A pickup truck is far more than a simple working vehicle. For many buyers, it's a daily driver and a statement. A pickup truck is just as much a true luxury vehicle as a big sedan or sports car. That's why there are so many options for full-size luxury trucks on the market.
But even a luxury truck can offer you the carrying and towing capacity that you need when there's work to be done. That's why the 2017 GMC Sierra Denali offers both top-shelf luxury and a long list of practical features from 4WD to an integrated trailer brake controller.
The basic engine in the Sierra is a 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 at 353 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, but your Denali edition is more likely to have the 6.2-liter version rated at 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet. With the Denali's standard 8-speed automatic transmission, that's plenty of power for effortless driving and up to 9,300 pounds of towing capacity.
GMC takes towing seriously, so the Denali is available with an integrated trailer brake controller in the dashboard, and a standard 7-way trailer light and brake connector, plus a 4-way connector for smaller trailers. The standard backup camera helps you back up to your trailer quickly and easily.
Inside the Denali, you'll enjoy luxury features like active noise cancellation, which monitors engine noise and generates an opposite wave sound through the audio system to cancel out the engine sound. You'll be seated on perforated leather with both heat and ventilation to make you comfortable. The available cargo convenience package gives you extra storage under the rear seats and a set of all-weather floor mats.
Another great feature is the set of automatic running boards on both sides of the Denali. When you open the door, the running boards swing out to give you a step, which you will need to climb up into this truck.
The Denali's infotainment tech is as advanced as you would expect— with an 8-inch color touchscreen interface to navigation and entertainment. Like all GM products, you can use the vehicle's 4G/LTE data interface to create a wi-fi hot spot inside the vehicle. You also get the very latest OnStar system, with five years of service included in the vehicle's purchase price.
Driving the Sierra Denali completes the luxury experience, with plenty of power under your foot and a great view over the top of almost every other vehicle on the road. The full-size truck is far from nimble, but it is solid, smooth, and predictable on the road. If you're looking for a luxury truck, and you're ready to spend the money on it, the Denali is a worthy choice.
2017 GMC Sierra Denali
Base price: $53,300
Price as tested: $63,350
Type: Full-size pickup truck
Engines: 5.3-liter V8 (353 hp, 383 lbs-ft); 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp, 460 lbs-ft)
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
EPA estimated mileage: 15/20
Road noise: Below average
Curb weight: 5,481 pounds
Final assembly: Silao, Mexico