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2017 GMC Sierra 1500 Review

The 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 boasts a powerful engine lineup and one of the best-looking cabins in the segment, with comfortable front seats and plenty of room. However, the Sierra 1500 doesn’t ride as smoothly as its competitors.

Pros & Cons

  • Class-leading towing capacity
  • Upscale interior
  • Spacious front seats
  • Intuitive infotainment system
  • Ride feels harsh on bumpy roads
  • Difficult-to-use LATCH connectors

7.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 8.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.2
Safety: 9.2
Reliability:
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2017 GMC Sierra 1500 Overview

Is the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 a Good Used Truck?

A used 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 is a good pickup that can serve as a workhorse. It can tow up to 12,500 pounds when properly equipped, yet it also has some of the most full-efficient engines in the full-size pickup truck class. The Sierra 1500’s infotainment system is one of the easiest-to-use in the class. On the downside, this GMC lacks standard active safety equipment, and it has a below-average predicted reliability rating.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 27 professional evaluations for this 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 review to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500?

There are about 1,900 used listings on our site for the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500. Prices start at $21,500 and top out at $49,000, with an average list price of $35,700. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 Cost to Own?

Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Sierra 1500 are estimated to be $29,138. That’s a little higher than average for a full-size pickup truck.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Sierra 1500?

The downside to buying a 2018 model over a 2017 GMC Sierra comes down to price. However, the multitude of configurations and trim levels makes it hard to delineate price differences. That said, the MSRP of a 2018 Sierra ranges from $29,000 to $56,300. In comparison, a 2017 model typically costs between $21,500 and $49,000.

For the 2018 model year, GMC added a standard rearview camera and a 7-inch touch screen to the Sierra 1500. If those updates don't interest you, stick with the largely similar 2017 model to save money.

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The 2018 Chevrolet Silverado is the corporate cousin of the Sierra 1500 (they are built on the same platform). The average price of a used 2017 Sierra is $35,700, which is $7,400 lower than the 2018 Silverado’s starting price. Comparing base models, the GMC has a nicer interior, but the Chevy is a better truck overall. The Silverado has a near-perfect predicted reliability rating, good towing and hauling capabilities, and a standard rearview camera. If you can spend the extra money, go for the Silverado.

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Which Model Year of the GMC Sierra 1500 Is Best?

Unless you need the 2017 Sierra’s higher towing capacity, you should consider shopping for similar and cheaper models from earlier model years. The Sierra was completely redesigned for 2014. The 2015 Sierra 1500 was the first model to feature a Wi-Fi hot spot, an adaptive suspension with the Denali trim, and a 420-horsepower V8. For 2016, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto became standard.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500?

The 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 has a below-average predicted reliability rating of 2.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 GMC Sierra 1500 Recalls

As of this writing, there are three open recalls for the 2017 Sierra 1500. Two deal with frontal air bags that may not deploy, and the third adds missing instructions for anchoring child seats. Make sure a GMC dealer has addressed these issues before buying.

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Which Used GMC Sierra 1500 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 offers three cab configurations (Regular, Double, and Crew), three bed sizes (standard, long, and short), and four trims (base, SLE, SLT, and Denali). The base trim comes with cloth or vinyl upholstery, a four-speaker audio system, a 4.2-inch display screen, and a USB port. The Teen Driver safety system is also standard. It allows you to set limits on audio volume, restrict the maximum driving speed, and add extra safety reminders for other drivers.

The SLE is the best choice for most folks because of its assortment of features, which includes an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen that recognizes gestures like pinching and swiping. You also get Bluetooth for audio streaming and hands-free phone calls, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, HD Radio, satellite radio, and power windows.

The SLT adds dual-zone automatic climate control, a 110-volt household-style power outlet up front, leather upholstery, heated front seats, an automatic rear locking differential, and a trailering package.

The top-of-the-line Sierra 1500 Denali is only available in the Crew Cab configuration. The Denali comes with a premium Bose audio system, navigation, a heated steering wheel, wireless charging for smartphones, full leather upholstery, and heated and ventilated front bucket seats.

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What Does GMC's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

GMC offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 75,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned models, GMC extends its original new-car limited powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles from the original sale date. CPO models also get a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty after the three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Qualifying vehicles also get free maintenance for two years or 24,000 miles. GMC CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read GMC’s warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, GMC has a decent CPO program compared with other affordable car manufacturers.

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How Safe Is the Sierra 1500?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 Sierra 1500 Crew Cab the second-lowest rating of Marginal in the driver-side small overlap front crash test (the Double Cab was rated Acceptable). It earned the top rating of Good in the front, rear, side, and roof strength crash tests. The Sierra earned five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the frontal and side crash tests, and four stars in the rollover test.

No active safety features come standard in the 2017 Sierra 1500. Available features include a rearview camera, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, front and rear parking sensors, forward automatic braking, and a safety alert seat that vibrates to make the driver aware of  safety warnings.

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2017 GMC Sierra 1500 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 or 2017 Chevrolet Silverado?

The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the 2017 Sierra 1500 are both made by General Motors. They’re largely the same SUV with the same engines and configurations. The differences come down to interior styling and predicted reliability. The Sierra has the nicer interior, though the Chevy’s interior is hardly bare-bones. The Silverado has an excellent predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five from J.D. Power, while the GMC scores a low 2.5. Overall, the Silverado is a better choice.

Which Is Better: 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 or 2017 Ford F-150?

The 2017 Ford F-150 is an annual contender for the top spot in our truck rankings. The Sierra is nicer on the inside, and it has higher towing and hauling capacities than the F-150. However, the Ford offers better maneuverability, better safety ratings, and a higher predicted reliability. The F-150 also has an off-road Raptor trim that is unmatched in the Sierra lineup. No matter your needs, go with the F-150.

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2017 Sierra 1500 Performance

How Does the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 Drive?

The 2017 Sierra has responsive steering, powerful brakes, as well as a quiet and smooth ride on the highway. However, it doesn’t handle turns or smooth out bumpy roads as well as other large pickups.

The 2017 Sierra 1500 comes standard with a 285-horsepower V6 and a six-speed automatic transmission. There are two available V8 engines. The 355-horsepower V8 can handle most daily driving and towing duties, but the 420-horsepower is a better option for heavy towing and hauling.

Does the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 Get Good Gas Mileage?

The rear-wheel-drive V6 version of the 2017 Sierra 1500 gets 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, while the four-wheel-drive version is rated at 17/22 mpg city/highway. The smaller V8 with a six-speed automatic delivers an EPA-estimated 16/23 mpg, while the larger V8 with the eight-speed automatic returns 15/21 mpg.

2017 GMC Sierra 1500 Towing Capacity

The 2017 Sierra has a maximum tow rating of 12,500 pounds when properly equipped, which is excellent for the class. The transmission has a tow/haul mode that holds gears longer for when you’re pulling a heavy trailer. The Sierra has a maximum payload of 2,250 pounds.

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2017 Sierra 1500 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Sierra 1500 Seat?

The Sierra 1500 Regular Cab seats up to three people on standard cloth upholstery. The Double and Crew Cabs have two rows, bringing the seating capacity up to six. The front seats are comfortable in both cab styles. Rear-seat comfort for grownups depends on the cab choice. While Double Cab models are cramped, Crew Cab models have adequate space for most folks. Some models are available with power-adjustable front seats, heated and cooled front seats, and leather upholstery.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500?

The 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 has complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats with a middle-seat tether anchor in Double and Crew cab models. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Crew Cab’s LATCH system the lowest rating of Poor for ease of use. The IIHS said the lower anchors are too deep in the seat, hard to access, and require too much force to connect a child seat. Also, the tether anchors can be confused with other hardware. The Double Cab’s LATCH system received the second-lowest rating of Marginal due to the hard-to-find tether anchors.

2017 GMC Sierra 1500 Features

The Sierra’s standard features include a four-speaker audio system with a 4.2-inch display and a USB port. Step up from the base model, and the 2017 Sierra 1500 features the user-friendly IntelliLink infotainment system. Other upgrades include navigation, satellite radio, a 7- or 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Well-equipped models also come with dual-zone automatic climate control, a sunroof, Bluetooth, a six-speaker Bose audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system, and wireless phone charging.

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2017 GMC Sierra 1500 Dimensions

GMC Sierra 1500 Cargo Space

Depending on the cab configuration, there are three bed lengths you can choose from: the 6-foot-6-inch standard box, the 5-foot-8-inch short box, and the 8-foot long box. The GMC Sierra 1500 also offers various interior storage spaces, depending on which model you choose and its seating configuration.

2017 Sierra 1500 Length and Weight

Depending on the cab type and bed size, the 2017 Sierra 1500 ranges in length from 17.1 feet up to 19.9 feet. The curb weight ranges from 4,510 to 5,299 pounds. The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) goes from 6,500 up to 7,600 pounds, depending on the model.

Where Was the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 Built?

GMC built the 2017 Sierra in Michigan and Mexico.

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