GMC may be a truck brand, but its current luxury crossovers and the latest Sierra 1500 pickup push the boundaries of its utilitarian image. Fear not, because the 2015 Sierra HD proves that the brand’s toughest truck can retain its roughneck charm even while receiving a much-needed updating.
Assembled for initial drives on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona—alongside its blue-collar sibling, the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD—the new Sierra HD is more carlike than any four-ton pickup truck has a right to be. Yes, it’s still a Silverado twin underneath, with carry-over engines and frames, and that was enough for the previous-gen Chevy to grab first place in a heavy-hauling comparison test. Yet the trucks’ overall refinements make the most sense in the tonier GMC.
The Sierra HD’s industrial-chic styling works well with its blocky silhouette, with additional brightwork and details versus the Silverado, such as plastic trim guarding the wheel arches. GMC says one of every four HD truck buyers opts for the chromed-out Denali trim, which has received additional touches inside and out to further assert its top-dog status. Not that you can miss its reflective, rearview-mirror-clogging grille. Complete review on www.caranddriver.com, by MIKE SUTTON