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2013 GMC Sierra 1500 Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 was new.


Interior: 7.6

Reviewers say the 2013 GMC Sierra 1500’s cabin is spacious, with comfortable seats and decent outward visibility. Several do note, however, that its cabin design and material quality falls short of those of rivals like the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150, which have been more recently redesigned. They also say that while the lackluster cabin materials are fine for the lower and mid-level trims, they expect better from the top SLT and Denali trim levels, which are more expensive and billed as luxury trims.

  • "While the luxury interior looks nicer, many of its panels are cut from the same hard plastic you'll find in the Pure Pickup setup. Even the Denali is the same way. It's not bad by any means, but we think something dubbed luxury should feel as good as it looks." -- Consumer Guide
  • "On the whole, the Sierra's interior fit and finish ranks highly, though base models tend to look rather dull compared to their rivals." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "Both attractive instrument panels are mounted lower and farther forward for an increased feeling of spaciousness." -- Kelley Blue Book (2007)


The Sierra 1500 is available as a regular, extended or crew cab. Regular cabs seat three people, while extended and crew cabs can handle up to six. Vinyl upholstery is standard in the base model. Cloth is available in base and standard in the SL trim. The mid-level SLE gets higher-quality cloth seats, and SLT and Denali trims have leather. A front 40/20/40 split bench seat is standard in all but the SLT and Denali, which have standard front bucket seats with a center console. The top trims also get heating and cooling for the front seats. Reviewers like the seats, saying the front seats offer plenty of comfort, support and space. Some especially like the optional power-adjustable pedals, which make up for the lack of a telescoping steering wheel in helping to find a comfortable driving position.

Reviewers recommend the crew cab for anyone who frequently has lots of passengers. They report that the extended cab's back seat is okay in a pinch, but it doesn’t offer a lot of legroom, and the bottom cushion angle is too steep to be comfortable. Keep in mind that the crew cab is only available with the shortest cargo box available, while the extended cab can be paired with two different bed lengths.

  • "Plenty of room. The seats are a nice blend of firm support and long-haul comfort. Visibility is generally good, though the extended cab's thick rear pillars hinder the view to back corners." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Crew cab models feature comfortable rear seats with flip-up seat cushions that provide a nearly flat load floor." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "Cab space up front is generous, but Extended Cab models offer somewhat cramped rear seating. If you plan on carrying your crew in comfort, the Crew Cab's theatre-style elevated rear seats are the way to go." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)

Interior Features

Like most base-model full-size trucks, the base Sierra is equipped with the bare necessities. It has manual windows and mirrors, air conditioning, an AM/FM stereo and vinyl floor covering. Upper trims add standard power accessories, as well as carpet and a CD stereo. Other features available in upper trims include a hard drive navigation system, a Bose stereo, a USB port, satellite radio and a power sunroof. Most of these features are standard in top-of-the-line trims, in addition to a heated steering wheel exclusive to the Denali.

Reviewers generally like the Sierra’s interior features, saying they’re straightforward and simple to use. They report that the dash knobs are easy to operate with gloves on. The optional navigation does integrate some audio and climate functions, but one critic says they don’t make the controls more complicated, unlike the fully-integrated infotainment systems in some rivals.

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  • "The available navigation system integrates some audio functions but to good overall effect." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The buttons were low on the dash, requiring the driver to divert too much attention from the road." -- MarketWatch (2007)


Overall, reviewers say that cabin storage in the Sierra 1500 is merely adequate. Regular cab models have limited storage space behind the seats. Extended and crew cabs have more space for storage since they have back-seat areas, and both back seats flip up to allow more space for cargo. Reviewers like that the extended cab’s rear-hinged back doors open up wide, which makes loading cargo easy, but some gripe that the front door has to be opened in order to open the back door, which makes loading cargo a bit more complicated. Test drivers think small item storage is okay, but not all that spectacular. All but the SLT and Denali trims have dual glove boxes. Additionally, the SLE trim with the bench seat has a lockable compartment under the front middle cushion and covered armrest storage, though a center console is available.

  • "In front, the bucket seats come with a roomy console bin, while the bench seat is available with a flip-down center armrest that doubles as a large storage bin. Otherwise, there are few other interior storage cubbies." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Interior storage is merely adequate, with small cupholders and haphazard organization for the center console." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "The … GMC Sierra 1500 truck features a large box area with high walls to maximize cargo capacity, although this same design can make it difficult to reach the center of the bed, as is required when accessing a bed-mounted tool box." -- Kelley Blue Book (2012)

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