2019 GMC Sierra Denali First Drive: Working Man Meets Iron Man

Full-size trucks have never been more advanced. Their same towing and hauling capabilities carry over, of course, but almost every modern option comes loaded with safety features, towing aids – the whole lot. But while the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500 are both impressive relative to the rest of the range, the new GMC Sierra Denali is from another planet.

Professional Grade, But Smarter

Visually, the Sierra Denali stands out. It has a lot of chrome – more chrome than it knows what to do with, honestly. The grille, fog light surrounds, wheels, window surrounds, door handles, side mirrors, badges, and grille tips… all chrome. Perched atop a seaside cliff in Newfoundland where we spent three days, the garish truck was a sharp contrast to the surrounding natural beauty.

Ignore the shiny stuff, though, and the Sierra has really attractive bones. The off-road AT4 package was proof of that – it looked more at home in the Canadian wilderness. It ditches all the tacky bright finishes found on the Denali in place of a body-colored surround on the grille and black chrome inserts on the grille, bumper, and wheels, with black accents elsewhere. It also gets a two-inch lift and big knobby tires, which makes any truck look cool.

But the Sierra is more than just a new face, and instead, we expect most buyers will be enticed by its functionality. At least I was. The Mult...