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GMC Sierra 1500 Honored as the 2016 Texas Truck Showdown Towing Champion

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The GMC Sierra 1500 won the 2016 Best Light-Duty Truck for Towing award from

The awards just keep rolling in for GMC pickup trucks
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The 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 was recently named the 2016 Texas Truck Showdown Towing Champion.

The accolade was the result of a head-to-head capability test performed by,, and

The specific Sierra model tested was the Sierra 1500 SLT equipped with the available 6.2-liter V8 engine rated at 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. This is the most powerful gas engine available in its segment, which comes matched with an eight-speed automatic transmission. During testing, the 1500 SLT proved it could handle a max trailering rating of 12,000 pounds.

“This is a mild-mannered pickup that is ready to don its cape and do some heavy lifting, saving the day from a long list of work chores,” said Editor Mark Williams. “The engine and transmission are synced up like a smooth-flying jet rocket.”

In order to become towing champion, the Sierra SLT beat out the 2016 Ford Lariat with the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost, 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ with a 5.3-liter V8, 2016 RAM Laramie Longhorn with its 5.7-liter V8, and the 2016 Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition packing a 5.7-liter V8.

Judges from the competition also complemented the Sierra 1500’s Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

“I like the way the Apple CarPlay integrates with the Sierra,” said Bruce Smith, who is a freelance journalist that specializes in trucks and 4x4s. will be publishing a five-part series this week, which provides more details from the all-embracing tests, where the 2016 GMC Sierra 1500 took home top honors.

“This recognition validates everything GMC stands for: powerful truck capability uniquely coupled with premium appointments and refinement,” said Stuart Pierce, Sierra marketing manager. “Combined with bold new styling for 2016 and its crafted interior, the Sierra handles the toughest tasks in the utmost comfort.”

Gallery: The 2016 GMC Sierra All Terrain SLT

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