Whatever you need out of a new pickup truck, GM’s goal is to offer the perfect solution to satisfy it. GM’s patented Vortec engines are available on both its Chevy and GMC lineup, with the basic 1500 models ranging from the 4.3 L V6 option, capable of 195 hp and 260 lb-ft torque, all the way up to a 6.2 L V8 capable of 403 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque. Technology-wise, you’ll appreciate the available MyLink touchscreen interface that supports AppleCarPlay on many of the latest GM trucks.
Chevy’s Silverado Sets the Standard
The full-size 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is undoubtedly the most important player in the Chevrolet truck lineup. Chevy sells hundreds of thousands of its very capable and enjoyable light-duty full-size pickup, setting a standard by which all other GM truck products are likely to be compared. All engines produce performance numbers that are competitive with the segment, with the upgraded V8 making the Silverado one of the quickest in its class. Add the Z71 package to transform the Silverado into a seriously capable off-road truck. Overall, Chevy’s Silverado’s all-around proficiencies make it a fine work truck choice with trim level upgrades that allow it to also double just fine as a luxurious suburban vehicle.
GMC–The Utlimate Pickup Truck/Luxury Car Combo
GMC’s Sierra is touted for more comfortable, luxurious options catering to a more discriminating truck owner. More than 800,000 Denali models have been sold across the entire GMC lineup since its introduction in 1999, and the Denali version of GMC’s Sierra 1500 is a great part of that sales success. Our 2016 1500 Sierra Denali Crew Cab with 5’8” box and 4WD had surprising power and response, thanks to its Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission with 5.3L V-8 engine. Nearly two-thirds of its cab structure is composed of high-strength steel. The strong cargo box features two-tier loading capability, integrated tie-downs and accessibility via the CornerStep rear bumper and AZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate. All 2016 Sierra models got new grilles and headlights and the Denali features an updated version of its signature chrome grille mesh plus LED lights throughout. Interior accoutrements include aluminum trim, ample storage, heated and cooled seats, multiple power and USB connections and available high-wear seat cloth. It can be ordered with Max Trailering Package if you’re looking for luxury and powe,r plus grunt.
Colorado–Smaller Package but with Diesel Power
If a full size truck is too big, but you still want some of that grunt power, then Chevrolet’s Colorado is an appealing option. The new-generation Colorado already answered to market demand, receiving accolades for the 2015 model’s much improved ride, nicer interior and better gas mileage. New for 2016, the Duramax 2.8L turbo-diesel engine available on crew cabs, makes it a game-changer in the mid-size truck category with a segment-best trailering rating of 7,700 pounds. A smart diesel exhaust brake system enhances control and reduces brake wear on steep grades.
Heavy Duties Known for Towing
Properly equipped, the Silverado 2500HD can tow up to 18,000 pounds; the 3500HD is good for as much as 23,200 pounds. The 2016 GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 are basically equivalent clones mechanically. Integrated cruise control, automatic grade braking, trailer sway control and diesel exhaust braking all help the GM heavy duty trucks attain a reputation for smoother and easier towing and hauling.