2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD Regular Cab

2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD
MSRP range
$33,990 - $42,720

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • Rear visibility isn't all that great
  • Limited availability of telescoping steering wheel


Which Sierra 2500HD does Edmunds recommend

One of the most appealing versions of the 2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD is the SLT trim level, equipped with the optional 6.6-liter turbodiesel engine. The SLT comes with items such as leather upholstery and power-adjustable pedals, and with the diesel engine you can tow almost anything you put behind it. Most of the functional items you'll need are standard or optional on the SLT, too, including packages such as the one for the Z71 suspension.

Edmunds' Expert Review

overall rating

4 / 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.

trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD (6.6L turbodiesel V8; 6-speed automatic). The Silverado is essentially the GMC Sierra's twin, so many of our observations will apply. Since 2015, the Sierra has received a few updates, including this year's revised 6.6-liter turbodiesel engine. We've updated our review to reflect those changes.

driving

4.5
With 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque, the 2500's optional 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 is right in line with its top competitors. The 2017 Sierra HD is also impressively composed and easy to handle when the road gets curvy.

acceleration

Even before recent updates, the optional diesel engine was the one to get. It had smooth, nearly instantaneous power delivery at all times. We achieved 0-60 mph in 6.6 seconds with the old engine, which is remarkable for a heavy-duty pickup. We expect this new engine to be even better.

braking

4
In everyday driving, the brake pedal action is pretty linear, but at times the slightly spongy pedal makes it feel as if the brakes aren't all that strong. Our track-tested panic-stop distance from 60 mph — 144 feet — is a bit longer than average for the segment.

steering

4
For such a large, heavy-duty truck, there's good steering, with good weighting (typically it's too light) and some feedback. It's a slow ratio, though, which means it requires several rotations of the wheel on back roads.

handling

4.5
Handling is aided by precise steering and well-controlled body roll through corners. The suspension reacts pretty well to midcorner bumps. You're not buying a heavy-duty truck for its handling abilities, but it's nice to know this one isn't a slouch around corners.

drivability

4
The six-speed automatic transmission is mostly smooth, but the 1-2 upshift can be abrupt. And it's smart, letting the engine's massive torque do the work instead of downshifting. In town, throttle pedal action is supple, and the brakes are never touchy.

comfort

4
Everyday comfort in the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD is pretty good overall. The front seats are supportive for the long haul, and the ride quality is decent for a heavy-duty truck. We are also impressed with how quiet the cabin is.

seat comfort

4
Despite thick padding, the front seats aren't all that plush, and the seatbacks in particular are on the hard side. The rear seat cushions feel softer than the front ones and envelop you more. The rear seatback is at a nice angle for all-day riding.

ride comfort

4
Considering the Sierra 2500HD was designed with towing and hauling in mind, it's a decent-riding truck. It exhibits some of the typical jiggling on concrete freeways, and big bumps upset it, but overall this truck is pretty livable.

noise & vibration

4.5
This is an impressively quiet truck. The previous-generation diesel had a bit of ever-present clatter, especially when cold and at low speeds, but it was never obnoxious. There's hardly any wind noise, and the big truck tires don't sound like big truck tires.

interior

4
There are high-quality materials, a large amount of space and plenty of storage areas inside the 2500. We love the damped tailgate's action, as well as the integrated bumper step.

ease of use

4.5
The instrument panel is legible and clear, and the IntelliLink touchscreen responds relatively quickly to inputs. Buttons and knobs are generously sized and intuitive. But the cruise control can overshoot your desired speed on downhills, even when the "smart" exhaust brake is invoked.

getting in/getting out

4.5
As with pretty much any 2500 series truck, the Sierra sits high. It's a definite step up to get in, but entry is made easier thanks to the optional running boards and the standard grab handles at each door.

roominess

4
Up front, there's enormous amounts of headroom and plenty of space to stretch out sideways. It would be nice if there was a dead pedal as a resting spot for the driver's left foot. There's tons of rear headroom with excellent foot space underneath the front seats.

visibility

3
For a truck this big, the front windshield pillars are refreshingly narrow. But the roof pillar behind the driver and the grab handle restrict the driver's lane-change view, and the rearview mirror and side mirrors could be larger. Otherwise, this is an airy cabin with tall side windows.

utility

5
Few owners will ever get near the theoretical tow limit of a truck as capable of the GMC Sierra 2500HD. However, with its newly revised diesel engine it has some of the top towing numbers in the class.

small-item storage

There's a large center-console storage compartment that doubles as a big armrest, multiple cupholders, and plenty of pockets for whatever you've brought along. This truck can tow the big things and haul plenty of the small stuff, too.

cargo space

A large cabin with a fold-up 60/40-split rear seat means there's plenty of room for tools or whatever other precious cargo you'd like to keep locked up inside. There are also a number of optional tonneau covers for the back if that's where you'd rather store your things.

technology

GMC's IntelliLink infotainment system was improved in 2016 with faster processors and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. The navigation display similarly impresses with easy address input and readable graphics.

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Features & Specs

MSRP
$33,990
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 3
6-speed automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
360 hp @ 5400 rpm
MSRP
$39,590
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 3
6-speed automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
360 hp @ 5400 rpm
MSRP
$42,720
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 3
6-speed automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
360 hp @ 5400 rpm
MSRP
$36,945
MPG
N/A city / N/A hwy
Seats 3
6-speed automatic
Flex-fuel (ffv)
360 hp @ 5400 rpm
See all 2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD Regular Cab features & specs

Safety

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.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover3 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover20.4%

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More about the 2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD

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 Regular Cab Overview

The 2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD Regular Cab is offered in the following styles: 2dr Regular 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), and 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A).

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Edmunds Scorecard

Overall4.0 / 5.0

Driving

4.5 / 5.0

Braking4.0 / 5.0
Steering4.0 / 5.0
Handling4.5 / 5.0
Drivability4.0 / 5.0

Comfort

4.0 / 5.0

Seat comfort4.0 / 5.0
Ride comfort4.0 / 5.0
Noise & vibration4.5 / 5.0

Interior

4.0 / 5.0

Ease of use4.5 / 5.0
Getting in/getting out4.5 / 5.0
Roominess4.0 / 5.0
Visibility3.0 / 5.0
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