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2014 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab

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2014 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.3

When the job at hand requires more grunt than a standard 1500 pickup truck can manage, those in the know call on the big guns from GMC, namely the 2014 GMC Sierra HD. Available in both 3/4- and 1-ton configurations, the Sierra HD has the muscle and frame strength to tow, haul and push objects that would leave lesser trucks burning up transmissions and dropping driveshafts. Beyond its numerous cab and axle configurations the Sierra HD also includes the Denali trim that brings a touch of sophistication to this working-class pack mule. Similar trucks from Ram and Ford offer roughly the same features and abilities, as well as resale, leaving the choice of getting a GMC purely up to buyer perception and preference.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need to haul big payloads exceeding 10,000 pounds or conventionally tow up to 18,000 pounds, the 2014 GMC Sierra HD has you covered. The Denali trim should hold special appeal for those who use their work truck as a daily driver.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While the Sierra HD is powerful, it's not the king of the hill. The Ram 3500's 30,000-pound max towing capacity is off the charts, and its styling both inside and out is more modern than the Sierra HD.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.3
  • 6.8
  • 6.8
  • 7.0
  • 7.8
  • 7.7
How It Ranks

#11

out of 25

Horsepower

#22

out of 23

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Consumer Rating

8.1 out of 10
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2014 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

For 2014, the gasoline-powered GMC Sierra gets a new standard 4.10 rear axle. The previous 3.73 axle remains optional. Also new are an available spray-in bedliner and the expansion of the bi-fuel gas/CNG 6.0-liter V8 to the 2500 model line.

Driving the Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab
2014 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions With its powerful 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8 hard at work under the massive hood, we discovered our 2014 GMC Sierra 2500 HD had no trouble at all towing a 10,000-pound...

trailer. A viable option to the gas V8, the turbodiesel churns out a healthy 397 horsepower and an even more astonishing 765 lb-ft of torque. For those taking notes, that's more horsepower but less torque than the Ram HD and less horsepower but more torque than Ford's Powerstroke diesel. As the towing and payload wars heat up, Ford's F-450 and Ram's 3500 currently take top marks for max towing, yet the Sierra beats the Ram in the area of conventional towing and payload. In our extensive testing of the complete Sierra lineup in rear-wheel drive and 4-wheel drive iterations, we found all the trucks exhibited a firm yet comfortable ride, acceptable steering feedback and excellent stopping power.
Favorite Features

EXHAUST BRAKING
A feature we really came to love is the diesel powertrain's "smart" exhaust braking. The system works by progressively restricting exhaust output, which in turn helps slow the truck via engine-compression braking.

BI-FUEL SYSTEM
Offering a cleaner-burning alternative to gasoline, the bi-fuel CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) engine offers the ability to power the 2014 GMC Sierra HD with a readily abundant domestic resource. The lofty $11,000 premium might turn some away, but with CNG running under $2 a gallon, the savings over the long haul might prove fruitful.

2014 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab Details
2014 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The 2014 GMC Sierra HD Work Truck (WT), SLE and SLT interiors are designed to function seamlessly with a wide range of conventional truck duties. But despite the cabin's utilitarian intent, most trims come nicely appointed with adequate materials' quality and fit and finish. While it lacks the bounty of storage bins and compartments found in the Ram and Ford HD trucks, the 2014 GMC Sierra HD nevertheless has a number of useful storage ideas for everything from laptops to the errant tool. On the luxury front, Denali variants feature a distinctive brushed-aluminum trim, leather upholstery and soft-touch materials on the upper dash.

Exterior
2014 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab photo

The imposing look of the Sierra 2500 and 3500 HD trucks is set off with a massive 3-bar chrome grille flanked by the nameplate's signature stacked headlights. For better engine cooling, the raised power-dome hood incorporates a functional set of louvers. The upscale Denali trim is distinguished by its color-keyed bumpers, 4-bar grille with chrome mesh inserts, and matching lower grille design. If you are on the fence between a half-ton and a 3/4-ton truck, it's worth noting that the load-in height (distance from the ground to the top of the cargo bed floor) is over five inches taller with the HD version.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 HD models are available in regular-cab, extended-cab and crew-cab body styles as well as four trim levels: Work Truck, SLE, SLT or Denali. SLE models include a CD player, air conditioning, power windows and driver's seat adjustment, while SLT trims feature heated front seats, Bluetooth connectivity and fog lights. Top-level Denali versions include ventilated and 12-way power-adjustable front seats, a Bose premium audio system and power-retractable side mirrors. Occupant safety consists of six airbags, a full complement of electronic stability systems and OnStar emergency/concierge services.

Optional Equipment

Given the Sierra's limited rear visibility, the optional rearview camera tops our list of recommended add-ons. Also on the menu is a feature-laden convenience package comprising power-adjustable pedals, rear sonar proximity sensors designed to help guide you into tight park spots with audible warnings, and a slam-proof EZ-lift and lower tailgate (SLT only). Seeing as the available touch-screen navigation unit is a bit long in the tooth, technophiles who want the latest and greatest in multimedia will be better off with the F-250's optional MyFord Touch infotainment system.

Under the Hood
2014 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Regular Cab Engine photo

Every 2014 GMC Sierra HD features a standard 6.0-liter Vortec V8 with cam-in-block variable valve timing (VVT), which provides more power at high rpm and better fuel efficiency. For jobs requiring a significant amount of power there's the recently overhauled Duramax turbodiesel that produces an earth-moving 765 lb-ft of torque. As a bonus, the Duramax powerplant is compatible with B20 biodiesel. Like most of today's clean diesels, nitrous-oxide emissions are reduced by means of a Selective Catalyst Reduction after-treatment system, which uses urea-based Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) as a cleaning agent. While the DEF tank needs a refill every 5,000 miles, urea-based solution or AdBlue, as it's known, is available at most major auto parts retailers.

6.0-liter Vortec V8
360 horsepower @ 5,400 rpm
380 lb-ft of torque @ 4,200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: NA

6.6-liter turbocharged diesel V8
397 horsepower @ 3,000 rpm
765 lb-ft of torque @ 1,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: NA

Pricing Notes

In base Work Truck form, the 2014 GMC Sierra 2500 has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just under $31,000, with the 3500 series tacking an additional $1,500 to the bottom line. The 2500 and 3500 Denali trims come in at around $48,000 and top out close to $65,000. Adding 4-wheel drive to the mix will set you back an extra $3,000. The Ford Super Duty and Ram HD each share a similar price range with the 2014 Sierra HD. To get a better idea of what others in your area are paying for the GMC Sierra HD, take a look at KBB.com's Fair Purchase Price at the bottom of this page. Like its heavy-duty challengers, the 2014 Sierra HD is expected to maintain average 5-year residual values.

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2014 GMC Sierra 2500 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 25 Ratings for the 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    8.5/10

Transmission needs overhaul at 798 miles

By on Saturday, April 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 803

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
1/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
1/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Pros: "Bumper step, rear seat foldup, handling, seats"

Cons: "Catastrophic failure of transmission after 798 mi"

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

"Bought vehicle on 3/24/14 with 14 miles on it. On 3/31/14 (YES 7 DAYS), the transmission lost reverse and got stuck in second gear would not exceed 40 mph. As attempting to get vehicle off road, died in flight, lost all control and blocked intersection. To have it towed back to my selling dealer, it cost ME $86.14 because I was more than 25 miles from that dealer. At dealers for almost a week and the official diagnosis is that the transmission front pump burned up and the transmission is being rebuilt. Such a bummer. I have already started the process of writing letters to GMC and NY/VT Attorney General's and am investigating lemon laws. I don't want to drive a new vehicle with a rebuilt transmission. My background with GMC SIERRA's is excellent. The vehicle I replaced with this new Sierra was a 2005 GMC Sierra with 307,000 miles. It has the original motor and transmission and NEVER went to the dealer for warranty work. Such a bummer that quality appears to have gone down hill. Wish I had better things to say, the rest of the truck is awesome. All the little things that sucked on the 2005, have been refined and corrected. You be the judge, is it worth spending $44,000 out the door to need a transmission in a week?"

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Very Good Truck!

By on Friday, April 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Cabin room, quiet ride, and power."

Cons: "Navigation system, parking, small outside mirrors."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have had this truck for 8 months and am totally pleased with it. Great design and very comfortable and quiet. Cannot even tell my bass boat is in tow. The truck is a loaded Texas Edition. I have experienced two issued with the truck. One is with the heated/cooled front seats. The dealership has had to replace the blower and heating element in both seats. The second is a popping in the driver's seat when turning. I was told today that it is a common issue and that GM has just developed a fix and the parts were ordered by the dealership. Awaiting the parts now. The truck has the 5.3L engine with a 3.42 rear end and averages around 21.8 on the highway. I have owned numerous GM vehicles with the navigation system and this one with the Intellilink is not as good as the previous navigation systems. It is difficult to use and does not offer optional routes like the previous systems did. I travel a lot and constantly use my Iphone map to find the best routes. I normally do not purchase an extended warranty but plan to for this truck because of all the technology onboard."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I want my money back!!

By on Friday, February 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Looks Great"

Cons: "Terrible MPG, not reliable!"

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

"I purchased a 2014 GMC Sierra with every extra you can think of! Total amount $56,000. I have taken it back three times to be repaired and I get 11.9 MPG. Towing is not as advertised. I do not trust it's reliability! I wish I could get my money back!! This is the best looking piece of garbage I have ever spent money on!!"

11 people out of 24 found this review helpful

Gmc sierra's best yet.

By on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Ride,comfort,ease of instrument panel."

Cons: "None"

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

"I bought this truck In November. Owning 4 GMC'S Trucks dating back too 2002. This truck is by far the best of all. The ride is like driving in a Cadillac. The sound proof trim makes the ride so comfortable. The 4 wheel drive goes through snow like im driving on dry pavement. If your looking for a truck and i mean a real truck. Not ford,dodge,Toyota. This by far is the real deal."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

You are King of the Road with this baby!

By on Sunday, February 09, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Good value, awesome power, fun to drive"

Cons: "Don't care for the V4 feature"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Traded in a flawless GMC Duramax for this Sierra SLT with the 6.2 liter engine. It has less low end torque than the D-Max and took a bit of getting used to. The interior finish is superb and the ride is unlike any truck I have driven. The power of the 420HP L-86 engine leaves every other truck in the dust. The styling, although sedate, is still attractive. The exterior finish is absent the lousy 'orange peel' look so prevalent on the older GM trucks. I gave an excellent rating for most categories, but slightly lower for reliability as this is a first year model, however I have no issues to report. I have read about concerns over the headlight illumination and vibration issues, but I have not experienced either. I travelled up through Massachusetts and into New Hampshire last evening......75 MPH, solid on the road and great to drive!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

not as good as 2012 GMC

By on Monday, January 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
2/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "looks good"

Cons: "worst than previous model"

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

"Very disappointed in GM engineering. Interior dome lighting almost non existent. Headlights on SLT are terrible. Windshield wipers park below the glass and defrosters will not thaw them out if they are frozen down. Defrosters only blow in center of windshield, there are no diffusers to direct air to either side of windshield. Defrosters will not keep windshield clear when driving in snow. Can't imagine trying to plow snow with this truck. Boze speakers are a waste of 500 dollars. Bulges in hood reduce forward visibility."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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