GMC trucks, crossovers, SUVs, and vans allow you to confidently tow light or heavy loads over long distances without sacrificing power or handling. From the GMC Sierra 1500 to SUVs like GMC Terrain or Yukon, there are a variety of vehicles designed to meet your trailering needs.
To find the best GMC vehicle for your trailering needs, there are a few factors to consider.
FREQUENCY AND DURATION
How frequently will you be towing?
Will you tow over short or long distances?
What will the conditions often be like?
Will you be towing in places where traction is an issue?
How much does your trailer weigh?
In addition to the trailer, how much weight will you carry?
Will your towing and/or payload needs increase in the future?
What is the height and width of your trailer?
What type of hitch does your trailer require?
Is your trailer equipped with trailer brakes?
What type of electrical connection does your trailer require?
Before selecting a hitch or trailering package, you should be familiar with the weight ratings specific to your GMC vehicle because it affects how your vehicle handles, corners, brakes, and signals.
Commonly used for trailering light and medium loads, this hitch is mounted to a step bumper or draw bar. Be sure the hitch diameter fits the trailer coupler and can accommodate the trailer’s weight.
Most often used for heavier trailering, this hitch type more evenly distributes weight between the vehicle’s front axle and the trailer’s axles.
FIFTH-WHEEL HITCH/GOOSENECK HITCH
Designed for heavy trailering, these hitches are located in the bed of the truck and position the trailer’s kingpin weight over the truck’s rear axle. They’re frequently used with travel trailers, horse trailers, and other large trailers.
There are two common types of trailer brakes. Each is used for a different purpose.
Trailer brakes are required above 2,000-lb trailer weights on Sierra and Yukon and above 1,000-lb trailer weight on all other models.
Flat towing, or “dinghy towing,” allows you to tow your vehicle behind another vehicle, while keeping all four tires on the ground. Towing in this manner is acceptable only on 4 wheel-drive trucks, depending on the transfer case option. The vehicle should be properly equipped and prepared as described in the downloadable service bulletin, available here.
1. When properly equipped. Maximum trailer weight ratings are calculated assuming a base vehicle, except for any options necessary to achieve the rating, plus driver.
2. Trailering weights are calculated assuming properly equipped vehicle, plus driver and one passenger. The weight of other optional equipment, passengers and cargo will reduce the trailer weight your vehicle can tow. See dealer for details.
3. EPA-estimated 15 city/21 hwy MPG with the 5.3L V8 engine. Based on 2012 GM Large Pickup segment.
4. EPA-estimated city/hwy MPG: Sierra 1500 with Vortec 4.3L V6, 15/20; Sierra XFE with Vortec 5.3L V8, 15/22; Yukon with Vortec 5.3L V8, 15/21; Yukon Hybrid with Vortec 6.0L V8, 20/23; Yukon XL with Vortec 5.3L V8, 15/21.
5. V6 equipped models only.
6. EPA-estimated 15 city/21 hwy MPG. Based on 2011 GM Large SUV segment.
7. EPA-estimated MPG: Canyon Crew Cab 2WD with 2.9L I-4 engine, 18 city/25 hwy.; Savana 1500 2WD with 5.3L V8 engine, 13 city/17 hwy.; Sierra 1500 XFE with 5.3L V8 engine, 15 city/22 hwy.; Yukon with 5.3L V8 engine, 15 city/21 hwy.
8. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.