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First drive: GMC Sierra 3500

Great steering is the Sierra's calling card.

by on Oct.22, 2010

The 2011 GMC Sierra can be equipped to tow up to 21,700 pounds with a fifth wheel.

Nobody’s ever going to mistake one of these big rigs for a sports car, but it would be nice if changing lanes in one didn’t make you have visions of driving a semi truck.

People who buy heavy-duty trucks like this GMC Sierra Heavy Duty don’t have any expectations about taking on Mazda Miatas on a race track. But they might appreciate communicative steering that allows for easy handling when the worksite is down a twisty road or when it’s time to quickly change lanes on the freeway.

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There’s no getting around the fact that a 7,387-pound 259-inch-long truck is ponderous. Make it a “dualie” – double rear wheels – and it gets even more difficult. Parking it is always a chore, usually requiring a three-point turn.

But everything is relative. Relative to Ford, the other major player at the top of the heavy duty heap, GM’s trucks seems somewhat easier to maneuver.
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