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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.
Lighter weight; new, more fuel-efficient V6 and V8 engines; improved interior.
Barely discernible from its predecessors on the outside, no light-duty diesel option.
The 2014 GMC Sierra benefits from weight reduction and a brand-new, more fuel-efficient V8.
Let's face it: Most truck buyers accept their fate at the gas pump. You buy a truck so it can do some heavy lifting, which entails plenty of combustion and consumption. But automakers are looking to make that pain at the pump more manageable with the latest batch of full-size pickups. One such example is the 2014 GMC Sierra.
In addition to the base V6, the 2014 Sierra will offer 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8 options that have been redesigned with direct injection and cylinder deactivation for better power and efficiency. The 5.3-liter makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, returns an impressive EPA-estimated 23 mpg highway and when equipped with the maximum towing package, can haul up to 11,500 pounds. GMC hasn't announced specifications for the 6.2-liter V8 yet.
Early speculation suggested GMC would limit the Sierra to V8 engines to help distinguish it from the forthcoming V6-powered midsize Canyon model. But truckmakers also need to play the middle ground, and a new 4.3-liter Ecotec V6 should fill the bill for those who want the Sierra's size and capacity, but don't require the eight-cylinder brawn. The V6 makes 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque, and can tow up to 7,200 pounds. Fuel economy results haven't been announced yet.
A standard six-speed automatic transmission and a diet of extensive aluminum and high-strength steel help make the new Sierra one of the leanest yet. Other enhancements include revised suspension tuning, better cab isolation, a rearview camera, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, parking sensors and trailer sway control.
Outside, the GMC Sierra doesn't stray far from tradition. A new grille, full-width bumper and sculpted fenders and sides give the truck a modern, even aerodynamic, look. Sierra 1500 crew cabs will now also offer a 6-foot-6 pickup box in addition to the previous 5-foot-8 box. Inside, GMC has upgraded the Sierra's upholstery, dash and panel materials and added a choice of 4.2-inch or 8-inch touchscreen display with GMC's IntelliLink infotainment interface and smartphone integration.
Extended cab 2014 GMC Sierra 1500s should begin arriving at dealers this summer, with regular and double cab styles to follow. The off-road/all-weather-focused All-Terrain model, which features Rancho shocks, hill descent control and an automatic locking rear differential, will join the lineup later in the year. Check back for a full review of the Sierra, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.
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