GMC LIFE- HOW TO

MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR GMC

A GMC is more than just a truck or SUV: it’s a professional-grade tool. Whether you’re carrying cargo, towing a trailer, or personalizing settings to your precise preferences, we’re here to help you learn how to fully leverage the capabilities of your GMC.


HOW TO HOST A PROFESSIONAL-GRADE TAILGATE

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Hosting your first tailgate with your family and friends? There’s a lot that goes into planning the perfect tailgate. These ten tips can help you prepare to cheer on your favorite team.

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HOW TO EXPERIENCE HANDS-FREE DRIVING WITH SUPER CRUISE

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Super Cruise™ (Limited Availability) — the industry’s first true hands-free driver assistance technology for compatible roads — will give on-the-go drivers a whole new way to experience the open road. This advanced technology will be available on the new 2022 Sierra 1500 Denali and standard for the Sierra Denali Ultimate, and will include new features like Automatic Lane Change and Super Cruise with trailering. Learn how Super Cruise can help take some stress out of a daily commute while drivers keep their eyes on the road.

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I PAID OFF MY GMC, NOW WHAT?

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With their payments complete, drivers might be in the mood to consider buying or leasing a new GMC truck or SUV. This can create some questions about making that final payment and available options. Here are some resources to help answer questions about taking those next steps.

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SIX MUST-ANSWER QUESTIONS DURING A TEST DRIVE

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Ready to hit the road and test drive a new GMC? These questions will help you know everything you need before getting your new ride.

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HOW TO USE YUKON’S REAR-SEAT MEDIA SYSTEM

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The GMC Yukon and Yukon XL have always represented first-class travel, but the style and comfort of these large SUVs have been elevated even higher for 2021. The Next Generation 2021 Yukon and Yukon XL now feature the available all-new Rear-Seat Media system with class-leading, dual 12.6-inch diagonal high-definition touch screens mounted to the back of the front seats. Learn how to use this system with your own media devices so passengers can enjoy on-the-go entertainment.

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BUYING A NEW GMC: HOW MUCH CAR CAN I AFFORD?

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So you're ready for a new GMC, but how much car can you afford? Take these four things into consideration before heading to the dealership.

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WHY YOU NEED A LEASE-END INSPECTION FOR YOUR GMC

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Getting a lease-end inspection provides valuable insights about the condition of your vehicle before you turn it in. Find out why it's important and how easy it is to schedule one.

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WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO BUY A GMC?

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Buying a new vehicle is a big decision and figuring out when to buy isn’t an exact science. These steps can help you navigate the process so you’re confident when getting your new GMC.

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TRAINING FOR TOMORROW: TECHNICAL TRAINING MANAGER ERIC KENAR ON THE EVOLUTION OF EXPERTISE

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There was a time when automotive maintenance and repair came down to the nuts and bolts. But today, it can take up to 118 different interconnected computer systems to move a modern vehicle. That’s why General Motors Technical Training Manager Eric Kenar works to ensure that GMC Certified Service technicians have all the tools of today’s trade. Learn more about how they become the experts you depend on.

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CAR-BUYING CHECKLIST: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN LOOKING FOR A NEW GMC

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Are you ready for a new GMC but not sure if you’re prepared? Learn the steps you need to take before buying a new vehicle with our car-buying checklist.

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HOW TO SET UP AND USE TRANSPARENT TRAILER ON GMC PICKUP TRUCKS

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The GMC Sierra Heavy Duty and Sierra 1500 are designed and built to feature excellent power and advanced technology to help give confidence and ease with towing. One of these features is the available transparent trailer view. One of the class-leading available up to 15 camera views on the Sierra Heavy Duty and Sierra 1500, transparent trailer view allows drivers to virtually see through a compatible trailer for a view of what’s behind your truck and trailer. Learn more about this industry-first technology and some tips on how to install the available equipment that is required.

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GMC ACCESSORIES MAKES PROFESSIONAL-GRADE, AT-HOME VEHICLE CARE POSSIBLE

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Whether at work or play, your GMC truck or SUV may sometimes need a good, thorough cleaning to keep looking its best. That’s why GMC Accessories offers a wide selection of products specially formulated to help clean and protect the inside and outside of your vehicle.

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HOW GMC SMART DRIVER CAN HELP IMPROVE YOUR DRIVING

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This feature is designed to help motorists understand their driving behaviors, see how they compare to other anonymous drivers and help them adopt smarter driving habits.

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CERTIFIED SERVICE: PERSONAL TRAINERS FOR YOUR GMC’S HEALTH REGIMEN 

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Many use the start of the new year as a reason to make a positive change in their lives, such as being more healthy. It could also be a good time to set a goal to take care of something else you rely on every single day to get you to the important places in your life: your GMC.

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HOW TO USE THE MULTIPRO TAILGATE AUDIO SYSTEM FROM KICKER®

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Playing music at your outdoor event takes your experience to the next level. Read on for how to get started using the KICKER MultiPro Tailgate Audio System.

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HOW TO: UTILIZE YOUR GMC INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM

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Whether you’re looking for advanced connectivity, enhanced media entertainment, smartphone integration, or simply to listen to the radio, your GMC Infotainment System can deliver the information or multimedia you’re looking for.

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HOW TO PAIR YOUR BLUETOOTH DEVICE WITH GMC INTELLILINK

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Want to use your smartphone to place hands-free calls or streaming music inside your new GMC? Bluetooth makes it possible—and here’s how you can connect your phone.

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HOW TO: USE YOUR GMC’S CLIMATE CONTROLS

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Whether it’s a matter of staying cool in the heat of summer, or toasty warm during the arctic chill of winter, a climatically-controlled interior is essential to staying comfortable in your vehicle. Fortunately, your GMC is equipped with a climate control system that allows you to do just that.

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HOW TO: PROGRAM AND USE MEMORY SEAT FUNCTIONS 

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If your GMC truck or SUV is equipped with available memory seat functionality, you can quickly recall your favorite driver’s seat position – and, if equipped, power mirror settings and power tilt/telescoping steering column settings.

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REMOTELY START YOUR GMC WITH AMAZON ALEXA

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The new myGMC Skill for Alexa allows you to remotely connect to your GMC truck or SUV using only your voice, and remotely start or stop your vehicle’s engine, or remotely lock or unlock your vehicle’s doors.

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KNOW WHEN YOUR TIRE PRESSURE IS LOW

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Proper tire pressures are a key element in ensuring your vehicle operates and handles properly. Learn how your GMC’s Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) can keep you informed of tire pressures and alert you when maintenance may be needed.

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CHOOSING PROFESSIONAL GRADE AUTHENTICITY

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You expect a lot of your GMC, and it should always be ready to deliver. When it’s time for service, go Professional Grade with the meticulous skill, advanced diagnostics, and connected technology of Authentic Expertise – only from GMC Certified Service.

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SPRING INTO ACTION

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Spring has sprung, and that means it’s time to start making your seasonal maintenance list. Lucky for you, we’ve already got one prepared so your GMC won’t get left in the dust.

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THE TRUTH ABOUT TIRE TYPES

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Learn more about the different kinds of tires you can get for your vehicle, and how to find your local Certified Service Center.

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SHOP-CLICK-DRIVE: SHOP FROM HOME FOR A NEW GMC BY GOING ONLINE

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A simple system allows you to find your ideal vehicle, calculate payments, and initiate the purchase process – all from the comfort of your own home.

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ROUTINE MAINTENANCE

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Ready for autumn? Now’s the perfect time to ensure your vehicle’s routine maintenance is completed by the Certified Service experts at your GMC dealership.

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A HIGHER STANDARD OF MAINTENANCE

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When you drive your GMC, you should expect nothing less than Professional Grade. You live to a higher standard, so why risk taking your GMC anywhere but to the experts who know it better than anyone?

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MAINTAIN YOUR GMC’S BRAKE SYSTEM

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Brakes play a crucial role in your GMC’s performance, especially when it comes to control. Over time and use, brake components will wear and require servicing. Learn more about what symptoms may signal your vehicle is due for brake maintenance at a GMC Certified Service location.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR SUMMER ROAD TRIP

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Summer is road trip season. Make sure your GMC truck or SUV is ready with these helpful tips. Prep your ride, then hit the road.

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ENGINE AIR FILTERS: IT'S ALL ABOUT PERFORMANCE

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Your GMC’s engine needs to breathe clean air in order to deliver optimized performance for the road ahead. Learn why maintaining your vehicle’s air filter is crucial to ensuring your GMC continues to deliver professional grade performance.

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TOP TIPS FOR TRAILERING AND LAUNCHING YOUR BOAT

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Heading to the water this summer? Here are some useful pointers for trailering and launching watercraft, along with ways GMC trucks and SUVs can make trailering easier.

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SPRING CLEANING: HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR GMC

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Spring may mean it’s time to clean out the attic or garage, but it’s also a prime time to clean and care for your vehicle. Consider these six steps to ensure your GMC is in peak condition for the months to come.

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HOW TO PREPARE YOUR GMC FOR SAFE TRAILERING

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This summer, make sure your GMC is ready to pull it’s weight — and more.

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KNOW WHEN YOUR WIPER BLADES NEED REPLACEMENT

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To drive with confidence, windshield wipers are a critical part of your GMC.

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HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT AXLE RATIOS FOR YOUR TRUCK

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Ordering the right axle ratio can further help tailor a new GMC truck or SUV to your particular needs.

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HOW TO CHOOSE BETWEEN LEASING AND FINANCING A NEW VEHICLE

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Leasing and financing can help break the purchase price of a new vehicle into monthly payments, but there are some distinct differences to consider when deciding between the two.

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HOW TO READ A VEHICLE’S WINDOW STICKER

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More than a price tag, a window sticker can provide these seven pieces of information that can prove useful when shopping for a new car, truck, or SUV.

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HOW (AND WHEN) TO USE FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE

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Four-wheel drive can be a valuable asset when roads turn slippery— but only when you know how to properly utilize it.

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HOW TO FIND YOUR TOW RATING

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Knowing your vehicle’s abilities allows you to properly pack and prepare for a safe towing trip.

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GVWR: HOW TO KNOW YOUR VEHICLE’S STRENGTH

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Carrying passengers or cargo? Knowing your gross vehicle weight rating helps ensure you don’t overload your vehicle.

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HOW TO SAFELY TRAILER YOUR BOAT

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Choosing a tow vehicle that can safely handle your boat or watercraft makes all the difference.

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PRO GRADE PROTECTION: SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE MADE EASY

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Want to ensure your GMC remains in its best shape? It’s easy – take advantage of your GMC’s Pro Grade Protection in order to perform scheduled maintenance.

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PROFESSIONAL GRADE BRAKE MAINTENANCE

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Brakes in good shape? Even if you’re not hauling a few hundred pounds in the back of your GMC, your brakes’ condition and performance are critical to safe, confident driving at all times.

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WINTER’S LAST STAND

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While there’s much to love about the beginning of a new year, driving - especially in inclement weather - doesn’t always make the list. But a little know-how can help keep you from feeling totally snowed as you wait on spring.

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TIRE TIPS FOR HOLIDAY TRAVEL

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If you’re heading out on the road this holiday season with your GMC, it’s extremely important to take a quick look at your vehicle’s tires – both tire condition and tire pressures play an important role in your journey.

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  • Due to current supply chain shortages, Super Cruise driver assistance technology will have limited or late availability. Availability is subject to change. Always pay attention while driving and when using Super Cruise. Do not use a hand-held device. Requires active Super Cruise plan or trial. Terms apply. Visit gmc.com/connectivity-technology/super-cruise for compatible roads and full details.

  • Lane Change on Demand and Automatic Lane Change not available while trailering. Always pay attention while driving and when using Super Cruise. Do not use a hand-held device. Requires active Super Cruise plan or trial. Terms apply. Visit gmc.com/connectivity-technology/super-cruise for compatible roads and full details.

  • Excludes other GM vehicles.

  • Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for important feature limitations and information. Some camera views requires available accessory camera and installation. Not compatible with all trailers. See your dealer for details.

  • Requires a capable 2015 model year or newer vehicle and active service. Visit onstar.com for vehicle capability.

  • 7,700-lb rating requires a properly equipped 2WD Canyon Elevation Crew Cab short bed model with available Duramax 2.8L I4 Diesel engine and Trailering Package. 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.

  • The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees, and optional equipment. Dealer sets final price. Click here to see all GMC vehicles’ destination freight charges.

  • Requires 4WD Crew Cab Short Bed with available 6.2L V8 engine and Max Trailering Package. 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.

  • Requires Sierra 3500 HD Regular Cab Long Bed 2WD DRW with available Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8, Max Trailering Package and gooseneck hitch. 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.

  • Requires 4WD Double Cab with available 6.2L V8 and Max Trailering Package. 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.

  • SLE models only.

  • Requires properly equipped 3500 Regular Cab DRW Long Box 2WD model with available 6.6L Duramax Turbo Diesel engine and gooseneck hitch. 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.

  • 7,550-lb rating requires a properly equipped 4WD Canyon Denali model with available Duramax 2.8L I4 Diesel engine. 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 oraccessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Requires 2WD Denali Short Box model with 5.3L V-8 engine. 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.

  • The 30,990 lbs. rating requires properly equipped Sierra 3500HD Crew Cab Long Box 4WD DRW with available Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8 engine. 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.

  • 7,550-lb rating requires a properly equipped Canyon AT4 Crew Cab short bed model with cloth seating, available Duramax 2.8L I4 Diesel engine and Trailering Package. 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.

  • Sierra’s 9,200-lb rating requires a properly equipped AT4 Crew Cab Short Bed 4WD model with 5.3L V8 engine. 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.

  • Requires properly equipped 3500 Crew Cab SRW Standard Box 4WD model with 6.6L gas V8 engine. These maximum payload ratings are intended for comparison purposes only. Before you buy a vehicle or use it to haul people or cargo, carefully review the vehicle loading section of the Owner’s Manual and check the carrying capacity of your specific vehicle on the label on the inside of the driver’s door jamb.

  • Savana Passenger's 9,600-lb rating requires 2500 or 3500 Regular Wheelbase model, trailering equipment package and 6.6L V8 engine. 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.

  • Savana Cargo’s 10,000-lb rating requires 2500 or 3500 Regular Wheelbase, trailering equipment package and 6.6L V8 engine. 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.

  • Savana Cutaway’s 8,920-lb rating requires a 4500 Series 159" Wheelbase model with available 6.6L V8 engine. These maximum payload ratings are intended for comparison purposes only. Before you buy a vehicle or use it to haul people or cargo, carefully review the vehicle loading section of the Owner’s Manual and check the carrying capacity of your specific vehicle on the label on the inside of the driver’s door jamb.

  • Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR). When properly equipped; includes weight of vehicle and trailer combination, including the weight of driver, passengers, fuel, optional equipment and cargo in the vehicle and trailer.

  • Maximum Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). When properly equipped; includes weight of vehicle, passengers, cargo and equipment.

  • Canyon’s 7000-lb rating requires available trailering package and 3.6L V-6 engine. 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.

  • Sierra's 12,500-lb rating requires Sierra Double Cab or Crew Cab Short box 2wd with 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine and NHT Max Trailering Package. 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.

  • Trailer weight ratings 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.

  • Trailer weight ratings 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.

  • Savana Passenger's 10,000-lb rating requires 2500 Wheel Base with 6.0L V8 engine. 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.

  • Savana Cargo's 10,000-lb rating requires 6.0L V8 engine. 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.

  • These maximum payload ratings are intended for comparison purposes only. Before you buy a vehicle or use it to haul people or cargo, carefully review the vehicle loading section of the Owner’s Manual and check the carrying capacity of your specific vehicle on the label on the inside of the driver’s door jamb.

  • Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR). When properly equipped, includes weight of vehicle, passengers, cargo and equipment.

  • Canyon’s 7700-lb rating requires 2WD Crew Cab model with available Duramax 2.8L I-4 Diesel engine. 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.

  • Starting at price for base Sierra HD. The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. See your GMC dealer for details. Click here to see all GMC destination freight charges.

  • Requires properly equipped 3500 Regular Cab DRW Long Box 2WD model with available 6.6L Duramax Turbo Diesel engine and gooseneck hitch. 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.

  • 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.

  • The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. See your GMC dealer for details. Click here to see all GMC destination freight charges. Bed/Roof-Mounted Bicycle Carriers shown. Requires crossbars or Thule Rack Solution. Non-GM warranty. Warranty by Thule®. See dealer for more information.

  • Requires available 3.6L V6 engine. 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.

  • These maximum payload ratings are intended for comparison purposes only. Before you buy a vehicle or use it to haul people or cargo, carefully review the vehicle loading section of the Owner’s Manual and check the carrying capacity of your specific vehicle on the label on the inside of the driver’s door jamb.

  • Requires 2WD Denali Short Box model with 5.3L V-8 engine. 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.

  • Requires properly equipped 3500 Crew Cab DRW Long Box 4WD model with available 6.6L Duramax Turbo Diesel engine and fifth wheel or gooseneck hitch. 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.

  • Requires properly equipped 3500 Crew Cab DRW Long Box 4WD model with available 6.6L Duramax Turbo Diesel engine and fifth wheel or gooseneck hitch. 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.

  • Savana Cutaway’s 9,006-lb rating requires a 4500 Series 159" Wheelbase model with available 6.0L V8 engine. These maximum payload ratings are intended for comparison purposes only. Before you buy a vehicle or use it to haul people or cargo, carefully review the vehicle loading section of the Owner’s Manual and check the carrying capacity of your specific vehicle on the label on the inside of the driver’s door jamb.

  • Savana Cargo’s 10,000-lb rating requires  the available 6.0L V8 engine and trailering equipment package.  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.

  • Savana Passenger's 9,600-lb rating requires a 2500 or 3500 Regular wheelbase model with available 6.0L V8 engine and trailering equipment package. 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.

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