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GMC is known for its truck-oriented and muscly line of vehicles, and it didn’t disappoint with the 2023 Sierra 1500 Limited. It’s among the top trim level in GMC’s lineup of full-size trucks. The base model has a 2.7-liter I4 Turbo V4 engine that produces 310 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque. TrueCar analyzed this truck and identified these pros and cons.

1. Pro: Macho Exterior Design 

A 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 parked outdoors in front of a mountain.
2023 GMC Sierra 1500 | Creative Commons

If you want a bold, rugged, strong, and durable truck, you’ll be right at home with the Sierra 1500. It’s hard to miss or ignore the muscular, bulky front end with a gigantic grille, large, angular headlights, and the high, ever-imposing stance. The versatile MultiPro tailgate makes having the truck out there so worth it.

Combine the sharp character lines that accentuate the truck’s body with tough-looking alloy wheels; you’ll be the talk of the town for days.

Sure, a car’s exterior design is a matter of personal preference. However, when it comes to the Sierra 1500 Limited, the macho exterior design is authentically intimidating in a good way. It echos strength, toughness, and reliability.

2. Pro: Diesel Engine With Impressive Fuel Economy

The 2023 Sierra 1500 Limited is the truck to buy when you want to drive an impressive vehicle, tow vast amounts of cargo, and get excellent fuel economy.  

Even for the trims with larger capacity engines, fuel consumption is above board. It gets EPA estimates of 21 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, with a combined 22 mpg. You get to pump 4.5 gallons per 100 miles. Much better than other full-size trucks in the same category.

The impressive fuel economy is among the top reasons this truck made No.5 in TrueCar‘s best full-size trucks. 

3. Pro: Best-in-Class Trailing Features

Need to go camping, boating, or on a road trip but need to haul some cargo with you, the Sierra 1500 Limited is built with trailering in mind. 

It offers the best-in-class diesel HP and 4WD diesel trailing capabilities. With this pickup, you can tow up to 13,000 pounds of cargo. Moreover, it is equipped with various cutting-edge technology to ensure your trailering experience surpasses your expectations. 

  • A prograde trailering system that lets you hitch and tow your trailer effortlessly. 
  • An in-vehicle trailering app that gives you power in your hands to configure and monitor everything to do with towing your cargo through the infotainment unit. 
  • Trailer Light Sequence Test to test your trailer lights before your trip begins. 
  • myGMC Mobile app that facilitates flawless smart trailer integration, among other functionalities. 

With this kind of towing capacity, your possibilities are endless. 

1. Con: Common Driver Safety Aids Are Expensive Add-Ons

When it comes to being behind the wheel, safety should always be a priority. GMC has spared no expense to ensure that you, your passengers, and your cargo are safe on the road. 

You’ll get the standard safety features and aids. If you need additional safety features and aids, you’ll get the Sierra Plus Safety Package which contains features such as:

  • Black mirror caps
  • Inside/Rear Trailer Camera Input
  • Perimeter Lighting
  • Rear Cross Traffic Braking
  • Rear Pedestrian Alert
  • Trailer Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Safety Alert Seat
  • HD Surround Vision
  • Rear Park Assist

These additional safety features and aids tend to be expensive. 

2. Con: Subpar Cabin Luxury


3 Reasons to Buy the 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 and 3 Reasons to Pass

The cabin of the 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 Limited is a mixed bag. It’s not the wrong place to be; it does have some flaws. Additionally, while materials used in the cabin are mostly high-quality plastics and leather, they feel somewhat cheap compared with other trucks in this class.

The seats are comfy enough for everyday driving but aren’t as supportive as you might expect from such a truck. They’re more suited for long road trips than spirited driving sessions on twisty back roads.