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2009 GMC Sierra 3500HD Truck - Overview

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2009 GMC Sierra 3500HD Truck

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What Changed for 2009:

  • XM satellite radio with new NavTraffic feature
  • OnStar 8.0 with Turn-by-Turn Navigation and new Destination Download
  • Bluetooth wireless connectivity for hands-free calling
  • Rearview camera system optional on extended cab and crew cab models
  • Vehicle stability enhancement system standard on Sierra 2500HD extended/crew cab models with single rear wheels and standard box
  • Two new exterior colors
The GMC Sierra line of heavy-duty (HD) trucks are designed for multiple uses: from hauling large boats, to carrying construction crews and their equipment, to pulling race car, snowmobile and dirt bike trailers-and much more. GMC says the Sierra 2500HD (three-quarter-ton) and 3500HD () models offer lots of segment-best capabilities, including an 18,500-pound gross combined vehicle weight rating (GCVW) for trucks with a gasoline V-8 engine, and 13,000-pound conventional trailer weight rating with a larger-capacity trailer hitch platform. For 2009, the Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD come in regular, extended and crew cab models and in 2-wheel drive (2WD) and 4-wheel drive (4WD).

Since its last major redesign in the 2007 model year, the 2009 GMC Sierra HD pickups offer consumers a number of new convenience features and safety equipment. These include: Bluetooth wireless connectivity for hands-free calling; OnStar 8.0 with Turn-by-Turn Navigation and new Destination Download; XM satellite radio with new NavTraffic feature; and an optional rearview camera system on extended cab and crew cab models. Two new exterior colors debut for 2009: Carbon Black Metallic and Midnight Blue Metallic.

Model Lineup
Heavy-duty versions of the 2009 GMC Sierra are available in 2500HD (three-quarter-ton) and 3500HD () models. Three cab designs-regular, extended and crew cab-are offered, along with two cargo box lengths: 78 and 96 inches. A "Dually" dual-rear-wheel configuration with a long pickup box is available on 3500HD models. Extended cab models include 170-degree-opening (or 164 degrees with dual rear wheels) rear access doors with fully retractable power windows for increased visibility. Three trim levels are offered: Work Truck, SLE and SLT. Base and midlevel-trimmed models feature a functional pure pickup theme that includes door panels with larger door pull and release handles; 6.1-liter lockable armrest storage console with accessory power outlet; under-seat storage systems; and two glove boxes (lower and covered upper storage compartment with 3.4-liter capacity). Sierra HD SLT models add standard premium interiors with features like a larger-capacity, 20.1-liter center console, distinct instrument panel design, and specific trim elements, including door panels and seats.

Standard equipment on the 2009 GMC Sierra HD Work Truck consists of an AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible CD player; XM satellite radio (including a 3-month subscription); OnStar Safe & Sound service for one year; single-zone manual air conditioning (extended/crew cab only); driver information center; vinyl floor covering and upholstery; 40/20/40-split front bench seat; chrome grille surround; Z85 handling/trailering suspension; and 16-inch steel wheels (2500HD) and 17-inch steel wheels (3500HD). The SLE1 trim adds cruise control; leather-wrapped steering wheel; power, heated outside mirrors; power windows and door locks; remote keyless entry; auto-dimming rearview mirror with 8-point compass; electric rear window defogger; Solar Ray deep-tinted glass; cloth upholstery; chromed steel wheels; and an electronic transfer case with rotary controls (4WD only). Fog lights are included with the 3500HD SLE1 trim. SLE2 trim includes dual-zone automatic climate control; front bucket 6-way power-adjustable premium cloth seats; front center floor console; and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. Step up to the SLT and you also get a Bose premium speaker system; rear audio system controls (crew cab only); leather seats; heated, 12-way power front bucket seats with 2-position driver seat memory; heated windshield washer system; and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

Available options on the 2009 GMC Sierra HD include a convenience package on SLT models, which includes power-adjustable pedals, universal home remote, locking EZ-Lift tailgate, and rear parking assist. Other options include dual-zone automatic climate control; power-operated back glass and sunroof (both available on extended/crew cab models); power-adjustable pedals; Ultrasonic rear parking assist; rearview camera system; remote engine start; universal garage door opener; auxiliary battery; a range of radio systems, several with Radio Data System (RDS) technology; locking rear differential; integrated trailer-brake controller; heavy-duty towing package; skid plate package; Z71 Off Road suspension; EZ Lift tailgate; two touch-screen DVD-based navigation systems; and a rear DVD entertainment system available on crew cab models. An innovative optional cargo management system, with 4 adjustable tie-down brackets that can be located anywhere on the tracks and are rated with a load point of 500 pounds each, is complemented by numerous dealer-ordered accessory packages.

Power for the 2009 GMC Sierra HD pickups includes the base Vortec 6.0-liter V-8 gasoline engine with variable valve timing (VVT) that is rated at 360 hp at 5400 rpm (up to 10,000 pounds GVWR) and 322 hp at 4400 rpm (more than 10,000 pounds GVWR), and 380 lb.-ft. of torque at 4200 rpm for all GVWR ratings. The engine is paired with a Hydra-Matic 6L980 6-speed automatic transmission with two overdrive gears and manual-shift capability. The optional Duramax Turbo Diesel 6.6-liter V-8 engine delivers 365 hp at 3200 rpm and 660 lb.-ft. of torque at 1600 rpm and is partnered with an Allison 1000 6-speed automatic transmission that GM says features class-first range-selection function, allowing the driver to easily select gears for unusual driving conditions, like trailer towing on a steep grade.

Two suspension packages are available for the 2009 GMC Sierra HD. The Z85 suspension is standard on SLE/SLT 2WD and 4WD models. The Optional Z71 Off Road suspension includes heavy duty shocks, road jounce bumpers, skid plate package, and "Z71" rear fender decals. A high-capacity, 4-wheel disc brake system with Hydroboost and 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) is standard on all models. The Sierra 2500HD can haul a maximum payload of 4186 pounds, while a 3500HD can handle up to 5309 pounds of payload. Both can tow up to 13,000 pounds, and the dual-rear-wheel 4WD Sierra 3500HD can tow up to 16,500 pounds when equipped with a fifth-wheel hitch.

Standard safety equipment on the 2009 GMC Sierra HD includes dual front air bags; front safety belt pre-tensioners with both front and rear crash sensing; high-capacity, 4-wheel disc brake system with 4-channel ABS; power-adjustable pedals; and a tire-pressure monitor. OnStar Safe & Sound Plan is standard for one year and includes the GM Advanced Crash Response System. The Ultrasonic rear parking assist system and segment-exclusive (per GMC) factory-installed remote vehicle start are optional.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have not crash tested the 2009 GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD pickup trucks.

Technology features worth noting on the 2009 GMC Sierra HD include an optional integrated trailer-brake controller, located on the lower-left section of the instrument panel, which is integrated with the ABS and provides measured and immediate brake force signaling to the electric-controlled trailer brake system. There is no requirement for aftermarket and/or external brake control systems. Other technology includes OnStar 8.0 with

Available Trims for the 2009 GMC Sierra 3500HD Truck

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Work Truck 6 speed automatic $26,815 312-hp / 6.0L 8-cyl 0/0
SLE 6 speed automatic $30,415 312-hp / 6.0L 8-cyl 0/0
SLT 6 speed automatic $38,800 360-hp / 6.0L 8-cyl 0/0

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