2014 GMC Sierra 1500 is More Powerful and Fuel-Efficient
April 24 2014, Justin Barker
Fresh for the 2014 model year, the all-new GMC Sierra 1500 battles the other half-ton trucks in the segment with new goods and efficiency. It has been awarded the “Best New Pickup” by AJAC, and the automaker’s 2014 Sierra 1500 is lighter now, and sports some interesting features. In addition, a competitive V6 engine lurks under the hood.
With the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 redesign, consumers can look forward to an exterior styling that has presence, while being practical. Built-in corner steps for the rear, handgrips and the possibility of bed-mounted LED lights add to the truck’s more sensible side.
The improved interior is also worth exploring, as the quality is notably better than before. For added luxury features, buyers can opt for the higher trim levels and packages.
Finally, a hybrid version is no longer offered with the new 2014 Sierra 1500, but instead has a selection of three engines of which to choose from. The engine to be equipped will depend on the trim level: Base, SLE and SLT. As for the cab styles, there are three options: Crew, Double and Regular.
The standard engine for the Base and SLE is the 4.3-litre V6, which is coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Available with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, the very capable V6 will produce 285-horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. Expect a maximum towing capacity of 7,200 pounds or 3,265kg.
For a stronger engine choice, there is a 5.3-litre V8, along with the most powerful of the lot, a 6.2-litre V8. From the 6.2L, consumers can enjoy up to 420 horsepower when pressing on the gas pedal, and 450 lb-ft of torque. This optional engine on the SLT trim can pull up to 12,000 pounds or 5,443kg.
The 4.3L is said to offer better performance than its predecessor, and is also more refined. The consumption ratings have improved. For example, when equipped with the 4.3L and a rear-wheel drive system, the fuel economy is stated at 11.9 litres per 100 kilometres, and 8.4 L/100km. This is for city and highway driving. The more beastly 6.2L, when equipped with rear-wheel drive, is said to offer 13 L/100km for the city, and 8.7 for the highway.
Consumers looking at the safety side of the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck, should know that is has been awarded the top 5-star overall vehicle score by the NHTSA. The vehicle comes with standard traction and stability control, along with antilock disc brakes. OnStar is also available with such services as roadside assistance and automatic crash notification, among others.
And while the 2014 Sierra 1500 is equipped with several airbags, buyers can add options like a backup camera, park assist, forward collision alert, and much more. Safety aside, other features include the IntelliLink Radio Infotainment system, an 8-inch display, USB ports, AM/FM stereo, Bluetooth hands free connectivity, and the list continues.
The all-new 2014 GMC Sierra full-size pickup truck has a list options to match with the trim levels and engine selection. For more information, contact your Bruce Chevrolet Buick GMC dealership, or book a test drive today!