The powerful and luxurious 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali light-duty pickup truck won Truck Trend's Pickup Truck of the Year Award.
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GMC Sierra 1500 is Towing Champ

Strong performance, efficiency pulls Sierra to front of light-duty truck segment

In a head-to-head capability test conducted by editors from,, and named the GMC Sierra 1500 the 2016 Texas Truck Showdown Towing Champion.­­


Editors praised the Sierra 1500 SLT crew cab test truck, which was equipped with the available 6.2L V-8 engine – the gas engine with the most horsepower in the segment – and eight-speed automatic transmission, for their effortless performance. Equipped with the available Max Trailering Package, the two-wheel drive Sierra test truck offered a maximum trailering rating of 12,000 lbs1.


“This is a mild-mannered pickup that is ready to don its cape and do some heavy lifting, saving the day from a long list of work chores,” said Mark Williams, editor. “The engine and transmission are synced up like a smooth-flying jet rocket.”


Other trucks in’s Texas Truck Towing Showdown testing included:

  • Ford F-150 Lariat with the 3.5L V-6 EcoBoost
  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ with the 5.3L V-8
  • Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn with the 5.7L V-8
  • Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition with the 5.7L V-8.


“This recognition validates everything GMC stands for: powerful truck capability uniquely coupled with premium appointments and refinement,” said Sierra marketing manager Stuart Pierce. “Combined with bold new styling for 2016 and its crafted interior, the Sierra handles the toughest tasks in the utmost comfort.”

A five-part series outlining the ins and outs of the entire evaluation begins today at Conducted over a weeklong period in the Houston area, the evaluation – one of’s most extensive comparison tests – included 20 different objective tests, along with judging each truck in six additional categories.


Technology was one of the categories considered, and the Sierra also scored high in this category, thanks to its compatibility with new Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities2.


The 2016 Best Light-Duty Truck for Towing award is the third recent accolade for GMC from The Canyon took the crown in the 2015 Midsize Truck Shootout and the 2015 Sierra 3500HD claimed the top spot in the Ultimate Heavy Duty Challenge.

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