When it comes to US roads, Texas leads the way with more than 300,000 total miles of roads and streets. And that doesn't include desert roads, back country roads, or open roads that capable vehicles, such as the GMC Sierra, are built to handle. In Texas, trucks position you to better experience what the state has to offer.
Traveling through Texas's paved roads is an easy affair, especially when it's done with the GMC Sierra 1500. If Mother Nature supplies a challenge or if uneven roads are encountered, you can rely on the Sierra's StabiliTrak system, which helps to maintain steering control. The system adjusts the engine speed and braking pressure to any wheel when it detects that the truck is not responding to steering inputs.
Other features further enhance the the driver's confidence. As Sierra 1500 and 2500 models feature a standard tire pressure monitor system, sensors embedded in each wheel monitor tire pressures and send a warning signal to the Driver Information Center on the instrument panel, alerting the driver when a tire's pressure drops too low. Additionally, the available OnStar system, can provide turn-by-turn navigation directions and helps you reach emergency assistance should the need arise.
Texas has many desert and back country roads that, as a result of a harsh climate, can exhibit washboarding, rutting, and ditches that can be challenging for many vehicles to handle. The Sierra, however, is an exception. Some of the more popular open roads can be found at Big Bend Ranch, Texas's largest state park, which offers 70 miles of unkempt dirt roads that lead to remote desert landscapes. Park officials recommend that travelers use a high clearance vehicle to trek across these roads. With more than 8 inches of ground clearance the Sierra is built to take them on.
Because bad shocks can make a vehicle bounce and slip, especially in the front, the Sierra's available Z71 Off-Road Suspension package is ideal for longer journeys off the beaten path. The Z71 package – also included with the All Terrain package -- provides off-road tuned shock absorbers, jounce bumpers, and a skid plate to protect the transfer case while traveling over rough terrain. The Eaton locking rear differential helps improve traction on loose surfaces, while the Z71’s Hill Descent Control leverages the anti-lock brake system to provide a smooth, controlled descent on challenging inclines.
The Sierra's expansive cargo volume (more than 61 cubic feet within the standard-length bed) accommodates any equipment necessary to tailgate at a Dallas Cowboys game. But if you need to tow a trailer, especially when traveling to one of Texas' many great campgrounds, such as Balmorhea State Park or Bastrop State Park, the Sierra is fully equipped to handle the journey.
Thanks to the available Max Trailering package, the Sierra 1500 can tow up to 12,000 pounds. To help provide a safe trip, a trailer brake controller located near the steering wheel allows you to adjust the braking force on trailers equipped with electric brakes. This same controller interacts with Sierra’s Stabilitrak system, and if trailer sway is detected, the trailer’s brakes can be automatically applied in a manner that helps improve control.