GMC Sierra 2500HD vs Hyundai Santa Cruz

2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD
2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD
$45,400MSRP
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2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz
2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz
$26,900MSRP
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2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD
$45,400MSRP
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2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz
$26,900MSRP
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MSRP

$45,400

MSRP

$26,900

Average price

$52,264

Average price

$29,727

Listings

9213

Listings

9026
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

8.0 out of 10

Expert reviews

7.8 out of 10
Pros
  • Massive cabin with luxury trimmings
  • Diesel’s excellent towing capability
  • Strong acceleration
Cons
  • Thirst for fuel
  • Feels barge-like when parking
  • Near-twin Chevrolet Silverado HD is cheaper
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Powerful engine
  • Great warranty
Cons
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Cramped back seat

Reviews Summary

Sitting at the top of the Sierra’s six available trims, the Denali Ultimate is newly added for the 2024 model year and comes with nearly every available option that can be included on this full-size truck.

The Denali Ultimate trim level is offered on both the 2500 and 3500 HD models. Each provides a higher degree of towing and payload capacity than what’s available in the standard GMC Sierra 1500. To put it bluntly, the Sierra HD models are pickup overkill for anyone simply looking to tow a couple of jet skis or haul a moderately-sized camper. The “HD” in the name stands for “Heavy Duty,” and its capabilities (and price) reflect this.

Powered exclusively by a 6.6-liter turbocharged Duramax diesel V8, the HD Denali Ultimate we test drove has a maximum towing capacity of 22,500 pounds—a 4,000 pound increase versus the 2023 model. Need to tow something along the lines of construction equipment or, say, a small island? Stepping up to the Sierra 3500 HD equates to a max tow rating of 36,500 pounds when using a gooseneck trailer hitch.

Okay, so the Sierra HD lineup has serious chops for getting tough tasks done. But how does it stack up against the competition? Hop aboard as we take a look at every aspect of the HD Denali Ultimate, from how it drives, to the user-friendliness of its infotainment system, trailer tech, and whether this new top-of-the-range trim is worth the price.

Reviews Summary

The Hyundai Santa Cruz has been a favorite since its debut in 2021 for the 2022 model year. And what’s not to love? It’s got plenty of utility for its size, it sports a peppy powertrain, and it’s all wrapped up in a quirky package. There are a few new additions for 2024, but by and large this is the same Santa Cruz we’ve come to know and love.
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Popular Features & Specs

Engine

Engine

2.5L 191 hp I4

Drive Train

Drive Train

FWD

Seating Capacity

3

Seating Capacity

5

Horsepower

Horsepower

191 hp @ 6100 rpm

MPG City

MPG City

22

MPG Highway

MPG Highway

26
2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD
2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD
$45,400MSRP
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2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz
2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz
$26,900MSRP
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2024 GMC Sierra 2500HD
$45,400MSRP
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2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz
$26,900MSRP
Overview
Overview
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Overview
MSRP
$45,400
$26,900
Average price
$52,264
$29,727
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.4
4.6
Expert reviews

8.0 out of 10

Read full review

7.8 out of 10

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Pros & cons
Pros
  • Massive cabin with luxury trimmings
  • Diesel’s excellent towing capability
  • Strong acceleration
Cons
  • Thirst for fuel
  • Feels barge-like when parking
  • Near-twin Chevrolet Silverado HD is cheaper
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Powerful engine
  • Great warranty
Cons
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Cramped back seat
Summary

Sitting at the top of the Sierra’s six available trims, the Denali Ultimate is newly added for the 2024 model year and comes with nearly every available option that can be included on this full-size truck.

The Denali Ultimate trim level is offered on both the 2500 and 3500 HD models. Each provides a higher degree of towing and payload capacity than what’s available in the standard GMC Sierra 1500. To put it bluntly, the Sierra HD models are pickup overkill for anyone simply looking to tow a couple of jet skis or haul a moderately-sized camper. The “HD” in the name stands for “Heavy Duty,” and its capabilities (and price) reflect this.

Powered exclusively by a 6.6-liter turbocharged Duramax diesel V8, the HD Denali Ultimate we test drove has a maximum towing capacity of 22,500 pounds—a 4,000 pound increase versus the 2023 model. Need to tow something along the lines of construction equipment or, say, a small island? Stepping up to the Sierra 3500 HD equates to a max tow rating of 36,500 pounds when using a gooseneck trailer hitch.

Okay, so the Sierra HD lineup has serious chops for getting tough tasks done. But how does it stack up against the competition? Hop aboard as we take a look at every aspect of the HD Denali Ultimate, from how it drives, to the user-friendliness of its infotainment system, trailer tech, and whether this new top-of-the-range trim is worth the price.

The Hyundai Santa Cruz has been a favorite since its debut in 2021 for the 2022 model year. And what’s not to love? It’s got plenty of utility for its size, it sports a peppy powertrain, and it’s all wrapped up in a quirky package. There are a few new additions for 2024, but by and large this is the same Santa Cruz we’ve come to know and love.
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Popular Features & Specs
Engine
2.5L 191 hp I4
Drive Train
FWD
Seating Capacity
3
5
Horsepower
191 hp @ 6100 rpm
MPG City
22
MPG Highway
26
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