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2017 GMC Sierra 3500HD Double Cab

2017 MODEL

$38,415 - $51,660

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Overview

In the full-sized truck segment, the Sierra 3500HD has stiff competition where big numbers like torque, payload and towing capacity, do the talking. With several cab styles to choose from, the Double Cab offers storage and rear seats, which improves practicality over a basic Regular Cab. The 2017 GMC Sierra 3500HD looks absolutely stunning, with a bright chrome grille at the front, the truck is instantly recognizable in a crowd of sheep.

The truck starts at $35,500 price point and can climb all the way up to $55,600 for the Denali trim. The SLE and SLT trims are value-for-money, they have the right balance of features and capability which you’d need from a truck. If you’re looking for the extra luxury, you’d want to consider the Crew Cab for a larger cabin and the Denali for better interiors.

The contenders to the Sierra haven’t been lazing around either, the Ford has brought in a major facelift to the F-350 for 2017 and comes equipped with a formidable engine. The Ram 3500 churns out big towing numbers, while the Silverado exhibits great payload capacity. Let’s see how good the Sierra is compared to the rest.

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Pros

Sculpted front grille

Smooth power delivery

Easy handling

Ergonomic interiors

Cons

Offset steering

Low towing capacity for base model

What's New?

New Turbo-diesel V8 engine

Capless fuel tank

Chrome-trimmed hood scoop

New exterior metallic colors

All-Terrain X package


Features

Power

360 hp

380 torq

Engine

v8 cyl

6 disp

transmission

6A

drivetrain

RWD

warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

towing capacity

14500lbs.

0 to 60

6.7



Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 GMC Sierra 3500HD Double Cab 4dr Double Cab LB

4dr Double Cab LB

Fuel: Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 6

$38,415

Configurations
4dr Double Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A)
Seating: 6 HP: 360-hp @ 5,400 rpm
Torque: 380 lbs.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm

 2017 GMC Sierra 3500HD Double Cab 4dr Double Cab LB DRW

4dr Double Cab LB DRW

Fuel: Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 6

$38,710

Configurations
4dr Double Cab LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 6A)
Seating: 6 HP: 360-hp @ 5,400 rpm
Torque: 380 lbs.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm

 2017 GMC Sierra 3500HD Double Cab 4dr Double Cab

4dr Double Cab

Fuel: Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 6

$41,370 - $41,665

Configurations
4dr Double Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A)
Seating: 6 HP: 360-hp @ 5,400 rpm
Torque: 380 lbs.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm
4dr Double Cab 4WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 6A)
Seating: 6 HP: 360-hp @ 5,400 rpm
Torque: 380 lbs.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm

 2017 GMC Sierra 3500HD Double Cab SLE

SLE

Fuel: Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 6

$43,535 - $47,695

Configurations
SLE 4dr Double Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A)
Seating: 6 HP: 360-hp @ 5,400 rpm
Torque: 380 lbs.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm
SLE 4dr Double Cab LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 6A)
Seating: 6 HP: 360-hp @ 5,400 rpm
Torque: 380 lbs.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm
SLE 4dr Double Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A)
Seating: 6 HP: 360-hp @ 5,400 rpm
Torque: 380 lbs.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm
SLE 4dr Double Cab 4WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 6A)
Seating: 6 HP: 360-hp @ 5,400 rpm
Torque: 380 lbs.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm

 2017 GMC Sierra 3500HD Double Cab SLT

SLT

Fuel: Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 6

$48,330 - $51,660

Configurations
SLT 4dr Double Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A)
Seating: 6 HP: 360-hp @ 5,400 rpm
Torque: 380 lbs.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm
SLT 4dr Double Cab LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 6A)
Seating: 6 HP: 360-hp @ 5,400 rpm
Torque: 380 lbs.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm
SLT 4dr Double Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A)
Seating: 6 HP: 360-hp @ 5,400 rpm
Torque: 380 lbs.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm
SLT 4dr Double Cab 4WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 6A)
Seating: 6 HP: 360-hp @ 5,400 rpm
Torque: 380 lbs.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm

Expert Review


carhp editor Last updated 16 days ago

The truck starts at $35,500 price point and can climb all the way up to $55,600 for the Denali trim. The SLE and SLT trims are value-for-money, they have the right balance of features and capability which you’d need from a truck. If you’re looking for the extra luxury, you’d want to consider the Crew Cab for a larger cabin and the Denali for better interiors.

Features

GMC has given the Sierra a plethora of trims to choose from, so you can choose what you need and customize your truck according to your hauling or trailering needs. There are three Cab styles available , the work truck with two doors, the Regular Cab, the longer Double Cab which adds rear seats and storage spaces on the inside, while the Crew Cab, comes with full sized doors and rear seats which can actually accommodate adults. The optional 4-wheel drive system can be added to enhance the off-road and hauling capabilities.

Trims

Sierra

SLE

SLT

Denali

MSRP

$35,300

$40,000

$48,500

$55,600

Features

· 17-inch steel wheels

· Locking rear differential

· Xenon headlights

· Cruise control

· Tilt only steering wheel

· 17-inch alloy wheels

· Rear privacy glass

· Keyless entry

· Backup camera

· Leather-wrapped steering

· 8.0-inch touchscreen

· 18-inch alloy wheels

· Power folding mirrors

· Heated 8-way power front seats

· Driver memory settings

· Power-adjustable pedals

· Tilt-telescopic steering wheel

· Dual-zone automatic climate control

· 20-inch alloy wheels

· Power-sliding rear window,

· Parking sensors

· Ventilated front seats

· Heated steering wheel

· Navigation system

· Wireless smartphone charging

· Bose sound system

Engine

“3500's optional 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 is right in line with its top competitors. Overall, the Sierra 3500HD is impressively composed and easy to handle when the road gets curvy.”- Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

In the 2017 GMC Sierra 3500HD Double Cab, there are two types of V8 engines that can choose from; a Vortec 6.0L turbocharged gasoline or a Duramax intercooled 6.6L Turbo-diesel in the Denali trim. The former is a great daily driver, but the Duramax is the obvious choice for cargo hauling as it offers excellent torque figures of 910 lb-ft especially at the lower rev-range.

Models

GMC Sierra 3500 HD

Chevy Silverado 3500 HD

Dodge Ram 3500

Ford F-350

MSRP

$35,500

$35,000

$33,500

$33,750

Engine

6.0L V8 SFI

6.0L V8 SFI

5.7L V8 HEMI VVT

6.2L 2-Valve SOHC EFI NA V8

Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

Power

360 hp

360 hp

383 hp

385 hp

Torque

380 lb-ft

380 lb-ft

400 lb-ft

430 lb-ft

The GMC and the Chevy are practically twins, they share the same engines and thus, exhibit same power figures and performance, albeit lesser than the rivals - the Ford and The Ram, which have slightly more power as well as torque.

Acceleration

Despite not being the truck’s forte, the 3-ton monster takes just 6.7 second to achieve a speed of 60 miles-an-hour from a halt, quite a feat considering the heft. The immediate torque rush as soon as you touch the pedal will pull you from an intersection or a stop-sign with ease, even with a trailer hitched at the back.

Models

GMC Sierra 3500 HD

Chevy Silverado 3500 HD

Dodge Ram 3500

Ford F-350

0-60 MPH

6.7 sec

6.7 sec

6.3 sec

8.2sec

Quarter mile

15.3

15.3 sec

15.1 sec

16.8 sec

Engine

6.0L V8

6.0L V8

5.7LV8

6.2L V8

Comparatively, the Ram, despite the smaller displacement engine can sprint to 60 mph faster than the rest. However, Ford F-350, even though it’s equipped with quite a sturdy engines struggles to keep up and takes 2 more seconds to reach the finish line.

Ride and Handling

Once you reach 60 miles-an-hour comes the real challenge. How do you control this 3-ton beast at such speeds. GMC has made steering in the Sierra 3500HD surprisingly light and responsive even at lower speed. The slightly offset steering position might bother some people, but it’s not a deal-breaker. The double cab truck makes it difficult to maneuver around tight corners and while parking.

The ride in the GMC Sierra is comfortable and smooth, the suspensions eat up the bumps on the roads and don’t let any vibrations reach you in the cabin. Equip your rig with a dually, a double wheel rear axle and you get better traction to pull your truck through snow or mud.

Braking

At the end of your ride, your truck needs to stop as well, and stopping the massive momentum of this vehicle is not an easy task. The 13.8-inch discs up front are somehow not enough to stop this rig, especially if you hitch a trailer at the back. Apart from that, the brakes are firm and strong for your daily drive.

Model

GMC Sierra 3500 HD

Chevy Silverado 3500 HD

Dodge Ram 3500

Ford F-350

Brake Front(in)

13.8

13.8

14.2

14.3

Brake Rear(in)

14.1

14.1

14.1

14.3

Curb weight(lbs)

6423

6423

6421

6279

70-0 MPH (ft.)

210

199

202

202

Off-Road Capability

Having judged the Sierra 3500HD based on its on-road performance, the truck performs equally well on the rocky trails, especially since GMC introduced the All-terrain and All-terrain X models to the line-up. These models come equipped with Goodyear Wrangler mud-terrain-rated DuraTrac tires, twin tube Rancho shocks, underbody shield, and a selectable electronic 4WD transfer case.

Towing Capacity

For hauling a trailer or a camper you can equip GMC’s Gooseneck/Fifth-Wheel Prep Package, which includes a 7-pin trailer harness, a gooseneck ball hitch and fifth-wheel hitch mounting brackets. 13,,000 lb towing capacity from a truck is most you’d need, but if you need an upgrade, the Duramax Turbo-diesel can amp up those rookie numbers to 23,100 lbs.

Model

GMC Sierra 3500 HD

Chevy Silverado 3500 HD

Dodge Ram 3500

Ford F-350

Weight (lbs)

13000

13000

17520

12700

Trailering can sometimes be a hassle, especially while parking, which is why you can equip the optional EchoMaster Trailering Camera system, the Rear Vision camera and StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway. This provides you a near blindspot-free view around the trailer, and makes the task easier.

Fuel Economy

Although the EPA doesn’t bother to test the mileage stats of big trucks, independent sources show a combined mileage of approximately 14 miles to the gallon.

Interior

“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.” - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

The Sierra 3500 is not just a basic work truck meant for hauling cargo, GMC has given it’s cabin high-quality materials and plush 12-way adjustable comfortable bucket seats. The added rear seats are useful to throw in groceries or picking up your kids from school, but for taller adults it won’t be a very comfortable journey.

Model

GMC Sierra 3500 HD

Chevy Silverado 3500 HD

Dodge Ram 3500

Ford F-350

Passenger capacity

6

6

5

6

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

42.8/64.8/45.2

42.8/64.8/45.2

41.0/66.0/41.0

40.8/66.7/43.9

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.6/64.3/34.6

38.6/64.3/34.6

39.9/65.7/40.3

40.3/65.8/33.5

Infotainment System

Available in a 4.2-inch color display as standard, you can upgrade your infotainment to either a 7.0-inch IntelliLink system or a larger navigation enabled 8.0-inch touchscreen. With standard Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, voice recognition and real-time traffic.

Interior Features

  • Heated and ventilated perforated leather seats
  • Heated leather-wrapped steering
  • Optional soft-touch instrument panel
  • Under-seat storage
  • Integrated cruise control

Exterior

“GMC’s 2017 Sierra HD’s exterior styling is a major game-changer, especially its massive chrome grille and prominent new hood scoop. The double-cab models can be optioned with an 8-foot or 6-foot 6-inch bed. Dual rear wheels are exclusive to the 3500.” - Kelley Blue Book

Dimensions and Weight

Apart from the gargantuan proportions, the next thing to grab your attention will be the liberal use of glistening chrome, especially on the front grille. The Double Cab Sierra 3500 adds a small doof to the quite cramped rear seats, but the utility and practicality advantage over the Regular Cab is great. The Ram is the longest truck of the lot when comparing the the trucks equipped with longer 8-feet cargo beds.

Model

GMC Sierra 3500 HD

Chevy Silverado 3500 HD

Dodge Ram 3500

Ford F-350

curb weight(lbs)

6429

6429

6421

6279

Length(in)

248.8

248.8

259.3

254.4

Width(in)

80.5

80.5

79.4

80.0

Height(in)

77.6

77.6

77.4

78.2

Ground clearance(in)

8.6

8.5

7.3

8.5

Wheelbase(in)

158.1

158.1

168.9

164.2

Exterior Features

  • Front Induction hood scoop
  • HD projector headlamps
  • Sculpted chrome grille
  • Optional trailering mirrors
  • Corner-step bumper
  • EZ-Lift tailgate

Payload Capacity

The length advantage to the Ram means that it gets a longer bed length than most of the trucks in its competition, but the the Ford takes the throne for best-in-class cargo capacity followed closely by the Sierra and Silverado, however Chevy’s truck has the highest payload capacity. You can also choose a smaller 6.6-foot bed for your Sierra, if you feel the 8-foot bed is too big for you.

Models

GMC Sierra 3500 HD

Chevy Silverado 3500 HD

Dodge Ram 3500

Ford F-350

Width (inch)

51.0

51.0

66.4

66.9

Length (inch)

97.8

97.8

98.3

98.1

Capacity (cu.ft)

76.3

76.3

74.7

78.5

Safety

The GMC is certainly a very capable truck, which is why GMC has added a long list of safety features fro passenger safety as well as driver-assist features for trailering as well as graded climbing and descending. The truck isn’t rated for passenger safety through crash testing by NHTSA or the IIHS. The features are listed as follows:

  • Frontal driver and right front-passenger single-stage airbags
  • Rear Vision camera system
  • StabiliTrak stability control system
  • Rollover mitigation technology
  • Trailer sway control
  • Hill start assist
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Safety Alert Seat
  • Front and Rear Park Assist

Competition

GMC Sierra 3500HD vs Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD

Even though these trucks seem like twins at the first glance, they have their own individual character. The Sierra 3500HD is a comfortable truck with great ride quality, feature-rich interiors and high-quality materials, while the Silverado 3500HD is a reliable work truck with plenty of brute force under the hood. From the outside, it’s all up to your personal preferences, both trucks look badass and have an imposing road presence.

GMC Sierra 3500HD vs Dodge Ram 3500

The Silverado isn’t the only big hauler you can consider, the Ram is also a sturdy brute which boasts class-leading towing capacity. However, that’s the only arena where the Ram prevails. The engine feels underpowered on highways and the infotainments feels ancient compared to the rivals, especially the Ford.

GMC Sierra 3500HD vs Ford F-350

The 2017 Ford F-350 is a complete redesign, and the new truck is better in terms of reliability, features, interiors and comfort, despite coming at a lower price than the GMC. Ford comes with a 6.7L engine in its top trim to counter the Sierra’s 6.6L Duramax diesel engine, however, as unbelievable it sounds, the Ford’s engine can produce even higher torque at 935 lb-ft.

Final Verdict

The GMC has given the big truck two great engines a 6.0L gas engine and a mammoth 6.6L turbo-diesel engine. The handling is smooth and comfortable to cruise through city streets and highways, despite the maneuverability issues, which exist in all full-size trucks. Hauling and cargo carrying capacity is top-notch, the Ram and Silverado have slightly higher numbers, but the Sierra performs well-enough to compete. However, the top-trim Denali simply doesn’t justify the price with the level of features and amenities it’s available with, you’d be better off choosing the feature-rich Ford instead at that price point.

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