2013 GMC Sierra 1500 vs. Its Competition

2013 GMC Sierra 1500
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

Pickup owners tend to have more loyalty than those of other vehicle types, and GMC owners are by far among the most traditional and dedicated.

Shoppers keep coming back to the Ram 1500, F-150, and Silverado, while it's been hard for the Toyota Tundra and Nissan Titan to make a dent in them.

The Chevrolet Silverado, which also comes from GM and is nearly identical to the Sierra, offers most of the same features, sometimes at a slightly lower price.

The Ford F-150 has more infotainment and luxury features than the Denali Sierras, but not by much; and with new powertrains last year it now beats many of the non-Hybrid versions of the Silverado and Sierra in power and fuel economy.

The Ram has received an extensive refresh for 2013, keeping its brash exterior but softening the cabin appointments to luxury-car standard (in some trims).

The Ram also has a superior ride and HEMI power on tap—plus its fuel economy is much-improved this year with the introduction of a new eight-speed automatic transmission and stop-start.

The Toyota Tundra tends to be the standout from a styling standpoint from many paces back, but it's awkward and gargantuan up close—even next to the Nissan Titan.

Meanwhile the Nissan Titan is aimed at personal truck shoppers—and it makes a whole lot of sense, with things like its sprayed-in bedliner and storage solutions—but its raucous V-8 is about as thirsty as they get today.

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Among increasingly bold full-size trucks, the 2013 GMC Sierra is simple in looks and strong in performance—with the Sierra Hybrid remaining a fuel-efficient standout.
The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado lineup appeals to truck traditionalists, offering a straightforward package that isn't as bold or fashionable as rivals but delivers in every way a truck should.
Muscular but lower in fat thanks to turbo V-6 power, the 2013 Ford F-150 shares the truck lead thanks to extreme towing capability and best-in-class tech features.
The 2013 Nissan Titan provides strong performance, with a brash style, but it's simply fallen to the back of the pack in many respects.
The 2013 Toyota Tundra is tough and able, but its overwrought styling, subpar interior appointments, and unimpressive fuel economy could be cause for hesitation.
The 2013 Ram 1500 leads full-size trucks in interior quality, gas mileage, and handling; it adds infotainment to the list this year, but we're mixed on its new air suspension, and towing capacity is down.
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