Mar 17, 2021

Model Overview: 2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD Reviews and Specs

The Pit Boss

The GMC Sierra, unfortunately, gets lost in the conversation of best pickup trucks available in the market. Customers often choose the Ford F-150, Toyota Tacoma, or Chevrolet Silverado as their top-picks of pickup truck brands. While each of these is a great choice, the 2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD deserves a spot in the conversation regarding best pickup trucks in America. Its looks and towing performance alone make it one of the best-looking trucks on the road today. Because let’s face it, in addition to buying a vehicle for its performance and reliability, customers also want something that looks good.

2016 GMC Sierra 2500 HD | Photo Source: GMC

Photo Source: GMC

The Sierra 2500HD comes in short and long-bed configurations as well as the luxurious Denali edition. The 2016 model year includes many technology goodies as well as updates that are sure to please prospective customers. If towing capability is what you seek, this truck can tow a lot of weight: 14,300 pounds and its payload max is 3,666 pounds. When the 2500HD is properly equipped, towing and payload capacity increase to 18,000 pounds and 4,043 respectively. Needless to say, you can get a lot of work done with this behemoth of a truck. True, the 2016 GMC 2500HD is a bit on the pricey side, however, it’s well worth the money. Any customer that either needs a pickup truck for work or is constantly towing anything, this is the truck for you.

2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD Review

When it comes to power, the 2500HD has all of it. The truck comes standard with a 360-hp, 380-lb-ft of torque 6.0-liter V8 combined with GM’s Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic transmission. The truck is also available in an optional 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 that produces 397 horsepower and 765-lb-ft of torque that is paired with a six-speed Allison transmission. You can choose from either a two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive configuration with various bed choices including 8 feet, 6-foot-6-inch, or 8-foot long bed.  

The Denali

In addition to the various 2500HD configurations, there exists a luxurious version of the truck that truly turns heads everywhere it goes: the Denali. Simply put, the Denali is luxury on four wheels. The truck is loaded with amenities: signature chrome grille, 20-inch chrome aluminum wheels, body-color front, and rear bumpers, HID headlights with LED accents, a remote-locking tailgate, and a spray-on bedliner with a custom Denali logo. If comfort is what you seek, the Denali interior is full of it: heated and vented leather front seats, heated steering wheel, Bose premium audio system, wireless phone charging, five USB ports, power-sliding rear window, and soft-touch instrument panel trim. Two 8.0-inch screens including a driver information display and touchscreen with navigation and IntelliLink in the center console are included.

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So, what are the overall thoughts on the 2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD? Motor Trend had this to say, “When someone buys an HD-sized truck, they want to be able to use it for hard work without worrying about it. GM has made sure that...Sierra HDs give drivers that sense of confidence.”

2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD Specs (Base 2WD Regular Cab)

  • Engine: V8 Flex Fuel 6.0-Liter Vortec
  • Trim:  Base 2WD SRW Regular Cab
  • Class: Full-Size Pickup HD
  • Horsepower: 360 @ 5400 horsepower
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic Mode Select with Manual Mode
  • Body Style:  Truck
  • Drivetrain: RWD
  • Fuel Type: Unleaded Regular
  • Seating Capacity: 3 persons

2016 GMC Sierra 2500 HD | Photo Source: Autotrader

Photo Source: Autotrader

2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD Gas Mileage

The 2016 GMC Sierra 2500 fuel efficiency (2WD Regular Cab) is rated at 11 City/16 Highway by the EPA.

2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD Safety

(Regular Cab, Extended Cab, and Crew Cab) The GMC Sierra 2500HD received a four-star rating out of five possible stars for the truck’s overall safety performance from the IIHS. The truck earned four stars in the frontal crash test, five stars for the side crash test, and three stars for the rollover test. The rollover test is the determining factor for all of it.

Safety features on the truck include front, side, and curtain airbags, StabiliTrak stability control system including Proactive Roll Avoidance, traction control, electronic trailer sway control, and hill-start assist. For customers seeking the top-of-the-line security package, buy the Driver Alert Package that includes Forward Collision Alert, Safety Alert Seat, Lane Departure Warning, and front and rear parking sensors. OnStar is an available safety option in some select vehicles.

What It Is…

  • Great for towing.
  • A great pickup that will get the job done.

What It Isn’t…

  • Highly affordable.
  • A better seller than the Ford F-150.

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