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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid

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MPG 20 City / 23 Highway
  • Excellent fuel efficiency in the city
  • Expensive
  • Not as customizable as other Sierra 1500s
  • Leisurely acceleration
  • Limited tow capability
Automotive Editor -
It's difficult to tell if the Sierra 1500 Hybrid is worth the price or not.


As the last year of this generation before GMC redesigns its full-size pickups for 2014, the Sierra 1500 Hybrid is essentially unchanged for 2013. Aside from its gas-electric powertrain, it's almost identical to the conventional Sierra 1500 Crew Cab, sharing most of its technology, safety features and options

Power comes from a 6-liter Vortec hybrid V8 engine with 332 horsepower and 367 foot-pound of torque. A four-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard, while four-wheel drive is available as an upgrade.

The Sierra pulls an impressive 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway, exceptional fuel economy for a V8-powered pickup truck. Helping it achieve these numbers are a braking system that regenerates the electric motor's battery, and an engine management system that reduces the number of working cylinders when they aren't needed.

The Sierra 1500 Hybrid boasts a cavernous amount of space, and its crew cab is large enough to seat four adults. Hard plastics and utilitarian fabrics dominate the interior, however, and leather upholstery is a recommended option.

The hybrid engine does its best to transition seamlessly from electric to gas as the vehicle accelerates, but can be a bit jerky at times. The pickup has a silky steering system and rides smoothly, like an SUV. It's also eerily quiet by the category's standard -- for many traditional pickup buyers, this might take some getting used to. And while the hybrid can tow small loads in low gear, its capabilities are a bit light when compared to non-hybrid trucks.

While the Sierra 1500 Hybrid's improved fuel economy is more than impressive, the increased cost of the vehicle might counteract any potential savings for buyers -- which is too bad, because the hybrid engine is by far the biggest draw of this model.

Which Style To Buy?

2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid
Starting price

2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid 3HA

Recommended for: Fuel savy haulers and towers in need of V8 power

The 1500 Hybrid 3HA is powered by a 6-liter V8 hybrid Vortec engine with 332 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive and a four-speed automatic transmission are standard. Four-wheel drive is available as an optional upgrade. Standard features include: 18-inch aluminum wheels, daytime running lamps, heated power-adjustable mirrors, a satellite radio, a CD and MP3 player, Bluetooth, a front-split bench, cruise control, dual zone automatic climate control, a leather wrapped steering wheel, an OnStar navigation system, tilt steering and stolen vehicle assistance.

Optional features are somewhat limited and include: a power's driver seat, front recovery hooks, 17-inch aluminum wheels, a steel spare tire and all-weather floor mats.

2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid
Starting price

2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid 3HB

Recommended for: Truck owners wanting all the features plus a hybrid engine

The Sierra 1500 Hybrid 3HB trim level features the same engine and transmission as the 3HA. Four-wheel drive is also available on this model. Standard features match the 3HA, however the split-front bench has been removed and new equipment includes: a Bose premium audio system, real-time traffic, a floor console, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, power-adjustable pedals, power front bucket leather seats, a universal home remote, a rear-window defogger, fog lamps, bed rail protectors, an MP3/CD/DVD system and a rear view camera.

The 3HB adds a sunroof to the 3HA's options list.

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