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$35,496 | 8,659 mi
2012 GMC Sierra 1500$24,788 | 19,445 mi
2012 GMC SIERRA 1500$29,987 | 54,879 mi
2012 GMC Sierra 1500$31,995 | 13,854 mi
2012 GMC Sierra 1500$37,991 | 59,084 mi
2011 GMC Sierra 1500$26,977 | 64,666 mi
2011 GMC SIERRA 1500$27,999 | 29,198 mi
2011 GMC Sierra 1500$30,988 | 62,281 mi
2011 GMC Sierra 1500$32,999 | 33,157 mi
2009 GMC Sierra 1500$20,500 | 100,559 mi
2009 GMC Sierra 1500$25,000 | 71,600 mi
2009 GMC Sierra 1500$25,999 | 54,951 mi
2009 GMC Sierra 1500$27,000 | 72,059 mi
2008 GMC Sierra 1500$17,995 | 55,779 mi
2008 GMC Sierra 1500$22,977 | 126,285 mi
2008 GMC Sierra 1500$22,985 | 79,427 mi
2008 GMC Sierra 1500$26,390 | 80,073 mi
2008 GMC Sierra 1500$29,999 | 85,967 mi
2008 GMC Sierra 1500$34,995 | 52,871 mi
2007 GMC Sierra 1500$19,995 | 66,036 mi
2007 GMC Sierra 1500$19,998 | 64,629 mi
2007 GMC Sierra 1500$22,875 | 78,493 mi
2006 GMC Sierra 1500$6,995 | 138,205 mi
2006 GMC Sierra 1500$13,987 | 78,479 mi
2006 GMC Sierra 1500$14,996 | 139,000 mi
2006 GMC Sierra 1500$20,977 | 104,449 mi
2005 GMC Sierra 1500$12,995 | 119,712 mi
1997 GMC Sierra 1500$6,990 | 161,370 mi
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