2011 GMC Sierra 3500

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9 reviews
Available Price Range $21,347-$50,155 Trims42 Combined MPGN/A Seats 2-6

Our Take on the 2011 GMC Sierra 3500

Our Take

The "professional grade" brand unveiled the 2011 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty lineup at the 2010 NTEA Work Truck Show. Most of the technical specifications of GM's HD pickups are identical, but GMC i... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Lacks a robust driver information computer
  • No changes to interior styling
  • Minor changes to exterior sheet metal

Notable Features

  • All-new fully boxed frame for improved towing and hauling capability
  • More powerful 6.6-liter Duramax V-8 diesel
  • High-end Denali luxury trim available for the first time
  • New wheels and tires available &amp
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  • up to 20-inch wheels


Our Expert Reviews

(Photos by Mark Williams, Mike Levine and Ian Merritt)It's not that we don’t trust the big-truck manufacturers when they set up towing exercises during their new-vehicle introductions — we just know we’re likely to learn a bit more about a given hauler when we take it on the road. That’s just what we did when GM tossed us the keys to its newest top-level one-ton hau... Read Full Review

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Consumer Reviews

3.8 out of 5

Based on 9 reviews

Regretting since new

by akangler from Anchorage, AK on April 18, 2013

I have had this truck for over two years, and I will sell before it is three. Read all the diesel articles and was under impression it would get at least mid teen fuel mileage. Not so. Best seen so fa... Read Full Review

42 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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