Westbound Wanderers, Day 2: Seagull Bombs Our 2018 Denali HD
A Breakdown of the Denali’s Options
The Truck Trend staff is driving the 2018 Truck Trend Truck of the Year winner—the 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali—from Detroit to Los Angeles. We anticipate the road trip will be quite an adventure, but for right now, we want to take a moment to talk about the truck itself.
The Denali HD is a beautiful truck both to look at and to drive, and it only took a few minutes to see why everyone liked this truck so much. It’s prominent yet elegant, hard-working yet luxurious. We know what you’re thinking: how much is it? If you have to ask, it’s probably not the truck for you. All joking aside, ours comes in at $73,730. That’s pretty fair and exactly what we expected.
Let’s review some of the highlights of our 2018 Denali HD 4WD Crew Cab long-term truck. The exterior color is called White Frost Tricoat, a $995 option. We might be the most expensive paint color option, and we definitely love it. The interior color is Jet Black Denali, which pretty much sums it up. Everything below the A-pillars is mostly black, minus a little bit of wood-esque door trim and the bezels, which are real aluminum.
If you assumed it’s a diesel, you’re correct. The Duramax Plus Package adds $9,940 and includes the 6.6L L5P V-8 Duramax diesel engine and Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain is rated at 445 hp and 910 lb-ft of torque. That’ll get you a ticket if you’re not careful, especially when combined with the quietness of the cabin. We aren’t towing, but we have towed with this engine and guarantee you’ll never be the same once you experience this truck working hard. You can’t really hear the engine from the inside, and the idle is buttery smooth. You can tell it’s a diesel from the outside, but barely. It has a little bit of a “crank” on startup, but the shutdown is mostly uneventful. One thing’s for sure—there is no knock-knock to modern diesel trucks.
Our GMC truck has a few other goodies tacked on for a grand total of $13,485 in options up and over the standard price of $59,600. These include a power sunroof for $995, hard folding tonneau cover for $950, fifth-wheel prep package for $370, off-road suspension package that includes Hill Descent Control and Rancho shocks for $180, and roof marker lamps for $55. Our favorite of these is the tonneau, as our current needs are best met by the convenience of a covered bed.
And yes, some flying specimen bombed the kajeebers out of our brand new truck, splattering refuse into every crevice of the back window and tonneau. Is that the official seal of approval—or the complete opposite? One bird or a flock? These are the things we’ll never know.