Video: “Cheap” GMC Work Truck vs $100K Off-Roader: What Do You Get for Your Extra $50K, Anyway?

2024 gmc sierra hd pro work truck 2500 at4x aev edition price feature review comparison

How does a fairly basic new 2024 GMC Sierra HD 4×4 work truck compare to the top-of-the-line AT4X AEV luxury off-roader? Here is how! I put these two side by side. There is nearly a $50K price difference between these two. What are all the differences?

The GMC Sierra heavy-duty lineup starts with their “Pro” trim. This is a fairly basic work truck that is still very well-equipped. I went to my friends at Johnson Auto Plaza and selected a Sierra 2500 HD Pro 4WD in a double-cab configuration. This one has an 8-foot bed and an X31 off-road package. It’s rolling on smallish tires (31.6 inches in diameter) that are mounted on steel wheels. This one has an older interior design, basic cloth seats, and vinyl floors.

Still, this Sierra Pro work truck has cruise control, a towing package with an integrated brake controller, and a 6-person cab configuration. Under the hood is the 6.6L gas V8 with 401 hp and 464 lb-ft of torque. Starting for the 2024 model year, the gas V8 is paired with a 10-speed Allison-branded automatic transmission. This configuration of the work truck has approximately 3,300 lbs of payload and 20,000 lbs of maximum towing capacity.

Now, let’s take a look at the all-new 2024 GMC Sierra HD AT4X AEV edition. The HD AT4X is all-new for this year. The basis for this trim is a crew cab (with four full-size doors) with a standard 6’10” bed. It’s equipped with a 4×4 system that includes 2-High, 4-High, 4-Auto, and 4-Low. In contrast, the work truck’s 4WD system does not offer a 4-Auto feature.

The AT4X package gives the 4×4 truck a 1.5-inch front and rear suspension lift. It’s riding on DSSV spool-valve position-sensitive dampers by Multimatic. The position-sensitive feature of the damper means that the shock can offer different resisting forces depending on the position of the shock’s piston. The AT4X has a selectable rear axle locker and it is riding on 35-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires.

The gas V8-powered version of the Sierra HD 2500 AT4X starts at around $84,000 including destination charges. The 6.6L Duramax V8 turbo-diesel offers 470 hp and 975 lb-ft of torque and adds about $9,500 to the price of the truck.

The AEV Edition package adds tough steel bumpers (front and rear), skid plates (except for the fuel tank and the rear differential), and unique Salta 18-inch wheels. The AEV package also includes exterior badging and interior trim. The AEV Edition package adds around $9,300 to the price of the truck. In the end, the AT4X AEV Edition you see here has a window sticker price of $104,175.

Join me in the video below for an old-fashioned side-by-side comparison.