One of the most important questions many individuals ask when looking to purchase a new truck is "how much can that tow?" Depending on several factors, including the amount of power your engine has, strength and rigidity of chassis, and whether it is equipped with a heavy-duty suspension along with other towing accessories, you can work with your dealer to determine what is the best pickup for your towing situation.
Based on your needs, GMC offers three different model lines of the Sierra. To start, the Sierra 1500, which is available in a wide selection of cab and bed sizes and has the ability to tow up to 10,700 lbs. when equipped with the 403 horsepower Vortec 6.2 liter VVT V8 engine and the Max Trailering package. If your towing needs are greater than what the Sierra 1500 offers, GMC also has the Sierra 2500HD. Available with the 6.6 liter Duramax diesel engine and mated to a Allison six-speed automatic transmission. If you're towing heavy equipment, check out the Sierra 3500HD. With a fifth-wheel hitch installed in the bed of your Sierra 3500HD, your truck will have the ability to trailer up to 23,100 lbs., when equipped with a Duramax diesel engine and Allison transmission.
One of the other important factors when choosing the best pickup for your towing is to find out how strong and rigid the chassis of the truck has been designed. All GMC Light Duty Sierra's have a sturdy hydroformedfully-boxed frame, which allows gives a strong, stable platform for the engine and cab. GMC Sierra HD's also have a fully boxed frame that is crafted from high-strength steel. The brackets and cross-members are welded, not riveted and the tubular cross-members are through welded. All this adds up to significantly added strength and resistance to twisting over rough surfaces.
Finally, the pickup needs to be equipped with smart driver control features to help with your towing needs. No matter which pickup truck you choose from GMC, it will come equipped with a tow/haul mode that allows for raised upshift points to allow for strong acceleration plus raised downshift points to aid in slowing the truck using engine breaking. Additional features may include Trailer Sway Control, Diesel Exhaust Brake, Hill Start Brake Assist, and Trailering Mirrors.
As you can tell, all GMC Sierra pickup trucks have a combination of equipment and technology that makes them some of the best pickups for towing available in today's marketplace. To learn more about the Sierra line of trucks, including the Sierra Denali, check out GMC.com.