Class-leading interior; vastly improved steering and handling; technology tops rival pickups
Styling is a little too similar to last year's truck
The GMC Sierra is all-new for 2014. Styling is updated, while everything else -- including the pickup's engines -- are completely new. Handling is improved, there's a stiffer chassis for improved capability and there's more technology inside the cabin and out. Fuel economy is boosted, too.
You can't go wrong with any 2014 Sierra, assuming you pick the truck that works for your lifestyle. That means we don't suggest the base-level Sierra if you're the kind of driver who enjoys gadgets. And we don't suggest the Denali if you're going to visit dirty job sites or rutted country roads. Our dream Sierra is probably a Sierra SLT or a well-equipped Sierra SLE, though we certainly wouldn't turn down the Sierra Denali if we had the cash.
Like all full-size pickups (and its Silverado sibling), the Sierra comes with a wide array of choices, ranging from bed sizes to cab preference, drivetrain, engine and trim level. We've simplified things and organized the truck's features by trim level. But choosing the right Sierra for you will likely involve more than simply picking a trim.
Pick a base-level Sierra ($27,000) and you're stuck, as you might expect, with the basics. That means power locks, cruise control, air conditioning and an AM/FM stereo -- but no such luxuries as a CD player or power windows.
For those features, you'll need to move up to the SLE ($33,500), which adds all the base model's missing luxuries (keyless entry, power windows, SiriusXM satellite radio, a CD player) and a few more goodies. Such items include GMC's IntelliLink infotainment system, a backup camera, LED lighting in the bed and a few miscellaneous appearance items.
Next up is the Sierra SLT ($41,500), which is only offered as a double cab or crew cab pickup. The SLT offers a long list of standard features, including leather upholstery, dual power front seats, heated mirrors and a locking rear differential. SLT models also come standard with the Sierra's 5.3-liter V8, while base and SLE models offer it as an option.
Topping the Sierra lineup is the Denali, which comes standard with the pickup's 6.2-liter V8 engine. While pricing has not yet been announced, we expect the Denali to start in the upper-$40,000 range, or maybe a bit higher. But it'll include a long list of standard features, from chrome accents and leather seats to a heated steering wheel and an upscale Bose surround sound system.
As for options, the Sierra has several. Extras include a power sunroof, a navigation system, cooled seats, power adjustable pedals and 4-wheel drive. Additionally, drivers can add safety features such as forward collision alert and a lane-departure warning system, both of which are new for 2014.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/24,000 Miles|
Ford F-150 -- The Sierra's top rival still has a lot to offer, though it's starting to show its age in the wake of new competition from General Motors.
Ram 1500 -- Formerly the Dodge RAM, the Ram 1500 offers available air suspension and famous HEMI V8 power. And there's still no other light-duty pickup with an available diesel engine.
Toyota Tundra -- The Tundra is refined and muscular, offering a strong rival to the Sierra. But the Tundra still can't trump the Sierra's wide range of bed, cab and engine configurations.