What Your Truck Says About You
Whether we notice it or not, our cars say a lot about us. What you drive may resemble your personality, such that if you are environmentally-conscious you might drive a smaller (maybe even electric) vehicle. Or perhaps you enjoy life outdoors and tossing the family in the truck or SUV for a quick weekend camping trip. We love our cars because they do more than just get us there, they become a part of our lives and we rely on them—we trust them. So what does your truck say about you?
You don’t fully understand until you buy your first truck, but there are a TON of options to choose from, whether it’s size, color, shape, power, technology capabilities, and much more. Why wouldn’t you find a truck that matches your lifestyle, your personality? With the popularity of trucks these days, finding one that fits you shouldn’t be a problem.
The thing about pickup truck drivers is there are a few truisms, some good some not so good, that they understand. Here are three important ones:
- You will be asked by your non-truck driving friends to help move bulky items. This is a fact and there is nothing to stop it from happening. Truck drivers understand—they may not like it, but they deal—and simply wait for the call.
- Whereas you used to pay more at the pump with your truck, today’s hybrid trucks provide gas mileage that makes luxury sedans a bit jealous.
- The modern truck is just as luxurious and spacious and updated with all the technological and safety fixins’ as any other vehicle type on the road. So why wouldn’t you own a truck?
Performance, Comfort, and What Your Truck Says About You
Regardless of the look, the most impressive aspect of your truck should be quality. Since 1902, GMC has been making just that, quality trucks, with the variations of the Sierra. Through the years, the venerated Sierra truck has won countless awards and has climbed the scales of popularity and sales, reaching its way to the top.
Big on Performance and Power
If power and performance are your big things, you won’t find a better truck than the Sierra. 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. This bigger engine can tow up to 11,100 pounds! And 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.
Quality and Comfort
The GMC Sierra’s power and performance are impressive, but wait until you experience the comfort and quality of the interior. The cabin of the GMC Sierra is big. 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 inside, 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 and below the seats. To isolate the interior from the exterior, triple door seals are used to block outside noise from polluting the quiet and smooth ride within.
A Sweet Ride
Regardless of the type of truck driver you are, a smooth, even ride is surely on your list of necessities, and the Sierra—you guessed it—has that too. All 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. 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. But that’s not all, the steering and control to the Sierra, no matter what you are hauling or pulling, are responsive and fluid naturally and can do wonders to keep you in constant control.
So Which Sierra is the Best Fit For You?
This is where truck shopping gets really fun. You know what you want in a truck, and Sierra has it all, but now the big question: which Sierra? The 1500, 2500, or 3500?
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. And, GMC LED daytime running lights, Stabilitrak, a corner step rear bumper, hydraulic body mounts, and triple door seals come standard with all Sierra 1500 trim levels. As far as towing, the 1500 can handle up to 9,400 pounds with ease. This truck is good for hauling and pulling and truly excels in drive quality. This is the family-man’s truck, and it likes to get stuff done.
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 digital steering assist. And, it has a whopping 14,500 pounds towing capacity—making it the perfect work truck. If you need something that can handle those heavier loads and pull some bigger equipment, something that says “hey, this guy knows what he’s doing,” the Sierra 2500 is for you and your crew.
At the top level, the 3500 exceeds expectations. This truck was built especially for trailering and 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. If you want your truck to show off your hauling capabilities, this is the one.
But the best part of choosing a GMC Sierra is that you can basically build your own. There are numerous 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 models of the Sierra, you can actually piece together a version that works perfectly for what you need. This is helpful because you don’t end up getting your crew trucks that have unneeded features or capabilities. This way, your trucks are customized to your company’s needs.
Needs and wants for a truck: keep it practical and keep it classy
Your most important job, as a purchaser, is finding a truck that will last and one that fits your personality. Luckily, most trucks these days can be lifted or lowered, made loud or quiet, contain a strong presence, or blend into its surroundings just by making a few tweaks here and there. This means your primary goal is actually to make sure you have something that won’t break the bank due to breakdowns and costly repairs.
When shopping for your truck, narrow down what you are looking for: make and model, gas mileage, longevity, etc., and begin researching those aspects. Chances are you will end up at Liberty Buick GMC, which is perfect because our trained technicians and sales specialists can guide you right into that perfect truck.
Don’t waste your time anywhere else, come see us at Liberty Buick GMC today to find a truck that perfectly resembles you.