Should You Purchase a Light-Duty Truck or a Heavy-Duty Truck?

More drivers than ever are opting for pickup trucks as their go-to vehicles. If you’re in the same camp and want to buy a truck from Transwest Buick GMC, you have to first decide: Should you drive a light-duty or heavy-duty truck?

This guide will help you answer that question about the GMC Sierra 1500 and GMC Sierra HD, which we currently have in stock in Denver, Colorado.

Benefits of a light-duty truck

One of the most notable benefits of buying a light-duty truck is the smaller price tag that it carries. The basic 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 has a starting price under $30,000, while the GMC Sierra HD has a much heftier asking price around $40,000.*

With trucks like these, automakers tend to offer a much wider array of trim levels, configurations, and engine options for light duty trucks, as they’re made to be versatile to meet the needs of a wide array of drivers. Heavy duty trucks are catered to drivers who need maximum power, so they’re designed largely for excelling in that one area.

Light-Duty or Heavy-Duty Truck - 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 - Henderson, CO

If you want a versatile truck that’s pretty good for a lot of different uses, buy a light-duty truck from Transwest.

Benefits of a heavy-duty truck

If you want the most towing and hauling power a pickup truck can provide, you’ll want a heavy-duty truck like the 2021 GMC Sierra HD. They’re built to handle more weight, generate more power, and endure more grueling tasks.

For instance, while the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 can tow up to 12,100 pounds, the Sierra HD models can tow up to 35,500 pounds when properly equipped.

If you help determining which kind of truck is the right fit for you, contact us at Transwest Buick GMC. We’ll guide you through the differences between the pickup trucks we sell.

*The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment.

Study Finds GMC Makes Some of the Longest-Lasting Cars

A new study by iSeeCars.com has evaluated almost 16 million cars sold last year to find ones that reached 200,000 miles. This let judges determine what brands, segments, and models tended to last longer on the road.

The study found that GMC is the third-longest-lasting brand on the market, with 1.4 percent of GMC vehicles on the road after 200,000 miles. Chevrolet was in fourth place, also with 1.4 percent of cars over 200,000 miles. GMC and Chevrolet were the two longest-lasting American car brands on the list, beating Ford.

Two GMC vehicles were in the top 15 longest-lasting cars across the entire auto industry: the GMC Yukon XL, which came in seventh place, and the GMC Yukon, which came in ninth place. The Yukon XL was also named to the short list of vehicles with the highest likelihood of reaching 300,000 miles: 0.2 percent, compared to the average of 0.03 percent for all models.

The GMC Sierra 1500 and the Canyon were two of the longest-lasting light-duty pickup trucks.

The study examined only vehicles that were still currently in production as of the 2020 model year to provide useful data for new-car buyers, and heavy-duty vehicles and low-volume vehicles were also excluded from the study.

If you want a long-lasting truck or SUV, you can purchase a GMC from Transwest Buick GMC in Henderson, Colorado.

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2020 GMC Sierra HD Gets More Tech Features

The 2020 GMC Sierra HD is ready to take on the heavy-duty pickup truck segment — and it’s doing so with a brand-new, tech-loaded model that’s ready to head off-road.

For the 2020 model year, the 2020 Sierra HD will come with an integrated trailer-brake controller, along with an available exterior camera system that can display up to 15 different views on the truck’s infotainment system. This includes an image that can “see through” your trailer, using the tailgate camera and a camera mounted on the trailer’s rear to help you see behind you as you’re towing.

Along with this new technology, the 2020 Sierra HD will also offer a new off-road model, called the AT4. This model will use Rancho shock absorbers, skid plates, and a locking rear differential to conquer uncharted terrain. It will also have a dedicated driving mode and 18-inch Michelin all-terrain tires to help make it more appealing to those who crave off-road adventures. This model will even come with dark-chrome exterior accents, a black-chrome grille, and red tow hooks to give it a unique exterior style.

The 2020 Sierra HD will be ready to go on sale by the end of 2019. There’s no word yet on the heavy-duty truck’s pricing, but we can guess that its starting MSRP will be around the $35,000 mark.

While the 2020 GMC Sierra HD isn’t on dealership lots yet, you can check out the rest of the spectacular GMC lineup at Transwest GMC.

2020 GMC Sierra HD - Henderson, CO

Tips for Towing Your Boat

There’s nothing that says “summer” quite like hooking your boat up to your GMC truck and taking it out to the lake for some fun in the water. Whether you’re planning on going fishing or tubing, though, it’s important you know how to tow your boat. Here are some quick tips for towing your boat that will help you feel more confident out on the road.

Tips for towing your boat

Watch your acceleration. When you have a boat attached to your vehicle, it will take a lot longer to accelerate than usual. Keep this in mind as you merge onto highways or make turns – you might need extra space between you and that car in the distance.

Increase your following distance. Just like it takes longer to accelerate, the extra weight of your boat will mean you have a longer stopping distance. This means you should increase your following distance, so you avoid any potential rear-end collisions.

Keep an eye out for fishtailing. Even when you’ve determined your tongue weight and made sure your boat and load are distributed properly, fishtailing can happen. When this does occur, remember to slow down gradually and try and keep your steering wheel as straight as possible. Avoid the temptation to brake to slow down – this can actually increase the fishtail.

Finally, though, if you need a new vehicle to pull that boat, make sure to stop in to Transwest GMC!