SUM UP (3 Stars)

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Sierra 1500 in 2014

The redesigned 2014 GMC Sierra and Sierra Denali add a new-generation of IntelliLink connectivity, a customizable eight-inch touch screen, Forward Collision Alert, and lane departure warning. GMC has also updated the truck’s powertrains for improved fuel efficiency by adding cylinder deactivation as standard equipment while increasing power and torque...
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Vehicle Summary

The 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 is a full-size truck sold in three trim levels, cab styles and box lengths in rear- or four-wheel drive configurations. GMC also offers the Sierra Denali, which includes an exterior styling kit with a Denali chrome grille and 20-inch chrome wheels.

Overview

The 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 is available with three engines: a 4.3-liter V-6 producing 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque, a 4.3-liter V-8 making 355 hp and 383 lb-ft, and a 6.2-liter V-8 rated at 420 hp and 460 lb-ft paired to a six-speed automatic. Fuel economy is competitive for the class with rear-drive V-6 models rated at 18/24 mpg city/highway while opting for four-wheel drive drops those numbers down to 17/22 mpg. V-8 equipped trucks range between 15-16/ 20-22 mpg depending on the drivetrain configuration and the size of the engine chosen. The 2014 Sierra 1500’s towing capabilities are also impressive with a maximum capacity of 12,000 pounds with the 6.2-liter V-8.

Despite looking like the previous generation’s interior, the 2014 Sierra 1500’s cabin is loaded with technology including a new generation of GM’s IntelliLink system, which includes features like Pandora internet radio. Infotainment and climate controls are also strong suits with redundant controls that “allow the drive to change the HVAC settings or dial down the volume without resulting to the touch-screen interface.”

Changes made to the exterior have made the 2014 Sierra 1500 more utilitarian than before including a long bed option for crew cab models, integrated steps in the rear bumper, movable tie-downs, and LED lighting in the bed.

The 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 has a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars) and earned a good score in the moderate overlap front category in IIHS testing.

What We Think

The 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 remains a competitive full-size truck and its redesign has made it more utilitarian. Its user-friendly infotainment and climate controls make it easy to live with while the available IntelliLink system gives the interior a more modern feel. However, in a 2013 Driven review, we noted that the interface was “a little slow to respond to inputs,” making it less intuitive to use than its competitors’ infotainment units. We also said in the same article that the V-6 is “the star of the lineup” due to its impressive combination of fuel economy, power, and 7,200-pound towing capacity. The conservative evolutionary exterior styling is a 2014 Sierra 1500 weak point since “the average person would have a hard time distinguishing a 2014 GMC Sierra from a 2013 model.”

You’ll Like

  • Generous towing capacity
  • User-friendly center stack controls
  • Flexible bed with many configurations and convenience features

You Won’t Like

  • Interior looks the same as the previous generation
  • Slow Infotainment interface
  • Conservative exterior styling

Key Competitors

  • Ford F-150
  • Ram 1500
  • Toyota Tundra
  • Nissan Titan
  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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