The GMC Sierra 1500 comes refreshed for the 2023 model year with some remarkable modifications. The newer design for turbodiesel models offers increased horsepower and torque for improved towing power compared to the 2022 model. Also new is a brand new trim debut.
GMC Configuration Overview
For 2023, there are nine trims to choose from. The four-engine options for the Sierra include a 2.7L four-cylinder, a 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine, a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6, and a 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine.
For comparison purposes, we will be referencing the prices of a 2WD double cab with a standard box (unless otherwise noted). Buyers should expect to pay a little more for 4WD, crew cab configurations, and larger V8 engines.
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The base trim has a starting MSRP of $37,100. That’s for a double cab, standard box, 2WD truck. It comes with a 2.7-liter V6 EcoTec3 engine that produces 310 horsepower and 430 pound-foot of torque. It has direct injection, active fuel management, and variable valve timing.
The towing capabilities don’t stand up to the Ford F-150 but are pretty substantial. Even at its least expensive, the Sierra has a max towing capacity of 9,200 lbs when properly equipped.
On the inside, the Sierra included an all-new infotainment system that includes Bluetooth connectivity, six-speaker audio, and a 7” diagonal screen. In addition to this, the Sierra trim now comes standard with a rear vision camera. It also supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
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The 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 SLE is the next trim and has a starting price of $50,200 for a 2WD, double cab, standard box truck. The SLE sees the standard engine upgraded to a 2.7L Turbo engine. It is capable of 310 hp and 348 pound-feet of torque while paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It has a maximum trailering capacity of 11,300.
The biggest changes for the SLE happen on the interior and include a 13.4-inch diagonal touchscreen infotainment system with IntelliLink, wireless smartphone connectivity, a Wi-Fi hotspot, satellite radio, and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster.
Other interior features include heated front seats, heated steering wheel and dual-zone automatic climate control. A GM MultiPro tailgate system and hitch guide assistance are also standard.
The third trim up is the 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 Elevation for $51,900. Many drivers may appreciate some of the cosmetic differences that set it apart from the SLE trim. While it has the same 2.7L Turbo engine under the hood, the Elevation trim features a monochromatic exterior with a large black front grille.
The main difference with this trim, however, is that there are optional front bucket seats, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, wireless device charging and a console-mounted safe.
A 2WD 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT has a starting MSRP of $55,900 and includes another engine upgrade. The 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine is the only engine option available for this trim level. The V8 without dynamic fuel management (DFM) is not available on 2WD drivetrain models. It produces 355 hp and 383 lb-ft. The DFM option has an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the V8 without DFM has a six-speed transmission.
In terms of standard features, you’ll get a few more than the Elevation, but not by much – added features include a 10-way power-adjustable front passenger seat and auto-dimming rearview mirror.
As its name may suggest, the only available drivetrain on the 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4 trim is four-wheel-drive as the vehicle is designed for off-roading. The standard engine is the 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 engine that generates a 305 horsepower and 495 lb-ft of torque, improving upon the 2023 model.
The trim’s off-road focus is further accentuated by a 2-inch factory-installed suspension lift, an AutoTrac 2-speed transfer case, and an off-road suspension with Rancho monotube shocks and skid plates. The AT4 also has an automatic locking rear differential, an integrated dual exhaust, and vertical red recovery hooks. All of these features start at an MSRP of $66,700.
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The 2023 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali MSRP starts at $65,700. That gets you a crew cab, short box, 2WD truck featuring the same engine as the SLT. Once buyers reach the Denali trim, the double cab configuration is no longer available. Denali trim models are only offered as a crew cab configuration.
The Denali focuses its upgrades on convenience, comfort and entertainment. The Denali adds wireless device charging, seven-speaker Bose audio, ventilated front seats and a bed view camera among other things.
The GMC Sierra AT4X is the leader of the pack when it comes to off-road ability. It is only available as a Crew Cab Short Box model and it comes standard with four-wheel drive. Most of the features from the Denali trim carry over to this one but the sound is upgraded to a 12-speaker Bose audio system.
The main difference with this trim is the addition of upgraded suspension, two-speed transfer case, locking front and rear diferentials, a 2-inch lift kit and 18-inch all-terrain tires among other features. This model is available starting at $81,700.
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AT4X AEV Edition
This special edition of the AT4X boasts steel bumpers on both ends and skid plates unique to this model. It also features a unique grille, wheels, badging and other small aesthetic details that set it apart. The engine and other features in the regular AT4X are pretty much the same here. The starting price for this model is around $90K.
Last but not least is the Denali Ultimate starting at $82,100. The safety features on the Denali Ultimate improve with the inclusion of lane change alerts with side blind zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, and safety alert seat, all standard. The Denali also has features that other GMC Sierras lack. Inside, buyers will find authentic perforated Forge leather-appointed seating and open-pore ash wood trim throughout the cabin.