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2011 GMC Sierra Denali 2500HD 4WD Review

For the first time, GM has put the Denali trim level in their Sierra HD truck. In this particular instance, it also happens to be a 2500-series Heavy Duty Crew Cab with a standard 6’6’’ box and the new 6.6-litre Duramax diesel.

2011 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali front 3/4 view
For the first time, GM has put the Denali trim level in their Sierra truck. (Photo: Charles Renny/Auto123.com)

Translated into everyday language, this truck is big enough to need the chrome tubular running boards to make getting in and out easy. It also means that the most luxurious truck this side of an Escalade has a towing capacity of up to 7,801 kg (17,200 lbs).

Denali-equipped vehicles have a couple of distinctive traits on the outside that will let you know what you are looking at. Up front is a distinctive four-bar grille, and along with that, the bumpers are body-coloured while the door handles are chromed. An added feature is that the wheel rims (18- or 20-inch on the 2500) are chromed as well.

Roughing it in luxury
Inside, the Sierra Denali has just about everything you need as standard equipment. Very comfortable, power-adjustable, leather-covered bucket seats with multi-level heaters are standard for both driver and passenger. The 60/40 flip-up rear seat is equally comfortable, with as much foot room and knee room as those in the front enjoy.

Instrumentation is highly visible and complete, with trip computer readouts in the bottom portion of the instrument cluster. Things like power-adjustable pedals are standard, as is a new, built-in electronic trailer brake and trailer sway control. The steering column-mounted shift lever has the new “smart brake” (which is an exhaust brake) control mounted on it.

Woodgrain trim, a large centre console, rear-seat climate control, XM radio and navigation are the start of the modern electronic comfort age. Add in Bluetooth wireless connectivity as well as a USB port with iPod integration, and you will be able to have any tune you want to listen to at your fingertips. To make sure the sound comes out properly, GM uses a top-of-the-line stereo which has more speakers than I could find!

2011 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali interior
Inside, the Sierra Denali has just about everything you need as standard equipment. (Photo: Charles Renny/Auto123.com)