Although General Motors missed out on Motor Trend’s awards this year, Truck Trend still found a lot to like with a certain GMC pickup. The publication named the 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali its “Pickup Truck of The Year” after duking it out with competition from Ford, Ram, Toyota and even Chevrolet.
Judges found the interior downright luxurious for a heavy-duty truck. That’s a good thing since the Denali starts at nearly $60,000. Judges lauded material qualities and the infotainment system and found the cabin an excellent place to work and play. Speaking of work, the Sierra 2500HD Denali didn’t disappoint there, either.
The new 6.6.-liter L5P Duramax turbodiesel V8 engine found a lot of love from judges with 445 horsepower and 915 pound-feet of torque. Those may not be the segment’s biggest numbers, but they still offered more than enough trailering and payload capability. And GMC sweated the finer details, too, with Grade Braking function, a standard gooseneck hitch and wonderful in-bed storage with LED lighting to boot.
Areas that didn’t impress the panel were fairly marginal, but the off-road ride was a bit too jarring and the infotainment system showed a few buggy instances with Apple CarPlay. Judges also questioned the steering wheel’s position, which makes drivers extend their left arm slightly more. Still, they were all small quirks.
If the 2018 Sierra 2500HD Denali can accomplish a win, the next-generation 2019 GMC Sierra and its HD variants should have competitors worried.