2002 GMC Sierra 2500 Review

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Edmunds' Expert Review

  • Class-leading engines and hauling capacity, roomy interior.
  • Cheap interior materials, spotty build quality.

Why buy more truck than you can use but settle for less than you need? GMC doesn't think that makes sense, so it offers a 2500-series light-duty Sierra to slot between humdrum half-tons and big-bruiser heavy-duties. Ask the Toyota salesperson if the Tundra can do that.

Vehicle overview

If you're looking for flexibility, capability and a "professional grade" image, look no further than GMC's 2500 Sierra. Available as either a regular-cab longbed or an extended-cab shortbed in three different trim levels, these versatile trucks provide all the power and comfort you're ever likely to need.

Like the half-ton 1500 series, these trucks share platforms and components with Chevrolet's Silverado, but the Sierra gets some styling and feature enhancements to position GMC as the "professional grade" truck. Looks and special content aside, the biggest draw for GMC's big pickups are their exceptional powertrains, outstanding payload capacity, and unparalleled towing and hauling ability.

Under the hood, all light-duty 2500's get GM's 6.0-liter Vortec V8, good for 300 horsepower and 360 pound-feet of torque. This engine easily out-muscles Ford's 5.4-liter Triton V8 (260hp, 350 lb-ft) and Dodge's 5.9-liter V8 (245hp, 345 lb-ft). The standard transmission is a New Venture 4500 five-speed manual, with a heavy-duty 4L80-E four-speed automatic optional.

Underneath, the Sierra 2500 features an independent front suspension that utilizes torsion bars and gas-pressurized shocks. A solid rear axle with variable-rate leaf springs supports the rear. Standard four-wheel disc brakes with ABS provide excellent stopping power with minimal fade. Two-wheel-drive 2500s are rated to tow up to 10,800 pounds, while four-wheel-drive versions max out at 10,300 pounds.

The Sierra comes in three trim levels: SL, SLE and SLT. All models feature air conditioning, a driver message center, dual power outlets, a tilt steering wheel and an AM/FM stereo. SLE models add convenience features like power windows and locks, cruise control, upgraded cloth interior, an AM/FM/CD stereo and remote keyless entry. Loaded SLT models feature leather bucket seats, deep tinted glass, cast aluminum wheels, power heated outside mirrors and the Autotrac transfer case on 4x4 models.

With comfy seats, easy-to-use radio and climate controls, and plenty of the latest features, the inside of the Sierra is as functional as the outside. From industrial-size cupholders to a multi-function vehicle system monitor, it's safe to say, if it doesn't come on a Sierra 2500, it probably doesn't come on any pickup. So whether you're looking for a little extra power when hauling your boat, or your truck is the most important tool you bring to the jobsite, the Sierra 2500 is one well-rounded pickup that's hard to beat.

2002 Highlights

GMC's light-duty 2500s get only minor changes for 2002. Base model SLs now come standard with air conditioning, while uplevel SLE and SLT models get standard deep-tinted glass. All Sierras get redesigned badging and extendable sun visors.

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4.88 out of 5 stars
Great Truck!!
John11,05/31/2002
4dr Extended Cab SLE 4WD SB (6.0L 8cyl 4A)
I have not logged too many miles yet (about 1000), but my first impression is this truck meets high quality standards. I have not found anything that needs tightning, fixing, or changing and I have looked under inside and around this vehicle.
4.63 out of 5 stars
Good Truck
LM123,12/11/2002
4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (6.0L 8cyl 4A)
Overall am pleased with the standard duty 2500. The truck seems to ride and handle much better than the 2500HD if you do not need the extra capacity.

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Used 2002 GMC Sierra 2500 Overview

The Used 2002 GMC Sierra 2500 is offered in the following submodels: Sierra 2500 Regular Cab, Sierra 2500 Extended Cab. Available styles include 4dr Extended Cab SL 4WD SB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), 4dr Extended Cab SLE 4WD SB (6.0L 8cyl 4A), 2dr Regular Cab 2WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 5M), 2dr Regular Cab SL 2WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 5M), and 2dr Regular Cab SLE 2WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 5M). Pre-owned GMC Sierra 2500 models are available with a 6.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 300 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2002 GMC Sierra 2500 comes with four wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 4-speed automatic. The Used 2002 GMC Sierra 2500 comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. powertrain warranty.

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Should I lease or buy a 2002 GMC Sierra 2500?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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