Pros: Attractive pricing; very capable; tough workhorse for tough jobs 

Cons: Few features; bare-bones interior; some items look and feel cheap 

What's New: The GMC Sierra is completely redesigned for the 2014 model year to offer new styling, new engines and improved capability.

The 2014 GMC Sierra is a full-size truck offered with several trims, from a base-level Sierra model to the high-end Sierra Denali. This overview covers the base-level 2014 GMC Sierra, also known as the Work Truck, which is aimed at commercial buyers looking for a no-frills vehicle that can get a job done.

In other words, don't expect the base-level Sierra to come with many features. The pickup has basics such as air conditioning, power locks and cruise control, but turn to the stereo and you'll find just an AM/FM radio -- no auxiliary jack, no satellite radio and no CD player. Cloth seats aren't even standard, as base-level trucks use vinyl upholstery instead. 

Of course, the lack of equipment has an upside: reasonable pricing. The least-expensive base-level Sierra, a regular cab model with a regular-length bed, starts around $27,000 with shipping. Double Cab models are around $32,000, while Crew Cab variants start around $36,000. That's on par with rivals such as the Ford F-150 and Ram 1500, although the newly redesigned Sierra trumps both of those pickups with its on-road driving dynamics, updated interior and available features. 

And yes, even on base-level Sierra models there are some available features. SiriusXM satellite radio is optional, as is a center-mounted touchscreen. Crew Cab models offer navigation. And shoppers can add alloy wheels, power windows and GM's OnStar telematics system, depending on the body style. 

For the powertrain, base-level Sierra models start with an all-new 4.3-liter V6. It offers 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque, and returns 18 miles per gallon city/24 mpg hwy with 2-wheel drive or 17 mpg city/22 mpg hwy with 4-wheel drive. Optional for around $1,100 extra is a new 5.3-liter V8 that makes 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. That engine returns 16 mpg city/23 mpg hwy with 2-wheel drive or 16 mpg city/22 mpg hwy with 4-wheel drive. 

If you don't want any bells and whistles, the base-level 2014 GMC Sierra is a great truck for driving to job sites, hauling machinery and parking in construction zones. Same goes for its mechanical twin, the Chevrolet Silverado Work Truck. But if you're looking for a few more amenities, we strongly recommend moving up to a mid-range Sierra or Silverado model.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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