GMC Trucks First Drive: Low-Key Luxury in the Sand

What do you get when you cross a truck with seemingly endless acres of soft sand? Before last week, I would have answered “a tow truck and a hefty bill,” but now I know that the answer is “Fun, lots of fun!” GMC Trucks can handle towing your 4-wheelers to the sand, pushing sand, and yes, even driving in sand!

GMC Trucks First Drive: Low-Key Luxury in the Sand

I was invited by GMC to take a short trip to Utah for their GMC Pickup and Plow Experience at Coral Pink Sand Dunes. Included in the event were opportunities to drive several pickup models including the 2018 Sierra 2500 4WD Crew Cab SLT and the 2018 Canyon 4WD Crew Denali.

Because of our ranching business, I regularly have the opportunity to drive a variety of pickup trucks with different trim levels by different makers, but this was an opportunity to drive brand-new and fully loaded GMC trucks — count me in!

When the option to drive the 2018 Sierra that was to pull a trailer holding two of the 4-wheelers we’d be using later in the day was offered, I eagerly snagged it for my driving partner, Jeff Zurschmeide, and me. Jeff drove first, while I got to enjoy the smooth ride through the town of St. George as we made our way to Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.

GMC Trucks First Drive: Low-Key Luxury in the Sand

2018 Sierra 2500 4WD Crew Cab SLT

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Judie Lipsett Stanford
Judie is the co-owner and Editor-in-Chief of Gear Diary, which she founded in September 2006. She started in 1999 writing software reviews at the now-defunct; from mid-2000 through 2006, she wrote hardware reviews for and co-edited at The Gadgeteer. A recipient of the Sigma Kappa Colby Award for Technology, Judie is best known for her device-agnostic approach, deep-dive reviews, and enjoyment of exploring the latest tech, gadgets, and gear.