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.”