At 259 inches long and 95.9 inches abreast at its widest point, there's no arguing that the Sierra 3500 is a large truck. Funny, then, that it feels a little smaller than other one-ton dually 4x4 pickups. I didn't, for instance, have to use the optional step bars to enter and exit the cab. Even so, ground clearance doesn't appear to have been sacrificed; GM measures front and rear clearances at 9.6 and 8.4 inches, respectively.
As Rusty says, it's hard to truly evaluate a truck like this without being able to exercise it to the extent of its abilities. Unladen, the 3500 dually rides a little rough when compared to the Silverado 2500 I drove earlier this year, but the torsion beam front suspension does help smooth the ride. I'd imagine most buyers of a truck with these capabilities will typically have a sizable load or trailer along for the haul, which would further improve ride quality.
GM has done a great job giving its latest heavy-duty pickups with both outstanding powertrains (especially the Duramax/Allison pairing) and a rugged frame, but it's high time the company grants the lineup some additional style particularly in the cabin. GM once led the full-size truck pack in terms of interior design, but the cabin is growing dated, especially in comparison to the [Dodge] Ram.
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