8 Must-Haves for Your GMC Truck

April 27th, 2018 by

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This List Guarantees Your New GMC Truck is Everything You Want and More

These are not your grandpa’s trucks. Today’s GMC trucks are tough, rugged and decked out with luxury options. These trucks rival the trendiest of passenger cars and SUVs with their family-friendly and tech options. But, if you’re looking for a GMC truck, it needs to be a capable tower, hauler, and workhorse, along with having all of the bells and whistles.


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This list guarantees your GMC truck will be everything you need and everything you want.

    1. Towing and Hauling

GMC trucks, vans, and SUVs are great tools for towing. But remember, towing ability varies from truck to truck. A good example of this is the Sierra 1500. It can handle up to 12,000 pounds, but then the Sierra Heavy Duty can tow double!

Knowing your trucks capabilities beforehand will greatly impact how you use it. Knowing what you want your truck to do, in general, should impact whether or not you choose the mid-sized option, like the Canyon, which can tow 7,700. Or a heavy-duty GMC truck, like the Sierra HD Denali, which can haul and tow 23,000 pounds. But for most prospective truck owners, a light duty truck, like the Sierra 1500 is a great compromise. It can haul and tow a combined 12,000 pounds.

If you have specific items you’ll be towing, like a boat or trailer, make sure you do the math on which truck is right for you.

    1. Cargo Room

You need your truck to carry some serious cargo in the bed. You’ll want to be able to load it up with whatever life or work has in store. Go for a truck bed that is at least 72 inches long and 48 inches wide. For a GMC truck, that means you want either the standard bed or the long bed. This will handle most everything you’ll need from sports equipment to construction supplies. The short bed can also work for most people who know they won’t be loading it down with large wood or long pipes.

    1. Passenger Room

You know what your everyday life looks like, so be sure to choose a cab that will meet your needs. The Regular Cab has two doors, with two to three seats in a single front row. The Extended Cab/Double Cab has two doors with two rows of seats. The Crew Cab has two rows of seats with four doors. The Crew cab is usually the best bet for kids and families.

    1. Engine Options

To get the best performance out of your truck, know what it will handle. Let’s use the Sierra 1500’s engine options as an example. This GMC truck comes with four engine options. The base has a 285-horsepower V6 engine. This is perfect for driving around and light towing. For more of a workhorse, you need one of the V8 engines. There’s a 355-horsepower V8 and a 420-horsepower V8. Both work very well for towing and hauling. The more powerful of the two will deliver better acceleration.

    1. Safely See What’s Around You

Trucks are big, that’s why it’s important you can see what’s around you. The height of the cabin should give you an enhanced view, but also look for big side mirrors. If you plan to haul anything like a boat, motorhome, or trailer; you’ll want to have larger mirrors for better visibility. GMC offers towing mirrors that incorporate side and back mounted clearance lights, projected cargo lamps, and internal turn signals.

Also look for driver assist options like front and rear parking sensors, forward collision alert, forward automatic braking, lane keep assist, and a safety alert seat.

Also, take a look at the overall safety ratings, GMC trucks typically earn high marks. For example, the 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 has a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and comes standard with a rearview camera and GMC’s Teen Driver system. This is a handy little system that allows parents to set a speed and audio volume limit.

    1. Power Outlets

Before you purchase your next pickup truck, check for power outlets. Chances are you will need a few to stay connected. No matter if you plan to use this vehicle just for work or for recreation with your family, it’s a great idea to have power outlets for all of your devices. Even the light-duty, GMC Canyon offers four USB ports and a 12V charging outlet. The other models have more in their extended and crew cab options.

    1. Infotainment Systems

GMC trucks have one of the nicest cabins on the market, part of that package is the infotainment system. It’s a must for a comfortable ride; trucks come standard with a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the IntelliLink infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen. You can also opt up to satellite radio and OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.

    1. Gas Mileage

Full-size trucks aren’t known for their fuel economy, but GMC is making strides in the area. For the trucks with a fuel economy option, it’s a V6 or mild hybrid engines. That will get you 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. That’s pretty good for a truck. The smaller V8 engine will get you 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. So not huge savings with the V6. Plus, there is also an eAssist mild hybrid option, which includes the smaller V8 and an electric motor. Power output comparable with the smaller V8, but fuel economy improves.

From the quality of the ride, comfort to the passengers, storage availability and lower gas mileage, just follow this list to the truck of your dreams. There may be a few other “must haves” that are personal for you, but this is the perfect jumping off point for anyone hoping to be fully satisfied with their new truck.

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