Summer Strength: Which GMC Truck is Best for You?

May 24th, 2021 by

You deserve a truck that can handle anything thrown at it. Summer is right around the corner and there are plenty of projects to complete, so you want a truck designed to thrive on your jobs—whether personal or professional. You need a truck that can handle heavy-duty pulling and towing. Your need a GMC Sierra, but which one is right for you? 

The type of truck you drive says something about the quality of work you perform and it helps to show the type of person you are. Choosing a make and model of truck is integral to your success, so why choose anything other than the best? Within the Sierra family, you are sure to find the one that strikes your fancy. Let’s take a closer look at what GMC has to offer. 

 

Choosing the Right GMC Sierra Truck

Since 1902, GMC has been making other truck companies envious of the Sierra. Through the years, the venerated GMC Sierra truck has won countless awards and praises, and what we have come to find is that there really isn’t a wrong Sierra to choose, as they all perform at incredibly high levels.

We encourage anyone interested in driving a new or used Sierra truck to first come into Liberty Buick GMC today and open the hood of an all-new GMC Sierra to see for yourself just how impressive the mechanics of this machine are. When it comes to performance, you will not find a better truck. For example, on the lowest end, the Sierra comes with a 4.3-liter, V-6 engine that can go from 0 mph to 60 mph in just under 8 seconds. But, if the work you do requires a bit more power, check out the 5.3-liter, V-8 engine that has 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. And this bigger engine can tow up to 11,100 pounds! However, if that is still not enough power for you there’s another: a 6.2-liter, V-8 engine with a 12,500-pound towing capacity plus 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Now that is a lot of power. 

If the GMC Sierra’s performance levels impress you, wait until you experience the comfort and quality of its cabin. The interior of the GMC Sierra is large, no matter which model you choose. There is plenty of room to stretch and move around. The seats themselves are plush and easy to nestle into. The driver’s seat allows you to position yourself perfectly, thanks to the power-adjustable pedals and steering wheel that tilts and telescopes. There are plenty of soft-touch materials covering the interior, and chrome accents border sections of the dash’s control panel and steering wheel to make the cabin pop. Ambient lighting sets a comforting, cool mood. Drivers also get up to five USB ports with both 12- and 110-volt compatibility points so that you are able to charge just about anything from your phone to a laptop. There is more than enough storage room in the middle section of the front seat, and even more can be found in the door panels as well as below the seats. And, to isolate the interior from the exterior, triple door seals are used to block outside noise from polluting the quiet and smooth ride within. 

This leads us to the drive itself. All GMC Sierra trucks operate with a front strut and rear leaf-spring suspension. This provides extra cushion and makes the impact of bumps and potholes virtually nonexistent. And if you are worried about drive quality when hauling extra big loads, you can opt for the Magnetic Ride Control, which helps reduce intense up-and-down motions. This will also help the steering and control to the Sierra, no matter what you are hauling or pulling, to be responsive and fluid. 

 

So Which Sierra is the Best Fit For You?

The 1500, 2500, or 3500? They all pack a punch and come with their own special features and areas of power. Let’s start by looking at some specific specs and features for each of the three models. 

Sierra 1500

The baseline 1500 is available in a 5.3- or 6.2-liter EcoTech3 V-8 engine. In certain trim levels, the 1500 comes with the Z71 off-road suspension system. GMC LED daytime running lights, Stabilitrak, a corner step rear bumper, hydraulic body mounts, and triple door seals come standard with all GMC Sierra 1500 trim levels. As far as towing, the 1500 can handle up to 9,500 pounds with ease. This truck is good for not only hauling and pulling, but it also truly excels in drive quality. 

Sierra 2500: 

Stepping it up a notch, the 2500 offers everything the 1500 does and more. It comes with a 5.3-liter, V-8 or a 6.6-liter, V-8 Duramax diesel engine. The 2500 also has an Allison Series 1000 transmission, an available spray-on bed liner, and a digital steering assist. And, it has a whopping 14,500 pounds towing capacity. If you need something that can handle those heavier loads and pull some bigger equipment, the GMC Sierra 2500 is for you and bigger jobs.

Sierra 3500: 

At the top level, the 3500 exceeds expectations. This truck was built especially for trailering, hauling, and can handle as much as 23,200 pounds (using fifth-wheel trailering). The 3500 comes with Digital Steering Assist to help keep control of those heavy payloads, and there is what’s called Hill Start Assist, which momentarily holds the breaks while you switch your foot from the brake pad to the gas. This is especially useful on inclines or unstable surface areas. The 3500 offers everything the other two models do, plus a few extras like an EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate, chrome trailering mirrors, an automatic locking rear differential, and comes in a 6.2-liter engine or a 6.6-liter, V-8 Duramax diesel. 

The best part of choosing a GMC Sierra is that you can basically build your own. There are numerous GMC Sierra packages to choose from and even more trim-level features to sift through and add on. So if there are aspects you like of all three GMC Sierra models, you can piece together a version that works perfectly for you. This is helpful because you don’t end up getting your crew trucks that have unneeded features or capabilities and your trucks are customized to your company’s needs.

The idea of the workman’s truck has come a long way. Just as we are becoming ever more convenient and efficient, so are our tools and accessories. Before a truck was a mode to transfer materials from one place to another or even to pull around farm equipment. Pretty simple, but useful. Now, in addition to hauling materials and pulling heavy machinery, the modern truck is the command center, the hub from where the work begins. 

And of these mobile command centers, which is the most reliable and handy? The GMC Sierra does the most and does it well. Inside its luxurious cabin, you will find yourself seated in a high-tech control center—the leather-trimmed seats with accent stitching face an intelligent-looking console and dash enabled to read your text messages, turn into a Wi-Fi hotspot, and guide you to job sites. It has plenty of power connectors with six USB ports, a 110-volt electric outlet, and an area in the console designated to hold a laptop and a tablet. There is more interior room than you could ever use—with the plush, pillowed seats, you won’t want to leave. Come see us today and drive away in a new Sierra truck.

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