There can be no doubt that the new 2017 Sierra HD All Terrain X is a handsome truck. With body color bumpers, door handles, and other elements - and various blacked out body parts - the All Terrain X package looks great.
But is the All Terrain X a worthy competitor to the Ford Raptor?
Key Features of The All Terrain X
Aside from the styling elements, the key features of the X package are:
- 18" aluminum wheels with 275/65R18 Goodyear Wrangler mud-terrain-rated DuraTrac® tires
- An Eaton automatically locking rear differential
- A bed mounted sport bar
- Some nice add-on options, like a spray-in bedliner, upgraded mirrors, upgraded sidebars, and some fancy add-ons in the interior
The bed-mounted sport bar can support LED off-road lights.
Like the lower All Terrain package, the All Terrain X features the Z71 off-road suspension package. This includes twin-tube Rancho shocks, upgraded skid plates, and hill descent control.
Made for off-roading
But the big story is the availability of GMC"s newest Duramax diesel, a 6.6L monster pumping out 445hp and ridiculous 910 lb-ft of torque. This is a major upgrade over the 6.0L gas V8, which produces a respectable 360hp.
Off-roading doesn't get much more comfortable than this.
A base model All Terrain X should start around $55,000, with a $10,000 (or so) bump for the Duramax upgrade.
How Similar is the All Terrain X to the Ford Raptor?
This comparison chart shows the similarities and differences between the two trucks:
|2018 GMC All Terrain X||2017 Ford Raptor|
|Beefed up version of the:|| |
Sierra 2500 HD
- 6.0L V8 with 360hp
- 6.6L V8 Turbodiesel Duramax with 445hp
|3.5L V6 with 450hp|
|Maximum Torque/Towing Capacity|| |
910 lb-ft/18,100 lbs
|510 lb-ft/8,000 lbs|
|Starting Price|| |
|Off-Road Upgrades|| |
- Z71 Suspension Package
- Hill decent control
- Off-road information graphics
|Too many to list|
As you can see, the big differences between these two trucks are:
- Torque and towing capacity
- The Raptor's substantially different level of off-road upgrades
The fact that the All Terrain X is a heavy duty truck and the Raptor isn't explains a lot of these differences. While the Raptor isn't nearly as capable as the All Terrain X in terms of towing and hauling, Ford's Raptor was purpose-built for off-roading.
Both trucks, however, are luxurious and powerful, and both will manage "normal" off-road situations well enough. The All Terrain X is a better value (more power, more capability, similar pricing), and for that reason we think it's the superior truck.
Of course, there is room to argue.