2017 GMC Sierra Owner Manual Tips & Tricks

Sierra Owner Manual Tips

Sierra Owner Manual Tips & Tricks

There was a time when vehicles were easy to use. If you could handle your starter, lights, transmission, radio, and wipers you could call yourself the master of your domain. That time has passed. Now, the shift lever has been replaced by insane knobs. Chairs move in 32 directions. Our vehicles have WiFi! WiFi! Without studying the owner’s manual religiously, some of us will never be experts on our new vehicles. But I’ve studied the GMC Sierra Owner Manual for you, and put together some of the most useful tips.  

IntelliBeam System

IntelliBeam is the automatic version of GMC’s high-beam headlamps. The system contains sensors which detect the light of oncoming traffic. If a vehicle is approaching, your high-beams will turn off. When the system no longer detects any lights, your high-beams will be turned on again.

Turn on the IntelliBeam system by activating the high/low-beam changer twice within two seconds. A letter “A” within your dashboard’s headlight symbol indicates that you’ve successfully activated IntelliBeam.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

In order to use Android Auto, you must first download the Android Auto App from the Google Play store. No app is required to use Apple Car Play. Next, simply connect your Apple or Android device to one of your Sierra’s USB data ports via a USB cable. Your device should connect automatically. If it does not, just press the Apple CarPlay or Android Auto icon on your IntelliLink touchscreen. Now you should be able to access appropriate features from your smartphone with your Sierra’s touchscreen and IntelliLink voice commands. Now that you mention it…

Voice Commands

Mastering voice commands is a useful and underappreciated skill. Navigating, changing music, or responding to messages on your phone, or touchscreen, while driving is completely irresponsible. But with voice commands, you can keep your eyes on the road while still being able to make an important call or adjusting your navigation route. But first you have to know what to say.

When you press the voice command button on your steering wheel, the one with the face and the sound symbols, the IntelliLink system will begin listening. Then, you need to use one of the main keywords: “Phone,” “Audio,” or “Navigation.” You can say “Pair phone” to connect your smartphone to bluetooth. You can say “Play” followed by a song, artist, genre, or playlist. And you can “Directions to..” followed by a street address, landmark, restaurant, or contact name.

The IntelliLink system will even respond to synonyms and casual phrasing. For example, IntelliLink accepts multiple variations yes and no (responding to the system with only “positive” or “negative” adds a real touch of character). A full list of the voice commands and their uses can be found here or in the 2017 GMC Sierra Owner Manual.

These are only a few of the many Sierra Owner Manual tricks you need to learn before calling yourself an expert. You can learn even more about the feature-packed 2017 GMC Sierra by visiting our model breakdown, or by hitting the link below.

The 2018 Yukon Denali

The 2018 Yukon Denali.

The highest peak of professional grade just stretched a little higher with the 2018 Yukon Denali.

The 2018 Yukon Denali

The GMC Yukon stands atop GMC’s SUV lineup. It’s a category in which practicality and power are essential. But, increasingly, luxury is too. In fact, more than half of Yukons sold are in the Denali trim level – GMC’s highest trim.


The 2018 Yukon Denali features a defining new grille design. Alternating thin and thick slats replace the square mesh design of previous models. Matt Noone, director of Exterior Design, says, “The new grille, which is flanked by HID headlamps and LED Signature Lighting, advances the design legacy established with the very first Yukon Denali in 1999.” The grille is also made smarter by the inclusion of automatic shutters that close at speed to reduce drag and increase aerodynamics.


However, you shouldn’t get the impression that power and practicality aren’t on show in the new Yukon. A 6.2L V8 engine, capable of 420 horsepower, is standard. Active Fuel Management is standard, too. The system switches from eight to four-cylinder operation automatically when performance demands are lower. Obviously, this improves fuel efficiency greatly. Additionally, the 2018 Yukon Denali will include a Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission which was developed in conjunction with Ford. Standard wheels are 20”, but there are also available 22” wheels.


In modern vehicles, luxury is synonymous with technology. The 8” diagonal GMC Infotainment system includes navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. With smartphone integration you can manage phone calls, messages, and media with voice controls. And, with wireless device charging, you can simply set your phone on the charging mat to replenish the battery. The 2018 Yukon Denali’s driver information cluster also offers a head-up display, so you project dynamic information onto the windshield of your Yukon.

More standard and available features include:

  • StabiliTrak, trailer sway control, and hill start assist
  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • Standard, five-year OnStar Basic Plan with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Heated and ventilated driver and passenger seats, heated second-row seats
  • Hands-free programmable power liftgate

The 2018 GMC Yukon will be available for purchase this fall.

2017 GMC Sierra 1500

2017 GMC Sierra Standout Feature

One standout feature on the 2017 GMC Sierra is the available Bose Active Noise Cancellation System. Bose is widely understood to be the leader in this technology and it shows in the Sierra. Even without it, the truck is remarkably quiet. Aerodynamic mirrors, valved exhaust, triple door seals, and hydraulic body mounts are just a few of the design elements that have been implemented to make the 2017 model the quietest Sierra ever.

But there are a lot of great features on this year’s Sierra. Let’s run through the trim levels to get a better sense of the highlights.

Sierra 1500 (Starting MSRP $30,745)

This is the base model of Sierra 1500. It includes a sturdy 4.3L, 285-hp EcoTec3. Unlike many base engine, the 4.3L includes Active Fuel Management which can automatically shut off half of the engine’s cylinders under light performance demands. The fuel saving benefit is obvious and allows the functional Sierra to double as a worthy city vehicle. Other key standard features include:

  • Chrome CornerStep rear bumper
  • 17” painted steel wheels

Sierra 1500 SLE (Starting MSRP $36,065)

Here are a few of the SLE trim’s highlights:

  • LED box lighting
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • 17” machined wheels

Most importantly, the SLE is more refined. You’ll get standard OnStar 4G LTE WiFi hotspot for connectivity on the go. And you’ll also get a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Remote Keyless Entry, and Bluetooth integration.

Sierra 1500 SLT (Starting MSRP $50,945)

Upgrading to the SLT trim includes the 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 with 355 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft of torque. The engine delivers best-in-class fuel efficiency among gas V8s. SLT also brings 18-inch, polished aluminum wheels and the option of full LED headlamps.  The following SLT features are standard:

  • Leather-appointed heated front split bench
  • LED fog lamps and tail lamps
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control

The SLT can also be upgraded to include the 6.2L V8 EcoTec3 with eight-speed automatic transmission.

Sierra 1500 Denali (Starting MSRP $66,070)

The 2017 GMC Sierra Denali is the perfect realization of luxury and rugged performance. When you upgrade to Denali, you get GMC signature LED lighting and high-performance LED headlamps. The 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 is standard as well. Of course, you get a host of luxury features:

  • Heated and vented leather seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Wireless charging mat
  • 20” aluminum wheels

You’ll also get the very latest in safety technology:

  • Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Intellibeam Technology
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • And more

The Sierra 1500 is one of the most versatile trucks on the market. It can be meaningfully customized to fit the demands of the driver. But, on each trim, elite, professional-grade performance remains constant.

2017 GMC Canyon: Extended Lineup

2017 GMC Canyon

Cars.com’s Best Midsize Pickup of 2016

In creating the first smart-sized luxury pickup, GMC have found a winning formula. After intensive testing, Cars.com named the 2016 Canyon the best midsize pickup. GMC’s offering won out against good competition from Honda and Chevrolet. The Ridgeline and Colorado offered good performance in individual categories, but failed significantly in others. The Canyon, meanwhile, performed admirably in all categories tested by Cars’ editors.

Professional-grade performance was on full display. The 2016 model can be upgraded to Duramax 2.8L turbo diesel 4-cylinder engine. It comes with standard Tow/Haul Mode, Hill Start Assist, and StabiliTrak® with Traction Control.

All-New 2017 GMC Canyon

Despite the Canyon’s success, GMC isn’t resting on its laurels. For 2017, they’ve announced an expansion of the Canyon lineup. Specifically, GMC is going to to introduce All Terrain X and Denali variants of the mid-sized standout. All Terrain X, is GMC’s exclusive off-road package. The Canyon variant will feature off-road suspension, a unique interior with red stitching, a 3.6L V-6 and more.

As GMC’s most premium trim, Denali needs little introduction. Often touted as the pinnacle of professional grade, Denali offers premium aesthetic features as well as standard mechanical and safety enhancements. In the 2017 Canyon Denali, drivers get a Bose seven-speaker system, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning, automatic climate control, and more. For the best in pickup and SUV luxury, people have long trusted the Denali trim.

More Upgrades

Additionally, across the whole lineup of Canyons, GMC is introducing a wealth of features to entrench their position at the top. GMC says the new 3.6L V6 combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission will provide “confident acceleration and smoother shift performance.” Drivers will also enjoy features like:

New IntelliLink radio with 7-inch-diagonal colour touchscreen
Standard Teen Driver Mode through IntelliLink
Exterior colours Dark Slate Metallic, Mineral Metallic and Red Quartz Metallic
And more

At the end of the day, the first smart-sized luxury pickup is also the best midsize. So, if you want to experience professional-grade performance for yourself, test drive a GMC Canyon today.