These days, truck buyers have a wide variety of tailgate styles and options to choose from. When it comes to the General Motors pickup line, there are two general categories – a regular drop-down tailgate (offered in various configurations, such as powered, not powered, etc.), or the popular MultiPro tailgate offered on the GMC Sierra. Meanwhile, GM trucks rival Ram offers a “barn-style” tailgate that can split down the middle upon opening. Which makes us wonder – should the GM trucks line offer a barn-style tailgate as well?
According to the automaker, Ram’s barn-style tailgate adds utility and enhanced cargo management compared to a standard tailgate design. The tailgate comes with the usual benefits of a dampened drop-down tailgate, while also offering a 60-40 split and swing-away functionality thanks to dual side-mounted hinges.
The Ram tailgate has four different configurations – opened flat, left open only, right open only, and both right and left open. Each individual “door” can swing open 88 degrees.
The design provides easy access to the bed and the ability to walk right up to the rear bumper. As a result, loading and unloading bulky items is much easier, and the design allows for forklift loading as well. What’s more, the design does not require the trailer or hitch to be removed before opening, unlike the GM trucks MultiPro tailgate.
Finally, the barn-style Ram tailgate comes with a 2,000-pound load rating.
Which leads us to ask – should GM trucks offer their own version of the barn-style tailgate design? Is this design superior to the MultiPro tailgate offered on the GMC Sierra? We want to know, so make sure to vote in the poll below and voice your opinion in the comments as well. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Silverado news, GMC Sierra news, Chevrolet news, GMC news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.