2017 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab

2017 GMC Sierra 1500
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2017 GMC Sierra 1500
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Pros

  • Strong combination of fuel economy and power
  • Comfortable, quiet cabin
  • Compliant ride quality makes it suitable for daily use
  • Many available configurations and trims

Cons

  • The six-speed automatic gear ratios are spread too far for towing needs
  • Cabin not as spacious as those of rivals


Which Sierra 1500 does Edmunds recommend?

If you need a regular cab, go with the SLE trim level for its added convenience items. We recommend ticking the box for the 5.3-liter V8 over the V6 because it provides a big boost in capability with minimal impact on fuel economy. For those needing a double cab or crew cab, the SLT hits the spot, with more standard equipment and an available eight-speed automatic instead of the standard six-speed. SLT trim also allows access to useful option packages. Avoid the larger optional wheels; they do little other than degrade the ride quality.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

A jack-of-all-trades and quite good at all of them, the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 has comfort, capability and versatility in equal measure. It's refined and delivers an appealing balance between performance and fuel efficiency. It's a smart choice that will serve you well.

For 2017 the GMC Sierra glides along nearly unchanged. It brings a few minor upgrades such as active grille shutters that reduce aerodynamic drag, a capless fuel-filler neck and some enhancements to the infotainment system. Otherwise, this remains the same trusty and widely competent pickup that it has been for the past few years.

Trim levels & features

The 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 is available in four trim levels: base, SLE, SLT and Denali. They are available in various cab and bed configurations.

The base is available only with a regular or a double cab and is sparsely equipped, though options are available. We recommend buyers look to the SLE trim level at a minimum because it has features beyond just what you'd find in a work-only truck. The version that strikes the best balance between amenities and functionality is the SLT trim level, while the range-topping Denali's luxury will appeal to buyers who want it all.

Configurations are as follows: Regular cabs are offered with a 6.5- or an 8-foot bed, double cabs come only with a 6.5-foot bed, and crew cabs are available with a 5.8- or a 6.5-foot bed. Be aware that not all trim levels are available with all configurations. All cab configurations are available with four-wheel drive.

Base Sierras are fairly bare-bones, which is fine if you're looking for a work truck. It comes with a 4.3-liter V6 (285 horsepower, 305 pound-feet of torque), though a 5.3-liter V8 (355 hp, 383 lb-ft of torque) is optional. For any kind of regular use, you'll want more creature comforts than the base Sierra delivers as standard.

The SLE trim level adds a backup camera, an upgraded infotainment unit, 17-inch aluminum wheels, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with an optional telescoping column.

Stepping up to the SLT, our trim level of choice, nets you the 5.3-liter V8 engine, towing hardware, power-folding and heated mirrors, and heated leather seats. The SLT's standard V8 engine paired with the available eight-speed automatic forms our preferred Sierra powertrain. A 6.2-liter V8 (420 hp, 460 lb-ft of torque) becomes an option at the SLT level. Parking alerts become available, too, and they're terrifically handy in a full-size pickup.

At the top of the range is the Denali, which comes with most of the features available on lower trim levels and has all of the available driver assistance features. It adds exclusive Magnetic Ride Control dampers, 20-inch wheels and unique interior appointments.

Driving

3.5
The powertrain in the Sierra Denali is nothing short of impressive. With 420 horsepower, 460 lb-ft of torque and an eight-speed transmission, the truck is never short on grunt. But the brakes and the steering show considerably less advancement. The 22-inch wheels do it no help either.

Acceleration

4.5
There's stout performance from this 6.2-liter V8, so much so that the eight-speed automatic might seem a little much, but together they make for arguably the best powertrain in the class. Power is plentiful at any engine speed, even though peak torque of 460 lb-ft is achieved at 4,100 rpm.

Braking

3
Around town, the Sierra's brakes are friendly and capable. Panic-braking tests revealed a confident and stable truck with little dive, impressive for its size though braking distances were a little on the long side at 141 feet. GMC offers a brake upgrade, which is a curious option we've never tested.

Steering

3
Pinpoint accuracy and feedback are not its strong suits. Like the brakes, the steering is easy and gives you enough confidence to pilot this truck around town. Though it's accurate enough, the weighting never changes, leaving the driver feeling wholly disconnected from the front wheels.

Handling

2.5
The 22-inch wheel and tire package doesn't help the Sierra's cause. The tires' low-rolling resistance and all-terrain construction leave the Sierra with a lack of grip. The truck feels stable, but the tires howl in protest if asked to turn. The ESC is conservatively tuned if not a bit clumsy.

Drivability

4.5
The Sierra makes having this much capability and power easy to handle. Key among the highlights is the transparent powertrain calibration. You rarely find yourself without enough power, and the system is quick to respond if you need more. Guiding this truck through most environments is a breeze.

Off-road

3
Four-wheel drive (high and low) can be selected via a knob on the dashboard. There's an active electronic transfer case and hill descent control, but the off-road prowess of our test truck is muted by the silly 22-inch wheels and power side steps. A Z71 package is available for more capability.

Comfort

3
The Sierra has the basics down with decent ride control, comfortable seats, and low road and wind noise. But the optional 22-inch wheel and tire package does its best to erase most of those gains. The climate control system also failed to keep the cabin cool during a stint in extreme heat.

Seat comfort

3
While they are wide and accommodating, there's nothing particularly special about the seats in the Sierra Denali. There's little support offered for anything other than highway cruising. The seats do benefit from being both heated and cooled.

Ride comfort

3
With its Magnetic Ride Control, the Sierra Denali does a fairly impressive job of delivering above-average ride quality on smooth roads. Over rougher pavement the 22-inch wheels simply become too much to handle. The ride degrades noticeably, and the steering column shimmies and shakes constantly.

Noise & vibration

4
The cabin is generally well isolated from tire and wind noise, even over rough roads. The exhaust noise is a subdued burble, and wind noise is minimal considering the shape and size of the truck. Vibrations could only be felt through the steering wheel on rougher roads.

Climate control

2
The functionality of the controls is hard to fault, but we found the airflow and performance in hot weather to be subpar. The driver's air vent placement is poor, delivering most of the air to your hands. During one stint in 95-plus degree heat, the Sierra was unable to cool the cabin adequately.

Interior

2
Most of the interior is a study on how to do a truck interior correctly. Switches are big and easy to use, access is good, and there's plenty of space. Some options proved to be more annoying than helpful, and the inexplicable misalignment of the center of the steering wheel is a nagging annoyance.

Ease of use

4
There are no real ergonomic gaffes in the Sierra Denali. Most controls fall readily to hand with the exceptions being the unusually small power rear window and sunroof rocker switches located on the headliner mounted console. Screens and menus are clear and easy to navigate.

Getting in/getting out

2.5
The usually easy entry to a Sierra is upset by the optional power step rails. The truck isn't high enough to make them of any use to passengers over 5-foot-5, and their auto deployment caught out many a taller driver. Curiously, a driver's front roof pillar grab handle is optional at this price.

Driving position

3
Twelve-way power seats, adjustable pedals and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel make it easy to get situated, but the off-center steering column spoils the driving position. You either lean against the door to center the wheel in your chest or accept the mildly infuriating misalignment.

Roominess

3
As with any full-size crew-cab truck, there's ample room for both front and rear passengers. Up front, hip and shoulder room are generous, and rear seat passengers will find no room to complain about space.

Visibility

3.5
All in all the Sierra has good visibility. Even with the big square hood, the only sightline restrictions come from the large base of the front roof pillars and the much too small outside rearview mirrors. The backup camera is clear and has a good field of vision.

Quality

2
At first glance the build quality is up to par with that of other luxury trucks in the segment. But upon closer inspection, the notion of anything being very luxurious disappears. Many interior plastics feel similar to those on the back of a television, and the fake wood trim is a poor choice.

Utility

3.5
If you can't haul a lot or store a lot, you're not doing the full-size truck game right. The Sierra Denali excels at both and proves useful on a personal as well as a professional level.

Small-item storage

3.5
Like any good full-size truck, there's a ton of space inside the Sierra. The center console has room for cans, oversized drink bottles, multiple phones and a laptop. There's plentiful door pocket storage as well, but door pockets are all the rear passengers will get.

Cargo space

4
The 5-foot-8 bed came lined and proved easy to access. Intrusions from wheelwells are minimal, and the bed height isn't as high as that of some other trucks in this class. Rear bumper steps are a help as are the power side steps, which can be adjusted to assist in front of the bed access.

Child safety seat accommodation

3
The LATCH anchors are easy to get to, and with the power side steps deployed, reaching in to hook up a car seat is much easier on your back.

Towing

4
GMC rates the 6.2-liter V8 4x4 Sierra to tow 11,700 pounds. That's competitive with the F-150 and more than a Ram 1500. The Denali comes with trailer sway control as well as a trailer brake controller. The NHT trailering package upgrades the rear axle, rear springs, shocks and cooling systems.

Hauling

4
The 6.2-liter V8 gives the 4x4 Sierra Denali 2,120 pounds of payload capacity. That puts it behind the F-150 (both the EcoBoost V6 and 5.0-liter V8 versions) but well ahead of the Ram 1500.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Engine hesitates when it shift at low speeds
John Crooke,12/26/2016
The eight speed transmission seems to have problems.
Nice truck, with flaws
Jimmy Fortuna,12/29/2016
Overall it's a nice truck. It rides well, is comfy, and has almost every bell and whistle. Almost everything seems to be at 90% of my expectations. The transmission is constantly searching, and the entertainment system already seems dated.
Shaky Mess of a Truck
Zach Cesternino,05/30/2017
I have had this vehicle for two months and it has spent 20+ days in the shop. The truck vibrates at all speeds above 40 mph and can be felt in the floor, seat, steering wheel ,pedals, etc. Even though multiple dealerships have confirmed there is an issue GM corporate has stated the vehicle is "operating as designed". Not sure which car companies design their truck to make the occupants nauseous. Anyone looking to purchase this truck should research Sierra/Silverado vibration issues and purchase something else. GM isn't going to make it right or fix your issue so steer clear.
GMC FAN NO MORE
Russell Sheldt,03/29/2018
My new 2017 GMC Serra SLT is a true lemon. I currently own four vehicles from the GMC family but no more GMCs for me. This truck was listed at 51,845 dollars. I understand that mistakes are going to be made in manufacturing and that Vince Whibbs may not have known that they were selling me a GMC lemon but if you can not fix it replace it . After six trips to Vince Whibbs GMC for the same issue it is still broken. What good is GMC's warranty if they can not fix it? Not only did Vince Whibbs GMC not fix it but they created another issue on our 4th trip there.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$47,690
MPG
16 city / 22 hwy
Seats 6
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
MSRP
$55,305
MPG
15 city / 20 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
MSRP
$44,540
MPG
16 city / 23 hwy
Seats 6
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
MSRP
$47,990
MPG
16 city / 22 hwy
Seats 6
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
355 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Sierra 1500 safety features:

Forward Collision Alert
Sounds an alarm and flashes a light when the system detects a possible front crash.
Lane Keep Assist
Detects when the vehicle is drifting from its lane and gently steers it back toward the middle.
Low-Speed Forward Automatic Braking
Automatically applies the brakes when the system detects a likely front crash at low speeds.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover17.9%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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More about the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500

The GMC Sierra is essentially a rebadged version of the Chevrolet Silverado, and though there are certainly differences in trim as well as price, the trucks are identical from a functional standpoint. Both are good pickups, and choosing between them is a matter of personal taste. After a refresh for 2016, the Sierra enters the 2017 model year with a few significant updates, including active grille shutters to improve aerodynamics, low-speed automatic braking and a capless fuel filler. At its heart, this is still the same hard-working truck we've come to know and respect.

The Sierra can be had with three different engines, all designed to deliver strong low-end torque, which is exactly what a pickup truck needs to get those heavy loads moving. The base engine is a 4.3-liter V6 rated at 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. An optional 5.3-liter V8 offers 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. For those who want as much muscle as possible, GMC offers a big 6.2-liter V8 that delivers 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. It turns the Sierra into one of the fastest-accelerating full-size pickups you can buy. All engines feature an automatic transmission and rear- or four-wheel drive. EPA fuel economy estimates range from a high of 20 mpg combined (18 city/24 highway) for the rear-wheel-drive V6 down to 17 mpg combined (15 city/20 highway) for the 6.2-liter V8 4x4. Tow ratings vary with configuration and top out at 11,800 pounds.

GMC offers a wide selection of bed and cab options. Regular-cab trucks can be had with a standard (6-foot-7-inch) bed or a long (8-foot) bed. Extended cabs come exclusively with the standard bed, and the four-door crew cab can be paired with either a short (5-foot-9-inch) bed or a standard bed. All cabs are nicely finished with broad, soft seats that offer good long-distance comfort, though overall cab space isn't as generous as some competing trucks. We like the quality of the interior and the easy-to-learn control layout, though we wish the side mirrors were bigger.

The Sierra is a pleasant truck to drive on a daily basis. The steering is reasonably responsive for a pickup truck, and the ride is quiet and smooth, if not quite best in class. Big trucks will always be ponderous on a curvy road, and the Sierra 1500 is no exception, but overall its responses are good. The 4x4 models get a low-range transfer case, and when equipped with the Z71 suspension package and more aggressive tires, the Sierra 1500 is an impressive off-roader.

GMC offers the Sierra in three trim levels: base, SLE, SLT and Denali. The base model is a commercial-grade work truck. We think most non-commercial buyers will be happy with the SLE or the SLT, which have more of the amenities we like to see in a daily driver. For those who want it all, the Denali trim turns the Sierra 1500 into a proper luxury truck. Edmunds can help find the perfect 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 for you.

2017 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab Overview

What do people think of the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab?

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Edmunds Scorecard

Overall3.5 / 5.0

Driving

3.5 / 5.0

Acceleration4.5 / 5.0
Braking3.0 / 5.0
Steering3.0 / 5.0
Handling2.5 / 5.0
Drivability4.5 / 5.0

Comfort

3.0 / 5.0

Seat comfort3.0 / 5.0
Ride comfort3.0 / 5.0
Noise & vibration4.0 / 5.0
Climate control2.0 / 5.0

Interior

2.0 / 5.0

Ease of use4.0 / 5.0
Getting in/getting out2.5 / 5.0
Driving position3.0 / 5.0
Roominess3.0 / 5.0
Visibility3.5 / 5.0
Quality2.0 / 5.0

Utility

3.5 / 5.0

Small-item storage3.5 / 5.0
Cargo space4.0 / 5.0
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