2016 Texas Truck Showdown Names GMC Sierra 1500 Towing Champ

2016 Texas Truck Showdown - GMC Sierra 1500

The GMC Sierra 1500 has been named the 2016 Texas Truck Showdown Towing Champion in a head-to-head capability contest that involved editors from respected automotive resources like Cars.com, PickupTrucks.com, and MrTruck.com.

The truck they tested was the Sierra 1500 SLT, equipped with the available 6.2-liter V8 engine, the most powerful gas-powered engine in the segment. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, it offers a max trailer rating of 12,000 pounds.

It was pitted against the Ford F-150 Lariat, Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ, Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn, and Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition. Despite having the most powerful engine in the test with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, the Sierra 1500 SLT also ranked first in fuel economy with a trailer.

Needless to say, there’s a reason customers in the market for a new truck tend to settle on the Sierra 1500 at Joseph Auto.

“This is a mild-mannered pickup that is ready to don its cape and do some heavy lifting, saving the day from a long list of work chores,” said Mark Williams, PickupTrucks.com editor. “The engine and transmission are synced up like a smooth-flying jet rocket.”

Super Bowl Ad: Hyundai’s First Date Commercial Tops Meter

We all know that people look forward to the Super Bowl not just for the football but also for the ads. But did you know that more people look forward to watching the ads than the game itself?—or that a 30-second spot alone costs about $4 million to air?

Given the huge cost of making a Super Bowl ad and the huge audience that watches it, it’s no wonder companies put so much effort into making them as good as possible. And this year, there was a clear winner as to which company had the best ads of them all: Hyundai.

Don’t just take our word for it at Joseph Auto: the Korean automaker was the first-ever car company to capture the top spot on USA Today’s Super Bowl Ad Meter, which has been used since 1989 to measure the success of Big Game ads.

Hyundai was ranked first with the ultra-popular “First Date” ad, featuring Kevin Hart as an overprotective father who uses his Hyundai Genesis’ tracking system to keep his daughter’s date in line. Two other Hyundai ads were featured in the top six, including one featuring Ryan Reynolds and another featuring two bears. Check them all out below!