DALLAS, August 5, 2013 — If you are looking for a solid, pickup truck then the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 is a match for rugged performance and luxury style. Even though it comes large-sized, the Sierra can be considered quite fuel efficient and it’s a quiet ride too.
The GMC Sierra has a few design highlights new in 2014, including weighing less, for example, than the regular cab model with the 6.5-foot bed and V6 4 engine coming it about 250 pounds less than in years past.
Competition includes the Ford F-150, the Toyota Tundra and the Ram 1500.
Trims on the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 include different cab/cargo-bed configurations to choose from as well as two- and four-wheel drive availability. For body styles, you can opt for the regular cab, extended (double) cab or the crew cab.
Regular cabs come with either the 6.5-foot standard or eight-foot bed while the extended cab versions are either 5.75 feet or the standard 6.5-foot bed option.
On the regular cabs you can also choose from a base or midlevel SLE trim. The double cabs and crew cabs come in either base, SLE or the top-of-the-line SLT or off-road Z71 trim.
The base Sierra comes with 17-inch steel wheels, chrome bumpers and grille, power windows and door locks, cloth upholstery, and a 40/20/40-split front bench seat. If opting for the SLE, you get the additional stainless steel finish wheels, deep-tint glass, an “E-Z” lift/lower tailgate, LED cargo box lighting, power/heated mirrors, and a rearview camera.
On the SLT you can also get chrome trim, 18-inch alloy wheels, remote starting, power folding mirrors, a trailer towing package, universal garage opener, an anti-theft system, a rear window defroster, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and leather upholstery with heated eight-way power driver and passenger front seats.
The Z71 trim, which you can include along with the SLE or SLT, adds the off-road hardware goodies that include special shock absorbers, heavy-duty air cleaner, hill-descent control, underbody shields, and recovery hooks.
You can also opt for some of the higher-end trim options as add-ons to the lower trim levels and there are lone options as well that can be included to the trims ranging from various axle ratios, a power sunroof, side steps and even a navigation system with a rear-seat entertainment system.
Under the hood, the SLT trim has 285 horsepower with 305 pound feet of torque using a V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission in rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. On this one, the towing ability can reach up to 7,200 pounds.
The 5.3-liter V8 engine has 355 horsepower with 383 pound feet of torque and can tow up to 11,400 pounds when equipped properly. Another option only on the SLT trim is the 6.2-liter V8 engine.
For safety, of special note is the Driver Alert package that will give you a lane-departure warning system, forward collision-alert as well as a safety alert seat and front and rear parking sensors. The standard features on the 2014 GMC Sierra include antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front and rear seat side as well as side curtain airbags and the OnStar system that also provides automatic crash notification, roadside assistance, remote door unlocking, and stolen-vehicle assistance.
Notice that the improved interior in the 2014 Sierra 1500 offers better quality even on the lower trim levels. There are choices of bench or bucket seats depending on the trim level you choose too and seats are padded, meaning real comfort.
As for driving, there is plenty of power even on the V6, and the 2014 offers even more than in years past. Even better, the new V6 engine is offered on all the trims so no matter what you opt for, you can have fuel efficiency and dynamic driving all around.
Should You Need to Know: On the 2014 Sierra 1500 SLT take note that you can opt for up to five USB ports and the IntelliLink system, which offers an eight-inch touchscreen and easy to use controls and knobs.
Miles Per Gallon: The 2014 Sierra 1500 4WD Crew Cab SLT that I drove got 16 miles per gallon in the city and 22 miles per gallon on the highway.
Cost: The 2014 Sierra 1500 4WD Crew Cab SLT has a price tag of $49,855.
Rita Cook is a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association and can be followed on Twitter at @ritacook13. She is also a 15-year veteran journalist and author, her latest book from History Press www.historypress.net is about Prohibition-Era cocktails in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
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