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2013 GMC Sierra 3500 HD Extended Cab

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2013 GMC Sierra 3500 HD Extended Cab Review

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When the task at hand calls for more muscle than a conventional full-size truck can handle, it's time to summon a heavy-duty pickup. In both 3/4-ton and 1-ton configuration, the 2013 GMC Sierra HD delivers the type of power and utility needed for the most demanding jobs and does it while providing commendable levels of comfort. To that end, the 2013 Sierra HD lineup offers an exclusive pair of high-content Denali variants to further broaden appeal. Motivation comes in the form of a gasoline-fueled V8 or a torque-rich turbodiesel. Since rival HD pickups like the Ford F-250/F-350 and Ram 2500/3500 each offer of the most hauling power this side of a Class 8 semi-truck, choosing the right brand ultimately comes down to personal preference.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you require a vehicle that can transport over 10,000 pounds without breaking a sweat, the 2013 GMC Sierra HD deserves a spot on your short list. Furthermore, most prospective HD truck buyers who place a premium on luxury will find the Sierra HD Denali worth springing for.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Anyone who needs to tow more than eight tons should take a closer look at the 2013 Ram 3500 HD and its colossal 30,000-pound towing capacity. And if you feel styling is the only detractor to the Sierra HD, the Chevrolet Silverado HD offers an identical roster of features and configurations (excluding Denali), but with a unique design aesthetic.

What's New for 2013

For 2013, extended-cab 2500 HD models equipped with the standard 6.0-liter V8 can be had with a new bi-fuel system that accommodates both gasoline and compressed natural gas (CNG). Two new exterior colors (Sonoma Red Metallic and Heritage Blue Metallic) round out the changes.

Driving the Sierra 3500 HD Extended Cab

Driving Impressions Thanks to its optional 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8, we found that towing a 10,000-pound trailer behind the 2013 GMC Sierra 2500 HD posed no challenge of any kind. This optional...

turbodiesel develops 397 horsepower and 765 lb-ft of torque (more horsepower, less torque than the Ram HD, less horsepower and torque than Ford's PowerStroke diesel). Despite the difference in power from its main rivals, the Sierra 2500 HD still takes top honors in 5th-wheel and conventional towing, as well as payload figures. The Duramax diesel produces quite a bit of noise, but you wouldn't know it from inside the cabin. One of our favorite features of the diesel powertrain is the "smart" exhaust-braking. Depending on topography and vehicle speed, the system works by progressively restricting exhaust output to help slow the rig with added compression braking. We tested a number of 2013 GMC Sierra HD trucks, with gasoline and diesel engines, long and short beds, and basic to plush trim levels. We found that each exhibited a taut yet compliant ride, good steering feedback, and suitable braking power.

ALLISON 1000 SERIES TRANSMISSION
This robust 6-speed transmission is designed to withstand the extra torque generated by the Duramax turbodiesel while also delivering improved fuel economy. Plus, the Allison 1000 is manufactured by the same company that produces transmissions for the U.S. Army's M1 Abrams tank.

BI-FUEL SYSTEM
Although compressed natural gas has yet to gain a stronghold in the marketplace, the 2013 Sierra HD lineup embraces this cleaner-burning, domestically-sourced alternative fuel with the newly available bi-fuel system. Though it carries a lofty $11,000 price tag, the bi-fuel system could potentially prove itself financially prudent in the long run, as CNG fuel costs roughly $1.50 per gallon less than diesel or gasoline (depending upon local markets).

2013 GMC Sierra 3500 HD Extended Cab Details
Interior

The 2013 GMC Sierra HD Work Truck (WT), SLE and SLT interiors are designed to function seamlessly with a wide range of conventional truck duties. But despite the cabin's utilitarian intent, most trims come nicely appointed with adequate materials quality and fit and finish. While it lacks the bounty of storage bins and compartments found in the Ram and Ford HD trucks, the 2013 GMC Sierra HD nevertheless has a number of useful storage ideas for everything from laptops to the errant tool. On the luxury front, Denali variants feature a distinctive brushed-aluminum trim, leather upholstery and soft-touch materials on the upper dash.

Exterior

The imposing look of the Sierra 2500 and 3500 HD trucks is set off with a massive 3-bar chrome grille flanked by the nameplate's signature stacked headlamps. For better engine cooling, the raised power-dome hood incorporates a functional set of louvers. The upscale Denali trim is distinguished by its color-keyed bumpers, 4-bar grille with chrome mesh inserts, and matching lower grille design. If you are on the fence between a half-ton and a 3/4-ton truck, it's worth noting that the load-in height (distance from the ground to the top of the cargo bed floor) is over five inches taller with the HD version, which makes loading heavy items significantly more strenuous.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 HD models are available in regular cab, extended cab and crew cab body styles as well as four trim levels: Work truck, SLE, SLT or Denali. Standard across the board is all-weather rubber flooring, a 40/20/40 split front bench seat, and a driver information center. SLE models add a CD player, air conditioning, power windows, and driver's seat adjustment, while SLT trims feature heated front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, and fog lights. Top-level Denali versions include ventilated and 12-way power-adjustable front seats, a Bose premium audio system, and power retractable side mirrors. Occupant safety consists of six airbags, a full complement of electronic stability systems, and OnStar emergency/concierge services.

Optional Equipment

Given the Sierra's limited rear visibility, the optional backup camera tops our list of recommended add-ons. Also on the menu is a feature-laden convenience package comprised of power-adjustable pedals, rear sonar proximity sensors designed to help guide you into tight park spots with audible warnings, and a slam-proof EZ-lift and lower tailgate (SLT only). Seeing as the available touch-screen navigation unit is a bit long in the tooth, technophiles who want the latest and greatest in multimedia will be better-off with the F-250's optional MyFord Touch infotainment system.

Under the Hood

Every 2013 GMC Sierra HD features a standard 6.0-liter Vortec V8 with cam-in-block variable valve timing (VVT), which provides more power at high rpm and better fuel efficiency. For jobs requiring a significant amount of power there's the recently overhauled Duramax turbodiesel that produces an earth-moving 765 lb-ft of torque. As a bonus, the Duramax powerplant is compatible with B20 biodiesel. Like most of today's clean diesels, nitrous oxide emissions are reduced by means of a Selective Catalyst Reduction after-treatment system, which uses urea-based Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) as a cleaning agent. While the DEF tank needs a refill every 5,000 miles, urea-based solution or AdBlue, as it's known, is available at most major auto parts retailers.

6.0-liter Vortec V8
360 horsepower @ 5,400 rpm
380 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: NA

6.6-liter turbocharged diesel V8
397 horsepower @ 3,000 rpm
765 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: NA

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2013 GMC Sierra 3500 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 777 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

very nice

By on Monday, June 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 117,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great gas mileage , 18 mpg plus more on highway"

Cons: "i lost my job n cant afford it no more"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought if for grand son and he moved away I owe 12,500 on this truck , you can have it for the payoff price"

Best truck I have EVER owned.........love it!!

By on Saturday, June 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Just a GREAT truck"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Smooth riding, plenty of power, turns on a dime ( unlike last truck) I pull a fairly heavy boat/ trailer, can't hardly tell it's behind me. Gas mileage is decent in the city and excellent on the highway. And with the flex fuel option, whenever gas gets expensive, I switch to good old "corn oil"......big savings! Best part........truck is gorgeous! Always get comments about what a " good looking truck I have" :)"

23 people out of 38 found this review helpful

This a good U S A product. Had it send new.

By on Tuesday, June 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "very good truck for faimly fun"

Cons: "Need better seats cover.Seats too hard."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"About 5 years before changing a light. Did all the oil change and other maintence on the truck and never had any trouble out of it.4 years before change in battier. Still on its 2nd battier. I buying another one soon. This truck went hunting in the winter and pull a 18 ft bass boat every summer all summer."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Mechanically, the best Vehicle Ive ever owned.

By on Saturday, May 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 220,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Very Reliable, Cheap to own, 6.0 indestructable"

Cons: "Bad on Gas, 14MPG with tail wind down hill"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"in 2009 I started as a Tech in the Oil Field, and was given this Truck with 40K miles on it (2007 NBS Sierra 2500HD EC LB 4x4 Z71) I Drove this Truck until 216k miles when they made me trade it in for a 2012 Sierra 2500HD, 2 yrs later they liquidated the Company trucks and I was able to purchase for less than half of Blue Book. Tody it has 220k on it and to this day its only had a Throttle body ($120 referb at Auto Parts) and the rear end rebuilt( my fault) Has never thrown a check engine light (apart from the Throttle body) has never failed to start, never left me stranded... id drive this truck from coast to coast and not think twice!!! Same cant be said for GM HDs 2011 and up, thier GM 6l90E Transmissions are Junk wouldnt touch with a 10Ft pole. After 220K miles the tuck does have some rattles... but i can live with that."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

great truck

By on Thursday, May 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
5/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"the only thing wrong is the ride it rides like a truck lol but over all it is a great truck cant be beat in the snow of Vermont best truck I have ever owned"

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

2009 1/2TON CREW CAB SLE Z71

By on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Hold value"

Cons: "Just an SLE nothing fancy."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Good reliable truck. Only problems was rear passenger window seal leaks and lets water inside door when rains heavy, doesn't seem to affect electronic windows and locks. Drivers door pin is getting bad. Door trim is falling off, only 2 sided taped on. Burried the truck a few times in snow and ice and busted up plastic below bumper(bad design for off road use). Never lets me down and average 18MPG. Wife has gotten as good as almost 22MPG. Pulling a 30 foot I get about 8 mpg."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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