- Refreshed for 2014 with new interior/exterior styling, new engines, and a new All-Terrain model
- Closely related to the Chevrolet Silverado 1500
- New engines increase both power and fuel economy
With added utility and several exciting new additions for the 2014 model year, the GMC Sierra 1500 is back with new styling, ready to take on the competition.
There is no shortage of half-ton pickup trucks to choose from but the 2014 Sierra 1500 makes itself impossible to ignore. The changes mirror those also found in its close relative, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with which it shares a platform and engine options.
Outside, the latest generation of pickup trucks has opted for bolder styling choices and the Sierra is no exception. The new Sierra 1500 has updated styling, including raised bumpers and more aggressive fenders. Gone are the dual-headlights, replaced by a single headlight that can be surrounded by optional LED daytime running lights. Two prominent bulges give the hood definition. The Sierra 1500 is offered in two bed sizes (short and standard) as well as several cab sizes (crew cab, extended cab, and regular cab). Also new for 2014 are a few features that make the bed easier to use, including LED lighting and an EZ-lift tailgate.
Three new engines highlight the mechanical updates. The new engines, called EcoTec3, produce more power and return better fuel economy even though they each have the same displacement as the outgoing mills. EcoTec3 engines keep the same pushrod design, but add variable valve timing and direct injection as well as aluminum engine blocks for decreased weight. Each engine also features cylinder deactivation technology for added efficiency and comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. A 285-hp, 4.3-liter V-6 is the base engine, while those looking for more power can step up to one of two V-8 options: a 355-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 or a 420-hp, 6.2-liter V-8. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with four-wheel drive optional.
Fuel economy ratings have not been finalized at the time of this writing, but expect the 2014 Sierra 1500 to return superior numbers to the 2013 model.
Inside, the Sierra 1500 combines usability and luxury. The gauges and knobs are designed to be used even when wearing gloves, while the rest of the cabin offers comfort and plenty of features. A USB port, cruise control, power windows/locks, air conditioning, and a 4.2-inch LCD display for the audio system are standard. Moving up the trim levels nets even more features, such as an audio system with an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and leather upholstery. GMC’s Intellilink system which offers voice recognition and can connect to up to 10 devices at once is optional.
There is also a litany of standard and available safety features, such as front and head side curtain airbags, OnStar, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, hill start assist and descent control, and a forward collision alert system.
The new 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 is a versatile, luxurious truck option that is just at home on the road as it is hauling gravel.