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Everything GMC Trucks Have to Offer and More!

GMC trucks have always been engineered with quality to spare. GMC devotes all of its resources on offering customers of every type of their ideal truck. In fact, if you take a quick view at their site all they do is dedicate themselves to coveted trucks and SUVs. That in its own right is proof of their reliability in this field. Whether you prioritize style, performance, or customization, you will feel satisfied by GMC trucks. Honestly, you could desire all three for all they care. That being said, it is time to stop bragging and start breaking down the facts.

GMC Overview

Over a hundred years ago, Max Grabowsky decided to build the Rapid Motor Vehicles Company. This company would develop some of the very first trucks. General Motors, which was an automotive mogul at the time had the potential and in 1909 they combined by buying Rapid Motor in order to create what is now General Motor Trucks or GMC.

This would not be the end of GMC’s history though. The founder of General Motors left due to acquisition issues and founded a new brand that you know as Chevrolet. The rest is fate as the two auto companies would eventually start a binding alliance that still holds to this day, with Durant’s return in 1917.

A flash history review from this point on goes as such:

  • 1912 Trucks were massed produced for the first time
  • During World War two GMC was the top United States military truck, provider
  • 1996 GMC trucks became simply GMC
  • Today GMC and Chevy work in the same plants. Their trucks are very similar in every aspect except trim options and price tag. Now it’s time to discuss some of GMC trucks in detail.

The Trucks

A truck is meant to be a symbol of power, reliability, and stability. A GMC truck is a symbol of all three and more.

The GMC Canyon

The 2018 GMC Canyon is among the most satisfactory choices you can make for a mid-size pickup. It combines comfort, power, and refined style all into its perfectly sized package.


In style, the Canyon is most comparable to a little brother of the GMC Sierra. That isn’t really a bad thing though. It has a rugged exterior to make you feel like a true road warrior, but the interior allows all the comforts you require for a long drive. It also gives you the choice between extended cab and crew cab. This GMC truck lets you look like a beast but live like a king.


The GMC Canyon is a truck that offers not just one, but multiple levels of performance. With three engine type options depending on your trim selection. There is the 2.5 L 4-cylinder with 200 hp, the 2.8 L 4-cylinder diesel with 181 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque, and the 3.6 L V6 with 308 horsepower. As for towing capacity, the Canyon can pull 7,700 pounds. Even at its most basic package, the Canyon performs with excellence.


Base ($28,195)

  • 2.5L I4 DI DOHC engine (200hp)
  • 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Power steering
  • 4-way power driver’s seat
  • Rear vision camera
  • DURALIFE™ brake rotors
  • CornerStep rear bumper
  • Vinyl floor covering

SLE ($31,395)

  • All base features
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Tilt/telescoping steering column
  • Steering wheel controls
  • 17″ cast aluminum wheels
  • Automatic locking rear differential (4WD models only)
  • Aluminum interior trim
  • 8″ diagonal GMC Infotainment System
  • 4G WiFi
  • 4 USB ports
  • EZ Lift and Lower locking tailgate

All Terrain Cloth ($35,795)

  • All SLE features
  • 3.6L V6 DI DOHC VVT engine (308 hp)
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Off-road suspension
  • Hill Descent Control
  • All-Terrain exclusive contrasting red stitching
  • Body-color bumpers and grille surround
  • 17″ Dark Argent metallic cast-aluminum wheels
  • Carbon-fiber-inspired interior accents
  • Transfer case shield

SLT ($35,795)

  • All SLE features
  • 3.6L V6 DI DOHC VVT engine (308 HP)
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Heated leather-appointed front seats
  • 18″ polished aluminum wheels
  • Remote vehicle starter
  • Power passenger seat
  • Heated, power outside mirrors
  • Sliding rear window
  • Single-zone automatic climate control
  • Chrome door handles and mirror caps

All Terrain Leather ($36,695)

  • All SLT features
  • Off-road suspension
  • Hill Descent Control
  • 17″ All-terrain Blackwall tires
  • Jet Black/Cobalt leather-appointed front seating
  • Transfer case shield
  • All Terrain specific black grille center
  • Body-color rear bumper, door handles, and mirrors

Denali ($40,595)

  • All SLT features
  • 20″ ultra-bright machined aluminum wheels
  • 5″ chrome assist steps
  • Spray-on bed liner with Denali logo
  • Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Chrome fog lamp bezels
  • Polished exhaust tip
  • GMC 8″ diagonal Infotainment System with Navigation
  • Bose® Premium 7-Speaker Audio system
  • Center console with wireless charging mat

The GMC Sierra Series

The Sierra is a mighty GMC truck and not at all afraid to prove it. Both the 1500 and the HD models have the same aggressive style as the canyon but are a bit more massive and a lot more powerful.


The GMC Sierra 1500

The Sierra is really just a bigger, tougher Canyon. It adds a strong metal front accent with a more defined grill and wheels.

The GMC Sierra 2500HD

Again it gets bigger all around. The grill and wheels get even more defined, and the headlights are more powerful looking with larger orange additions.

The GMC Sierra 3500HD

The most noticeable differences between the 2500 HD and the 3500 HD in style are the wheels and side view mirrors. Both receive an extreme upgrade.

Each Sierra is of the same family, so it only makes sense they would look similar. That being the case, you may feel you switched from basic cable to an HD channel when viewing these models side by side.


The GMC Sierra 1500

The Sierra 1500 offers three engine options to up its performance rating. You can have a 4.3 L V6 with 285 hp, a 5.3 L V8 with 355 hp, or a 6.2 L V8 with a massive 420hp. Given the Sierra 1500 a towing capacity of 12,500 pounds.

The GMC Sierra HD

Both GMC HD truck models come with the same engine choices. The standard is 6.0 L V8 engine with 360 horsepower, but you can upgrade to a natural gas or propane version. There is also the 6.6 L V8 diesel engine. Finally, the towing capacity is 14,500 lbs.


The GMC Sierra 1500

Base ($36,895)

  • 4.3L V6 EcoTec3 engine
  • Six speed automatic transmission
  • Traction and Trailer Sway Control
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Rear vision camera
  • Chrome bumper
  • 4-wheel disc brakes
  • Air conditioning, cloth seats, cruise control, and power door locks

SLE ($42,095)

  • All base features
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio and cruise controls
  • 17″aluminum wheels
  • EZ Lift & Lower remote locking tailgate
  • 7’’Touch Radio and 4.2’’ Center display

SLT ($46,595)

  • All SLE features
  • 5.3L V8 or 6.2L V8 EcoTec3 engine
  • 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Leather-appointed, heated front split-bench seat with driver seat memory
  • Chrome moldings, mirror caps, and door handles
  • High Performance LED Headlamps
  • Trailering equipment

Denali ($54,295)

  • All SLT features
  • Magnetic Ride Control
  • Available Tri-Mode Power Steps
  • Enhanced Driver Alert Package
  • Heated and ventilated leather-appointed front bucket seats
  • 8″ GMC Infotainment System and Customizable Driver Display
  • Bose® Premium Audio System
  • 20″ ultra-bright machined aluminum wheels

The GMC Sierra HD

Base ($40,195)

  • 6.0L Vortec V8 (gas)
  • CornerStep rear bumper
  • StabiliTrak
  • Hill start assist
  • Automatic locking rear differential
  • Rear vision camera
  • GMC Infotainment System

SLE ($46,495)

  • All base features
  • Digital Steering
  • Electronic transfer case (4WD models)
  • Integrated trailer brake controller
  • Remote keyless entry with remote locking
  • 4.2″ driver information center
  • LED cargo box lighting

SLT ($51,695)

  • All SLE features
  • Front 40/20/40 leather-appointed split-bench with heated seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Remote starter system
  • Power adjustable pedals
  • 110-volt power outlet

Denali ($57,795)

  • All SLE features
  • Vortec® 6.0L Variable Valve Timing V8 SFI engine
  • Perforated leather-appointed, heated, and ventilated 12-way power front bucket seats
  • Denali grille
  • Digital Steering Assist
  • Electronic shift transfer case with rotary dial controls (on 4wd)
  • Driver Alert Package
  • Front and Rear Park Assist
  • 20″ chromed cast aluminum wheels

If this comprehensive guild displays anything, it’s that GMC trucks will always have a truck that fits your needs in price, power, and convenience. When it comes to trucks, you can always depend on GMC.