Though the Sierra 1500 debuted in the 1999 model year -- 14 years ago -- it seems that Sierra has always been a part of the General Motors lineup. The 2013 model year is a carryover, as it has no changes to speak of.
The Sierra 1500 comes in six trim levels – Work Truck, SL, SLE, XE, SLT, and Denali – and each one serves its own specific purpose. The Work Truck is designed to take all sorts of abuse without breaking the owner’s heart; it comes with a durable vinyl interior, rubber floor mats and a basic audio system. The SL makes the cabin more comfortable with cloth seats and a CD player. The SLE adds even more comfort by offering premium cloth seating and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The XE enhances fuel economy with features like lighter wheels and a six-speed transmission. The SLT makes the Sierra a near-luxury vehicle with its addition of leather seating and an upgraded audio system. Finally, the Denali completes the Sierra’s transformation into a luxury vehicle with premium leather seating, heated seats, and a DVD player.
The Sierra also has a range of cab styles and bed lengths. Combined with its array of trim levels, the Sierra 1500 gives buyers nearly infinite customization. And the 10,700-pound maximum towing capacity makes it capable of handling anything you throw at it.
GMC's base Sierra 1500 is the Work Truck. It comes standard with a 4.3-liter V6 engine that produces 195 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, 17-inch steel wheels, an AM/FM stereo, cruise control, vinyl seating and manual climate control.
The SL adds some basic amenities to the Work Truck, making it more comfortable as a daily commuter. Its 4.8-liter V8 generates 302 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque, and is connected to a four-speed automatic transmission. Standard equipment includes chromed 17-inch steel wheels, a chrome grille and power mirrors. It also features a CD player with MP3 capabilities, carpeting and cloth seating, and power windows and door locks.
The SLE adds to the SL: Under-seat storage, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, premium cloth upholstery and visor-mounted vanity mirrors.
The SLT features a 5.3-liter V8 engine with 315 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque, chromed 18-inch aluminum wheels, body-color door handles, fog lamps and heated power folding mirrors.
It also offers a seven-speaker Bose audio system with a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front bucket seats and leather upholstery.
Available only as a Crew Cab, the Xtra Fuel Economy (XFE) adds high-efficiency features to the SLE. The 5.3-liter V8 is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, and behaves like a four-cylinder engine under light load. Seventeen-inch aluminum wheels lower curb weight.
The Denali transforms the Sierra 1500 into a luxury vehicle. Its 6.2-liter engine, which produces 403 horsepower and 417 pound-feet of torque, is standard -- as are a six-speed automatic transmission, 20-inch aluminum wheels, body-color bumpers, chrome door handles and fog lamps.
It also features a seven-speaker Bose premium sound system with AM/FM/CD/DVD/MP3 capabilities, Nuance leather upholstery with heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and Universal Home Remote control.
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|Build & Price|
2013 GMC Sierra 1500$34,957 | 53,425 mi
2012 GMC Sierra 1500$16,977 | 37,745 mi
2012 GMC Sierra 1500$32,988 | 24,867 mi
2012 GMC SIERRA 1500$35,989 | 18,711 mi
2011 GMC Sierra 1500$22,742 | 62,382 mi
2011 GMC Sierra 1500$28,536 | 72,295 mi
2011 GMC Sierra 1500$33,900 | 50,000 mi
2011 GMC Sierra 1500$33,977 | 41,294 mi
2011 GMC Sierra 1500$34,900 | 36,000 mi
2010 GMC SIERRA 1500$24,991 | 57,926 mi
2009 GMC Sierra 1500$24,667 | 51,067 mi
2009 GMC Sierra 1500$25,600 | 42,545 mi
2009 GMC Sierra 1500$25,928 | 45,664 mi
2009 GMC Sierra 1500$32,992 | 66,208 mi
2008 GMC Sierra 1500$22,265 | 67,226 mi
2008 GMC Sierra 1500$23,000 | 78,106 mi
2007 GMC Sierra 1500$9,995 | 131,621 mi
2007 GMC Sierra 1500$10,980 | 72,437 mi
2007 GMC Sierra 1500$12,500 | 144,718 mi
2007 GMC Sierra 1500$21,486 | 66,973 mi
2006 GMC Sierra 1500$5,975 | 201,954 mi
2006 GMC Sierra 1500$8,900 | 100,495 mi
2006 GMC SIERRA 1500$8,991 | 143,438 mi
2006 GMC Sierra 1500$18,995 | 91,307 mi
2006 GMC Sierra 1500$29,900 | 27,000 mi
2004 GMC Sierra 1500$7,995 | 129,000 mi
2000 GMC Sierra 1500$7,990 | 229,234 mi
1997 GMC Sierra 1500$7,900 | 89,925 mi
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