2013 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD 5.8 ft. SB (5.3L 8cyl 6A)
paid probably $3K too much, but got what I wanted; a really great looking fully optioned truck that can hold its own in a pasture or heading to a nice dinner all dressed up.
A few minor and sometimes annoying negatives are far out-weighed by the pros and overall satisfaction with this great truck.
I've driven 7K miles since bought new in June 2013, but terrain and weather conditions since then have been pretty varied, so I fell like the review reflects a fair perspective from a guy who has driven lots of trucks.
This is the nicest one so far for me.
Granted I look forward to driving the new 2014 and experiencing those upgrades too, but the 2013 model stands its ground pretty well.
split fold-up back seats with optional storage tray is an easy and cheap dealer add-on that's well worth it.
optional soft folding tonneau cover is very water tight and easy to use, plus looks great.
truck is exceptionally quiet and seats are very comfortable
The 2014 model fixed most things, but 2013 ac/heat controls are downright distracting to use when driving.
They should have been designed much more intuitively and ergonomically for actual drivers vice something that your passenger has to figure out because it's too dangerous for the driver to screw with the controls at road speed.
Steering can also be inconsistent and sluggish; get used to steering wheel failing to rotate back after making 90 degree turns at stop signs.
you will often have to manually bring the steering wheel back around.
Took a while to get use to acceleration feel on pedal.
Speed seemed to want to lunge or skip from 25 to 40 mph; better after first 5k miles
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