U.S. News Names the Chevy Silverado 1500 and Colorado Among the Best Trucks for Towing

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Colorado Among Best Trucks for Towing | Fuller Chevrolet GMC | Rockland, ME

Both the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the Chevrolet Colorado were recently named to the list of the 13 Best Trucks for Towing. Compiled every year by U.S. News and World Report, this list considers the towing capability of every truck on the market, calculating which is best for those who demand top-tier performance when towing and hauling. Given their legacy of quality, it’s no surprise the 2020 Silverado and Colorado each earned a spot on the list.

The 2020 Colorado will tow up to 7,700 pounds when equipped with an impressive 2.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, offering the best towing capacity among any midsize truck on the market. Plus, it’s remarkably efficient, which saves you money at the pump.

The Silverado has an impressive 13,400-pound towing capacity, which is also best in its class for light-duty full-size trucks – including the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500. The Silverado 1500 has an optional 6.2-liter V8 engine that generates a whopping 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. This is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, while features such as four-wheel drive, a Max Trailering Package, and twenty-inch wheels also improve performance.

Chevrolet also offers several trailering safety systems on newer model years. The Technology Package comes with up to 15 camera views to make it easier to hitch a trailer and to see around your vehicle as you reverse. There’s also Trailer Sway Control, Hill Start Assist, and Auto Grade braking, and even an available app to make trailering easier.

Want to get behind the wheel of a new Chevy truck? Contact us at Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck in Rockland, Maine for more information.

Here’s Why GM Pickups Rule the Market

Why GMC Pickups Rule the Market | Fuller Chevrolet GMC Blog | Rockland, ME

GM trucks are laps ahead of the competition thanks to the longstanding popularity of the GMC Sierra and the sudden resurgence of the Chevrolet Silverado. GM has solidified its status as the best manufacturer of pickup trucks no matter your needs.

While competitors such as Fiat Chrysler’s Ram and the Ford F-150 have respectable popularity, the reputation of GM trucks outstrips them. The sales of the GMC Sierra outpaced those of the Ram, and impressive 2020 sales have moved the Chevrolet Silverado past both the Ford F-150 and the Ram to join the Sierra and give GM the crown in the pickup market.

A manufacturing transition led to lower sales for GM in early 2019. The new truck architecture developed by GM may have slowed down production, but despite the hiccup, GM still manufactured 807,923 full-size trucks throughout the entire year.  A total of 197,743 full-size trucks were built by the auto manufacturer in the first quarter of 2020, giving it a lead over Ford.

GM trucks have earned a reputation for reliability, strength, and versatility. Want to see why the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra have become the nation’s most beloved trucks? Contact us to learn more about these outstanding models.

The 2021 GMC Canyon: A New Standard, plus the Adventurous AT4’s Debut

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GMC’s 2021 Canyon models are a fresh, bold take on the Canyon truck, with an all-new trim level sure to please off-road enthusiasts.

Forward focus

For the 2021 Canyon update, GMC narrowed its trim levels to four. Don’t worry, drivers: you can still choose from 14 different combinations of cab size, trim and bed lengths.

The Canyon’s new base level is the Elevation Standard, while the Elevation trim replaces the 2020 SLE and SLT models. The new AT4 trim provides an off-road focus, while the Denali remains the highest Canyon trim level.

2021 GMC Canyon AT4 — off-road in style

The 2021 Canyon marks the debut of the AT4 trim, specifically engineered for your off-roading adventures. Its standard V6 engine gives you 308 horsepower, while an available 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine provides 369 lb-ft of torque.

31-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac® tires let you maneuver past any obstacles in the road, especially when paired with the AT4’s off-road suspension, standard four-wheel-drive and rear automatic locking differential. An Advanced Hill Descent Control system helps you manage tricky grades without pumping the brakes.

The AT4 has an interior to match its capable specs, starting with heated front seats and an available heated steering wheel. Available leather seats include Kalahari stitching, and the GMC Infotainment System-powered 8-inch touch screen will handle your navigation and entertainment needs.

To learn more about the GMC Canyon, contact us at Fuller Chevrolet GMC.

Check Out the Updates Coming to Medium-Duty Silverado Trucks

Check Out the Updates Coming to Medium-Duty Silverado Trucks | Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck Blog | Rockland, ME

The medium-duty commercial trucks from Chevrolet were already versatile and powerful. And with new updates to the 2021 Silverado 4500 HD, 5500 HD, and 6500 HD chassis cab trucks, the most capable trucks on the road have just become even better.

Some of the things that made these medium-duty trucks impressive were their 50-degree maneuverability, the ease of maintenance thanks to their forward-tilting engines, and connectivity features like Apple CarPlay® and Wi-Fi® to make your truck into a mobile office.

The newest features for next year’s trucks include things like a new maximum gross combined weight for better hauling capacities. It will be up 23 percent from the 2020 model, jumping from 23,500 pounds to a massive 37,000 pounds. The mechanical locking rear axle will also provide better handling on loose and slippery worksite surfaces.

Extended mirror arms will help with visibility, making maneuvering of long or wide upfitted trucks easier. The new Silverados also boast upfitting updates. The shortest wheelbase models now have longer axle-to-end-of-frame options, which allow for more upfit possibilities.

The engine has some new features. An auxiliary switch bank is available for six more upfit switches. And its power take-off capabilities are accessible from the right and the left side, adding ease and convenience.

Want the latest information on the Silverado lineup? Contact us at Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck.

The GMC CarbonPro Truck Bed is Tough Enough for Drivers in Rockland

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 CarbonPro Truck Bed | Rockland, ME

The GMC Sierra 1500 has an available CarbonPro Truck Bed that’s tougher than any truck bed out there. After some new testing, it’s been determined that the CarbonPro Truck Bed can handle almost anything that nature throws its way.

GMC has torture-tested the CarbonPro truck bed, which means they forced it to endure 1,800 pounds of gravel, loads of cinder blocks and dumped massive steel drums full of water onto it. Since the bed is so tough, those didn’t leave a lasting mark, but they still wanted to know if the bed could survive unscathed during a Category 1 hurricane.

You’ll be impressed to find out that the CarbonPro Truck Bed did, in fact, survive those conditions with ease. It’s able to survive all of these hard conditions thanks to the carbon fiber’s rebound efficiency, which deflects the energy of an impact rather than absorbing it. Other brands’ truck beds weren’t able to survive the same tests — they were left full of scratches, dents and holes.

In addition to staying strong even in the strongest elements Mother Earth offers, the CarbonPro is lighter compared to the conventional steel truck bed. That allows its maximum payload capacity to be even larger. This bed even comes with an extra square foot of storage space, compared to the Sierra’s standard bed.

Want to put the GMC Sierra to the test? Take it for a spin at Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck.

Where to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Rockland

Saint Patricks Day in Rockland, ME

Rockland, Maine knows how to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style. Here’s a look at four fun destinations that are perfect for St. Paddy’s Day.

Rock Harbor Brewing Co.

Not only can you ring in the holiday with beer and delicious food, but you can also taste Rock Harbor’s wide variety of local beer. Choose from seven of the company’s latest brews to add flavor to your day.

Byrne’s Irish Pub

For Irish fun on St. Patrick’s Day, come to the pub that opened on St. Patrick’s Day. You can get Irish food and beer on the big day. If you miss out, don’t despair — the pub does Irish favorites and music all year long.

Sterling Public House

For a night out with tons of food and local brews available, the Sterling Public House is for you. At this family-run establishment, both founders have experience running top-quality restaurants and breweries. What could be better? At the Sterling Public House, you can sample Maine’s local craft beers. Consider trying Common Wit, one of the establishment’s signature brews.

Ada’s Kitchen

We know, an Italian pub for St. Patty’s Day? But did you know that St. Patrick had Italian parents? So Ada’s Kitchen knows how to throw a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Come for Irish twists on their Italian classics. Also, they’re having Happy Hour all night.

At Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck, we’re excited to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with the Rockland community.

Check Out the 2021 Silverado HD Carhartt Special Edition

2021 Silverado HD Carhartt Special Edition | Rockland, ME

Chevrolet recently introduced the 2021 Silverado HD Carhartt Special Edition, a striking truck with a wide range of features. Pairing with the Carhartt brand, Chevy first introduced a Silverado HD Carhartt edition back in 2016 at the SEMA show — however, the production model has been in the works until now. We can’t wait to see this truck on the road.

The features on the 2021 Carhartt Special Edition model include a Mosaic Black Metallic exterior, Carhartt badging, all-terrain tires, a Carhartt-branded tonneau cover, tow hooks, and other practical amenities. There’s also two-tone leather seating on the interior. The new special edition model is built the features you’ll find on the Silverado 2500 LTZ crew cab with a Z71 off-road package. This includes skid plates, Hill Descent Control, and specially tuned Rancho shocks.

“This truck represents a true collaboration of our brands coming together to create a durable, purpose-built truck for people who not only work hard on the jobsite, but also live a rugged lifestyle,” said Janet Ries, the VP of Marketing at Carhartt.

You’ll be able to drive the 2021 Silverado HD Carhartt sometime soon, as this truck is scheduled to hit the market in the fall of 2020. The Carhartt and Chevrolet partnership is just one of many that lets the Chevy brand offer truly unique special-edition models to its customers.

You can always check out the latest Chevy models at Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck.

Chevy Supports Troops with New Infantry Quad Vehicle

Infantry Squad Vehicle | Rockland, ME

Everyone knows that the Chevrolet Colorado is a serious off-road beast. And everyone knows that Chevrolet is all about supporting American consumers and the American military. So, it should come as no surprise that GM is basing a brand new Infantry Squad Vehicle on the Chevrolet Colorado, and this impressive ride has specs that will get every off-road enthusiast excited.

 

The new infantry squad vehicle from GM Defense is based on the Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup, specifically the ZR2 Bison trim. The new vehicle will be an exceptionally capable off-road truck able to take on the toughest conditions imaginable, thanks to a combination of commercially available and entirely custom parts, such as jounce shocks, Multimatic DSSV dampers, and custom underbody skid plates.

 

Under the hood, the new military-grade Chevy will boast an advanced 2.8-liter diesel engine. This will be much more than just a high-powered off-road vehicle, though. The new infantry squad vehicle will be spacious enough to carry nine soldiers and plenty of military gear while cruising at high speeds. The vehicle will also need to fit into a CH-47 Chinook helicopter, be sling-loaded by a Blackhawk helicopter, and tough enough to withstand some seriously rugged terrain.

 

While we won’t see such an incredible vehicle on normal roads anytime soon, the US Army hopes to get about 650 of these impressive squad vehicles sometime in 2020.

 

You can find your off-road dream machine at Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck.

WardsAuto Places 2019 Chevrolet Blazer on Wards 10 Best UX List

2019 Chevrolet Blazer | Rockland, ME

The editors at WardsAuto revealed the 2019 Wards 10 Best UX list, which honors vehicles with user-friendly technology. Thanks to its intelligent driver-assist features and infotainment system, the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer earned a place on the list.

The WardsAuto editors drove 23 vehicles on their daily commutes when selecting vehicles for this list. The editors assessed the usefulness of the vehicles’ technologies and specifically looked at safety equipment, display screens, voice control, navigation and smartphone integration. 

The editors appreciated the infotainment system in the 2019 Blazer. The system’s 8-inch touch screen was praised for its high placement on the dash and its easy-to-see icons. The SUV also has the Marketplace app for convenient shopping.

The OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection earned praise for its reliability. Plus, the SUV’s HVAC vents were notable for being easily adjustable and allowing you to select the optimal temperature and fan speed.

The editors also liked the safety and driver-assist technologies in the Blazer. Adaptive Cruise Control – Advanced, Forward Collision Alert, Forward Automatic Braking and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning all work to give you more peace of mind on drives.

You can learn more about the technologies in the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer when you take it out for a test drive at Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck.

The All-New GMC CarbonPro™ Adds Durability to the Truck Bed

2019 GMC Sierra AT4 1500

The all-new GMC CarbonPro™ adds durability, functionality and more to truck beds. The GMC Sierra CarbonPro™ Editions are available on the 2019 Sierra AT4 1500 and Sierra Denali 1500.

The CarbonPro™ bed is both strong and scratch-resistant, so it can handle heavy loads. When compared to traditional steel beds, the CarbonPro™ bed weighs 25% less, taking off around 60 pounds from the vehicle’s mass. Despite its lower weight, the bed increases the cargo volume by 1 cubic foot.

The CarbonPro™ bed also has indentations that allow you to conveniently transport bikes. Plus, at the front of the bed, there are two additional tie-down locations, which make it easier to secure cargo.

Thanks to its durable design, the bed lets you save on spray-in bedliners and rear wheelhouse liners since they’re no longer needed. Overall, the payload for a truck with a CarbonPro™ bed is at a minimum of 59 pounds higher, so you can carry more for large jobs.

CarbonPro™ will be more widely available on the 2020 GMC Sierra AT4 1500 and Sierra Denali 1500. We at Fuller Chevrolet GMC Truck encourage you to take the Sierra AT4 1500 and Sierra Denali 1500 out for test drives to see how the CarbonPro™ bed can benefit you.