2021 GMC Sierra 2500 HD review: Monster truck

Make no mistake, this truck is huge.

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Heavy-duty trucks are special-purpose tools designed to tow immense loads and haul mountains of stuff in all kinds of conditions. Like other HD pickups, the 2021 GMC Sierra 2500 AT4’s general lack of refinement, low fuel efficiency and ponderous dynamics make living with it day to day a challenge if you don’t need the vast capability it offers.


  • Towing and hauling capability
  • Refined powertrain
  • Ingenious tailgate

Don’t Like

  • Lackluster performance
  • Same old interior
  • Brash styling

Providing a bit of extra style and off-road capability, the Sierra 2500 AT4 models feature dark chrome exterior accents, body-color bumpers and a bold grille design. The standard bright-red recovery hooks look great and should be super useful on the trail. Ensuring this truck can take you out into the wilderness, it comes with Rancho shocks, a locking rear differential and standard 18-inch wheels with Michelin all-terrain tires, though this example rolls on swanky 20-inch rims.

Bigger isn’t always better

With a crew-cab body and off-road suspension, this Sierra is enormous, about a trailer hitch short of 21 feet in length, and that’s with just the 82-inch, standard-length bed. Its elevated cab gives you

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Second stimulus check payment groups: Will your check come first or last?

Which payment group you’re in could affect when you get your second stimulus check.

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In under two weeks, the IRS and US Treasury will attempt to process tens of millions of second stimulus checks before reaching a Jan. 15 cutoff. It’s true, this deadline is actually written into the $900 stimulus bill. Meanwhile, the payments will continue until then through direct depositphysical checks and EIP cards

So far the IRS has acted quickly, but with such a tight deadline, there’s a good chance that not everyone who qualifies for more stimulus money will get their check right away. (Here’s how to calculate your stimulus check total.) Other roadblocks could also potentially hold up your second stimulus check. Where you slot into the payment schedule can give you an idea if you’ll among the first to get a second stimulus check for up to $600 per person, or near the end. (Here’s why some people may not get another check at all.)

We’ll explain what we know below. By the way, the last-minute push to replace the $600 checks with $2,000 maximum died in the Senate Jan. 1, but President-elect

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