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2014 GMC Sierra 1500 OVERVIEW
The 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 full-size pickup is an all-new model—the most powerful, advanced and refined truck in the brand’s 111-year history. Sierra’s bold new exterior design houses one of three all-new EcoTec3 engines, a fully updated cabin with available next-generation IntelliLink connectivity, and many other features.
In addition to all-new design and technology, the Sierra boasts the longest list of standard features for a full-size GMC pickup. From connectivity solutions, to a standard tie-down system in the rear, to the segment’s only standard projector beam headlamps, the new Sierra offers many features not offered in any other full-size pickup.
What's New for 2014
The GMC Sierra 1500 is all-new this year.
Choosing Your GMC Sierra 1500
The Sierra can be configured in a nearly infinite combination—buyers choose between five body styles, three engines and three trim levels, and between rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive.
Five body styles offer something for everyone:
Crew cab with short box
Crew cab with standard box
Double cab with standard box
Regular cab with standard box
Regular cab with long box
Sierra’s engine lineup is updated for 2014 with more power, torque and increased fuel economy. New 4.3-liter V6, 5.3-liter V8 and 6.2-liter V8 motors are offered, all from a shared EcoTec3 engine family. Each features standard direct injection, continuously variable valve timing and Active Fuel Management, which means they seamlessly switch to run on four cylinders during light-load driving to save fuel.
The 4.3-liter EcoTec3 engine offers the most torque of any standard V6 in the segment, with 305 pound-feet of torque and 285 horsepower. It's mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive Sierras achieve 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, while 4x4 models are rated at a segment-best 17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway.
The 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 is rated at 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. With EPA-estimated fuel economy of 23 mpg highway in rear-wheel drive form, it offers the best fuel economy of any V8 pickup.
The 6.2-liter V8 is available only in the SLT and Denali models. It is rated at 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, the most of any light truck in the industry. The new 6.2 also enables a 12,000-pound maximum towing capacity. EPA fuel economy estimates for rear-wheel drive trucks are 15mpg city and 21mpg highway.
Sierra also uses electric power steering, which substitutes an electric motor in place of an engine-driven hydraulic pump to save fuel. It also allows provides more consistent, crisper steering with plenty of assist for parking maneuvers.
Three trim levels, meanwhile, offer increasing levels of comfort:
The domestic truck wars are in full swing, GMC vs. Ford vs. Ram, and the winner is the consumer. Never before has there been so much technology and features available. Prices are also, however, spiraling skyward. Unless you need the towing power of the 6.2-liter V8, we recommend a judiciously optioned SLE with a cab and bed size that best suits your needs.