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2017 GMC Sierra 3500HD Regular Cab

2017 MODEL

$35,090 - $43,930

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Overview

In a constant battle for superiority, GMC has introduced a new 6.6-Liter Turbo-diesel to retaliate against the Ford’s new Super Duty. The 2017 GMC Sierra is quite like Dwayne Johnson in a tuxedo; slick on the outside and pure muscle on the inside. With the best in class horsepower of 445hp from the Duramax and mind-boggling torque of 910 lb-ft, it seems as if GMC could run circles around its rivals.

Starting at a price of $35,500, the base model is effectively a fleet work truck, with functional interior and without the fancy bells and whistles. As you move up the ladder and explore higher trims, the list of features increases and so does the price. The mid-range trucks are the best deals for most, with the right balance of useful features and cost. The high-end Denali trim steps up its game in terms of both luxury and finesse.

As pickup trucks are a highly competitive market, brands are offering a wide range of trims and optional extras to lure more customers and gain the upper hand. So if you’re overwhelmed by the long list, and can’t decide whether to buy a Chevy or a GMC, keep reading to find out the best truck from the lot.

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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


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



Styles

 2017 GMC Sierra 3500HD Regular Cab in Stone Blue Metallic color  2017 GMC Sierra 3500HD Regular Cab in Pepperdust Metallic color  2017 GMC Sierra 3500HD Regular Cab in Onyx Black color  2017 GMC Sierra 3500HD Regular Cab in Graphite Metallic color  2017 GMC Sierra 3500HD Regular Cab in Cardinal Red color
Stone Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Exterior

7.0

Engine

6.9

Interior

8.6

Features

8.1

Driving

8.9

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 GMC Sierra 3500HD Regular Cab 2dr Regular Cab LB

2dr Regular Cab LB

Fuel: Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 3

$35,090

Configurations
2dr Regular Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A)
Seating: 3 HP: 360-hp @ 5,400 rpm
Torque: 380 lbs.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm

 2017 GMC Sierra 3500HD Regular Cab 2dr Regular Cab LB DRW

2dr Regular Cab LB DRW

Fuel: Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 3

$35,870

Configurations
2dr Regular Cab LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 6A)
Seating: 3 HP: 360-hp @ 5,400 rpm
Torque: 380 lbs.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm

 2017 GMC Sierra 3500HD Regular Cab 2dr Regular Cab

2dr Regular Cab

Fuel: Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 3

$38,045 - $38,825

Configurations
2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A)
Seating: 3 HP: 360-hp @ 5,400 rpm
Torque: 380 lbs.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm
2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 6A)
Seating: 3 HP: 360-hp @ 5,400 rpm
Torque: 380 lbs.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm

 2017 GMC Sierra 3500HD Regular Cab SLE

SLE

Fuel: Flex-fuel (unleaded/e85), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 3

$39,785 - $43,930

Configurations
SLE 2dr Regular Cab LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A)
Seating: 3 HP: 360-hp @ 5,400 rpm
Torque: 380 lbs.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm
SLE 2dr Regular Cab LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 6A)
Seating: 3 HP: 360-hp @ 5,400 rpm
Torque: 380 lbs.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm
SLE 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB (6.0L 8cyl 6A)
Seating: 3 HP: 360-hp @ 5,400 rpm
Torque: 380 lbs.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm
SLE 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB DRW (6.0L 8cyl 6A)
Seating: 3 HP: 360-hp @ 5,400 rpm
Torque: 380 lbs.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm

Expert Review


carhp editor Last updated 16 days ago

7.9

Overall Rating


8.1/10
Features

 

6.9/10
Engine

 
 

8.6/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

Starting at a price of $35,500, the base model is effectively a fleet work truck, with functional interior and without the fancy bells and whistles. As you move up the ladder and explore higher trims, the list of features increases and so does the price. The mid-range trucks are the best deals for most, with the right balance of useful features and cost. The high-end Denali trim steps up its game in terms of both luxury and finesse.

Features

8.1/10

With a myriad of trims, body styles and options to choose from, the customizability for you truck is immense. You can spec your pickup in Regular Cab if you need a work truck, an Extended Cab for better interior storage facilities or a Crew Cab, if you want to take your buddies with you. You can also choose between a 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive truck and a dual-tire rear wheel for improving your truck’s payload capacity.

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

6.9/10
“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.” - Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

Available in a 6.0-Liter turbocharged V8 format as well as a new intercooled 6.6-Liter V8 Turbo-diesel, the GMC Sierra is a force to be reckoned with. The not-so-smaller gasoline engine, develops 360 horses, which ranks on the lower end of the spectrum compared to the base model trucks from Ram and Ford, each producing about 25 more horses.

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

However, GMC has turned the tables with its new Duramax diesel engine, offered in the top trim Denali. Mated to a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, the max torque of 910 lb-ft comes at a low-end, 1600 rpm. Coming from the same parent, the General Motors, the Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD inherits the same engine variants and transmission as its twin sibling.

Acceleration

Although comparing acceleration is not an accurate measure of a pickup’s true ability, but sometimes you do wish your truck pulled away faster from a stop light. That said, the 6-Liter gas engine pushes the Sierra to 60mph in a respectable 6.7 seconds.

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

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The Ram achieves 60mph in a quicker 6.3 seconds. The ford, despite the most capable engine, is reaches there 2 seconds slower than the Ram. The Silverado, as expected, has the same pace as the Sierra.

Ride and Handling

Kudos the GM for making the three-ton-Behemoth forgiving to drive. The size feels less intimidating as you sit behind the precise, responsive and slightly offset wheel, albeit twitchy handling at higher speeds. The front independent suspensions eat up bumps and undulations, and you’re left with a smooth comfortable ride.

The only place where the size feels concerning is in tight corners and parking. Urban maneuverability won’t be cakewalk in this big rig, but you probably never expected it to, in the first place. The sound deadening is better than most of the competition, adding a premium touch to your ride.

Braking

Thee effort required to stop this big-rig is greatly reduced by the auto grade braking and diesel exhaust braking. The bakes are firm and inspire confidence when handling the truck. Even while towing and trailering, the brakes are strong enough to bring it to a halt.

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

Despite all that, the competition prevails. Both the Ram and the Ford stop quicker than the GMC and eve its twin, the Silverado has a much better stopping distance.

Off-Road Capability

GMC has introduced the All-Terrain and All-Terrain X editions for, as the names suggest, off-roading. 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.

You might think the slick-looking civilized GMC is not meant to get its hand dirty, but it’s entirely capable of eviscerate any obstacle it encounters, be it deep mud, loose gravel or slippery slopes.

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. Although the base model, with the 6.0-Liter gas engine can only pull 13,000 lbs, the Duramax diesel engine can haul a staggering 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

8.6/10
“There are high-quality materials, a large amount of space and plenty of storage areas inside the 3500. We love the optional damped tailgate's action, as well as the integrated bumper step.”- Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

If you thought that the GMC Sierra was just another work truck with uncomfortable seats, you’re wrong. GMC has made one of the best ergonomically focused plush interior, with 12-way adjustable buckets and spacious, roomy cabin. The only slightly irksome detail which GMC has sneaked in, is the slightly offset steering wheel. The highest Denali trim could’ve been better dressed-up, considering the price it demands. Overall, the interior feels up-scaled compared to the Silverado.

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.)

NA

NA

NA

NA

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

7.0/10
“GMC’s 2017 Sierra HD’s exterior styling is a major game-changer, especially its massive chrome grille and prominent new hood scoop. Like the interior, the exterior styling of the Sierra HD closely reflects that of its light-duty offering.” – Kelley Blue Book

Dimensions and Weight

The herculean brute exudes power and authority from all angles. The huge front chrome-clad grille and the newly added hood scoop to accommodate the intercooler, beefs up the aggressive demeanor. The GMC sits higher and wider than the rest of the competitors, although the Ford has a longer wheelbase and a lighter chassis, which reflects upon its practicality.

Model

GMC Sierra 3500 HD

Chevy Silverado 3500 HD

Dodge Ram 3500

Ford F-350

curb weight(lbs)

6423

6423

6421

6279

Length(in)

224.4

224.3

230.4

231.8

Width(in)

80.1

80.1

79.4

80.0

Height(in)

77.8

77.8

77.7

77.8

Ground clearance(in)

8.6

8.5

7.3

8.5

Wheelbase(in)

133.6

133.6

140.0

141.67

Exterior Features

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

Payload Capacity

Two versions are made available for the cargo bed, a 6.6-foot bed in the Crew Cab and a bigger 8-foot bed in the Regular Cab versions. Lockable side storage boxes and spray-on bed liner comes standard. The payload capacity is similar to the Ram and Ford, but the Silverado leaps ahead here, with an advantage of almost 1700lbs.

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 air bags
  • · 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

2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD

The GMC Sierra’s twin, the Silverado 3500HD distinguishes itself on the basis of payload capacity. The Chevy skimps out on the quality of the interior, but the rest can be based upon looks and personal preferences, since they have virtually the same engine, transmission and equipment.

2017 Dodge Ram 3500

The Ram is quite a dependable and sturdy truck, but the clunky gearbox and underpowered engine feel like a department Ram should’ve worked on. The brakes feel inadequate to stop a truck of this magnitude, although its stopping distance is shorter than the GMC. The interior feels dated compared to the Chevy, GMC as well as Ford, but in terms of towing, the Ram is a lot more capable than the rivals.

2017 Ford F-350

Completely redesigned for 2017 and reputed for having better reliability, and sprinkled with a lot more features, the Ford F-350 is still a more affordable hauler. The Platinum trim with the 6.7-Liter engine, which competes with the Denali, produces more torque than the 6.6-Liter in the GMC. With better safety and driver assist features, is undoubtedly a better deal than each of the trucks from General Motors.

Final Verdict

The Sierra 3500HD comes with powerful engine options and plenty of trims to choose from, the Regular Cab is however restricted to the longer 8-foot bed option. The interior is comfortable and massively upgraded from the previous generation. One of the things you’d love is the exceptional sound deadening. Although, inside the Ford’s truck you’d find more tech than the rivals, the Sierra keeps up with its pace to a certain extent.

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