2012 GMC Sierra 3500 HD wins PickupTrucks.com’s Heavy Duty Hurt Locker test

2012 GMC Sierra 3500 HD

The 2012 GMC Sierra 3500HD has won PickupTrucks.com’s ‘Heavy Duty Hurt Locker’ comparison test. The test is a grueling showdown among industry heavyweights that included towing 19,400-pound fifth-wheel trailers over some of the most demanding grades in the United States.

“We procured similarly equipped trucks from Ford, Ram and GMC and put them through the paces, towing up and down some of the toughest grades in the country covering a total of 2,200 miles,” said Mike Levine, editor of PickupTrucks.com. “When we analyzed the data, the GMC Sierra 3500HD simply outperformed the trucks from Ford and Ram.”

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The tests were conducted from July 11 to July 18 between Denver, Colo. and Laughlin, Nev.

“Customers choose full-size trucks for their capabilities,” said Rick Spina, vehicle line executive for full-size trucks. “For 2012, we built on the foundation we created in 2011, with engineering changes and additional validation designed to make the most capable heavy-duty pickup even better. Based on PickupTrucks.com’s test results, it looks like we got the job done.”

2012 GMC Sierra 3500HD 2012 Ford F-350 2012 Ram 3500
Max. fifth-wheel towing (lb./kg): 23,000 / 10,433 22,700 / 10,297 22,700 / 10,297
Max. conventional towing (lb./kg): 18,000 / 8,165 17,500 / 7,938 12,050 / 5,466
Max. payload capacity (lb./kg) 7,215 / 3,273 7,110 / 3,225 5,190 / 2,354
Max. GCWR (lb./kg) 30,500 / 13,835 30,000 / 13,608 30,000 / 13,608

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– By: Omar Rana