2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid Review
While the 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid has excellent fuel economy for a truck, test drivers say most of its rivals can deliver fuel economy that's nearly as good, as well as a nicer interior and better performance.
The Sierra Hybrid is powered by a V8 engine and two electric motors. The motors are integrated into the truck’s four-speed automatic transmission. Reviewers generally agree that the GMC Sierra Hybrid has plenty of power, but some notice hesitation before the gas engine really kicks in. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 20/23 mpg city/highway, which is excellent for the class. Critics are pleased with the Sierra Hybrid’s comfortable and compliant ride. Some, however, dislike its brakes, which they say initially feel weak and then feel overly grabby. The Sierra Hybrid can tow up to 6,100 pounds, which is far less than what non-hybrid trucks can tow. Reviewers don’t necessarily dislike the Sierra Hybrid’s performance as a whole, but in comparison with many other trucks that have been more recently updated, the Sierra Hybrid is simply outclassed.
Test drivers note that the design of the 2013 Sierra Hybrid’s cabin is decent, but not outstanding, for a truck. Unlike the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150, which are praised for their tasteful, modern designs and high-quality materials, reviewers simply aren’t overly impressed with the Sierra Hybrid’s cab, which impacts its interior score. Still, several appreciate the clean, simple layout of the dashboard. The Sierra Hybrid can seat up to six people, and gets generally good reviews for comfort. The GMC Sierra Hybrid comes standard with features like satellite radio, Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Optional features include a backup camera, a power sunroof, a navigation system and a Bose stereo. Reviewers like that the Sierra Hybrid’s stereo and climate controls are easy to operate, even with the optional navigation system.
- "The Sierra Hybrid pickup's gasoline V8 engine and electric motors provide a not-insignificant 33-percent increase in overall fuel mileage and roughly 40-percent better mileage in city driving compared to the standard gasoline model. Those numbers make it difficult to understand why anyone would think hybrid technology is the exclusive domain of small or mid-size cars." -- HybridCars.com
- "While the 2012 GMC Sierra Hybrid should be applauded for achieving such impressive fuel economy, the applause doesn't make it a wise purchase." -- Edmunds (2012)
- "The Hybrid model's price premium is steep, but so are the potential gas savings versus conventional Sierras." -- Consumer Guide
Other Trucks to Consider
The 2013 Ram 1500 with two-wheel drive and the HFE package matches the Sierra Hybrid’s EPA combined fuel economy rating of 21 mpg, and can tow more than the Sierra Hybrid. Additionally, reviewers like the Ram 1500’s modern interior and comfortable ride.
The 2013 Ford F-150 can’t match the Sierra Hybrid’s fuel economy numbers, but it has one of the highest towing capacities in the class with its optional EcoBoost V6 engine. The F-150 is also praised for its high-quality interior and numerous trims and available features.
Details: 2013 GMC Sierra Hybrid
The 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Hybrid can seat up to six people. It comes standard with rear-wheel drive, and four-wheel drive is optional. It is powered by a 6.0-liter V8 engine and two electric motors that are incorporated into the truck’s four-speed automatic transmission (EVT). The Sierra Hybrid comes in two trims: 3HA and 3HB. The higher trim adds to the base trim’s level of interior features and technology. The Sierra Hybrid was last redesigned for the 2009 model year, so this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2010 to 2013.