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2018 GMC Sierra 3500

$36,100 — $59,900 MSRP
Regular Cab Pickup
2-6 Seats
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(5.0) 4 reviews

The Good

  • All Terrain model
  • Two bed-length choices for crew cab
  • Direct-injection, cylinder-deactivating engines
  • Quiet interior

The Bad

  • No long-bed double-cab model for 1500
  • No diesel-engine option on 1500
  • Steering wheel not centered on driver's seat
2018 GMC Sierra 3500 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 GMC Sierra 3500
  • 7-inch touchscreen radio, backup camera now standard
  • Heavy-duty Denali models get new grille
  • 12,500-pound maximum towing capacity (Sierra 1500)
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto connectivity standard
  • OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hot spot available
  • Forward collision warning available

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What it is: The Sierra 1500 is GMC's entrant in the half-ton, full-size pickup truck segment. It’s a corporate cousin of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, sharing the same platform, engines, body styles and major mechanical features. The Sierra has different styling, particularly in front, and GMC positions its vehicles as more upscale than Chevrolet’s. Competitors include the Ford F-150, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra.

Three cab styles — regular, extended and crew — and three engines are available for the Sierra 1500. All the engines are gas-powered: a 4.3-liter V-6, and 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s. As with the Silverado, the Sierra is available in 2500HD and 3500HD heavy-duty versions that offer a turbo-diesel engine and higher payloads and towing capacities.

New for 2018

The base truck gains a standard 7-inch touchscreen radio and a backup camera. The tire pressure monitor now includes a tire-fill alert that monitors how much air is pumped into a tire.

Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD
The GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD heavy-duty pickup trucks are the true workhorses of the Sierra lineup and are designed for hauling heavy payloads and towing large trailers.

Changes for 2018 include a standard backup camera on all models with a cargo bed, a standard 7-inch touchscreen radio for the base model and a new grille for the Denali version.

What's Special

  • Standard 360-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-8
  • Available 445-hp, turbo-diesel 6.6-liter V-8 with 910 pounds-feet ...

What it is: The Sierra 1500 is GMC's entrant in the half-ton, full-size pickup truck segment. It’s a corporate cousin of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, sharing the same platform, engines, body styles and major mechanical features. The Sierra has different styling, particularly in front, and GMC positions its vehicles as more upscale than Chevrolet’s. Competitors include the Ford F-150, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra.

Three cab styles — regular, extended and crew — and three engines are available for the Sierra 1500. All the engines are gas-powered: a 4.3-liter V-6, and 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s. As with the Silverado, the Sierra is available in 2500HD and 3500HD heavy-duty versions that offer a turbo-diesel engine and higher payloads and towing capacities.

New for 2018

The base truck gains a standard 7-inch touchscreen radio and a backup camera. The tire pressure monitor now includes a tire-fill alert that monitors how much air is pumped into a tire.

Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD
The GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD heavy-duty pickup trucks are the true workhorses of the Sierra lineup and are designed for hauling heavy payloads and towing large trailers.

Changes for 2018 include a standard backup camera on all models with a cargo bed, a standard 7-inch touchscreen radio for the base model and a new grille for the Denali version.

What's Special

  • Standard 360-horsepower, 6.0-liter V-8
  • Available 445-hp, turbo-diesel 6.6-liter V-8 with 910 pounds-feet of torque
  • Maximum towing capacity of 20,000 pounds with a conventional trailer hitch (3500HD with dual rear wheels)
  • Maximum fifth-wheel or gooseneck towing capacity of 23,300 pounds (3500HD with dual rear wheels)

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
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Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.2)
(5.0)

Big Step Up

by Tenx100s from Staples, MN on October 29, 2018

This is my first HEAVY DUTY truck and my first diesel. I have only had it a week and 3 days but it has already been on the job and been driven 1500 miles. I expected a much rougher ride than the ... Read full review

(5.0)

Unbelievable towing capacity.

by Todd from Clarksville ohio on August 28, 2018

The Denali version is absolutely what we was looking for. Towing capacity is awesome. Has plenty of room in back for kids or cargo. Would recommend this vehicle for anyone who tows trailers. Duramax ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 GMC Sierra 3500 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 GMC Sierra 3500 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by GMC

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sierra 3500 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker