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2013 GMC Sierra Review Palm Springs

June 7, 2013
GMC Sierra 1500 Palm Springs

2013 GMC Sierra Palm Springs

GMC Sierra 1500 Palm Springs

The 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 features a broad, diverse and efficient lineup for the greater Palm Springs area.  Offering everything from the job-ready Work Truck models to the luxurious Denali, the GMC Sierra is ready for any job site in the Coachella Valley. Sierra models in 2013 are powered by an efficient lineup of engines, led by Vortec small-block V-8s.  Advanced technologies such as Active Fuel Management (AFM) and variable valve timing (VVT) optimize performance and efficiency.  Three FlexFuel engines are available and partnered with fuel-saving AFM, giving customers the choice of powering their truck with E85 ethanol, gasoline or a combination of both fuels.

Sierra 1500’s engine offerings include a 4.3L V-6, rated at 195 hp and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, a 4.8L V-8, E85-capable with iron block rated at 302 hp and 305 lb.-ft. of torque, a 5.3L FlexFuel V-8, E85-capable with iron block and Active Fuel Management, rated at 315 hp and 335 lb.-ft. of torque, a 5.3L FlexFuel V-8, E85-capable with aluminum block and Active Fuel Management, rated at 315 hp and 335 lb.-ft. of torque, and finally, a 6.2L V-8, with E85 FlexFuel capability, an aluminum block and variable valve timing, rated at 403 hp and 417 lb.-ft. of torque.  This engine is available in crew cab and extended cab models and is standard in Sierra Denali.

Built on GM’s full-size truck platform, the Sierra incorporates features such as a fully boxed frame with a hydroformed front section, coil-over-shock front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering.  Wide front and rear tracks enhance handling and vehicle stability for a more confident road feel, while Sierra’s stiff frame reduces vibrations transmitted to the passenger cabin.  The strength and accuracy of the fully boxed frame also enable precise mounting and tuning of chassis and suspension components.

The 2013 Sierra is offered with five suspension systems, each tailored to suit specific driving requirements.  The Z83 delivers a solid, smooth ride with monotube front shocks and twin-tube rear shocks.  The Z85 is designed for enhanced handling and trailer towing, with monotube front and rear shocks.  Delivering off-road capability, the Z71 features specific monotube front and rear shocks.  The Z60 is offered with 20-inch wheels, as well as monotube front and rear shocks, designed for maximum street performance.  The NHT is designed for maximum towing capacity; it includes monotube rear shocks, 17-inch wheels and off-road tires, and high-capacity rear springs.

Additional chassis and suspension details include a coil-over-shock front suspension, delivering linear handling characteristics on all road surfaces, a rack-and-pinion steering system provides precise control and strong on-center feel, and a Hotchkiss-type rear suspension provides superior isolation and ride with a splayed arrangement for the shock absorbers.  Four-channel ABS is standard on all models and is linked to the StabiliTrak electronic stability control system to help mitigate the occurrence of rollover events, and is standard on all models and includes electronic trailer sway control and hill start assist.  Autotrac electronic transfer case is standard on SLE and SLT models with 4WD, and an automatic locking rear differential is standard on XFE, SLT and Denali models and available on Work Truck, SL and SLE models.  Integrated trailer brake controller is also available on all models except when equipped with the 4.3L engine.

The Z71 suspension is available on SLE and SLT models. Content includes high-pressure, gas-charged monotube shocks, on/off-road tires, off-road jounce bumpers, front recovery hooks on 2WD models, a skid plate and high-capacity air cleaner.

The NHT enhanced trailering package is available on SLE and SLT extended cab and crew cab models, with content including the 6.2L V-8 engine, heavy-duty automatic locking rear differential, Z85 suspension, 9.5-inch rear axle, 3.73 axle ratio, 17-inch aluminum wheels and on/off-road tires and four-wheel disc brakes.

The Sierra lineup is characterized by a rugged yet refined appearance.  Chiseled bodywork, complemented by details such as chrome bumpers, show style doesn’t have to be compromised for power and function. Stability, dependability, power and style make the 2013 GMC Sierra ideal for anyone in Southern California who wants their truck to work as hard as they do.

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