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1997 GMC G2500

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1997 GMC G2500 Review

A perfect van for hauling anything.

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The 1997 GMC G2500 classifies as a rear-drive cargo or passenger van offered in a variety of models with different engine sizes, either a 135- or 155-inch wheelbase, and a choice of side-entry doors. It focuses on hauling heavy loads or transporting large groups of people. Drivers get the satisfaction of powerful acceleration and a commanding presence on the road, while passengers experience a relatively comfortable ride.

The Range

Body Styles: van
Engines: 4.3-liter V-6, 5.0-liter V-8, 5.7-liter V-8, 6.5-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: GMC G2500, GMC G2500 SLE, GMC G2500 Extended, GMC G2500 SLE Extended

What's New

The 1997 GMC G2500 has no notable changes from the models offered in the prior year.


The 1997 GMC G2500 has approximately a 219-inch length, 79-inch width, 83-inch height, and 135-inch wheelbase. Extended models measure about 20 inches longer. The G2500 features black and grey body side molding, black front and rear bumpers, externally adjustable chrome door mirrors, conventional lens halogen headlights, daytime running lights, a rear black platform step, and tinted glass. Side-entry in the rear goes through either a sliding door or two 60/40 hinged doors. Power heated door mirrors, chrome bumpers, a chrome grille, and a camper/towing package remain optional. It has a curb weight of approximately 6000 pounds, and it sits on 16-inch wheels.


The interior of the GMC G2500 cargo van has two vinyl bucket seats with head restraints in front, divided by cup holders. Passenger vans seat 12. Behind the buckets seats sit three rows of fixed bench seats with height-adjustable head restraints. Two rows of the bench seats can be removed. All vans have bins in the doors and pockets on the seats for easy storage. The dash contains logical gauges for clear readability and easy use. The 1997 GMC G2500 features an illuminated ashtray, front air-conditioning, a 12-volt power outlet, and an AM/FM stereo with six speakers. A cassette or CD player, leather steering wheel trim, rear air-conditioning, power windows, and power front seats remain optional.

Performance & Handling

1997 GMC G2500 cargo vans contain either a 4.3-liter, V-6 engine that spits out 200 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, a five-liter V-8 that produces 220 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, a 5.7-liter V-8 that pumps out 245 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque, or a 6.5-liter V-8 turbocharged diesel engine that cranks out 190 horsepower and 385 lb-ft of torque. Passengers vans employ either the 5.7-liter, V-8 or a 6.5-liter, V-8 engine. All engines mate with a four-speed automatic transmission.

The G2500 uses an independent wishbone front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with a rigid beam rear suspension with leaf springs. The ride and handling seem adequate and as expected for such a large vehicle. Speed-sensitive power steering proves responsive and effective.


The 1997 GMC G2500 comes equipped with anti-lock brakes on all four wheels and traction control for better handling. Driver and front-passenger front-impact airbags come standard. A child safety lock comes on the rear door. All doors contain side-impact beams.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC G2500, six-cylinder: 14/17 mpg city/highway
GMC G2500, 5.0-liter V-8: 13/17 mpg city/highway
GMC G2500, 5.7-liter V-8: 13/17 mpg city/highway
GMC G2500, 6.5-liter V-8: 12/15 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Large interior
  • Great for towing and hauling

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy

Sum Up

A perfect van for hauling anything.

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