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1996 GMC K2500

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1996 GMC K2500 Review

Sturdy, solid, and most of all, rugged.

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The 1996 GMC K2500 comes with one engine choice, one transmission choice, and three trim choices. The Sierra and Suburban Utility seat three occupants, while the Sierra XC, an extended cab model, sits up to six occupants. This work truck comes with a powerful 5.7-liter V-8 engine paired with a five-speed manual transmission that produces 255 horsepower and 330 ft-lb of torque.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 5.7-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed manual
Models: GMC K2500 Sierra, GMC K2500 Sierra XC, GMC K2500 Suburban Utility

What's New

The 1996 GMC K2500 receives no significant changes.


The 1996 GMC K2500 come with a straight side pickup bed, fixed rear window, fixed mast antenna, tinted glass, halogen bulb headlights, and a full-size steel spare wheel. The Sierra models come with front and rear chrome bumpers, while the Suburban Utility comes with integrated chrome bumpers with rubbing strips. It also comes with black body side molding, chrome trim on side of body and bumpers, driver and passenger side fixed rear side windows, a rear black step, and rear cargo doors.


The 1996 GMC K2500 has a decent selection of convenience features for a work truck. There is a front illuminated ashtray in the front with a front seat cigarette lighter. Other standard features include a cargo area light, vinyl upholstery with additional vinyl, height adjustable front head restraints, and a passenger vanity mirror. The standard audio system is a Stereo Delco with AM/FM and four speakers. A digital clock is also included. Interior storage features include a front seat cup holder, front door pockets, and an illuminated glove compartment with lid.

The 1996 GMC K2500 Sierra and Suburban Utility comes with bench seats, while the Sierra XC comes with split-bench seats. All models come with three-point height adjustable front seat belts on driver’s side and passenger’s side. The Sierra models have static lap belts, while the Suburban Utility has a reel lap belt. All models come with front reading lights, and the Suburban Utility also has reading lights in the rear. All models come with a ventilation system with four fan speeds, while the Suburban Utility also comes with rear seat heater ducts.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 GMC K2500 comes with a torsion beam front suspension with stabilizer bar and torsion springs. The rear gets a suspension rigid with leaf springs, while the Suburban Utility also has a stabilizer bar on the rear suspension. All vehicles come with speed proportional power steering as a standard feature.


The 1996 GMC K2500 comes with anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights, an illuminated entry system, delayed/fade courtesy lights, and variable intermittent windshield wipers as standard features. The Suburban Utility also comes with internal power locks and a remote trunk/hatch release standard.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC K2500: N/A

You'll Like

  • Anti-lock brakes
  • Suspension
  • Powerful engine

You Won't Like

  • No air-conditioning
  • No air bags
  • No cloth/leather upholstery options

Sum Up

Sturdy, solid, and most of all, rugged.

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