Used GMC Sierra 2500
When you’re looking for a used GMC Sierra 2500, you’re making a great choice for a work truck that has the best of comfort and capabilities. A used GMC 2500 for sale has the work-oriented feel with the upscale interior that you’ve been dreaming of.
This truck does great as a commuter vehicle that also regularly requires towing and hauling capabilities. Introduced in 1999, the GMC Sierra was previously indistinguishable from the Chevrolet Silverado. However, people agree that the GMC Sierra wins when it comes to performance and luxury.
Redesigns and Options
With its last redesign in 2014 and improvements for 2016, the GMC Sierra 2500 has a total redesign waiting for it in 2018.
In 2007, the Sierra 2500 moved to a smoother shape and got some serious engine improvements. In 2011, the Duramax turbocharged diesel was introduced which increased the Sierra’s towing capacity to 17,800 pounds with a fifth wheel and 13,000 pounds without. In 2015, the 3rd generation was introduced with improved capabilities and comfort.
Your engine options for your used Sierra 2500 include the gas 6.0L V8, 8.1L Vortec V8 (which is no longer offered on current models) and 6.6L turbocharged diesel.
Traditionally known for its reliability, the Sierra offers a variety of trim levels, body styles, and powertrains. This vehicle works great as a weekday commuter or your family travel vehicle when towing or hauling.
With the option of choosing from a short or long wheelbase, you also have cab and seating options. These include:
- Regular cab – Seats 2-3 passengers with two doors and an 8-foot long bed.
- Extended cab – Seats 5-6 passengers with four doors and available with 6 ft. by 6 inches standard box or long box.
- Crew cab – Seats 5-6 passengers with six more inches of leg room, four doors, and a 6.5-foot bed or a long bed.
All the trim levels the Sierra offers allow you to customize luxury with all around great performance compared to the competition. With 360 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque on specific models, your next used GMC Sierra is ready to be everything you imagined.
In 2011, the Sierra got a new frame with new suspension for enhanced towing capabilities with a smoother ride. This also bumped the horsepower up to 397 and the torque to 765!
The diesel engine option was upgraded in 2006 for better power and fewer emissions. When choosing a used GMC Sierra, you can decide between a 5-speed or 6-speed manual or a 4-speed, 5-speed, or 6-speed automatic, depending on the year.
The Allison 1000 6-speed transmission is the most notable part of the Duramax turbo diesel V8. This engine is all power and allows you to reach your maximum potential with these trucks.
Although your GMC Sierra 2500 won’t be as cushy as the lighter trucks that don’t offer as much towing capacity, consumers rank the Sierra as higher than other comparative heavy duty trucks in its class when it comes to luxury. The Duramax diesel has big torque at low RPMs, making it ideal for hauling loads of considerable size.
While any of the three engine options are great choices, the V8 will be best for heavy loads when towing and hauling. On all models, you have the option of two wheel drive in the rear or 4WD.
Weight and Toughness
These trucks are a ¾ ton and have a stiffer frame than their 1500 counterpart. They’re designed to be tougher and to do more. With a wider grille and bigger everything—including door handles, bumpers, recovery hooks, and cargo boxes—they’re just better.
Beds can be configured with an optional cargo management system. These trucks were designed to last with only routine maintenance. The higher trim levels like SLT and Denali have leather seating along with other amenities like navigation with touchscreen, a Bose premium sound system, and Ultrasonic rear park assist.
What’s most impressive about the Sierra 2500 is that it has more features to get the job done, like an assisted lift tailgate, heavy-duty transmission, and a built-in trailer brake controller. Let’s not forget that the 2500 has considerably more room for your passengers, especially with the extended and crew cab versions of this truck.
Although made with the same frame as the Chevy Silverado, the GMC Sierra is just more luxury combined with capability. The 2500 provides better stability over tough terrain with the stiffened chassis, which results in a smoother ride with a quieter exterior.
With comfortable seats and the option for heated seats, the 2500 Sierra ensures you’re always comfortable on the drive. It’s basically heavy duty sophistication wrapped in a blocky exterior with chrome accents that allow you to experience the best of this workhorse with all its amenities and shiny trim accents.
The Denali trim level is the highest you can go and the latest 3rd generation for 2015 is the current one available if you’re looking for a used Sierra 2500. If you need performance with a touch of luxury, consider the GMC Sierra for your next truck. Used versions of these trucks offer a great value with all the desired amenities.
These trucks have been noted as more stylish than Ford and more comfortable than the Chevy Silverado, distinguished by impressive hauling and towing performance, a quiet and refined ride, and a strong engine with a solid build.
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When the 2500 is Your Best Choice
GMC’s Sierra 2500 is your ideal truck when you don’t quite need the 3500, but you do tow things that are too heavy for the 1500.
This would be your truck if you have a commute but don’t want to sacrifice on capabilities. Even the hardest of workers need some comfort at the end of the day. The 2500 could be your basic everyday work truck or a six passenger family getaway vehicle to haul your RV.
The Sierra 2500 truck can easily handle most tasks. Trailer Sway Control and Automatic Grade Braking help make your ride safer and easier. Strong overall performance helps beat out the competition for when you need all the features to get the job done.
With the 40/20/40 split front bench, you’re able to fold down the center armrest for more room. Enjoy tinted rear windows in the 2015 Sierra with an automatic locking rear differential and an illuminated cargo box. On the SLE trim level for 2015, you’ll get an 8-inch touchscreen with 4G Wi-Fi.
Other models offer you the option of chrome exterior accents like with the Denali and front ventilated bucket seats with a heated steering wheel. The Denali is about as luxurious as you can get with the Sierra. You also have the option for 20-inch wheels with a sunroof and safety options like Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert, depending on which models you choose.
Don’t forget that the 2500 Sierra also comes with the optional Z71 off-road package which features Hill Descent Control, skid plates, a front stabilizer bar, and 18-inch wheels with unique exterior badging.
Front seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags keep you safe while strategically placed controls make your everyday options easy. Seats are well sized and comfortable with precise steering and handling. What more could you ask for?