GMC Sierra 3500HD Beats Ford Super Duty F-350 in Testing for Columbia SC Drivers

2012 GMC Sierra Heavy Duty Columbia SC

The GMC Sierra Heavy Duty beat the Ford F-350 Super Duty in a PickupTrucks.com test.

PickupTrucks.com just held a new set of tests comparing the Ram 3500, Ford Super Duty F-350, and GMC Sierra 3500HD in a grueling set of tests they called the Heavy Duty Hurt Locker.  The three trucks were put to the test under grueling towing loads of 19,400 pounds that put them within 90% of their gross combined weight limits–loads so high that the testers had to get commercial driver’s licenses in order to drive the trucks legally.  During hill-climb tests up some of the most grueling routes in the western United States including the Eisenhower Pass and Davis Dam route that will be used in 2013 to establish uniform tow ratings across brands, the testers decided to pile five adults into the trucks–putting the Sierra 3500HD’s gross combined weight to 28,600 pounds, or 98% of what the truck is rated for.

Just as important as towing prowess is the ability to slow the truck down safely when going downhill.  GMC Sierra offers an advanced Duramax 6.6L diesel engine paired with an Allison 6-speed automatic transmission.  In testing the new-for-2011 exhaust brake, the testers found it to pair exceptionally well with the transmission to shift down and slow the truck when going down steep grades and only had to intervene with their feet five times during their standardized test.  By comparison, they found the Ford F-350′s exhaust brake to be “weak” and inspired “that ‘white knuckle’ feeling you don’t want while barreling down I-70 at night.” The Ford Super Duty required a whopping 13 applications of the service brake to slow it down over the same route, which caused the brakes to get exceptionally hot to the point of smoking by the end of every descent.

In the end, PickupTrucks.com crowned Sierra HD the winner, saying “The Sierra was the most comfortable rig over our long days. It was also the quickest for the driver to get comfortable with the trailer and load.”

GMC Sierra 3500HD For Sale in Columbia SC

Jim Hudson GMC is the #1 GMC dealer in South Carolina, carrying a great selection of GMC Sierra HD pickup trucks for sale at its showroom at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia.  Jim Hudson carries a full selection of GMC Sierra 3500HD pickup trucks for sale in Columbia SC, as well as both gas- and diesel-powered versions of the GMC Sierra 2500HD in Columbia SC.  Columbia truck shoppers love Jim Hudson’s exceptional customer service, voting them Best New Car Dealership an unmatched eleven years in a row in The State’s annual Readers’ Choice poll.  For more information, call Jim Hudson GMC at (888) 377-4971 or visit their GMC Columbia SC website.

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No Horsing Around: 2012 GMC Sierra HD in Columbia SC Popular Among Equestrians

GMC Sierra Denali HD Columbia SC

The GMC Sierra HD offers exceptional trailering capacity in all conditions.

Every year, Jennifer Thompson, an equine veterinarian, takes her passion for horses on the road to compete in horse-and-carriage driving events throughout the eastern half of the United States. She relies her GMC Sierra HD and its impressive towing and trailering capabilities.

“I really appreciate my truck’s power when merging onto the interstate and towing over mountains,” said Thompson, who drives a Sierra 2500HD with Duramax 6.6L turbo diesel V-8 and tows a 36-foot, gooseneck-hitch horse trailer. “I also appreciate the engine’s ability to hold the trailer back when going downhill so that I don’t need to ride the brakes.”

Sierra HD features a “smart” exhaust brake, one of the advantages available on GMC heavy duty trucks which offer a segment-leading fifth-wheel trailer weight rating of 21,700 pounds (single rear-wheel models only) and best-in-class weight carrying hitch capability. Even better, 2011 Sierra HD’s equipped with the Duramax diesel engine offer 11% better highway fuel economy than previous models and a larger 36-gallon fuel tank – both of which help to extend the GMC Sierra 2500 in Columbia SC‘s highway range to an estimated 680 miles.

“On one trip we were driving over the mountains of Pennsylvania, trailering three horses and 10-days’ worth of feed, hay and luggage weighing a total 15,500 pounds, and the Sierra never even burped,” Thompson said. “My fellow driver, who owns a Ford F-250, was really jealous.”

The “smart” exhaust brake is standard on 2011 Duramax-equipped Sierra HDs. This driver-selectable feature, which also integrates with the cruise control system, uses the the variable-geometry turbocharger and the compression of the engine to generate backpressure depending on the truck’s loading and the grade of the road, which slows down the 2012 GMC Sierra HD without applying the conventional brakes to prolong their life and prevent overheating on longer stretches going downhill.

Sierra HD’s trailer sway control system provides an added measure of towing confidence. The system senses conditions of lateral movement and intervenes with braking and/or reduced engine power to bring the trailer under control and keep it on its intended path. The system uses electric trailer brakes when a trailer is plugged into the standard wiring harness of the truck. The driver doesn’t have to do anything.

Sierra Heavy Duty’s hill start assist system also provides peace of mind by automatically engaging when sensors detect the vehicle is on a grade of about 5 percent or greater. It holds the brakes for about 1.5 seconds or until the gas pedal is pressed, preventing everything from rolling backwards. It is particularly effective when towing, giving the driver time to switch from the brake pedal to the gas pedal.

An available Rearview Camera System on the GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD makes aligning the truck’s hitch with the trailer easy by projecting images onto the rearview mirror display or onto the optional in-dash navigation screen. This also makes it easier to maneuver while backing into loading areas.

These and other safety features and functional technologies undergo thousands and thousands of miles of real-world testing before going into production.

“For towing capability we test our vehicles under maximum load conditions and under extreme conditions, like Death Valley when it’s 120 degrees Fahrenheit, and up and down long, steep grades like Interstate 70 in Colorado up the Eisenhower Pass,” said Jim Mikulec, lead development engineer for heavy duty trucks. “We go to extremes so that our customers can tow with confidence, even on snow and ice.”

According to customer survey data, over 90% of Sierra HD owners use their trucks to tow. While trailer weight rating is the top purchase consideration, vehicle comfort also ranks as a high priority.

“My truck has all the creature comforts a person could want in a vehicle. The seats are comfortable and the layout of the cab keeps everything you need within reach,” said Tracy Bright of Ohio. The Sierra 3500HD owner competes in dressage, an arena event in which horse and rider execute a standardized series of movements. “There is no other vehicle I would consider for my trailering needs.”

Bright relies on the 3500HD’s Duramax turbo-diesel engine to haul her horses, Dusty El Niño and Diva Modena. The new 6.6L Duramax engine and other enhancements, including a new power steering pump, contribute to the truck interior’s exceptional quietness.

“I love how quiet my truck is, and I hate pulling up next to a noisy other brand of diesel truck and not being able to hear myself think,” Bright said. “I like to hear what is going on behind me. After all, my pride and joys are along for the ride.”

GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 for sale in Columbia SC

Jim Hudson GMC is the #1 GMC dealer in South Carolina featuring a great selection of both gas and diesel heavy-duty trucks.  Jim Hudson has been serving the midlands of South Carolina including Orangeburg, Sumter, Newberry, and Columbia for over 30 years with a focus on complete customer satisfaction before, during, and after the sale and has been voted Best New Car Dealership an unmatched ten years in a row and counting by readers of The State.  For more information, call (888) 377-4971, visit Jim Hudson GMC at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, South Carolina, or check out their South Carolina GMC Dealer website.

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GMC Truck Month Incentives Announced for Columbia, SC on 2011 GMC Sierra

GMC Truck Month in Columbia SC

GMC Truck Month brings exceptional offers on the GMC Sierra to Columbia, South Carolina.

March 2011 heralds the return of GMC Truck Month to Columbia, South Carolina, the best time in the spring to take advantage of exceptional offers on the 2011 GMC Sierra, the best Sierra ever.  Qualified buyers can take advantage of 0% financing for up to 72 months on any 2010 or 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck, allowing Columbia drivers to finance for up to six years without paying a penny in interest.

As an alternative to the 0% financing offer, customers can take advantage of $2,500 in customer cash on extended and crew cab models; regular cab models receive $2,000 in customer cash.  Customers that choose to finance with Ally Bank (formerly known as GMAC) or GM Financial can also take advantage of special down payment assistance of $2,505 to make financing a GMC Sierra easier than ever.

GMC Sierra Power Tech Adds Extra Value

2011 sees the arrival of the Power Tech Package, which combines many of the most popular features on the GMC Sierra 1500 SLE.  From the powerful 5.3-liter Vortec V8 with Active Fuel Management to the connectivity of Bluetooth hands-free calling and USB port hookups to connect your iPod to the audio system, the GMC Sierra Power Tech Package offers an exceptional value to the truck owners of Columbia with total package savings of $1,495 compared to the usual cost of these optional items.

Additional popular option packages for the GMC Sierra 1500 includes the Max Trailering Pack, which includes the 403-horsepower Vortec 6.2-liter engine that enables the ability to tow over 10,000 pounds when properly equipped, the Sierra All-Terrain package that combines the Z71 Off-Road Suspension Package with enhanced off-road equipment and just a the right amount of chrome accents, and the Chrome Essentials Package that adds a polished exhaust tips, chrome recovery hooks, chrome door handles and mirror caps, and 18-inch chrome wheels.  No matter what you’re looking for in a new pickup truck, the GMC Sierra 1500 offers professional grade engineering to suit your needs.

GMC Sierra Financing Offers

Columbia GMC dealers are offering many of these offers in concert.  Although the 0% financing offer does not combine with consumer cash, customers electing to use other offers can combine the customer cash, down payment assistance, and Power Tech Package savings, and receive a total value of $6,000!

GMC Dealers in Columbia SC

Jim Hudson GMC is the oldest GMC dealership in Columbia, South Carolina, with nearly 30 years providing professional grade service to the truck owners of the Midlands of South Carolina including Orangeburg, Sumter, Newberry, and Lugoff.  Jim Hudson carries an exceptional selection of GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks, including a wide variety of SLE models with the Power Tech Package with your choice of cloth or leather seating.  For more information, visit Jim Hudson GMC at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia or visit their GMC Sierra Columbia SC page on their website. Continue reading

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GMC Sierra 1500 Denali Available For Sale in Columbia, SC

The 2011 GMC Sierra Denali blends luxury and capability in an attractive package available from Jim Hudson GMC in Columbia, SC.

Jim Hudson GMC, the premier Columbia GMC dealer, is pleased to announce the availability of the 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali luxury pickup truck in Columbia, South Carolina.  Sierra Denali combines the rugged functionality of the GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab pickup truck with all the luxury features expected of a true luxury vehicle.

An iconic, Denali-specific chrome grille makes the truck instantly recognizable. Additional chrome trim and body-color bumpers further distinguish it, giving Columbia drivers with just the right amount of chrome without venturing into the tacky. Sierra Denali also offers a unique combination of interior style and luxury, including standard nuance leather-covered front and rear seats, with heated, 12-way power-adjustable front seats, as well as leather trim throughout.  For the hot Columbia summers, the front seats are available in perforated leather with both heating and cooling at the touch of a button.  A Denali-exclusive leather-wrapped steering wheel, which features wood grain accents and a host of auxiliary controls, is standard; a heated steering wheel is also available to Columbia drives.

Denali models also feature a unique center console, enhanced interior bright work and detailed, highly finished embossed sill plates that greet passengers when they open any of the Sierra Denali’s doors. The unique center console is trimmed in wood grain that conceals the lid and cupholder pockets, creating a more finished and refined appearance. Columbia drivers can choose from all-Ebony and an exclusive Cocoa/Light Cashmere color combinations.

Standard features on the 2011 GMC Sierra Denali 1500 include Bluetooth phone connectivity, rollover-capable head curtain air bags, power-adjustable pedals, electrochromic (auto-dimming) inside mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, rain-sensing automatic windshield wipers, remote starting system, EZ Lift Tailgate and ultrasonic rear parking assist that provides warning tones as obstacles approach while reversing. From an entertainment standpoint, Sierra Denali comes standard with an AM/FM MP3-capable radio with a six-disc in-dash CD changer, Bose premium speaker sound system, rear-seat audio and XM Satellite Radio.

The Sierra Denali is offered in rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations. It is powered by a 6.2L Vortec V-8 engine, rated at 403 horsepower and 417 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is paired with the Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission. The six-speed automatic has a wide, 6.04:1 overall ratio – including two overdrive gears – that helps deliver an excellent balance of performance and fuel economy. Also, the 6L80 has a “tap up/tap down” capability that allows the driver to manually select upshifts and downshifts with a button on the leather-wrapped column shifter.

Columbia pickup truck shoppers will find that the GMC Sierra Denali also features a 9.5-inch rear axle (2WD) or 8.6-inch rear axle (AWD) with 3.42 gears and a locking rear differential. The specially tuned Z60 suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, StabiliTrak, skid plates and tow hooks are standard, providing an exceptional feel on Columbia’s roads. Eighteen-inch polished aluminum wheels are standard, and unique 20-inch factory-installed chrome-finish aluminum wheels are available. Both wheel designs are exclusive to the Sierra Denali and are not available on other models.

Optional features on the 2011 GMC Sierra Denali include a rearview camera system, XM Satellite Radio NavTraffic feature, power-sliding rear window, navigation radio system, power sunroof and a DVD-based rear-seat entertainment system.

2011 GMC Sierra Denali for sale in Columbia, SC at Jim Hudson GMC

Jim Hudson GMC is Columbia’s oldest GMC dealership, serving Columbia’s customers since 1982 when it joined a budding Oldsmobile dealership.  Jim Hudson prides itself on providing complete customer satisfaction before, during, and after the sale, a commitment underscored by Columbia drivers voting Jim Hudson the best new car dealership in Columbia an unmatched ten years running in The State‘s annual Readers’ Choice poll.  Jim Hudson GMC is located at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, South Carolina, and can be reached at (803) 783-0110.  For more information, visit Jim Hudson’s GMC Sierra 1500 Columbia SC website. Continue reading

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GMC Sierra All-Terrain HD Concept Unveiled for Columbia Drivers

The 2011 GMC Sierra All-Terrain HD concept to be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show next month.

Jim Hudson GMC, the oldest Columbia GMC dealer, is proud to announce the unveiling of the GMC Sierra All-Terrain HD concept pickup truck.  Unveiled on GMC’s media web site, the Sierra will be on display next month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The Sierra All-Terrain HD is based on the new 2011 GMC Sierra 2500HD for sale in Columbia, South Carolina, sharing the production 6.6L Duramax diesel V8 engine mated to a six-speed Allison 1000 transmission.  This Duramax engine is 11% more fuel-efficient than the outgoing engine used in the 2010 Sierra heavy duty trucks and reduces NOx emissions by 63%.  Rated at 397 horsepower and a monstrous 765 pound-feet of torque, the engine also features exhaust braking to save the brakes from excess wear on downhill grades, a feature also available on the production Sierra 2500HD.

The standard bed was jettisoned for a 5’8″ long bed, closer to the size found on a light duty GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab.  Opting for this bed pushes the wheels out toward the corners for improved approach and departure angles.  Sporting a composite bedliner designed in the style of a circuit board, the bed features locking storage in the side rails, LED flood lighting inside the bed, and connectivity including an onboard air compressor and a 110V household-style power outlet.  Access to the bed is improved by motorized power-retractable assist steps on the side of the bed.

Off-road prowess abounds in the Sierra All-Terrain HD, with the track widened to 73 inches for stability and the entire truck raised for three extra inches of ground clearance. 20-inch machined aluminum wheels are wrapped in 35-inch BFGoodrich KM2 mud-terrain tires for grip in practically anything, while specially-built Fox off-road shocks featuring remote reservoirs integrated in the wheel house liners help to keep the suspension in check alongside front and rear jounce shocks.  For extra protection, a composite underbody structure keeps the Sierra All-Terrain HD from taking the terrain with it.  The driver can press a single button to disconnect the front stabilizer bar, allowing more suspension travel while on rocky terrain.

The interior matches the exterior aesthetic, with premium appointments and increased functionality, including enhanced lighting. It conveys solidity and precision, blending accent details such as stainless steel mesh and satin chrome with an amplified expression of the All Terrain’s premium features. Two-tone dark gray leather seats, matched with embossed carbon fiber-style leather on the seating surfaces, have red contrast stitching.   Additional leather-wrapped interior features include the steering wheel, instrument panel and center console.

A new navigation radio is also featured on the Sierra All Terrain HD concept and previews future radios to be offered in GMC vehicles. An integrated 80-gig hard drive contains map data for the navigation system. It eliminates the need for a map disc and provides greater storage of music from portable devices. It also features DVR-style “time lapse playback,” which allows up to 20 minutes of recording/playback from the AM/FM/XM radio stations.

Visit Jim Hudson GMC in Columbia, SC for your Sierra Heavy Duty

Officially, GMC states the Sierra All Terrain HD is strictly a concept, but sufficient demand could see a version of this truck put into production.  In the meantime, the 2011 GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD are available now from Jim Hudson GMC.  Jim Hudson has been serving Columbia drivers for over 30 years with a commitment to complete customer satisfaction.  Columbia Customers love Jim Hudson’s attention to customer service, a love demonstrated by readers of The State voting Jim Hudson the Best New Car Dealership in Columbia an unmatched ten years in a row.  For more information about a GMC Sierra 2500HD in Columbia, visit Jim Hudson GMC at their Columbia GMC dealer website.

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GMC Sierra Power Tech Arrives in Columbia, SC

GMC Sierra 1500 Power Tech Edition

GMC Sierra Power Tech Models are available now in Columbia, SC at Jim Hudson GMC.

Jim Hudson GMC, the premier GMC dealer in Columbia, SC, is proud to announce the arrival of the GMC Sierra 1500 Power Tech package. New for 2011, the Power Tech package on the GMC Sierra 1500 offers many of the most popular features on the GMC Sierra with a package discount of $1,495.

GMC Sierra 1500 Power Tech package is available on the mid-range SLE trim, and can be had in regular, extended, and crew cab models.  SLE models can be had with your choice of cloth or leather-appointed seating surfaces and either a 40/20/40 split bench seat for six-passenger seating or uplevel bucket seats with an extended center console.

The Power Tech package adds the following equipment to a standard GMC Sierra 1500 SLE:

  • Vortec 5.3L V8 Engine, easily the most popular engine choice among Columbia GMC Sierra owners
  • 6-Speed Automatic Transmission, enabling great highway fuel economy without sacrificing low-range hauling ability
  • Auto-Locking Rear Differential, useful for getting yourself out of muddy conditions off-road
  • Bluetooth for Phone, giving you hands-free control of your cell phone through the audio system
  • Dual-Zone Automatic A/C, which lets you and your front passenger maintain up to thirty degrees difference in temperature. (This is omitted on regular cab models; dual-zone climate control is simply unavailable on those models.)
  • CD/MP3 Player with USB Port, which allows you to connect and control your iPod through the standard stereo system and steering wheel audio controls
  • Heavy Duty Trailering Package
  • 17″ Aluminum Wheels, which offer an upscale look without the ride-changing attributes of low-profile tires
  • Power Driver’s Seat
  • Steering Wheel Audio Controls, making control of the onboard stereo system even more convenient
  • Fog Lamps
  • EZ-Lift Locking Tailgate, an extra layer of security for the items in your bed.

These options, which normally cost $2,775, are specially priced at an attractive $1,280 after package savings.

Visit Jim Hudson GMC for your GMC Sierra 1500 Power Tech Package

Jim Hudson is the oldest GMC dealer in Columbia, South Carolina, serving Columbia truck owners for over 30 years.  GMC is the oldest member of Jim Hudson Automotive Group, joining a budding Oldsmobile dealership all the way back in 1982.  Columbia GMC owners love Jim Hudson, voted Best New Car Dealership by readers of The State an unmatched ten years and counting. Jim Hudson has a great selection of GMC Sierra pickup trucks equipped with the Power Tech package at its showroom at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, SC.  To view our current selection of GMC Sierra 1500 trucks for sale in Columbia, visit our website today!  To speak with a member of our sales team for even more information, call us at (803) 783-0110.

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