GMC Sierra 1500 Review
The 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 ranks 3 out of 10 Full Size Pickup Trucks. This ranking is based on our analysis of 58 published reviews and test drives of the GMC Sierra 1500, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
Though its interior falls short of more recently redesigned competitors, test drivers like the 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 for its range of powerful engines and strong towing and hauling capacity.
Most auto critics like the powertrain lineup offered in the GMC Sierra. While they tend to find the base V6 lackluster at best, they agree that any of the three optional V8s have plenty of muscle for towing or hauling. Of the optional V8s, many say the 5.3-liter V8 is the best choice for its balance of power and fuel economy. At 15/21 mpg city/highway with either two- or four-wheel drive, the 5.3-liter is fairly thrifty for the class. The V6 and smallest V8 come with a four-speed automatic transmission, while the two larger V8s get six-speed automatic transmissions, which test drivers prefer. Reviewers also say that the Sierra 1500 offers a compliant ride and composed handling. They say the Sierra steers fairly accurately, although one notes that it is hard to maneuver in tight spaces, even by full-size truck standards. Keep in mind that the Sierra's safety score is below-average for the class.
Reviewers say that the interior of the 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 is starting to show its age compared with more recently remodeled rivals. The Denali trim offers the most luxury, but even then, some critics say it might not be as luxurious as the top trims found in the Ford F-150 or Ram 1500. The GMC Sierra is available in regular, extended and crew cabs, and can seat from three to six people. Critics say the Sierra 1500’s front seats are comfortable and fairly spacious, and that the crew cab is the better choice for carrying rear passengers than the extended cab, as it offers more space. The base trim is sparsely equipped, with air conditioning, a radio and manual windows, mirrors and door locks. Upper trims offer features like heated power leather seats, a sunroof, navigation, Bluetooth and a Bose stereo. Unlike some rivals, the Sierra is not available with an infotainment system, though critics don’t say this is a bad thing. Rather, most of them report that all of the truck’s interior audio and climate controls are simple and easy to use. Interior storage, according to most reviewers, is okay, but not outstanding.
- "The Sierra is a terrific big rig for those who want something other than a Chevrolet, Ford, or Ram badge on the hood. It shines for overall refinement as well as a plethora of features that help the truck play as well as it works." -- Consumer Guide
- "GM’s full-size pickup trucks (Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra) are aging in the face of newer trucks from Dodge and Ford. Despite this, the GM twins are still compelling because of their excellent engines, tasteful styling, and spacious interiors." -- Car and Driver
- "Thanks to its core strengths, the 2012 GMC Sierra 1500 remains one of the top trucks in the light-duty, full-size pickup segment." -- Edmunds (2012)
Other Trucks to Consider
The Ram 1500 has a coil-over rear suspension, and reviewers say this gives it a uniquely comfortable and refined ride. It still offers plenty of towing and hauling capacity, though it gets a new, more powerful base V6 paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission for 2013. Reviewers also say that its top trims are among the most opulent you can get among full-size pickups.
The Ford F-150 is one of the strongest full-size pickup trucks on the market in terms of towing and hauling. It offers four engines, all of which get respectable fuel economy; one of which, a turbocharged V6, offers one of the best power and economy tradeoffs available in the class. Reviewers also like the F-150 for its spacious, well-designed interior and range of trim levels available.
Details: 2013 GMC Sierra 1500
The 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 comes in WT (Work Truck), SL, SLE, SLT, XFE and Denali trims. It is available with two- or four-wheel drive; regular, extended or crew cab; and a short, standard or long bed. The hybrid model is reviewed separately. The Sierra 1500 was last redesigned for the 2007 model year, so this overview uses applicable research and reviews from model years 2007-2013.
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