A GMC Sierra Towing Battle

April 10th, 2020 by

A black 2020 GMC Sierra Denali is towing a white enclosed trailer after leaving a GMC dealer near me in Corsicana, TX.

If you are searching “GMC dealer near me,” it is likely you are looking for a full-size GMC pickup with a lot of power. In this case, you have a couple of options. First, there is the classic go-to, the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500. Or, if you want more durable suspension and larger size, you can go with the 2020 GMC Sierra HD. Both of these options have significant benefits to them, though, and it is always good to know exactly what you are getting out of the vehicle you buy. We at Frank Kent Country put together the comparison so that you can decide which truck is right for you. So without further ado, here is: 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 vs 2020 GMC Sierra 2500HD.

The 2020 Sierra 1500 Towing Potential

The max towing numbers you get with the GMC Sierra 1500 will depend on the trim you go for. In fact, the lower-tier trims have more significant towing numbers than the higher trims. With some of the added features found on the AT4 and the Denali trims, the towing numbers will decline. So, we’ll start with the trims with lower towing capabilities and work our way up to the best.

The lowest towing vehicle with the least output potential is the Denali. This trim has a max towing output of 9,600 pounds. Though, this is only obtained if you use the two-wheel-drive Short Box paired with the 5.3L V8. Four-wheel-drive will reduce towing, and having a larger box will cut pulling potential further. So, with the Denali, you might hit 9,600 pounds, but chances are it will be under this.

The next rung in terms of towing numbers is the second-highest trim, the AT4. This trim has max towing of up to 9,800 pounds. To hit this kind of towing number, you’ll need to go with a Crew Cab short box and pair it with the 5.3L V8 engine (both the Denali and the AT4 come with an available 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine, although this engine does not tow as much as the V8).

In terms of max towing potential for the 2020 GMC Sierra, you will want to go with either the SLE, Elevation, or SLT trims. The max towing for these trims jumps to 12,100. To reach this towing number, you will need to go with the four-wheel-drive double cab design and pair it with the 6.2L V8. You will also need to invest in the Max Trailering Package. As long as you combine these three features, you’ll hit the 12,100 max towing number.

2020 Sierra 2500 HD Towing Potential

When you want some substantial towing numbers, but you don’t need to hit the 35,500 max towing numbers of the Sierra 3500, you’ll want to look at the 2500. Because there are different body configurations for the 2500, you’ll want to look at each and decide which is going to work best for you. Additionally, the 6.6L Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine will be the engine of choice when maxing out your towing numbers. If you wanted to hit the max payload numbers instead, you’d want to go with the 6.6L V8 engine.

If you decided to go with the Sierra 2500 Crew Cab, you would have a max towing of 18,500 pounds. This is the number you’ll hit with either two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive. You’ll also reach these numbers with either the standard box or long box. Additionally, it doesn’t matter if you go with a conventional hitch, a fifth wheel hitch, or a gooseneck hitch, you will hit the 18,500 pounds of towing. In fact, your weight performance numbers will only change with the max payload. When using a two-wheel-drive crew cab standard box, you’ll max out at 3,553 pounds (with two-wheel-drive). This number slightly increases to 3,563 pounds if you used four-wheel-drive. If you went with the crew cab long box, you’d hit either 3,536 pounds with two-wheel-drive or 3,597 pounds with four-wheel drive.

Should you decide to go with the double cab, the towing numbers do decline, depending on the style of connection you use. If you go with the conventional hitch, you will max out at 14,500 pounds, regardless of the box size. If you chose a fifth-wheel or gooseneck hitch, you’d hit 18,200 pounds with two-wheel-drive or 17,890 pounds with four-wheel-drive when combined using a standard box. With the long box, your towing would hit 18,040 lbs with two-wheel-drive and 17,750 lbs with four-wheel-drive.

Lastly, perhaps you decide to go with a regular cab. The regular cab 2500 is available only in a long box form. With the conventional hitch, you will hit 14,500 lbs regardless of using two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive. If you went with a fifth wheel or a gooseneck hitch, you’d boost these numbers to 18,510 pounds using two-wheel-drive. The numbers would then decline to 18,190 pounds when using four-wheel-drive.

Which Is Right For You

As you can tell, when you’re maxing out the towing numbers, there is a sizeable difference between the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 and the 2500 HD. The best way to decide which is right for you is to look at what you want to tow. Find out the weight of the item you already own, or the item you’re interested in purchasing, and then compare it to the towing numbers of the 1500 and 2500 HD.

Of course, there’s more to picking out a truck than just selecting the towing numbers. Perhaps the 1500 is more than enough truck to tow what you’re interested in, but you’d like the additional size of the 2500 HD design, and you like the engine options. Or maybe you like that the 2500 does have more considerable payload potential. There are several variables you’ll want to consider when selecting the right pickup. If you’re not sure, don’t worry, we can help you out here at Frank Kent Country.

The Right GMC Sierra can be Found at Frank Kent Country

GMC makes some of the most excellent pickups on the planet. If you’re buying a truck to tow something, we’re confident you’ll find the right GMC Sierra here on the lot. If you don’t mind lower towing numbers, but you want optimal interior features, then you’ll want to go with the Sierra Denali. However, if you need a truck that can tow some series numbers, you’ll find the right pickup in either the 2500 HD or the 3500 HD. The 2500 will give you the capability of pulling thousands of pounds more than the 1500. And if you find you still need more muscle, the 3500 HD can tip the towing scales at more than 35,000 pounds. 99 times out of 100, that is more than enough. But don’t worry if it isn’t, because GMC produces professional-grade trucks with even more towing and torque, so if there is a job you need to be done you will absolutely find it. Our staff here at Frank Kent Country in Corsicana, TX, will help connect you with it. All you need to do is to come on out to see us and let us do the rest.

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