This could be the least expensive half-ton in the USA
Finding the least expensive half-ton truck isn’t easy. It’s remarkably difficult to get base model trucks sent to us from the automakers. We beg for them and, usually, are given top to mid-level trucks. Andre tried for months and months to get the base model GMC/Chevy half-ton pickup truck… with no luck.
Now, not only has he succeeded (thanks to a local dealership – Johnson Auto Plaza), but he may have found one of the least expensive half ton pickup trucks in the USA!
The base model 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 with the 4.3-liter V6, regular two-door cab, long bed and 2WD costs (with current discounts) $29,815 – and that’s WITH destination.
The latest generation of the 4.3-liter V6 (EcoTec-3) makes 285 horsepower and 305 lbs-feet of torque. It’s hooked up to a six-speed automatic transmission. It gets 16 mpg city 21 mpg highway and 17 mpg combined.
Andre was able to get a 8.74 second 0-60 mph (real-world) run. That’s impressive for a naturally aspirated V6 chugging at over a mile above sea level. GMC’s are usually pretty expensive when you load them – check out the AT4 (here) – but this is the opposite.
There are only a few options that comes with this vehicle with this Sierra. It has a “limited spin” G80 locking rear differential and cruise control.
This is a very basic truck, built for serious work. It is rated at 2,251 lbs of maximum payload. GVWR is 6,800 lbs, and it weighs just over 4,500 lbs. It is rated at a maximum towing rating of 7,900 lbs, but this truck doesn’t have a tow package. It would need a hitch which would cost more money.
It is somewhat sparse inside. Despite having manual windows, cloth seats and vinyl floors, it doesn’t look like a stripped-down appliance.
Check out this video and think about the fact that this truck costs about the same as a mid-size, mid-level truck but has more payload and towing capability!