These are the coolest features of the 2023 GMC Sierra Denali

The GMC The Sierra has always been a desirable full-size truck with massive horsepower and bold styling that makes it stand out everywhere, like its Silverado cousin. Despite carrying a hefty price tag, the Sierra has always brought a few more amenities and a little more beauty and exceptional capability.


While GMC redesigned the Sierra for 2019, the truck soon lost the spotlight to the much more modernized competitors from Ram and Ford. The brand responded in 2022, launching the more durable AT4X and a luxurious Denali Ultimate, both of which had excellent features. Although Sierra gets a few updates this year, it still has the same essence that makes it unique.

Now, for the 2023 model year, GMC is upping the Sierra’s competitiveness yet again, with a power bump, a new AEV Edition package for the AT4X trim, numerous standard safety features, and additional color and wheel options. The most popular trim in this Sierra lineup is, as usual, the Denali, which now has a nice exterior design and an even nicer interior with a new dashboard and some extra tech.

With a starting price of $65,800, the 2023 Sierra Denali trim sits boldly between the SLT and AT4. Here are some of the 2023 GMC Sierra Denali’s best features and why we think it would make a great daily driver.


The GMC Sierra Denali Trim carries a bolder aesthetic

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In contrast to the stealthy Silverado, the Sierra comes with chiseled, angular looks that appear strong and tough without being overly intimidating. The smaller wheels that enable the AT4X offroad seem a bit small on such a large vehicle. Although there are some changes, the Sierra looks especially more attractive in the Denali version.

With its bold styling and exceptional capability, the 2023 GMC Sierra Denali 1500 goes up against the leading Ford F-150, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra. This year, Deep Bronze Metallic, Volcanic Red Tintcoat and Sterling Metallic are now part of the color palette.

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A top-of-the-line V8 makes all the difference

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For 2023, the optional Duramax turbo-diesel inline-six gets 305 horsepower and 495 lb-ft of torque, up from 277 and 460 the previous year. The full-size truck’s base engine is still the turbocharged four-cylinder, which makes enough 310 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque for everyday driving while maintaining respectable fuel efficiency.

The more economical 5.3-liter V8 increases horsepower over the base engine, at 355 hp, but the turbocharger in the four-cylinder allows it to crank out more torque. We love the Denali with the superior 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 configuration, which tops out at 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Compared to the smaller V8, the 6.2-liter engine provides greater pulling power with similar levels of fuel economy.

Sierra makes long distance cruising comfortable. The engine sound is wonderfully muffled, until you hit the gas hard. The higher trim levels reduce body roll and sluggish handling in urban areas. Denali variants include a superior suspension with Adaptive Ride Control and a whisper-quiet interior.

The Denali offers a large cabin and significant cargo space

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Compared to other details, the Denali comes with a plusher cabin design, with a new dashboard. We love the GM-only heated split front seats, which have separate backrest and seat cushion settings. There is plenty of headroom, shoulder room and legroom in both the front and back seats. Both the steering wheel and driver’s seat offer a wide range of modifications, making it easy for both tall and short drivers to find a comfortable driving position.

While the front seats in the Sierra aren’t as comfortable as those in the F-150 and Ram 1500, the seats offer a smooth highway driving experience, and the vehicle handles most minor potholes with ease. But when you travel on roads with a lot of dips and bumps, it can get a little bumpy.

But full-size trucks can be tough to look out of, and the Sierra’s design doesn’t help. Shorter drivers may have difficulty seeing over the hood of the truck, and hefty side pillars can make visibility difficult. Fortunately, there is a top-notch surround camera system available.

The range has a large bed, multiple anchorages and comes with a tailgate step for easy access. In addition, it has a unique MultiPro tailgate that opens in six different ways.

The Denali has a standard brake control, as well as memory settings for different trailer combinations and trailer cam angles, making it easier to hook up. While the maximum pull ratings aren’t the best in their class, they’re still pretty reasonable. The spacious center console inside offers enough space for smaller items, although it takes up a lot more space than it should.

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The Denali Trim brings GM’s Super Cruise hands-free driving system and other great technology

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Another sweet feature of the Denali trim is GM’s Super Cruise hands-free driving system, which is the best system of its kind on the market. The system also works when towing a trailer. It’s notable that Super Cruise is only available on the Denali trim.

With the new dash, Denali’s new internal control arrangement looks more appealing, with push, click or spin knobs, buttons and switches that are not only a pleasure to control, but also within easy reach. Alongside the Denali Ultimate trim, a 13.4-inch touchscreen also sits in the center of the Denali dash. It comes with a variety of features and has quick responses to pushes and swipes.

Powered by Google’s Android-based operating system, you can enjoy real-time traffic and constantly updated map data. Speaking of which, the navigation quickly locates places and points of interest. In addition, the Google-powered speech recognition technology delivers your requests back to you on the screen in natural language. You can control the station, the temperature and more with your voice.

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