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1996 GMC C2500

  • 1996 GMC C2500 Base Long Bed Regular Cab Pickup

    Base Long Bed Regular Cab Pickup

    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      3
    • HP/TORQUE
      255/325
    • ENGINE
      5.7L V8
    • MSRP
      $17,996
  • 1996 GMC C2500 Sierra Long Bed Regular Cab Pickup

    Sierra Long Bed Regular Cab Pickup

    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      3
    • HP/TORQUE
      255/325
    • ENGINE
      5.7L V8
    • MSRP
      $17,996
  • 1996 GMC C2500 Sierra XC Extended Cab Pickup

    Sierra XC Extended Cab Pickup

    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      6
    • HP/TORQUE
      255/325
    • ENGINE
      5.7L V8
    • MSRP
      $19,626
  • 1996 GMC C2500 Suburban Utility

    Suburban Utility

    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      3
    • HP/TORQUE
      255/330
    • ENGINE
      5.7L V8
    • MSRP
      $25,330
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1996 GMC C2500 Review

GMC class and rugged power.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The Chrysler C/K pickup truck provides an almost legendary example of what a pickup truck should be. It comes as little surprise that the GMC Sierra looks heavily influenced by the classic C/K design and carries on its legacy. The Sierra model range comes in three groups. The 1996 GMC C2500 marks the midrange option. The main distinguishing feature between the Sierra models concerns the engine options. The Sierra C2500 sits in a unique position because it lacks a single engine model. Depending on the engine option selected, it can be very similarly equipped to the C1500 or C3500.

The C2500 provides a solid option in the GMC Sierra line of trucks. All of the engines give the 1996 GMC C2500 decent power, acceleration, and speed. The handling and steering seem fairly good for a vehicle this size. The interior of the C2500 can also be made very comfortable with the optional features included. With a good deal, the C2500 could provide a better value than a similarly equipped C1500 or C3500.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 4.3-liter six-cylinder, 5.0-liter eight-cylinder, 5.7-liter eight-cylinder, 6.5-liter eight-cylinder diesel
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: GMC Sierra C2500 SL, GMC Sierra C2500 HD SL, GMC Sierra C2500 SLE, GMC Sierra C2500 HD SLE, GMC Sierra C2500 SLT, GMC Sierra C2500 HD SLT

What's New

The 1996 GMC C2500 upgrades the engines with new Vortec models that offer better performance and torque. Lighted entry now comes as a standard feature. Seat belts offer height adjustment.

Exterior

All of the 1996 GMC Sierra C2500 models offer an extended cab. The GMC Sierra C2500 SLT and HD SLT mark the only models not available with a regular cab. A bed liner, camper mirrors, a towing package, power locks, and a chrome step bumper can be added as optional features.

Interior

The interior of the Sierra C2500, despite some cheap material selection, looks fairly well done, if somewhat Spartan. The standard equipment only comes with an AM/FM audio system. Optional features, such as air-conditioning, cruise control, and a cassette player can be used to improve the comfort of the 1996 GMC C2500 to something approximating car level.

Performance & Handling

The GMC Sierra C2500 sees some overlap with the C1500 in terms of performance. The standard five-liter, eight-cylinder engine remains an optional engine choice for the C1500. As a result, both Sierra models exhibit similar levels of performance when equipped with the same engine. Similarly the higher-end engine options perform similarly to the C3500. The 5.7-liter, eight-cylinder engine improves upon the acceleration and speed of the 1996 GMC C2500, letting it outperform the C1500 with ease. While it does not match a car or other small vehicle, the C2500 maneuvers reasonably well.

Safety

Dual front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes provide the only standard safety features on the 1996 GMC C2500.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC Sierra C2500, 4.6-liter six-cylinder: 15/20 mpg city/highway
GMC Sierra C2500, 5.0-liter eight-cylinder: 14/17 mpg city/highway
GMC Sierra C2500, 5.7-liter eight-cylinder: 14/17 mpg city/highway
GMC Sierra C2500, 6.5-liter eight-cylinder diesel: 15/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Large cabin
  • Powerful eight-cylinder engine options

You Won't Like

  • Doesn’t distinguish from Chevy version
  • Poor fuel economy

Sum Up

GMC class and rugged power.

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