Built to work
American born pickups have dominated the full-size market for some time now, and the 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 is well on its way to keeping tradition alive. Load up on specs right here.
GMC Sierra 1500 Cab, Bed, and Feature Highlights
The Sierra 1500 is a full-size pickup truck available in base Work Truck (WT), SL, SLE, SLT, and top Denali trims with various cab and bed combinations. Regular (3 passenger) and Extended (6 passenger) Cabs can be paired with Standard (6 ½ ft.) or Long (8 ft.) beds, and the extended Crew Cab (6 passenger) is given a short (5 ft. 8 in.) bed configuration. Trim levels are dependent on the type of cab & bed combo desired.
GMC knows that truck owners want strong, capable performance, so they offer a powerful selection of engines that includes three 300 plus horsepower V8 options. The base V6 has been known to underwhelm at times, but it’s easy to add muscle. If you’re worried about frequent gas stops, GMC offers an XFE (Xtra Fuel Economy) option that monitors and deactivates four-cylinders when they are not needed, allowing fuel economy to sneak up to 18 combined MPG. Further fuel savings are available in the form of the Sierra 1500 Hybrid, which utilizes a hybrid 6.0 liter V8 producing 332 horsepower that’s balanced by 21 combined MPG.
Having an array of trim levels to flip through means varying levels of luxury can be had. SLT trims top out with heated & cooled leather seats, Bose audio, Bluetooth, and navigation & rear seat entertainment options*.
The 2013 Sierra 1500 starts at $22,696, with the top Denali trim going from $46,486.
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GMC Sierra 1500 Performance
GMC offers four engines, the availability of each depending on trim selection. WT trims are handed a 4.3 liter V6 as standard; it’s worth a modest 195 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque and comes with a 4-speed automatic transmission. WT shoppers can also upgrade to a 4.8 liter V8 housing 302 horses and 305 lb.-ft. or a 5.3 liter V8 with 315 HP and 335 lb.-ft. 4.8 liter V8 engines get the 4-speed auto; go 5.3 liters and it’s a 6-speed auto.
SL trims are paired with the 4.8 liter V8 and a 4-speed automatic transmission, as are SLE models, though SLE shoppers can also go with the 5.3 liter V8 or a 6.2 liter V8 that ups numbers to 403 HP and 417 lb.-ft. of torque. The big 6.2 liter is given a 6-speed automatic.
SLT trims get the 5.3 liter or 6.2 liter V8 options, and the Denali comes with the 6.2 liter only.
All engines are given either 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive options, save for the Denali, which subs 4-wheel drive for an all-wheel drive option.
Adding the MAX Trailering Package to specific trims allows Sierra 1500 to tow up to 10,700 pounds.
GMC Sierra 1500 Fuel Economy
EPA estimates are as follows: V6 trims achieve 15/20/17 (city/highway/combined) MPG with 2-wheel drive, and 14/18/16 with 4-wheel drive. 2-wheel drive 4.8 liter V8 engines manage 14/19/16; 4-wheel drive is 13/18/14.
Getting the 5.3 liter V8 warrants 15/21/17 MPG with either 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive; go 6.2 liters and see 13/18/15 for 2-wheel drive, and 12/18/14 for 4-wheel drive.
Sierra 1500 XFE models are rated at 15/22/18.
GMC Sierra 1500 Interior Highlights
Space and comfort come standard with any trim though some may realize that it’ll take a bit of extra cash to achieve the type of luxury desired. Still, it won’t feel like work when finding relaxation inside the driver-friendly cabin. Tech features are easy to grasp and won’t distract from the road. Cargo size depends on the cab and bed combination selected; Extended Cabs allow 34.3 inches of rear legroom, and Crew Cabs extend the number to a healthy 38.7 inches.
GMC Sierra 1500 Safety
Standard on all 2013 Sierra 1500 models are 4-wheel antilock brakes (front disc/rear drum), Stabilitrak stability control with trailer sway control & hill start assist, and six airbags. OnStar emergency/roadside services are available for all trims, and a rearview camera, either mounted on the rearview mirror or on the navigation screen, is available for most Sierra 1500 models.
Adding the MAX Trailering Package adds rear disc brakes, an automatic locking-rear differential, and a trailering suspension package.
The NHTSA gives the 2013 Sierra 1500 4/5 stars overall for crash test durability.
GMC Sierra 1500 Summary
With plenty of performance highlighting a well-rounded options list, the Sierra 1500 remains a competent choice in the always competitive full-sized pickup segment.
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*Entertainment system available for Denali only