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2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab

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2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.8

Like its near-twin the Chevrolet Silverado, the slightly more upscale GMC Sierra arrives in fresh form for 2014 with more power and a well-designed interior blessed with the latest tech and safety features. The 2014 Sierra still spans a variety of trims and configurations to appeal to a broad range of pickup buyers, from a rather basic work truck to the leather-laden Sierra Denali. All benefit from new V6 and V8 engines that can pull more than their predecessors yet travel a bit farther on a gallon of gas. While it's no secret that brand loyalty is a key buying factor in a segment that includes the Ford F-150, Ram 1500 and Toyota Tundra, the Sierra distinguishes itself from rivals with surprising creature comforts and potent powertrains.

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The 2014 Sierra's innovative powertrains and handsome aesthetics should appeal to longtime GMC fans and tempt buyers new to the brand. In just one of many "mine is bigger" battles in the half-ton truck market, the 2014 Sierra's 12,000-pound max tow rating is expected to be king – at least for now.

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The 2014 Sierra's 6-speed automatic transmission isn't as smooth as the Ram 1500's available 8-speed. There's also no denying that this is indeed a full-size truck whose big dimensions are noticeable every time you pull into a small lot or garage. Smaller, more maneuverable alternatives are the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma.

What's New for 2014

From its exterior and interior design to its three engine choices, the GMC Sierra is all-new for 2014. Gone is the slow-selling hybrid version.

Driving the Sierra 1500 Regular Cab
Driving Impressions

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. In our test-drive of a...

... Sierra with the new 5.3-liter V8 engine, it felt capable in nearly every situation. On the highway, the Sierra is surprisingly quiet. Most road imperfections are absorbed well by the truck's suspension, though we were reminded of its rugged body-on-frame construction during one particularly bad stretch of the 405 freeway in Los Angeles. There, the Sierra bucked like a bronco, and it would not be our choice if driven daily on that type of road. Towing ability is a strong point. We had no problem hauling a 5,000-pound Airstream trailer up steep grades with the 5.3-liter engine, and appreciated that the available trailer brake controller is within easy reach of the steering wheel. The telematics system gets a solid B grade, but the rear-view camera could be higher resolution (especially if you routinely hitch up), and audio functions could respond faster.

CONNECTED INFOTAINMENT
The Sierra's available technology gives new meaning to "work truck." Higher trims include the IntelliLink touch-screen system to operate navigation, audio and more. We were equally impressed by its five (5!) USB inputs and an AC outlet that can keep a bounty of devices juiced and ready to play.

DRIVER ALERT SEAT
This optional but important safety feature works with the Sierra's lane-departure and forward-collision warning systems by vibrating the seat to alert the driver of potential danger. Ingeniously, it can vibrate each side independently. If you drift to the left, for example, the left side of the seat vibrates.

2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Regular Cab Details
Interior

With big buttons and knobs coated in rubber for easy grip even when wearing gloves, the Sierra's roomy interior is built with work in mind. Yet it also can be as luxurious as your checkbook is large, with features such as ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and communication ports that will outnumber most drivers' devices. Cab configurations include regular with a bench seat for up three passengers, double cab with seating for five or six, and crew cab with the most room for five or six. As should be expected in a big truck, the front seats are massive. Flip-up rear seats offer more cargo versatility.

Exterior
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GMC has wisely taken an evolutionary approach to the 2014 Sierra's freshened exterior. We'll dub it "contemporary macho." Like previous models, this full-size truck features blocky styling highlighted by swollen fender flares and a grille that would do a semi-truck truck proud. With the new styling come practical innovations like corner steps built into the rear bumper. These provide a foothold for bed access, and by design are covered to mitigate slipping in wet environments. Handgrips and available bed-mounted LED lights are other features we like. Bed lengths range from 5 feet, 8 inches to 8 feet. Double-cab models now have standard front-hinged rear doors for easier access.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The most basic 2014 Sierra is still pretty much that and includes features like air conditioning, cruise control, cloth seats, and an AM/FM radio with a 4.2-inch color display and USB/SD inputs, but no CD player, Bluetooth, or telescoping steering wheel. Step up to an SLE trim and you'll get a rear-vision camera, 6-speaker audio and 17-inch wheels made of premium aluminum instead of steel. SLT trims bring features like the 5.3-liter V8 engine, dual-zone climate control, an 8-inch touch-screen command center, power-adjustable pedals, and leather-appointed seats. Foremen will appreciate the Sierra Denali's 20-inch chrome wheels, navigation system, Bose audio system, and leather-clad front bucket seats.

Optional Equipment

Add-ons are available across the entire 2014 Sierra lineup to make it more functional and comfortable. All Sierras can be equipped with 4-wheel drive instead of the standard rear-wheel drive. Those seeking the most power and towing capability should look to the 6.2-liter V8 available on Sierra SLT and Denali models. Other options of note include the Driver Alert Package with lane-departure warning and forward-collision alert, plus front and rear park-assist. The All-Terrain Package includes an off-road suspension with Rancho shocks, an underbody shield and 18-inch wheels. Interior comforts include heated and cooled front seats, navigation, a power sunroof, and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Under the Hood

Three engine choices are available on the 2014 GMC Sierra: a 4.3-liter V6, 5.3-liter V8, or the top-dog 6.2-liter V8 available for SLT and Denali models. All are linked to a 6-speed automatic transmission and have laudable towing capacity, including the V6's max of 7,200 pounds. On the other end is the 6.2-liter V8 that can pull up to 12,000 pounds. With the ability to tow 11,500 pounds and a highway rating of 22 mpg, the 5.3-liter V8 is the middle child in GMC's new engine lineup and offers a good balance of power and efficiency. All the engines use technology such as direct injection and Active Fuel Management, which allows them to run on fewer cylinders and thus use less fuel. The engines can run on regular unleaded gasoline or E85.

4.3-liter V6
285 horsepower @ 5,300 rpm
305 lb-ft of torque @ 3,900 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/24 mpg (rear-wheel drive), 17/22 mpg (4-wheel drive)

5.3-liter V8
355 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
383 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 mpg (rear-wheel drive), 16/22 mpg (4-wheel drive)

6.2-liter V8
420 horsepower @ 5,600 rpm
450 lb-ft of torque @ 4,100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 mpg (rear-wheel drive), 14/20 mpg (4-wheel drive)

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2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 50 Ratings for the 2014 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.2/10
    Quality
    8.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

No where near the best vehicle

By on Saturday, July 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,200

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Nice looking"

Cons: "cylinder deactivation and truck depreciation."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"I hate the fact i bought a V8 truck and it runs on 4cyl at times. GMC will not deactivate this feature which forces me to run in manual 5th gear all the time so deactivation will not occur.I still get 18 mpgs. I wonder what I would get if I could use 6th gear. Truck also has a noticeable shake at speed over 70 which is not tire related no wheel vibration but put a bottle of juice in the cup holder and watch it self shake."

Great Truck with only minor problems

By on Monday, March 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great ride, quite, Great MPG fabulous looks"

Cons: "Headlights and interior lighting."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I own a 2014 SLE 5.3 4x4 Z71 loaded with everything. Ride is great, to quiet. I went to dual exhaust to get some sound. My Mileage has been 19 to 22 local and up to 26 on the highway.I have just over 12,000 miles in the past year. Before the truck hit 10,000 miles i was getting up to 29 MPG on the highway. Not sure what happened but i cannot complain about 26 MPG. The projector beams are not bright enough and do not light up down the road far enough. The interior lights are not bright enough either. I am not a big fan of the shifting to 4cyl but I guess that is why the MPG is so high. Time will tell. So far I like it much better than my 2007 and i kept that one 7 hears and 150,000 miles."

23 people out of 35 found this review helpful

2015 Gmc Sierra Denali 6.2

By on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,300

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "love the body and"

Cons: "transmission is horible"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I love the body and interior of the truck but the transmission has given me lots of problems it shakes and the transmission feels like its going to fall at least 4 times a day when it shifts. I have been to the service department 3 times once they kept it for 2 months. I'm going to bring it back this week and I have not towed nothing yet. I'm a conservative drive. I paid 58k"

35 people out of 46 found this review helpful

it is okay-could be a lot better

By on Tuesday, October 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,200

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "exterior looks great, leather seats high quality"

Cons: "cooled seats barely work, mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"I looked for a truck for a few months. Drove all of them: Ford, Dodge Chevy and General Motors I went with the Sierra over the Dodge even though the Dodge is better looking, has better navigation and electronics not to mention the ram box built in storage in the bed which is amazing. I cannot believe other trucks do not have something similar. But, could not get over the unreliability of Dodge in the past. I sold a 2009 Sierra Hybrid with 100000 miles on it with major problems with the hybrid system so I wanted to go with a regular gas truck. The Sierra looks really nice on the exterior and interior but it lacks far behind the Dodge in comparison. I bought it with pretty much every option it could have such as sunroof, navigation, driver alert package, cooled and heated seats, Z-71 package, 20 inch wheels etc. The drive is nice but not as quiet as I have read and heard about. The headlights are horrible. I have to constantly turn on the high beams to see on dark roads even while going slow. Hopefully there will be an update or upgrade to the head lights I could get. The back up camera lacks the clarity and resolution of the other brands. Now lets discuss the abysmal fuel economy in the city with the 5.3 engine with 4 x 4. averaging around 14 in town. Does much better on the freeway with cruise control on-average 18-20 and I am very light on the accelerator. The voice activated commands for the navigation never understand me and I speak perfect English with a loud voice. The acceleration of the truck is very sluggish, almost as though I have to push the gas pedal very hard and there is a hesitation before it will go. I hope I am just not used to it and it will improve over time. I am hoping I will learn to like the truck better over time as I have only 2200 miles now and I am having serious buyer remorse. I have not had the opportunity to use the 4 x 4 yet but I hope it is as good as some other folks commented on. The system has a hesitation when changing radio channels and the back up camera takes a second or two to cancel once it is put into drive again so as I am driving forward after backing up the rear view is still on the navigation screen for a little bit-kind of annoying."

41 people out of 80 found this review helpful

I LOVE THIS TRUCK

By on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,300

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "GREAT OVERALL TRUCK"

Cons: "A CHALLANGE TO PARK IN CROWDED LOTS."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I HAVE A 2014 SLE 4 WHEEL DRIVE DOUBLE CAB. I HAVE OWNED IT FOR 2 YEARS. IT IS THE BEST TRUCK I HAVE EVER OWNED & I HAVE HAD SEVERAL. FORDS , DODGES & GMC'S. I REALLY ENJOY DRIVING IT. IT HANDELS VERY WELL & IS QUIET & POWERFUL WITH THE 5.3 V-8. I HIGHLY RECCOMEND THIS TRUCK."

25 people out of 40 found this review helpful

transmission/paint

By on Monday, August 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great ride, quiet. bed lights"

Cons: "transmission sloppy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"sloppy shifting in lower gears, slow response from park/reverse/drive. paint chips/ lower part of panels,GM repainted. other then that very smooth ride."

29 people out of 63 found this review helpful

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