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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 GMC Sierra 1500

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Expert's Rating

4.2Excellent

MPG 14 City / 19 Highway
Pros
  • Powerful engine options
  • Strong automatic transmission
  • Solid and durable frame
Cons
  • Few standard safety features
  • Chrome trim may not be for everyone
, Automotive Editor -
The GMC Sierra is a solid option for a heavy-duty pickup truck.

Introduction

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.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 GMC Sierra 1500
Starting price
$16,573

2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Work Truck

Recommended for: Buyers who use their trucks at a job site

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.

2013 GMC Sierra 1500
Starting price
$16,573

2013 GMC Sierra 1500 SL

Recommended for: Buyers looking for basic comfort features

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.

2013 GMC Sierra 1500
Starting price
$16,573

2013 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE

Recommended for: Buyers who like the feel of a leather-wrapped steering wheel in their hands

The SLE adds to the SL: Under-seat storage, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, premium cloth upholstery and visor-mounted vanity mirrors.

2013 GMC Sierra 1500
Starting price
$16,573

2013 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT

Recommended for: Buyers who demand premium features, like a leather interior and Bluetooth connectivity

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.

2013 GMC Sierra 1500
Starting price
$16,573

2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Xtra Fuel Economy

Recommended for: Buyers who place a priority on fuel economy

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.

2013 GMC Sierra 1500
Starting price
$16,573

2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali

Recommended for: Buyers who want their pickup to double as a luxury car

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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