The 2023 GMC Sierra 3500 HD is ideal for work and home

We all want the best of both worlds; the ability to have it both ways. It’s like the old saying: we want to have our cake and eat it too. Trying to choose a vehicle that can handle our day job and then serve as a family car on the weekends can put us in exactly this situation. We need a vehicle that delivers performance and reliability to get the job done, but we don’t want to compromise the comfort and safety that gives us peace of mind when transporting our most precious cargo – our family members.

Balancing these competing priorities can be an almost impossible task if you rely on the capabilities of a heavy duty truck for the job. Some of the same features that make a heavy truck perfect for the workplace can be detrimental when you want to use it for your home life. For example, regular-cab trucks—those with just one row of seats—may give you the most towing and hauling capabilities, but do you really want to try to cram everyone into those three seats on the weekend? This is why you need to consider a 2023 GMC Sierra 3500 HD. The folks at GMC put their heads together and came up with a heavy-duty truck that provides the comfort and safety you want for your home and family without compromising the performance you need to get the job done every day.

Five trims, three cabs, one truck

When deciding how to best get the job done at work while getting the features they want for the times they’re not on the clock, the 2023 GMC Sierra 3500 HD has the options drivers need. This heavy duty truck comes in 5 different trim levels. The most basic trim is the Pro, which is fairly utilitarian with cloth or easy-to-clean vinyl seats. If you want a little more in the way of creature comforts, consider the SLE and SLT, both of which have a MultiPro tailgate and cloth seats. The SLT also rides on larger 18-inch aluminum wheels.

The AT4 is a purpose-built off-road truck with skid plates, off-road tires and standard 4X4 drivetrain. Finally, the Denali is the top trim of the GMC Sierra 3500 HD, with such luxury features as leather seats, wood trim and exterior chrome. GMC offers all 2023 Sierra 3500 HD trims with either rear- or all-wheel drive, except for the AT4, which is standard 4X4. Additionally, every trim comes with a standard auto-locking rear axle.

Of the five trims, the two that may be best suited for an optimal work-life balance are the SLE and SLT. The Sierra 3500 HD Pro is built for work, but it may lack some of the comfort features your family will enjoy when you’re out on the town. On the other end of the spectrum, the Denali may be too fancy for work, as you may be concerned about keeping the interior clean. Similarly, the AT4’s off-road performance design can cut into its ability to deliver the towing and hauling capabilities you need to get the job done.

In addition to the five trim levels, GMC offers three different cab options on the 2023 Sierra 3500 HD. The regular cab has one row of seats and is only available on the Pro and SLE trims. In many cases, you may need more space to fit the whole family. A better bet might be the Double Cab, available on the Pro, SLE and SLT models. The double cab has two rows of seats, with two full-size and two half-size doors. This will be fine for families with younger children, but the Crew Cab may be preferable if you need more legroom. The upgrade increases rear-row legroom from 35.24 inches on the Double Cab to 43.4 inches. Crew Cab is standard on SLT and available on SLE. Considering all the features and options, the ideal 2023 GMC Sierra 3500 HD configuration for someone balancing business and pleasure is the SLE with double or crew cab or the SLT with standard crew cab.

Top performance for work

The 2023 Sierra 3500 HD comes with a choice of two powerful engines designed to deliver peak performance when towing and hauling. The base engine is a 6.6-liter V8 gas engine, which comes mated to a Hydra-Matic 6L90 6-speed automatic transmission. This cast iron engine block features nodular iron cylinder heads, cast aluminum cylinder heads, direct fuel injection and uses variable valve timing for efficient performance. It can deliver up to 401 hp at 5200 RPM and 464 lb-ft of torque at 4000 RPM. You can even run this engine on E85 FlexFuel if it’s available in your area.

There is also a diesel engine option: a 6.6-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8 engine. It uses an Allison 10L1000 10-speed automatic transmission and has a double overhead cam design that provides four valves per cylinder. The engine block is made of cast iron with cast aluminum cylinder heads and uses common-rail direct fuel injection to provide up to 445 hp at 2800 rpm and 910 lb-ft of torque at 1600 rpm.

If you use your Sierra 3500 HD primarily for towing, the Turbo-Diesel engine is probably your best bet. This engine provides up to 20,000 lbs of conventional towing, which can be increased to 36,000 lbs with the addition of a turntable and gooseneck coupling. The Sierra 3500 HD with V8 gas engine has a maximum conventional towing capacity of 16,800 lbs, which you can increase to 17,200 lbs with a turntable and gooseneck hitch.

When it comes to hauling heavy loads, the 2023 GMC Sierra 3500 HD does not disappoint. The standard cargo bed can fit up to 69.5 cu.ft. of cargo. This is only available on Crew Cab. The long cargo bed increases cargo space to 83.5 cu.ft. and is available on all three cab designs. The V8 gas engine has a slight edge when it comes to towing, as it allows the Sierra 3500 HD to carry up to 7,442 lbs of payload, compared to the Turbo-Diesel’s maximum of 6,523 lbs.

The black interior of a 2023 GMC Sierra 3500 HD shows the steering wheel up close.

Safety and comfort for the whole family

When you use your truck as a family vehicle, you need a comfortable and spacious interior that fits everyone. You also want to know that it has the driver assistance features you need to get you where you need to go safely. Finally, you want an infotainment system that will keep even your youngest child entertained while you’re out on the road. The 2023 GMC Sierra 3500 HD checks all those boxes.

The Double Cab and Crew Cab configurations of the Sierra 3500 HD have plenty of room for up to 6 passengers so everyone can stretch out for long stretches. Additionally, everyone is sure to enjoy the standard GMC Infotainment system on this truck. It comes with a 7-inch color touchscreen on the SLE and SLT trims, with an available upgrade to the Premium GMC Infotainment System with Navigation featuring an 8-inch color touchscreen on the SLT. In addition, the SLT has standard wireless connectivity for your convenience. Also available on the SLE trim, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility give you access to all your favorite apps. Finally, you can make many hands-free calls with Bluetooth connectivity to stay connected wherever your truck takes you.

GMC has made sure to make the 2023 Sierra 3500 HD as safe as possible by making driver assistance technologies available on every truck. For example, you’ll get a standard rearview camera on all trims, with the SLT providing a high-resolution image for better image clarity. In addition, you can add other driver assistance features to your Sierra 3500 HD. The following distance indicator lets you know if you are getting too close to the vehicle in front of you. If the system detects an impending collision, it will activate the automatic emergency brakes so that you can either avoid a collision or minimize the collision. Finally, the available lane change warning with Side Blind Zone Alert will let you know if the coast is clear to change lanes in your Sierra 3500 HD. This is especially useful if you are pulling a large trailer, either for work or for play. GMC is dedicated to passenger safety and ensures that every trip you take in a Sierra 3500 HD is as safe as possible.

Get the best of both worlds

Finding a heavy-duty truck that can help you get the job done and serve as a family vehicle is now a reality with the 2023 GMC Sierra 3500 HD. Choosing an SLE or SLT trim with a double cab or crew cab gives you the space, comfort and safety you need for your whole family – without compromising your ability to get the job done right every day of the week.

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