GMC is Professional Grade off-road, too

I got to drive a brand-new GMC Sierra last week. It was quite a ride. And I have to say, GM has been making some serious improvements over the last few years.

I’m quite impressed with the latest edition of the GMC Sierra. Granted, the one I drove had all the bells and whistles. It was the Denali version, so it was loaded with just about every option you could think of.

It was a diesel, too, and even with the latest emissions requirements, I was getting just shy of 20 miles to the gallon out of it. That’s not bad at all for a vehicle with enough horsepower and torque to drag a school across the state.

It also had a dang nice four-wheel-drive system. I used the four-wheel-drive every day, because I had to get across my moat. The spring rains have left about a three-foot-deep puddle at the end of my driveway, and under all that water is about six inches of gumbo mud. But I put the Denali in four-high and crept through, and it never missed a beat.

It also got us through the stickier sections on a forest road up in the Pole Mountain area. There were places I worried we’d never make it through, but it crawled through them with no trouble at all. And at one point, I thought I’d left it in four-wheel-drive, but I apparently had taken it out. I crept through the mud hole, and when I got to the other side, I went to put it back in two-wheel-drive, but I realized it was already there. Pretty impressive.

And then there were the creature comforts. It had an oversized crew cab, so there was even plenty of room in the back seat. It came with the short bed, but the long bed is available as an option, and I’d have preferred it on a one-ton like the one I drove.

From the drivetrain to the luxury interior, the GMC Sierra Denali was one nice ride. It’ll get you to your favorite fishing hole, and it’ll get you there in comfort and style.