GMC Sierra Wins 'Hurt Locker' Comparison Test [Video]

Huw Evans
by Huw Evans
With a 7,215-lb. payload, the GMC Sierra 3500 HD regular cab gasoline dually leads its class. Updates to the trailer hitch receiver increase conventional towing to 18,000 pounds, up from 17,000 pounds.

Heavy-Duty pickups were designed for abuse. And in order to see just how much they can handle, website Pickup put together it’s Heavy-Duty Hurt Locker Comparison test.

The idea was to pit the latest H-D offerings from Ford, General Motors and Ram (in this case the F-350 Super Duty, Sierra HD 3500 and Ram HD 3500) in a series of extreme towing tests, covering a distance of some 2,200 miles across the American West . The tests included navigating some of steepest grades in the country in some of the most extreme climates, hauling fifth-wheel gooseneck trailers of some 19,400 lbs behind each truck.

And when the dust finally settled, the GMC Sierra HD 3500 was judged the overall winner. “The GMC Sierra led with best-in-class performance, with wins in almost every test we put the trucks through,” declared Pickup’s editor Mike Levine.

GM engineers have instigated some changes on the 2012 model Sierra and Silverado HD, in order to improve towing capability; these include reinforced pickup box sills, stronger rear springs and box mounts and revised suspension tuning.

The result is an increase of some 2000 lbs in tow rating capacity, which now stands at an impressive 23,000 lbs. To see how the Sierra performed against its chief rivals in the Heavy Duty Hurt Locker test, watch the video below.

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  • Mike Mike on Aug 19, 2011

    I disagree with the final placings of the trucks Ford had the best Fuel economy, and best braking out of all the trucks. Who cares how fast they can drag race? HD pickups are about efficiency and towing power. Plus a King Ranch is better than a Denalli :)

  • Ford guy Ford guy on Aug 22, 2011

    This is bogus!! gm and chevy suck!! plus gm's reliabilaty rating sucks!! And they dont have the power of the Powerstroke!! i know a guy with a gm truck deisel! and he will overheat at 12,000 lbs GROSS!! NOT TOWING! GROSS COMBINATION 12,000 LBS! I have a 1999 ford F-250 7.3L V8 and i was 25,000lbs GROSS towing a fully loaded toyhauler going through and we still had plenty of power going through the mountain passes and my temp gauges never climbed higher than normal! I will never buy a gm or chevy truck! in my life "BUILT FORD TOUGH!" GO FORD!