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1997 GMC K2500 Review

Strong, tough, and easy on the eyes.

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The 1997 GMC K2500 classifies as a heavy-duty pickup truck with a long history that goes back decades. This American-made truck primarily serves as a hauling and towing vehicle. It offers quite a few different engines, bed sizes, and other options. The K in the name indicates four-wheel drive. The 2500 shows that, in terms of size, it marks the mid-range model between the K1500 and the K3500.

The Range

Body Styles: two-door regular cab, two-door extended cab, three-door extended cab, four-door crew cab
Engines: 5.0-liter V-8, 5.7-liter V-8, 6.5-liter V-8 diesel, 7.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Chevrolet K2500 Regular Cab long bed, Chevrolet K2500 Regular Cab short bed, Chevrolet K2500 Extended Cab short bed, Chevrolet K2500 Extended Cab long bed

What's New

The 1997 GMC K2500 offers new exterior paint colors and a tighter turning radius. The manual transmission responds quicker and more efficiently than ever before, with a better feel, and less noise while shifting.


Regular cab Chevrolet K2500 models ride on a 131.5-inch wheelbase with a 7.2-inch ground clearance. The regular cabs measure 213.1 inches long, 76.8 inches wide, and 71.2 inches tall. They have a curb weight of 4299 pounds.

The extended cab, with a 6.5-foot truck bed, rides on a 141.5-inch wheelbase with a 7.2-inch ground clearance. It measures 218.5 inches long, 76.8 inches wide, and 71.3 inches tall. Its curb weight totals 4299 pounds. The extended cab, with the eight-foot truck bed, rides a 155.5-inch wheelbase with a ground clearance of 7.2 inches. It measures 237.4 inches long, 76.8 inches wide, and has a height of 73.1 inches. Its curb weight totals 5084 pounds. The 1997 GMC K2500 trucks have the toughness and power necessary to be an everyday work truck, but look nice as well. They meet consumer demands for a nice looking, yet strong and durable, work truck.


The regular cab 1997 Chevrolet K2500 models have a seating capacity of three people. Headroom totals a very comfortable 39.9 inches up front, with 41.7 inches of legroom. The extended cab GMC K2500 has identical front headroom and legroom dimensions. The second row offers 38.9 inches of rear headroom, with 34.8 inches of legroom in the back seat. Extended cab models accommodate six adults comfortably, and options may be available to seat three more people for a total capacity of nine. Vinyl comes standard for K2500 upholstery, with leather seats available as an upgrade. Standard equipment includes an AM/FM stereo, a heater, and tinted glass. Air-conditioning provides an option for each model.

Performance & Handling

For 1997, all K2500 trims come standard with a 255-horsepower, 5.7-liter, V-8 engine. Two additional engine options include the turbocharged, 190-horsepower, 6.5-liter, V-8, diesel engine and a 290-horsepower, 7.4-liter V-8. The latter marks the meanest and most powerful engine ever offered in the Chevrolet K2500 truck line. Each engine pairs with a manual five-speed transmission with overdrive. A four-speed transmission remains available for an upgrade price. Each engine has a towing capacity of up to 8500 pounds and can haul a maximum 3561-pound payload. The 1997 GMC K2500’s tighter turning radius has improved the K2500’s off-road prowess. Driver handling and control also get much better thanks to the K2500’s anti-lock brakes.


All 1997 GMC K2500 trucks come standard with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights, and driver and passenger front airbags. National Highway Traffic and Safety Association crash test results give the K2500 four stars for passenger safety, and five stars for driver safety, in frontal-onset crashes.

EPA Fuel Economy

Chevrolet K2500: 15/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Vortec 5700 V-8 engine
  • Attractive styling for an everyday work truck
  • Passenger airbag
  • Extended cab’s third door

You Won't Like

  • Seats are not the most comfortable
  • Poorly located cup holders

Sum Up

Strong, tough, and easy on the eyes.

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