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2013 GMC Sierra 1500: Used Car Review

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ADDITIONAL MODEL INFORMATION

author photo by Ron Sessions October 2015

The 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup is loaded with styling and equipment upgrades, making it a cut above a Chevrolet. It's available as a 2- to 3-passenger 2-door regular cab, a 4- to 5-passenger extended cab or a 5- to 6-passenger 4-door crew cab. The extended cab offers two full-size front doors and a pair of rear-hinged half-length suicide rear doors with a fold-down rear seat. The regular cabs come with a standard 6.5-foot bed or a long 8-foot bed. Extended cabs offer a short 5.7-foot bed, a standard 6.5-foot bed and a long 8-foot bed. With two seat rows, the crew cab exclusively comes with the 5.7-foot bed.

Both rear-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive (4WD) are offered, and 4-wheel anti-lock brakes are standard. Maximum towing capacity is 10,700 pounds with the optional towing package and a 6.2-liter V8. The 2-wheel-drive (2WD) Extra Fuel Economy (or XFE) special-edition crew cab is offered with aerodynamic enhancements, a 5.3-liter V8, a 6-speed automatic and an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rating of 15 miles per gallon in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.

Standard safety gear includes stability and traction control, low-tire-pressure warning, dual front airbags, overhead airbags and front-seat side airbags. Hands-free Bluetooth is available with OnStar. Crew cabs are available with a backup camera display in the rearview mirror. New for 2013 Sierras with the 5.3- and 6.2-liter V8s is transmission grade braking, which automatically shifts the 6-speed automatic to a lower gear on long downhill grades to assist the hydraulic brakes without the need to engage the Tow/Haul mode.

A hard-drive navigation system, a power sunroof, 20-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, power adjustable pedals, remote starting, rear parking assist, a power-sliding rear window, rear-seat entertainment, cargo management, rain-sensing wipers, and power heated and cooled leather front seats with memory are available on the Denali and SLT. Also available is an integrated brake controller.

What We Like

Interior quality; dual glove boxes on Work Truck and SLE trims; OnStar; standard stability control; overhead and side airbags; 6.2-liter V8 performance

What We Don't

No manual transmission; small air-conditioning and audio buttons on SLT and Denali trims; 6.2-liter V8 fuel economy

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

2013 GMC Sierra 1500 regular and extended cabs are available with a 4.3-liter V6, making 195 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Two-wheel-drive versions are rated by the EPA at 15 mpg city/20 mpg hwy, while 4WD versions have a 14 mpg city/18 mpg hwy rating. All use regular unleaded fuel and a 4-speed automatic transmission.

A 4.8-liter flex-fuel V8 is available on regular, extended and crew cabs. The 4.8-liter develops 302 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque on regular unleaded. A 4-speed automatic is standard. EPA ratings are 14 mpg city/19 mpg hwy for the 2WD version and 13 mpg city/18 mpg hwy on the 4WD version.

The 5.3-liter V8 is available on regular, extended and crew cabs and offers E85 flex-fuel capability. Output is 315 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque, and EPA ratings are 15 mpg city/21 mpg hwy for both 2WD and 4WD models. Active Fuel Management idles four cylinders during light cruising to boost fuel economy. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard.

The SLT and SLE can be optioned, and the Sierra Denali comes standard with an all-aluminum E85-capable 6.2-liter V8 with 403 hp and 417 lb-ft of torque. It's teamed with a 6-speed automatic. Running premium unleaded, it's rated at 13 mpg city/18 mpg hwy with 2WD and 12 mpg city/18 mpg hwy with 4WD or all-wheel drive.

Standard Features & Options

The Sierra 1500 comes in WT, SL, SLE, SLT and Denali trims.

The WT features vinyl flooring, a black grille, 245/70 tires on 17-in steel wheels, a 4-speaker AM/FM radio, cruise control, OnStar, a cloth 40/20/40-split front bench seat, dual glove boxes, intermittent wipers, a tilt steering wheel, auto headlamps, a spare-tire lock, stability and traction control, a front-center storage armrest and manual-folding outside mirrors.

The SL is a crew cab or extended cab and comes with a 4.8-liter V8, a chrome grille, air conditioning, SiriusXM radio, remote keyless entry and power windows, mirrors and door locks.

The SLE trim adds carpeting, upgraded cloth seats, air conditioning, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a CD/MP3 player, a USB port, remote keyless entry, a chrome 3-bar grille, a rear-window defogger, an auto-dimming inside mirror, a compass, an outside-temperature gauge and power windows, mirrors and door locks.

The SLT brings a Yukon SUV-style dashboard, leather seats, heated power front seats, a memory driver's seat, a chrome front bumper, a 7-speaker Bose premium audio system, remote starting, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, power-folding heated turn-signal mirrors, auto dual-zone air conditioning, fog lamps, a garage-door opener, 18-in alloy wheels and rain-sensing wipers.

The Sierra Denali adds a 6.2-liter V8, 4-wheel discs, body-color bumpers, chromed 20-in alloys, heated and cooled front seats, a backup camera, power adjustable pedals, overhead airbags, rear park assist, a locking EZ-Lift tailgate, a limited-slip differential, a trailer hitch and a wood- and leather-wrapped heated steering wheel.

The Sierra All-Terrain package adds Z71 off-road suspension, 265/65-18 on-/off-road tires on alloy wheels, increased ground clearance, wheel flares, a 4-bar grille, Rancho off-road shocks, heavy-duty towing, 18-in chrome wheels, fog lamps, leather interior and unique trim.

Pricing

Used full-size pickups retain value because the useful service life is typically 200,000 miles or longer. Four-door crew cabs are the priciest, since they have the most enclosed space and four conventional doors. Four-wheel-drive models exact a premium, especially in northern climates with snow.

For a good estimate of used 2013 Sierra 1500 pickup prices, check out the used-car values on KBB.com. You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the following recall for the 2013 Sierra 1500:

A broken parking-lock cable or defective steering-column lock-activator gear may allow the transmission to be shifted out of park with the key removed or with the ignition switch in the off position, allowing an unattended truck to roll away and crash after it is parked.

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed and, if not, will fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

NHTSA gave the 2013 Sierra 1500 four stars overall, with four stars for frontal-impact protection, five for side-impact protection and four for rollover performance.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the 2013 Sierra crew cab as Good for moderate-overlap front impacts and Acceptable for side-impact, head-restraint and seat crash performance. IIHS rated roof strength as Marginal. It didn't rate regular-cab or extended-cab Sierras.

GMC offered a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty with roadside assistance and a 6-year/100,000-mile corrosion-perforation warranty.

GMC certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles can't have more than 75,000 miles on the odometer and must be 5 years old or less. Every CPO GMC Sierra undergoes a 172-point inspection. Those passing receive a 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, plus whatever remains on the transferable, original 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage. Also included is a 2-year/24,000-mile maintenance plan with roadside assistance.

Other Cars to Consider

2013 Ford F-150 -- The top-selling truck's engine lineup includes a 302-hp 3.7-liter V6, a 360-hp 5.0-liter V8, a 365-hp twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 and a 411-hp 6.2-liter V8. New for 2013 is a range-topping Limited model. A 6-speed automatic is standard with all engines. Max tow rating is 11,300 pounds.

2013 RAM 1500 -- RAM becomes its own brand for 2013. The 1500 pickup receives a major redo with a new 305-hp 3.6-liter V6, an available 8-speed automatic and 4-wheel air suspension. The big-rig look and smooth-riding coil-spring rear suspension stay, along with the 310-hp flex-fuel 4.7-liter V8 and 395-hp 5.7-liter HEMI V8.

Autotrader's Advice

We'd recommend an extended or crew cab with the 5.3-liter V8 and the SL trim or higher for air conditioning, SiriusXM radio and power windows, door locks and mirrors. Look for lower-mileage examples that have seen obvious care and maintenance. Avoid modified trucks, if possible, and look for a vehicle with a Carfax or equivalent vehicle-history report. Finally, make sure all applicable safety recalls have been performed.

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