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2017 GMC Sierra 3500

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229.5” x 76.85”


Rear-wheel drive



4 trims

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2017 GMC Sierra 3500 review: Our expert's take

By Matt Schmitz

Unless you’re one of those enthusiast types who’s really into pickup trucks, and delights in spending spare time poring over all the many different configurations and special packages and specifications … and specifications for all the combinations of those configurations and special packages, shopping for a truck can be pretty daunting. If you’ve already settled on a Toyota Tundra as the next pickup truck you plan to pick up, you’ve spared yourself a whole lotta mobile-device screen time. But one of the main concerns for pickup truck buyers is towing capacity, so you’re still gonna need to know how it breaks down for the truck’s different variants — and the most popular article of October on sister site will help you do just that.

Related: Why the Honda Ridgeline Won Our 2019 Mid-Size Truck Challenge

At the high end, the Tundra can pull 10,200 pounds — that’s in it two-wheel-drive double-cab configuration with the 6.5-foot bed in either the SR or SR5 trim. But even at its wimpiest, the Tundra is able to tug 8,800 pounds (four-wheel-drive CrewMax with the 5.5-foot bed) — still mightier than competing pickups’ minimum tow ratings. For the full breakdown of towing capacities on the Tundra by cab configuration and even in the TRD Pro off-road trim level, check out the No. 1 story for October via the link below; it edges out our primer on what’s changed for the 2020 model year on the Nissan Titan, which has to settle for second place.

toyota tacoma 2020 01 angle  dynamic  exterior  rear  towing jpg 2020 Toyota Tacoma | Manufacturer image

And, hey, if you’re researching towing capacities of pickup trucks of all shapes and sizes,’s top 10 of October offers quite a haul. Our rundown of the towing capacities for the 2020 Toyota Tacoma comes in at No. 5, and our breakdown of the 2019 Ram 1500’s pulling power pulls in at No. 7.

In more highly trafficked towing news, our No. 4 story of the past month reported on how an older truck — a 2017 GMC Sierra 3500 diesel — has held up after 22,000 miles of towing, which constitutes nearly 89 percent of its total miles driven. You can get the long answer by following the link below, but the short answer is: pretty gull-derned well.

“Overall, we have been very impressed with this truck,” said correspondent Matt Barnes. “There have been no reliability issues and it has a decent ride with a comfortable cabin and seats, and pulls any load we put behind it with ease. Would we buy this truck again? Absolutely.”

gmc sierra 3500 2017 01 angle  exterior  front  mountains  towing  white jpg 2017 GMC Sierra 3500 diesel | photo by Matt Barnes

But don’t drop your load just yet, because there’s tons more news to catch up on. Here are the top 10 news stories readers couldn’t get enough of in the past month:

1. Breaking Down the 2020 Toyota Tundra’s Towing Capacities

2. 2020 Nissan Titan: See What’s Changed, Inside and Out

3. At Their Highest Levels, Toyota’s Off-Road Trucks Perform Very Differently

4. This 2017 GMC Sierra 3500 Diesel Towed for 22,000 of Its 24,750 Miles: How Has It Held Up?

5. Breaking Down the 2020 Toyota Tacoma’s Towing Capacities

6. Electric Truck News Roundup: GM’s Big Bet on Electric Trucks, Rivian Subscriptions, Bollinger Reveal

7. Breaking Down the 2019 Ram 1500’s Towing Capacities

8. So You Want to Put Car Seats in Your 2019 Honda Ridgeline …

9. 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel MPG: How It Compares to Chevrolet, GMC, Ford Diesels

10. 2020 Nissan Titan Gets More Power and Tech, Fewer Cab and Bed Styles

nissan titan 2020 10 bed  exterior  rear  red jpg 2020 Nissan Titan | photo by Aaron Bragman’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value 4.8
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0
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I own a 1999 GMC SLT 150, mileage 56,000

I still own my GMC, everything the SLT had every need, the ride was comfort for a Marine to drive to North Carolina. I had a few things that had be fix, which was under $2,000 which would be expected for any now Truck/Car. I a Viet Nam Vet, 75 years old, which I have all brands as a GMC. In fact soon as I am able I'm going to by another GMC, fully loaded so to pull a Travel trailer, and the Wife I will let her go as well. Little Texas humor there. I have test droved several, the 2500, and the 3500, both the Wife, and I really liked them. I am a U.S. Marine, we keep to the truth when we say something. Now You All Stay Safe, and healthy. John R.


If owned Three Avalanche

It is a strong reliable truck and I would likae to have one for myself as a work truck and hauling heavy equipment like a man lift and compressor and still do some light duty work


pure luxury

Simply amazing. Love everything about this truck. The comfort, the way it drives, gas mileage and features makes it the best vehicle I have ever driven

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by GMC
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/60,000 miles
24 months/24,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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