How Much Towing Capacity Do I Need for My GMC Truck?
If you’re in the market for your first truck, you may be overwhelmed by the options. You may know that you need a vehicle capable of towing, for example, but you might not know how much your new truck should be able to tow in order to meet your needs. Don’t worry, it’s a common problem. Thankfully, we’re here to help you determine how much towing capacity you will need when buying your new 2017 GMC truck for a wide range of cargo loads. Let’s check it out.
2017 GMC Pickup Truck Towing Capacity and Payload Guide
7,700 lbs. Towing Capacity
Ideal Truck: GMC Canyon
Types of Cargo: Toy hauler, camper, snowmobile trailer
The Canyon is really your entry level model into the GMC truck lineup. It’s towing capabilities start at 3,500 pounds but can go up to 7,700 pounds. For many drivers, this will be plenty for their hauling needs.
12,000 lbs. Towing Capacity
Ideal Truck: Sierra 1500
Types of Cargo: Boston Whaler, 4 Harley motorcycles, 2 Polaris RZR ORVS
If you’re not quite sure that the Canyon can meet your needs and just want to be safe, there’s nothing wrong with moving up to the Sierra 1500. This GMC truck can tow up to 12,000 pounds but has a towing capacity that starts at 4,600 pounds if that fits the bill.
14,500 lbs. Towing Capacity
Ideal Truck: Sierra 2500HD
Types of Cargo: Larger tractor, non-fifth wheel horse trailer
The older brother to the Sierra 1500, the 2500HD bumps the baseline towing capacity up to 9,400 pounds but can tow up to a whopping 18,000 pounds if you’d like it to. You can haul some pretty big stuff with this truck.
17,500 lbs. Towing Capacity
Ideal Truck: Sierra 3500HD Single Rear Wheel
Types of Cargo: Large Sea Ray SunDancer
Few pickup drivers need a towing capacity that exceeds the capabilities of the Sierra 3500HD Single Rear Wheel. With a bottom level towing capacity of 9,200 pounds, this truck can still tow a whopping 17,500 pounds when properly equipped.
22,900 lbs. Towing Capacity
Ideal Truck: Sierra 3500 Denali HD Dual Rear Wheel
Types of Cargo: Fifth wheel camper trailer
It doesn’t get any better than the Sierra 3500 Denali HD Dual Rear Wheel with its trailering capacity of 22,900 pounds when properly equipped. So, if you really have some serious towing needs, this is the truck for you.
If you’d like to learn more about any of our GMC trucks, contact us at Holiday Automotive. We would be happy to help you out and answer any of your questions. Don’t forget to check out the other trucks we have available from Chevy as well. No matter what brand of pickup you prefer, we can help get you behind the wheel in a vehicle that suits your towing and performance needs. We look forward to meeting you’re here in Fond du Lac at Holiday Automotive.