Ad Radar

1997 GMC C2500

  • 1997 GMC C2500 Base Long Bed Regular Cab Pickup

    Base Long Bed Regular Cab Pickup

    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      3
    • HP/TORQUE
      255/330
    • ENGINE
      5.7L V8
    • MSRP
      $18,338
  • 1997 GMC C2500 Sierra Long Bed Regular Cab Pickup

    Sierra Long Bed Regular Cab Pickup

    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      3
    • HP/TORQUE
      255/330
    • ENGINE
      5.7L V8
    • MSRP
      $18,338
  • 1997 GMC C2500 Sierra XC Extended Cab Pickup

    Sierra XC Extended Cab Pickup

    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      6
    • HP/TORQUE
      255/330
    • ENGINE
      5.7L V8
    • MSRP
      $19,942
  • 1997 GMC C2500 Suburban Utility

    Suburban Utility

    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      3
    • HP/TORQUE
      255/330
    • ENGINE
      5.7L V8
    • MSRP
      $25,945
Get A Dealer Quote

Compare Dealer Clearance Prices and SAVE

  • Review

1997 GMC C2500 Review

A heavy-duty truck for any job.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 1997 GMC C2500 provides a tough work truck that holds its own as the midrange option in the GMC Sierra line of trucks. It comes in four trim levels: the base, Sierra, Sierra XC, and Suburban Utility. The base, Sierra, and Suburban Utility serve as regular cab pickups and the Sierra XC provides an extended cab pickup. All models except for the Sierra XC seat three occupants. The Sierra XC seats six. Many C2500s appear similarly equipped to the C1500 or C3500.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup
Engines: 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: GMC C2500, GMC C2500 Sierra, GMC C2500 Sierra XC, GMC C2500 Suburban Utility

What's New

Speed-sensitive steering improves the 1997 GMC C2500. This helps reduce driving effort at low speeds.

Exterior

All models of the 1997 GMC C2500 come with halogen bulb headlights, a fixed rear window, tinted glass, a fixed mast antenna, and a full-size underbody steel spare wheel. The base, Sierra, and Sierra XC also come with front and rear chrome bumpers and a straight side pickup bed.

The Suburban Utility represents the high-end trim level. Black body-side molding remains standard, as well as front and rear chrome bumpers with rubbing strips. Chrome trim enhance the body and bumpers and a rear black step. The glass on the Suburban Utility reflects heat and trailer towing preparation comes standard.

Interior

For a basic truck, the 1997 GMC C2500 offers a decent selection of comfort and convenience features. The front, three-point seat belts offer height adjustment, with a static lap belt in the center. The Suburban Utility has this seat belt system for the rear seat as well. The front head restraints adjust. Vinyl upholstery comes standard, with additional vinyl included. The C2500 has a ventilation system with four fan speeds, but unfortunately lacks air-conditioning.

Convenience features for the C2500 include a stereo Delco audio system with an AM/FM radio, a digital clock, a passenger vanity mirror, delayed fade courtesy lights, and an illuminated entry system. The front ashtray illuminates next to a cigarette lighter. Two door bins and front-seat cup holders also come standard.

The base, Sierra, and Suburban Utility have bench seats, while the Sierra XC has split-bench seats. All C2500s except the base have an illuminated glove compartment with a lid. The Suburban Utility adds rear cargo doors, rear cup holders, rear reading lights, and rear heating ducts.

Performance & Handling

An independent front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs supports the 1997 GMC C2500. In the rear, it uses a beam suspension with leaf springs. The C2500 also utilizes speed-proportional power steering.

The 5.7-liter V-8 engine produces 255 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. The maximum payload for the base and Sierra reaches 3862 pounds The Sierra XC can carry up to 3516 pounds and the Suburban Utility can carry up to 3351 pounds.

Safety

Anti-lock brakes come standard on the 1997 GMC C2500, so do daytime running lights and variable intermittent windshield wipers. The Suburban Utility also comes with driver and passenger front airbags and internal power locks.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC C2500: 13/18 mpg city/highway
GMC C2500 Sierra: 13/18 mpg city/highway
GMC C2500 Sierra XC: 13/18 mpg city/highway
GMC C2500 Suburban Utility: 13/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Tinted glass
  • Speed-proportional power steering

You Won't Like

  • Lack of transmission choices
  • Airbags only available on Suburban Utility
  • Air-conditioning not available

Sum Up

A heavy-duty truck for any job.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Chevrolet C2500
  • Dodge Ram 2500
  • Ford F-250
close
X

Similarly Priced Vehicles