2017 GMC Sierra 2500 HD First Drive

Feb 23, 2017 08:00 AM EST | Ileen Jasmine

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The 2017 GMC Sierra 2500 HD is getting a small upgrade this year. A new fresh feature for a new year.

It's the professional grade vehicle by General Motors. It's a heavy-duty full-size pickup truck that has been beating its competitors on sale.

The 2017 GMC Sierra 2500 HD is upgraded with a new 6.6-liter Duramax turbo diesel V8. It is now available with rear or four-wheel drive along with three can and three-bed configurations.

Its V8 engine can put out up to 445 horsepower and 910 pound-feet of torque. It feels very good to be behind the wheel.

The new diesel engine is called the L5P. It features new cylinder heads, pistons and pins, fuel system, exhaust, connecting rods, and crankshaft. It also features a turbocharger and cooling plumbing.

Both the HD 2500 (three-quarter ton) and the 3500 (one-ton) are the most capable class of pickup trucks from General Motors. And those numbers are just referring to the minimum weight both can carry on their cargo beds.

The best thing about the 2017 GMC Sierra 2500 HD, however, is not what's under the hood. The best thing is in the details.

It looks completely professional, as it was designed to be that way. Very simple exterior lines and high-quality interior surfaces which completely works for consumers.

A representative from GM explained why every GM truck has to look professional. In a presentation, he said, "A GMC customer holds themselves and others to a high standard."

It is quite to run on the road, even when it carries so much load. Its throttle response is not snappy.

Inside, the 2017 GMC Sierra 2500 HD has a few extra stitchings in the trim and plush seats. It is stern and robust to the touch.

As for the final verdict, Jalopnik weighed it down for aspiring buyers. In the website, Andrew Collins wrote a review which says, "Thanks to styling and a few key choice elements, GMC Denali trucks really do feel precise and deliberate. The calm and capable drive feels appropriately matched to the look, and the truck's a very relaxing place to sit while you're pulling heavy weight over a massive distance."

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