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5 Fast Facts About the 2013 GMC Sierra 1500

2/24/2013
Starting this summer, GMC dealers will have a redesigned 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck to sell, which means that between now and the time the new 2014 Sierra goes on sale, truck buyers will be able to negotiate a great deal on the 2013 GMC Sierra. If you are looking for great deals on new trucks, and you like the current version of the Sierra 1500, here are 5 fast facts about this full-size GMC pickup.

1.) The 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 is sold in regular cab, extended cab, and crew cab styles with a short, standard, or long cargo bed and a choice between rear-wheel, 4-wheel, or all-wheel drive. The Sierra is sold in WT (Work Truck), SL, SLE, XFE (Xtra Fuel Economy), Hybrid, SLT, and Denali trim levels. The WT, SL and SLE models have a Pure Pickup interior design with larger controls that are easier to use when wearing gloves. Prices range from $24,585 for a Sierra WT regular cab with 2-wheel drive to more than $56,500 with all the option boxes checked.

2.) In addition to a V-6 and three different V-8 engines, the 2013 Sierra 1500 is offered with a 2-mode hybrid powertrain. A 6.0-liter V-8 engine making 332 horsepower teams with Active Fuel Management technology, a 300-volt nickel-metal hydride battery, and an electrically variable transmission to improve fuel economy to 21 mpg in combined driving. According to GMC, the Sierra Hybrid can accelerate to 30 mph purely on electricity, is offered with an optional all-wheel-drive system, and is rated to carry more than 1,500 lbs. of payload and to tow a trailer weighing up to 6,100 lbs.

3.) The 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE and SLT in extended cab and crew cab styles can be upgraded with an optional All Terrain Package designed to make it more capable in the mud and dirt. The All Terrain Package includes a stiffer suspension, 18-inch chrome wheels with on/off-road tires, skid plates, and cosmetic modifications include fog lights, a body-color trim, a unique grille, and what GMC calls mechanical brushed aluminum accents for the interior.

4.) According to GMC, when the 2013 Sierra 1500 is properly equipped, it can tow up to 10,700 lbs. and haul up to a 1,937-lb. payload. The truck is equipped with standard trailer sway control, a Tow/Haul Mode for the automatic transmission, and as a new feature for 2013, powertrain grade braking that helps keep the brake rotor temperatures as much as 100 degrees cooler when the Sierra is descending long downhill grades with a load in tow. An integrated trailer brake controller is optional for this model.

5.) Every 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 is equipped with a standard OnStar telematics system and six months of free Directions and Connections service. As a part of that service package, Automatic Crash Response activates if the Sierra's air bags deploy, putting a live operator in touch with the trucks occupants who can check to see if everyone is all right or to see if anyone needs help. If nobody is able to respond, the operator can summon emergency personnel to the truck's exact location to help speed rescue. Another OnStar safety feature is FamilyLink, an opt-in service that allows the Sierra's owners to receive vehicle location alerts or to check on the truck's location from a proper electronic device. Additionally, the 2013 Sierra 1500 is offered with a reversing camera and rear parking assist sensors.