

But the Sierra HD distinguishes itself (slightly) from its cousin, the Chevrolet Silverado HD with a slightly more upscale appearance, as well as some interior touches. Beyond that, however, the two trucks are nearly identical -- and very good at what they do. Car and Driver writes, "If I needed a brand-new pickup, I know to which company I'd be writing my check: General Motors."

Other Heavy Duty Trucks to Consider

However, most heavy duty truck buyers opt for these rigs because they have more to haul or tow than a full-size truck can handle. While the Sierra HD, depending on configuration, can tow up to 13,000 pounds and haul just over 5,000 pounds, the Ford Super Duty trucks can pull more -- a lot more. The Ford F-250 out pulls the Sierra 2500 by about 3,000 pounds, and the F-350 can tow about 5,000 more than the Sierra 3500. If towing and hauling are a bigger (much bigger) priority for you, the Ford is a better option.  If you routinely tow or haul less, however, it's tough to beat how easily the Sierra HD trucks ride and handle.

Also, though the Ford Super Duty trucks start out cheaper than the Sierra 2500 and 3500 do, a fully optioned Ford costs more than a fully-loaded Sierra HD. For your extra cash, Ford will give you some features that aren't available on the Sierra HD, but the options GMC does offer, like Bluetooth, navigation and a DVD system, may be enough to satisfy most buyers.

Details: GMC Sierra HD

The 2010 GMC Sierra HD trucks are available as 2500 and 3500 models. Each is available in regular, extended and crew cabs. The 2500 models can be outfitted with a regular or long bed. Sierra 3500 models are available in a dually setup, but only come with the long bed.

  • "In all, a must-see for anyone shopping heavy-duty pickups." -- Consumer Guide
  • "It's an up-to-date truck, and its superior driving dynamics and extraordinary interior quality nicely complement its expected hauling and towing talents." -- Edmunds
  • "All of the virtues, with few of the vices, normally associated with a "heavy-duty" truck. " -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "While mechanically identical to the Chevrolet Silverado heavy-duty models, GMC positions the Sierra 2500HD/3500HD to appeal to a more upscale customer. There's a little more flash on the outside and a little more elegance on the inside. But the real selling point for the Sierra is the same as the Silverado: the combination of a Duramax diesel and Allison six-speed automatic transmission." -- PickupTrucks.com
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