GMC Sierra is part workhorse, part command center
Trucks aren't bare-bones workhorses anymore, and GMC's new Sierra HD All Terrain pickup proves it.
With standard fancy chrome wheels, leather-trimmed seats with accent stitching, standard four-wheel drive, technology that reads text messages to you and turns the truck into a Wi-Fi hotspot, the 2015 Sierra HD All Terrain pickup is a modern workman's command center and reliable jack-of-all-trades.
The 2500HD All Terrain can tow as much as 14,500 pounds and carry a payload of more than 3,600 pounds. The Duramax turbodiesel V-8 is a $9,785 option and brings a whopping 765 foot-pounds of low-end pulling power. But the standard gasoline V-8 with 360 horses is no slouch, either.
Power, connections and communication are all covered in the All Terrain, which has up to six USB ports, a 110-volt electric outlet and a center console big enough to hold a laptop and a tablet.
All heavy-duty Sierras benefit from more handsome exterior styling and a spruced-up interior with premium materials. The ride remains like a truck, but a quieter-than-expected interior can surprise some passengers. There's also a new Sierra body style for 2015 — a double cab with small-sized rear seats. It sits between the front seat-only regular cab and full back-seat Crew Cab configuration.
Long known by serious truck owners for its quality and dedication to trucks, GMC can make pricey products, and the All Terrain is one of them — an extra-option package available only on upper-level, four-wheel drive, heavy-duty Sierras with double or crew cabs. So, for a 2015 Sierra 2500HD Double Cab SLE 4WD with standard box, the starting manufacturer's suggested retail price, including destination charge, is $50,315.
The biggest issue for even 6-foot-plus passengers was getting in — the floor of the vehicle was above the waist of a petite passenger, and there were no running boards. Everyone used the sizable handles at each door entry. Getting out required a leap, though getting into the bed was eased by a corner step in the rear bumper.
A couple nits: The hood was so tall — at shoulder level on someone who is 5 feet 4 inches tall — that it was difficult for a driver to see what was directly in front and how close the vehicle was to another car in a parking lot. The turning circle was huge, at 51.5 feet, so it needs a lot of room to make a U-turn.
There have been five safety recalls of the 2015 Sierra HDs, ranging from a hose clamp that might not have been securely tightened on a fuel tank vent line to a power steering hose clamp that might disconnect.
Ann M. Job writes about automobiles for The Associated Press.