The 2017 GMC Sierra Denali 2500 Is The $68,000 Cadillac Of Pickup Trucks


Or the closest thing to it.

Cadillac used to build a pickup truck called the Escalade EXT, essentially a rebadged and more expensive Chevrolet Avalanche. Not surprisingly, it didn't sell very well. But this doesn't mean people aren't interested in luxury trucks and SUVs. Quite the opposite. Today our attention turns to the 2017 GMC Sierra Denali 2500 4WD Crew Cab. Powered by a 6.6-liter Duramax V8 turbo diesel with a total of 397 hp and 765 lb-ft of torque, the Sierra Denali 2500 combines everything one needs in a heavy duty full-size pickup along with a ridiculous amount of luxury.

We're still talking about a work truck, right? Yes and no. Like the Sierra 1500, the 2500 is the twin of the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 only GMC has a secret luxury weapon at its disposal: the Denali treatment.

Step inside and, aside from the GMC badges, you'd almost swear you were sitting in a Caddie pickup. Heck, even the Sierra Denali 2500's front end is blinged-out in chrome, a la the Escalade. And then there's the price tag. Our test truck, literally fully equipped, came to a grand total of $68,395. The turbo diesel alone costs an extra $9,000 over the standard 6.0-liter gas V8. But $68 grand? Is this too much for a pickup truck, even a heavy duty, or is GMC simply milking its cash cow? Special thanks to Woodland Motors for letting us film the truck.

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