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2022 Sierra 1500 towing: How does GMC stack up against Ram, Toyota and Ford?


Welcome to part two of four in this series where publisher Tim Esterdahl sets out to compare the four most popular light-duty trucks in a tow test. This 2022 Sierra 1500 towing video shows how the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 with 3.0-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine performed in our tow test, towing a travel trailer over Wildcat Hills in Nebraska.

A few facts

The truck Esterdahl is towing with for this video is a 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 3.0-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel 4×4 Limited. (Basically, last year’s truck with a new year model) It is a Crew Cab with a 5.83-foot bed and the MSRP is $65,155. The 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine produces 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. The truck has a 10-speed automatic transmission. The max tow rating for this GMC Sierra is 8,800 pounds and the payload maximum is 1,484 pounds. This truck’s fuel economy rating is 20 MPG in the city, 23 MPG on the highway and 21 MPG in combined driving, and it has a 24-gallon fuel tank.

The test: 2022 Sierra towing

In this video Esterdahl takes us through testing the squat on the truck once the weight of the trailer is added, setting up the trailer in the truck’s infotainment system so that the cameras, lights and tire pressure are all visible on the screen and finally the tow test itself.

Keep in mind all of these tow tests are using the same 50-mile route and pulling the same trailer. In the videos, Esterdahl comments a lot on the ride quality, unique features of the trucks and his overall experience as well as his real-life fuel economy compared to the truck’s calculated fuel economy.

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Erica Mueller

Erica Mueller is a Texan, which means she believes that trucks are family vehicles and giant SUVs make good second cars. As part-time auto journalist for almost a decade, Erica enjoys driving all kinds of vehicles and sharing her experiences with others. Erica is the secretary of the board for the Texas Auto Writers Association as well as a contributor at A Girls Guide to Cars.

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