One of the most important questions many individuals ask when looking to purchase a new truck is "how much can that tow?" That figure varies based upon not only the power of your engine, but also the strength and rigidity of its chassis, and whether it is equipped with a heavy-duty suspension.
At GMC, we know professionals need to find the perfect tool for the job, and the same applies to pickups. Your local GMC dealer can work with you to find the best professional grade pickup for your towing needs.
Our new 2015 Canyon provides the agility of a midsize pickup, yet can still tow up to 7,000 pounds when equipped with the available 3.6-liter V-6 and Trailering Package.
Meanwhile, the full-size GMC Sierra line is available in three different forms, each tailored to fit different needs. To start, the Sierra 1500, is available with a wide variety of engine, cab and bed options, and has the ability to tow trailers weighing up to 12,000 pounds when equipped with the 420-horsepower EcoTec3 6.2 liter V8 engine and the available Max Trailering package.
If your towing needs exceed that figure, GMC has you covered. The Sierra 2500HD, which is available with the powerful 6.6 liter Duramax Diesel engine and an Allison six-speed automatic transmission, can tow trailers weighing up to 17,900 pounds. If you’re towing heavy equipment, the Sierra 3500HD might be the better fit for you. With a fifth-wheel hitch installed in the bed, a Sierra 3500HD equipped with the Duramax/ Allison pairing will have the ability to trailer up to 23,000 pounds.
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 is. All Sierra models have a sturdy fully-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.
Strength is only one piece to the towing puzzle – maintaining control over your vehicle and trailer at all times is incredibly important, and GMC pickups offer several features that assist the driver while towing. 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 braking. 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.
Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.