2023 GMC Sierra HD: Should You Choose the SLE or SLT Trim?

Moving up from the base trim of the 2023 GMC Sierra HD brings us to the SLE and SLT trims. These two trims offer different equipment without heavily focusing on any particular driving element. Unlike the AT4 with its off-road focus and the Denali with its luxury-laden layout, the SLE and SLT trims of the Sierra HD add equipment above the base model. That said, you’ll still want to know which trim to choose.

What’s the price difference between these two GMC Sierra HD trims?

2023 GMC Sierra HD Towing a Trailer
2023 GMC Sierra HD Towing a Trailer | GMC

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GMC offers the SLE model as the first step above the base version of this heavy-duty truck, and it brings a price of $46,500. If you choose the Sierra HD SLT trim, you’ll pay at least $56,100. Both versions are offered with either the gasoline or diesel V8 engines. This makes us want to know the equipment differences for each trim.

What’s included in the Sierra HD SLE trim?

White GMC Sierra HD SLE regular cab heavy-duty pickup
GMC Sierra HD SLE | GMC

The SLE trim of the 2023 GMC Sierra HD includes:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • Regular cab build
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Satellite radio
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Cloth seats
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Power mirrors
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless entry
  • Telematics
  • Rearview camera
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Stability control
  • Traction control

What’s included in the Sierra HD SLT trim?

This white GMC Sierra HD SLT is the 2500 model in the crew cab build
GMC Sierra HD SLT | GMC

The SLT version of the 2023 GMC Sierra HD takes the SLE package and adds:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Crew cab build
  • Smart device integration
  • Leather upholstery
  • Navigation system
  • Multi-zone automatic climate controls
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Power driver’s seat
  • Power passenger seat
  • Remote engine starting
  • Driver’s seat memory settings
  • Push-button starting

Could the upgrades be worth the price difference between the SLE and SLT versions of the Sierra HD?

GMC Sierra HD Pulling an ATV
GMC Sierra HD Pulling an ATV | GMC

Yes, the list of upgrades for the SLT over the SLE model could easily be worth a nearly $10,000 difference to you. You can see some incredible differences at the base price level and build for each of these versions of the GMC Sierra HD. The SLE starts at a regular cab model, which means a three-across cloth-covered bench seat, while the SLT has a crew cab build and leather seats.

When you look further down the list, you see that you have smart device integration, which is your Apple Car Play and Android Auto in the SLT trim. To enjoy this feature in the SLE, you’d have to add some options to the mix.

Are upgrades available for these trims of the GMC Sierra HD?

Yes, the SLE and SLT trim levels can be configured in the 2500, three-quarter-ton version or the 3500, one-ton layout. Both trims also offer the upgrade of a Duramax diesel engine, which adds $9,890 to the price.

Additionally, each trim has a set of options packages you can order. These packages are:

SLE Trim

  • Driver Alert Package I – $890
  • Driver Alert Package II – $595
  • Fleet Comfort Package – $1,285
  • Gooseneck/5th Wheel Package – $1,090

SLT Trim

  • Driver Alert Package I – $890
  • Driver Alert Package II – $645
  • Gooseneck/5th Wheel Package – $1,340
  • Heavy Duty Front Spring/Camper Package – $45

Should you drive the SLE or SLT trim of the 2023 GMC Sierra HD?

If you’re simply looking for a truck that’s a little better equipped and more comfortable than the base version, the SLE trim is the truck you want to drive to work every day. When you need to transport your work crew and possibly your family on the weekends, the SLT trim is the Sierra HD you want to drive.

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