GMC Sierra 1500 Review
The 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 ranks 3 out of 6 Full Size Pickup Trucks. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the GMC Sierra 1500, as well as reliability and safety data.
Test drivers say that while the redesigned 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 brings few innovations to the segment, its solid performance and high-quality interior make it one of the most refined trucks in the class.
The GMC Sierra is available with three engines, and automotive journalists say the base V6 offers ample power and should provide plenty of muscle for those who don't plan to do any heavy hauling or towing with their truck. Two more powerful engines are available, including a 5.3-liter V8 and a 6.2-liter V8. Test drivers say the 5.3-liter V8 makes impressive power, which helps the Sierra maintain speed when towing or hauling heavier loads. A six-speed automatic transmission comes with all engines, and reviewers say it shifts smoothly. With the V6 engine and rear-wheel drive, the Sierra achieves a fuel economy estimate of 18/24 mpg city/highway, which is fairly good for the class. The Sierra 1500 earns praise for its comfortable ride, well-weighted steering and strong brakes. Additionally, a few test drivers call out the truck's small turning radius, which makes it easy to maneuver in tight spaces.
Test drivers praise the 2014 Sierra's cabin for its high-quality construction and comfortable seats. Most critics say that it's easy to find a comfortable driving position. Test drivers say that the crew cab's back seat is very spacious. Reviewers appreciate that the Sierra’s optional infotainment system is user-friendly, and that up to five USB ports are available to help keep the Sierra’s passengers charged and connected. Like most full-size pickups, though, there are few other notable standard features, and the base trim comes with manual windows and mirrors and a basic AM/FM stereo with two USB ports. Available features include dual-zone automatic climate control, GMC's IntelliLink infotainment system, a six-speaker stereo system, an upgraded Bose stereo, navigation and satellite and HD Radio. There are also optional safety and driver assistance features such as front and rear parking sensors, forward collision alert, lane departure warning and GM's Safety Alert seat, which vibrates to notify the driver of potential hazards in the truck’s path.
- "A wide range of body styles, capable performance and a fuel-efficient V8 should make the 2014 GMC Sierra an accomplished contender in the full-size pickup segment." -- Edmunds
- "The 2014 GMC Sierra took a lot of heat from enthusiasts, our quarter included, for playing it safe and not keeping up with the Joneses in Dearborn and Auburn Hills. What seemed obvious on paper, though, did not translate to the actual truck. No, the Sierra hasn't leapfrogged the Ram or F-150, but it's a solid, capable truck fully prepared to go head to head with its rivals, which probably weren't expecting the competition." -- Motor Trend
- "The 2014 GMC Sierra is a truck ready for work and play, with the power and creature comforts ably doing their part in both respects." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "While GMC does a better job of differentiating the rest of its products from Chevrolet, the Sierra is basically a Silverado clone. But that's not a bad thing. We like the Silverado quite a lot and the Sierra is just as good, and slightly fancier in terms of optional trim materials. Like the Chevy, there is nothing groundbreaking here, but the refinement and driving dynamics make it one of the most comfortable and easy-to-use trucks on the market." -- Popular Mechanics
Other Trucks to Consider
With an optional air suspension, reviewers say the Ram 1500 has one of the most comfortable rides in the class. Its baseV6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission also help the Ram 1500 achieve one of the highest fuel economy ratings in the class.
The Ford F-150 ranks highly, thanks in part to its range of reviewer-liked engines and its high-quality interior. Its maximum tow rating isn't quite as high as the Sierra's, but reviewers say its optional 6.2-liter V8 and 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 make the F-150 well-equipped to tow a trailer or haul a heavy load.
Details: 2014 GMC Sierra 1500
The 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 is available in three cab configurations: the regular cab seats up to three, and double cab and crew cab models seat up to six. Rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is optional. A 4.3-liter V6 engine is standard, while 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8s are optional. A six-speed automatic comes with all engines. The Sierra comes in four trims: base, SLE, SLT and Denali. The Sierra 1500 is fully redesigned for 2014, and is closely related to the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.
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