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GMC Pickups Used to Have 4-Wheel Steering, and It Was Awesome

There once was a time, back in the 2000s, when you could order your GMC pickups — like the GMC Sierra — with the turning circle of a Chevrolet Cavalier. This was due to an optional 4-wheel steering system called Quadrasteer, which remains one of the coolest things to grace a pickup truck in modern times. See the GMC truck models for sale near you

Here’s how it worked: Unlike some 4-wheel steering systems on modern cars, which are designed to improve high-speed handling, Quadrasteer kicked into action for low-speed maneuvers.

You’d be trying to do something with your pickup in a tight space, like backing a boat trailer down a boat ramp. You’d have your steering wheel fully locked in one direction. You’d be cursing, sweating and stressed. … and then the rear wheels would turn the opposite direction of the front wheels, decreasing your turning circle and allowing you to place your pickup just about anywhere you wanted.

Initially, the system was rather popular, and General Motors said they’d have it in all their GMC pickups within a few years. After it became available in the GMC Sierra in 2002, it eventually found its way into the Yukon XL, the Chevrolet Silverado and the Chevrolet Suburban. But it didn’t last for long: When the pickups and SUVs were redesigned later in the 2000s, Quadrasteer wasn’t on the options list — and it hasn’t been back since.

A few months ago, I was attending a GMC press event, and I was riding in the car with an executive from GMC. I asked about Quadrasteer, and he chuckled before informing me they had no plans to bring it back. So, diehard Quadrasteer owners, you’d better hope your pickup doesn’t get in a serious accident, or else it’s back to normal 2-wheel steering for you. Find a GMC truck for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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19 COMMENTS

  1. I want one of these so bad.  I don’t care about body condition, as I’m going to make a body kit, but I need the 4 wheel steering, and I need a truck/suv chasis with it.

  2. i have 300,000 on my quadrasteer . 2003 1500hd cc cghevy plus have it tuned, headers, csm , cold air intake and exhaust. and it has worked flawless. its a dana 60 rear end. very depenable. it was the cost of the option that made it be discontinued. once u drive a QS you will never go back!!

  3. These are great trucks. We have 2 yukon XLs. One with 160k and 189k. Never had any issues. Once had an electrical issue where a ground corroded, but thats a quick fix and an environmental issue. Regular maintenance is all weve had to do on these trucks. 

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