Under the Hood: 2017 GMC Sierra

Pricing and Trim Levels

The 2017 GMC Sierra comes in three cab configurations: regular, standard, and double. The least expensive Sierra checks in at $30,000 and is a 2WD regular cab model. There are several trim levels between the entry-level Sierra and the top-tier Denali trim. The Denali is as luxurious as the Sierra gets, and that’s reflected in its price. The MSRP for the Sierra Denali is $52,605.

The Denali trim carries such a large price tag for a good reason. A suite of driver safety aids, heated and ventilated leather front seats, an eight-inch touchscreen, and GMC’s Magnetic Ride control suspension all come standard. It can be made even more luxurious with the Denali Ultimate package. Depending on manufacturer discounts, this package can cost up to $7,450. It includes 22-inch aluminum wheels with chrome inserts, a power sunroof, tri-mode power steps, a sunroof, trailer brake controller, and chrome recovery hooks.

Enhanced Driver Alert is another package of note. It adds forward collision alert, automatic braking at low speeds, lane-keep assist, front and rear park assist, a safety alert seat, and intelligent headlights.

When it comes to the Sierra, optional packages typically add more luxury and less functional features, so keep that in mind when considering what you’re willing to pay extra for.

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Final Thoughts

It’s easy to see why the GMC Sierra is a hit with truck buyers. It offers a slightly more upscale experience for not that much more money. It’s also able to do real truck stuff, as evidenced by its class-leading towing capacity. Buyers who don’t really care about luxury may want to opt for the Silverado, although that truck can get expensive in a hurry once you select higher-tier trims and start adding options.

If you want the newest truck on the market, the Ford F-150 is still your best bet. The next-generation Sierra and Silverado are due out in 2018 and will debut as 2019 models. So, if you really want a Sierra but also want a new truck, it might be smarter to wait. GMC’s new trucks should be lighter — thanks to aluminum bodies — and will also feature that 10-speed auto mentioned earlier. However, if you’re looking for a truck now and are willing to pay a bit more for cabin quality and design than the GMC Sierra is worth a test drive.

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