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Overview (Final Score: A-)
The GMC Sierra is offered as a more premium-level pickup whose base model has a few more accouterments than competitors. There are four basic trim levels for the GMC Sierra, each of which upgrades the interior and some exterior options in turn. Several cab sizes, bed lengths and powertrain options are available for the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 as well.
The 2017 Sierra has not changed much from the 2016 model year. GMC added a capless filler on the fuel port, some driver safety technology options and active grille shutters for improved aerodynamics. The 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 retains its three engine choices and high levels of interior comfort – both are often the selling points for this truck.
All three engines have good performance and all variants of the Sierra 1500 are comfortable workhorses that are well-rounded offerings in the full-size pickup truck market.
What We Love About the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500:
- Excellent interior at all trim levels
- Solid, well-done performance and fuel economy no matter the engine choice
- Engine choices are nicely rounded out for the segment
What We Don’t Love About the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500:
- Value retention and upfront price may be a bit iffy for some buyers
- No off-pavement contender against other makes on the market
- Larger wheel options destroy ride quality
Pricing and Value (8/10)
The 2017 Sierra 1500 is a premium-level truck, even at its base level, and thus is priced higher than its competitors’ base-model options. Resale values are decent for the market, even among its former fleet models. The Sierra is competitive at its middle level trims.
The second-up SLE trim does offer upgrade options not available for the base model, which differentiates that trim from the base model’s more fleet and commercial aim. Many buyers will find this trim with some updates to be more than enough to get the job done with the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500. Especially with the 5.7L V8.
The SLT model is the most-purchased option for the GMC Sierra 1500 and is likely the best one for most consumers, with its excellent array of accouterments versus price. Upgrades are easier to come by and the larger infotainment screen is already standard in this trim.
The highest trim point, the Denali, is largely reserved for those who want a luxury pickup truck option.
Total Score and Competitive Comparison (74/80, 93%)
Today’s market has a lot to choose from in the full-size pickup truck segments. Competing with the GMC Sierra 1500 are offerings that include the, Ram 1500 and fellow GM company Chevrolet Silverado. The Ford offers competitive models to the GMC Sierra’s various trims in the F-150’s top-level trim points. Fuel economy in the F-Series is often rated better, though real-world results are mixed.
The Ram 1500 is similarly offered with higher-trim options that match what is available from GMC, with a generally better highway drive quality and towing capacity, but not fuel economy. GM’s Chevrolet brand has the Silverado, which does have some overlap in trim offerings compared to the GMC.
This lineup of strong contenders still sees the 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 competing well. The excellent interior experience, strong fuel economy and nicely-rounded options are much of what set the GMC Sierra apart from others.
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