2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD
- Impressive hauling and towing capabilities
- Refined and quiet ride on the highway
- Massive power from optional diesel engine
- Solid build quality gives a high-end feel
- Limited availability of telescoping steering wheel
- Rear visibility isn't all that great
2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which Sierra 2500HD does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4 / 5
With its considerable capabilities and luxurious interior, the 2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD is an excellent choice for a heavy-duty truck. The revised 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 gives the Sierra HD massive towing and hauling power, too.
Whether you're going with a basic work truck or you want something with enough comfort and luxury to drive across the country, the Sierra 2500HD is a strong choice for a heavy-duty pickup. Available with two powerful engines and in several different cab configurations, the 2500HD can be tailored to fit your priorities, whether interior space, cargo room or maximum towing capacity. Ford and Ram also make robust pickups for extreme towing duties, but we think the 2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD is a strong all-arounder and a truck we'd definitely recommend taking a look at.
Trim levels & features
The 2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD is a heavy-duty pickup truck available in four trim levels. The base version comes with basic equipment such as vinyl flooring and steel wheels, but you'll get a lot more if you pick the SLE, SLT or the range-topping Denali. On upper trim levels, items such as a remote-locking tailgate, leather upholstery and navigation become available. There are three cab configurations: regular cab, double cab and crew cab. All are available with two- or four-wheel drive.
The regular cab is available only with a long bed (8 feet), while the extended- and crew-cab models can have a standard bed (6.5 feet) or a long bed. Unlike its 3500HD big brother, the Sierra 2500HD is not available with a dual-rear-wheel (DRW, or dually) axle. The SLT trim is available only on the double and crew cabs, and the Denali is available only as a crew cab.
The base Sierra comes standard with a 6.0-liter V8 engine (360 hp and 380 lb-ft), a six-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch steel wheels, an automatic locking rear differential, xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, air-conditioning, a choice of cloth or vinyl upholstery, a 40/20/40-split front bench with a fold-down center armrest, rubber floor covering, power door locks, cruise control, a tilt-only steering wheel, a 4.2-inch central display and a four-speaker (regular cab) or a six-speaker sound system with a USB port and an auxiliary audio input jack.
Optional tech equipment on the base Sierra 2500HD is a 7-inch IntelliLink touchscreen infotainment system that includesOnStar, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, voice controls, satellite radio, Pandora internet radio and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility.
From the base Sierra on up, you have your choice of engine, too. A turbocharged 6.6-liter diesel V8 (445 hp and 910 lb-ft) is also available, and it is paired to a different six-speed automatic.
If the base truck isn't your flavor, then step up to the SLE. It gets most of the base trim's optional tech features plus an upgraded 8-inch central touchscreen, 17-inch alloy wheels, tinted rear windows, a remote locking EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate, LED cargo box illumination, a rearview camera, remote keyless entry, carpeting, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, HD radio and a CD player.
With a few more luxury items, the SLT trim level feels a bit better equipped than our standard work truck. It adds 18-inch chromed alloy wheels, additional chrome trim, foglights, power-folding mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable and heated front seats (with power lumbar adjustment), driver-seat memory settings, power-adjustable pedals, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote ignition and a 110-volt household-style power outlet.
For a plush and upscale vibe, choose the Denali trim. It will get you even more chrome on the outside, 20-inch wheels, chrome side steps, a spray-in bedliner, a power-sliding rear window with defogger, front and rear parking sensors, a navigation system, wireless phone charging, a Bose audio system, a configurable 8-inch driver information display, upgraded interior trim, ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel.
Most of the upper trims' extra standard features can be added to the lower trim levels as options. Other option highlights, depending on trim level, include different axle ratios, a bed storage box, various tonneau covers, trailering mirrors, a sunroof, a Driver Alert package (includes front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, forward collision warning and a safety-alert driver seat), a gooseneck/fifth-wheel trailering prep package and a rear-seat entertainment system. The Z71 suspension package adds hill descent control, skid plates, specially tuned shock absorbers and unique styling tweaks. Also available (on SLT models only) is the All Terrain HD package, which includes the spray-in bedliner, the Z71 suspension and a heated steering wheel.
Noise & vibration4.5
Ease of use4.5
Getting in/getting out4.5
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Sierra 2500HD safety features:
- OnStar Telematics
- This optional system adds items such as roadside assistance, remote door unlocking, stolen vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.
- Lane Departure Warning
- Alerts the driver when he or she is leaving the lane, which can be especially helpful on such a big truck.
- Teen Driver Mode
- Uses custom vehicle settings associated with a specific key fob to limit certain driving features such as vehicle speed and radio volume.
2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD for Sale
The 2017 GMC Sierra HD is a strong contender among full-size heavy-duty pickup trucks, boasting capability and refinement in equal measure. Three cab and two bed configurations are available — plus a dual rear-wheel variant — in a wide variety of trim levels. Several option packages, stand-alone options and drivetrain choices are on offer. Then there is the lengthy accessories list, which includes many useful items that are available à la carte. As such, pricing spans a vast range. Deciding which GMC Sierra is right for you can be an intimidating task.
The 2017 GMC Sierra HD is available in Sierra, SLE, SLT and Denali trims. All Sierra HDs have a 6.0-liter gasoline V8 and offer a 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 with a six-speed Allison transmission as a stand-alone option. The diesel option is pricey but has few rivals when it comes to doing the kind of work that users demand of heavy-duty pickups, and it's one we highly recommend. The base Sierra trim is fairly sparse when it comes to standard equipment, though all of the basic mechanical hardware is shared across all trims and several options are available.
In terms of basic livability, it's worth stepping up to the SLE trim level at a minimum, as it adds additional cabin storage, a backup camera, keyless entry, Bluetooth and under-seat storage plus access to several option packages. Those who want a dose of near-luxury appointments and additional style in their Sierra should check out the SLT trim. It adds 18-inch wheels, leather seat upholstery, dual-zone climate control, an integrated trailer brake controller, power-folding mirrors, heated front seats and access to additional option packages. At the top of the range is the Denali trim level, which is available only in a crew-cab configuration. It includes upgraded leather seats, revised cabin and exterior trim, 20-inch chrome wheels, a bundle of driver assistance features, a spray-in bedliner, parking alerts, a heated steering wheel and wireless phone charging.
Compared to the Chevrolet Silverado HD, the 2017 GMC Sierra HD is priced somewhat higher and is largely interchangeable save for some cosmetics and feature availability. Overall, there's little reason to pay more for the GMC-badged version of the GM pickup. In any case, diesel models in particular have historically enjoyed good residual value and we expect the trend to continue with the 2017 Sierra and Silverado, which are equipped with an even more capable version of the Duramax diesel engine. As always, Edmunds' truck-shopping tools are ready to help you find the 2017 GMC Sierra HD that's right for your needs.
2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD Overview
The 2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD is offered in the following submodels: Sierra 2500HD Crew Cab, Sierra 2500HD Regular Cab, Sierra 2500HD Double Cab. Available styles include Denali 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), SLE 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), SLE 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), 4dr Double Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), SLT 4dr Double Cab 4WD SB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), 4dr Double Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), SLE 4dr Crew Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), Denali 4dr Crew Cab SB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), 4dr Crew Cab SB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), SLT 4dr Crew Cab SB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), SLT 4dr Double Cab SB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), SLT 4dr Double Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), SLE 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), SLE 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), SLT 4dr Crew Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), 4dr Crew Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), SLT 4dr Double Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), SLE 4dr Double Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), SLE 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), SLE 4dr Double Cab SB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), 4dr Double Cab SB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), SLE 4dr Double Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A), and SLE 4dr Crew Cab SB (6.0L 8cyl 6A).
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