2013 GMC Sierra 1500

MSRP $23,590

Ranked #7 in Pickup-truck

7.2

Overall Rating

2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 9, 2021

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The GMC Sierra 1500 has become outdated against the newer rivals in the segment. GMC launches vehicles that are identical to the Chevy counterparts as both are owned by General Motors. The only thing that differentiates them is that GMC offers a more upscale interior and cabin quality. The modern competitors are better in these aspects than the Sierra 1500, but still, it is one of the strong contenders in the segment.

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Pros

Practical utility

Impressive Towing capabilities

Optional V8 engine

Comfortable Ride quality

Cons

Underpowered V6 engine

Average cabin quality on the base trim

Fuel economy

What's New?

Updated OnStar 9.0 system

No major changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$23590

bodystyle

2dr Regular Cab

passenger capacity

3

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

262 cu.in.

horsepower

195 hp @ 4600 rpm

torque

260 lb.-ft. @ 2800 rpm

transmission

4 speed automatic w/OD

chassis

suspension front

short and long arm front suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

119 in.

length

205.6 in.

width

80 in.

height

73.6 in.

curb weight

4460 lbs.

ground clearance

13.4 in.

capacity

cargo volume

60.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

4800 lbs.

payload capacity

1940 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

15/17/20 mpg

highway range

520 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Work Truck$23,590 onwards

Colors and Styles

2013 GMC Sierra 1500 in Bronze Alloy Metallic color
Bronze Alloy Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

7.0

7.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.2

Overall Rating


With its powerful engines and trailering capabilities, it is quite popular in its segment. 2013 will mark the end of its third generation where GMC is offering it for the last time. The Sierra 1500 Work Truck has a starting price of $23,590 for the Regular cab. It is available in two trim levels with optional AWD and different engines. With its competitive package, it rivals the likes of the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado 1500, and the RAM 1500.


8.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Features

8.0/10

The 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab is available in two trims levels with 2 wheelbase options. The Work Truck is a basic pickup truck with limited features and options. Still, it is a capable pickup with an amazing towing capacity. You get decent comfort levels and practical cabin space. The SLE trim is focused on styling and convenience with its standard and optional features. It offers similar performance, space, and comfort in a slightly better form.

Trims

Work Truck

SLE

MSRP (RWD)

$23,590

$29,610

MSRP (AWD)

$27,530

$33,115

Key Features

17-inch steel wheels with all-season tires

20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels

 

Cruise control

Premium cloth upholstery

 

Curtain side-impact airbags

OnStar turn by turn navigation

 

Daytime running lights

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

 

SiriusXM radio 

Solar ray deep tinted windows

 

Dark titanium vinyl seat trim

Chrome exterior accents

 

Suspension package with 35mm piston twin tube shocks

Suspension package with 46mm monotube piston suspension

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As the Work Truck is a rugged version of the GMC Sierra, you should go for the SLE trim as it comes with a standard V8 engine and various cabin features. The package also includes exterior chrome accents, chrome grille, and fog lamps. Inside the cabin, you get premium upholstery, an OnStar navigation system, and tinted windows. The suspension package adds better comfort and rides control to the Sierra while towing. The AWD system provides better off-road capabilities.

2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Work Truck is decently capable on the road. The Vortec 4.3L V6 engine powers the rear wheels with an output of 195hp @ 4,600 rpm. It has a torque output of 260 pound-feet at just 2,800 rpm. The SLE trim upgrades the performance with its Vortec 4.8L flex-fuel V8. This one outputs 302hp of peak power with 305lb-ft torque. Both the engines are mated to a 4-Speed automatic transmission with overdrive. 

Both the engines deliver amazing capabilities as the Sierra 1500 can tow up to 9,800 lbs of trailer weight when equipped properly. With the AWD system, the pickup truck becomes capable in off-road conditions. The base 195hp V6 can do a top speed of 110 mph where it reaches a speed of 60 mph in 9.2 seconds and does a quarter-mile in 16.9 seconds. With the 302hp V8, it gets athletic with its 8.7 seconds of 0-60 mph run and takes 15.8 seconds in the quarter-mile run.

Models

GMC Sierra 1500

Ford F-150

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

RAM 1500

MSRP

$23,590

$24,070

$23,590

$23,100

Engine

Vortec 4.3L V6 Regular

3.7L V6 Regular

Vortec 4.3L V6 Regular

4.7L V8 Regular/ Ethanol

Transmission

4-Speed automatic w/od

6-Speed automatic w/od

4-Speed automatic w/od

6-Speed automatic w/od

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Power

195hp @ 4600 RPM

302hp @ 6500 RPM

195hp @ 4600 RPM

310hp @ 5650 RPM

Torque

260lb-ft @ 2800 RPM

278lb-ft @ 4000 RPM

260lb-ft @ 2800 RPM

330lb-ft @ 3950 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

9.2

8.6

9.2

8.4

Quarter mile (seconds)

16.9

15.8

16.9

15.5

Top Speed (MPH)

110

120

110

120

The base engine on the GMC Sierra 1500 is underpowered as compared to the rivals. However, it is quite capable in terms of towing as the peak torque is available at the lower end of the rave band. The RAM 1500 boasts the maximum power from the V8 engine where the Ford F-150 takes the second spot with its V6. As the Silverado 1500 is identical to the Sierra 1500, there's no difference in terms of performance. With its V8 engine, the Sierra becomes more capable and agile. The 302 hp not only delivers better acceleration, but it also outperforms its rivals in terms of towing capacity as it can tow more than the rivals.

2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The GMC Sierra 1500 is quite capable on the road. It will fetch you a decent fuel economy with the available engine options. The base 19hp V6 delivers 15 mpg in the city, 20 mpg on the highway, and a combined economy of 17 mpg. The passive 26.0-gallon back barely pushes it behind 500 in terms of highway range. The V8-powered Sierra 1500 may not deliver a similar economy, still, it ain't that bad if you consider the power boost. The 302hp engine provides 14 mpg in the city, 19 mpg on the highway, and a combined economy of 16 mpg. With this one, you have a decent mileage as well where you get 494 miles of maximum range.

Models

GMC Sierra 1500

Ford F-150

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

RAM 1500

MPG City

15

17

15

14

MPG Highway

20

23

20

20

MPG Combined

17

19

17

16

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

26.0

26.0

26.0

26.0

Range (City/Highway/ Combined) in miles

390/520/442

442/598/494

390/520/442

364/520/416

As compared to the power-packed rivals, the GMC Sierra 1500 isn't offering anything special. Even the 302hp Ford F-150 delivers a better fuel economy. Being its counterpart, the Chevy Silverado 1500 has a similar economy. The RAM 1500 comes standard with a 395hp Hemi engine, which delivers an economy similar to the 302hp V6 of the GMC Sierra 1500. 

2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Interior

9.0/10

With Regular cab, the 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 welcomes 3 people inside its practical cabin space. From a rugged cabin with the base trim, the Sierra offers a premium cabin with higher trims. The WT trim has a dark titanium vinyl upholstery where the SLE trim brings in ebony and cashmere interior accents. 

All the functions are placed on the flat dashboard including the column gear shifter. The center stack is filled with numerous controls including the music system and the HVAC. The dashboard has various storage spaces including a huge glove box. The 4 spoke steering wheel wraps itself in leather with the SLE trim. 

The 40-20-40 split-bench seat seats 3 passengers comfortably. You can convert it into a 2 seater by pulling out the armrest from the center. Furthermore, the armrest has storage space and dual cup holders as well. The seats can be reclined manually as per your choice. We get vinyl upholstery with the WT where the SLE offers premium cloth upholstery.

Models

GMC Sierra 1500

Ford F-150

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

RAM 1500

Seating capacity

3

3

3

3

Front row (Headroom/ Shoulder room/ Legroom) inches

41.5/65.2/41.3

41.0/66.6/41.4

41.5/65.2/41.3

40.3/66.0/41.0

Cargo capacity (cubic feet)

60.7

65.4

60.7

57.5

The Regular cab pickups generally offer a similar 3 person seating capacity. In terms of seating space, both GMC Sierra 1500 and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 are spacious and comfortable. You have a massive headroom that ensures proper visibility and head clearance from the roof. The legroom is decent as well. However, the Ford F-150 and the RAM 1500 have wider seats as they offer better shoulder room. Highlight Interior features in the 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab:

  • First row 3-person bench seat
  • Premium cloth upholstery
  • Cruise control
  • Driver lumbar support
  • Proper visibility
  • Sophisticated dashboard design
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel

How intuitive is the 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab's Infotainment?

The 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 WT is pretty basic in terms of infotainment features. To keep you entertained, you have Bluetooth connectivity, AM/FM radio with seek-scan whereas a SiriusXM radio subscription is optional. Moreover, a CD player is available with MP3 playback, a USB port, and an input jack.

The SLE trim gets most of these features as standard with the SLE preferred package. There's an OnStar turn-by-turn navigation system with a 6-month subscription for your assistance. As standard, we have a 4 speaker audio system for music. The SLE trim gets an optional Bose premium audio system. Highlight Infotainment features in the 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab:

  • AM/FM radio
  • SiriusXM radio
  • CD player
  • OnStar turn by turn navigation
  • Bose premium speakers

2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Exterior

6.0/10

As GMC is the premium vehicle division of General Motors, GMC is one step up in terms of design and quality. The Sierra 1500 is identical to the Silverado 1500 where GMC adds tons of chrome to the exterior of its trucks. Also, we have huge GMC badging all over the truck which replaces the Chevy logo.

If we talk about the base Work Truck trim, the only difference between the Sierra 1500 and Silverado 1500 is the front grille and a bigger bumper. Its split headlamps design looks amazing with colored trim signals and daytime running lamps. The SLE trim adds a chrome surround grille and bumpers with front fog lamps.

Both the trims are available in 9 premium color options. The WT truck rides on 17-inch steel wheels with all-season tires. On the SLE trim, you can either avail the similar steel wheels with chrome lugs and caps or you can opt for the 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels. However, the 20-inch wheels are not available with the off-road package.

Models

GMC Sierra 1500

Ford F-150

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

RAM 1500

Curb weight (lbs)

4,436

4,685

4,460

4,729

Length (inches)

205.6

213.2

205.6

209.0

Width (inches)

80.0

79.2

79.9

79.4

Height (inches)

73.6

74.8

73.6

74.6

Ground clearance (inches)

8.2

8.8

8.2

8.7

Wheelbase (inches)

119.0

125.9

119.0

120.5

The GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab is available in two wheelbase options where you get two different cargo bed sizes. The base trim has a 78.7-inch cargo bed with its 119.0-inch wheelbase. If you want better space, you can avail the 97.8-inch cargo bed with a 133.0-inch wheelbase. 

As compared to the rivals, the GMC Sierra 1500 Regular cab is comparatively lighter. In terms of standard length, both the Ford F-150 and the RAM 1500 are a few inches longer. To make it stand out, GMC has made the Sierra 1500 wider. Even with a good enough ground clearance, the Sierra 1500 ain't that tall. Highlight Exterior features in the 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab:

  • Split headlamps with DRL
  • Chrome exterior accents
  • 20-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels
  • All season tires
  • Fog lamps

2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Safety

7.0/10

The GMC Sierra 1500 is constructed with reinforced steel. The steel safety cage ensures the integrity of the passenger compartment and is made to withstand collisions by absorbing the impact energy. The NHTSA has rated the 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 with 4 Stars for its safety. Also, it has received mixed safety ratings from the IIHS.

With 6 standard airbags that work with a rollover sensor, the Sierra 1500 protects the passengers inside its cabin. With that, you get StabiliTrak stability control with traction control, trailer sways control, Proactive roll avoidance and hill start assist. There's a tire pressure monitoring system as well. All the safety features are offered as standard. Standout Safety features in the 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab:

  • Reinforced steel safety cage
  • 6 standard airbags
  • Trailer sway control
  • Hill-start assist
  • Tire pressure monitoring system

2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Final Verdict

The GMC Sierra 1500 is similar to the Chevy Silverado 1500 in every aspect. GMC distinguishes by giving their trucks more appealing exterior and premium interiors. Also, you have better standard and optional features. With the two available engine options, it delivers exceptional off-road and towing capabilities. The cabin quality and features improve as we move up the trim. The GMC Sierra feels outdated compared to its rivals, but it is still a great choice in the segment. 

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