In today’s video, Tim meets up with Erin Holcomb, his cousin and a ranch owner in Nebraska, to talk about her decision to buy the 2020 GMC Sierra 2500 6.6-liter V-8 and why she chose the gas engine over the diesel. They also talk about how it tows compared to a diesel truck, which features make a difference in the life of an everyday truck owner and, ultimately, answer the question: Would she buy this truck again?
Why the GMC?
Having previously owned — and loved — a Silverado High Country, Holcomb thought going with another GM truck seemed like a no-brainer. She didn’t care whether it was a Chevy or GMC, as long as it had the features loved, and she felt comfortable. The owner says she found everything she was looking for in the 2020 GMC Sierra 2500.
Heavy-duty trucks: gas vs. diesel
We all know you pay extra on the front-end when you buy a diesel with the promise of better fuel economy when towing, but that doesn’t always make the choice easy — or mean it’s the right choice for you. In Holcomb’s case, the truck would also be used as a daily driver for a long work commute, a family car for road trips and more.
In this case, the $10-12k difference of the gas vs. the diesel won. The difference when towing is usually only about 5 mpg less in the gas truck than the diesel, and this is something Holcomb could live with. In real life, she has found the truck averages 15-17 mpg for regular commutes, which is the best she’s experienced in any heavy-duty truck she’s owned.
So, she’s happy. And that’s what it’s all about, right?
Going from 1/2-ton to 3/4-ton
Was it a big adjustment? The short answer is: No. The ride in the 2020 GMC Sierra 2500 is still very smooth for the daily commute, and Holcomb has found the truck tows flawlessly. Many people will say a gas engine may lag some when towing, and therefore, a diesel is better, but this ranch owner has experienced zero issues with engine lag.
The 3/4- and 1-ton pickup trucks are taller these days. This can make it harder to reach out of the window to access a drive-through or ATM. It can also make reaching into the center of the bed more difficult. Holcomb is 6 feet tall and says she makes regular use of the side steps, bed-mounted steps and the MultiPro tailgate to help her reach items in the middle to the front of the bed.
Be sure to watch the video to learn what kinds of towing this ranch owner does, how she keeps the bed of her truck sparkly clean (even on dirt roads!) and the answer to the question: Would she buy this truck again?