2023 GMC Sierra 1500 With Snow Capped Mountains in the Background

GMC Sierra 1500 Towing Capacity

It’s a standout performer in the full-size pickup truck segment, but just how much can the GMC Sierra tow? The maximum GMC Sierra towing capacity is 13,000 pounds when it’s configured with the optional 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine, 20-inch wheels, and the Max Trailering Package. If that’s the kind of power you need for your Southgate and Brownstown job sites, then keep reading! Below, Moran Buick GMC covers the Sierra 1500 towing capacity, towing technologies, and engine options in detail.



How Much Can the GMC Sierra Tow?

Many factors impact a pickup’s ability to tow heavy loads – including the power produced by the engine, the weight of the cab, and the size of the wheels. To reach the maximum 13,000-pound GMC Sierra towing capacity, you’ll need to configure your truck with the following options:

  • Drivetrain: 4WD
  • Truck Bed Length: Short Box or Standard Box
  • Engine: 6.2L ECOTEC3 V8 engine
  • Cab Style: Crew Cab
  • Wheel Size: 20-inch

Wheel size has a surprising impact on towing power; even with the same drivetrain, bed length, cab style, and engine, choosing 18-inch wheels instead of 20-inch wheels will reduce the GMC Sierra’s towing capacity to 11,700 pounds.

Available GMC Sierra Towing Features

  • Max Trailering Package: This suite of towing-specific features is required for reaching the Sierra’s 13,000-pound towing capacity. It includes revised shock tuning, heavier-duty rear springs, an enhanced cooling radiator, a 220-amp alternator, and more.
  • Industry-First Auto Electric Parking Brake Assist: This feature prevents rolling by automatically setting the Electronic Parking Brake when you shift to Park while using Hitch View.
  • Trailering Camera Package: This package adds features for safe and confident towing in Brownstown, including two side-view mirror cameras and an optional trailer-mounted camera.
  • Traction Select System with Tow/Haul Mode: Depending on the current drive mode, this system adjusts transmission shift points, StabiliTrak, or throttle mapping in real-time.
  • Integrated Trailer Brake Controller: With this feature, you can monitor and manipulate the trailer brakes via control buttons situated on the center console.

ProGrade Trailering System: Its Impact On the GMC Sierra Towing Capacity

This advanced technology takes the guesswork out of towing heavy loads over difficult terrain. Thanks to high-resolution cameras and smartphone integration via your Sierra’s infotainment display, getting the job done is easier than ever:

  • Hitch Guidance with Hitch View: Dynamic grid line display with zoom capability for fast and easy trailer hitching.
  • Trailer Light Sequence Test: Test your trailer lights before you hit the road while traveling alone.
  • Trailering App: Access programmable trailer brake settings, pre-departure checklists, Trailer Theft Detection, and more with your compatible smartphone.

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2022 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE Towing a Boat

How Much Can the GMC Sierra Tow in 2022?

Given the right equipment and powertrain, the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500’s max towing capacity reaches an astounding 13,000 pounds! Consider that a fully-loaded 27-foot camping trailer weighs about 6,000 pounds—and then imagine what you could tow with more than twice that capacity!

Helping achieve this towing capacity is the available 6.2L EcoTec V8 gasoline engine and the selection of the Max Trailering Package—which we’ll talk about in a moment. These additions aren’t terribly expensive, especially in comparison to the current truck market, and they bring power to all aspects of Brownstown driving, not just towing. Here’s what you should be aiming for to achieve that 13,000-pound maximum:

  • Drivetrain: 4WD
  • Truck Bed Length: Short Box or Standard Box
  • Engine Options for This Towing Capacity: 6.2L ECOTEC3 V8 engine
  • Cab Style: Crew Cab
  • Wheel Style: 20-inch (downgrading to 18” wheels with all else being equal will decrease towing capacity to 11,700 lbs)

2021 GMC Sierra Towing Capacity & Payload

The 2021 Sierra can’t tow quite as much as the latest model, but if you don’t have any towing tasks that require a 13,000-pound capacity, then purchasing a 2021 model is a great way to get the power you need and boost your bottom line. The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 towing maximum is 11,800 pounds when you opt for 4WD, a Crew Cab, the 6.2L V8 engine, and the Max Trailering Package. The 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 payload capacity ranges from 1,570 to 2,280 pounds, also depending on how you configure your truck.

Here’s a quick look at your options for configuring a 2021 Sierra:

  • Drivetrains: 4WD or 2WD
  • Bed Lengths: Short Box or Standard Box
  • Engines: 2.7L turbo engine, up to a 6.2L ECOTEC3 V8 engine
  • Cab: Crew Cab or Double Cab

Available GMC Sierra Towing Features

How much can the GMC Sierra tow? Now that you know, let’s take a look at some of the available GMC Sierra towing features that are sure to enhance your equipment or trailer-hauling experience:

  • As mentioned in the above section, the Max Trailering Package is needed to reach the 13,000-pound towing capacity. It brings to the table a 9.76-inch rear axle and 3.42 axle ratio, revised shock tuning, heavier rear springs, an enhanced radiator, as well as a 220-amp alternator!
  • Check out the Industry-First Auto Electric Parking Brake Assist which prevents extra rolling when using Hitch View by automatically engaging the electronic parking brake when you put the vehicle in park!
  • Trailering Camera Package shows the addition of two side-view mirror cameras to help with changing lanes and reversing when you have a trailer behind you. It also comes with the ability to pair with a trailer-mounted camera for extra functionality.
  • The Traction Select System with Tow/Haul Mode adjusts the transmission shift points, StabiliTrak, and throttle mapping, all dependent upon which drive mode you have selected.
  • An Integrated Trailer Brake Controller allows you to manipulate and monitor the trailer brakes at the touch of a button.

What Is the GMC Sierra ProGrade Trailering System?

Another hauling feature we didn’t mention in the section above is the available ProGrade Trailering System, with which you gain access to innovative towing tech and design elements that come together to make towing and parking a trailer in Southgate easier than ever!

  • Hitch Guidance with Hitch View: This feature shows you a dynamic grid line and offers a zoom capability to help you hitch up your trailer correctly on the first try.
  • Trailer Light Sequence Test: Even when you’re by yourself, you can test your trailer lights before you hit the road with the trailer light sequence test.
  • In-vehicle trailering app and phone app: Includes pre-departure checklists, Trailer Theft Detection, programmable trailer brake settings, and more.

Get Behind the Wheel at Moran Buick GMC

So, how much can a GMC Sierra tow? Now that you know, it’s time to take one for a test drive in Taylor from our beautiful showroom! Browse our inventory of Sierra trucks online, then simply click the “test drive” button to schedule a test drive appointment! By doing so, you’ll let us know that we should have the vehicle ready to go when you arrive! Once you’re here, we’re more than happy to answer your questions about the GMC Sierra 1500 towing capacities.

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