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2014 gmc sierra edmunds review redesigned and now come with an improved 4.3-liter V-6 as the entry-level engine

Posted in car and truck review by dimazgyba on July 6, 2013

2014 gmc sierra

this 2014 gmc sierra is the latest pickup and truck release by GMC. now came with question 2014 GMC Sierra Is the Best GMC Truck Ever Made Good Enough? acording to 2014 gmc sierra edmund review Side-by-side, we feel the 2014 gmc Sierra is the more attractive of General Motors’ two pickups.

We’ve got a bright aluminum Airstream camper hitched to our rear bumper as we head up Southern California’s coast because GMC says that 60 percent of all full-size pickup owners will use their trucks for towing. 

Rather than forcing us to absorb its capabilities in a long-winded PowerPoint presentation, the automaker brought us to Los Angeles and handed us the keys to its all-new 2014 GMC Sierra 1500. After jumping behind the wheel of a 5.3-liter V8 model, we drove up the foggy Malibu coast (locals call the soggy early-summer weather “June Gloom”) and made our way to the Camarillo Airport for a towing refresher. Once completed, a brand-new 23-foot Airstream was hitched to our aft end and we were pointed towards a campground just west of Santa Barbara.

The luxury RV would serve as our “glamping” base for the next couple of days and the Sierra would be our transportation as we explored the surrounding coastline. It was a unique look at the automaker’s truck, and it offered us plenty of fresh insight for our first drive of the newest 2014 GMC sierra.

GMC is able to brag that the aluminum surround on the center stack is real aluminum – yet the wood and chrome are still plastic. Don’t expect the interior of the Sierra to be a great departure from the Silverado either, even though the GMC is decidedly more upscale and premium in materials. Both share the same basic layout, steering wheel, console, dual passenger storage compartments and power ports. However, the GMC is able to brag that the aluminum surround on the center stack is real aluminum – yet the wood and chrome are still plastic. With the exception of some badging and unique upholsteries, they are almost twins.

GMC currently offers its Sierra in two body styles (crew cab/short box and crew cab/long box), but it will add three more later this summer (regular cab/standard box, regular cab/long box and double cab/standard box) bringing the total to five body styles. There are also three different trim levels (Sierra, SLE and SLT).

In addition, consumers are offered three different engine choices. Each is a member of GMC’s new EcoTec3 family. All boast aluminum blocks, direct injection, continuously variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation – the advanced engines are all capable of switching to four-cylinder operation under light loads

The standard powerplant in the 2014 gmc Sierra and SLE is a 4.3-liter V6 (LV3) rated at 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. The upgraded engine, optional on the Sierra and SLE trim but standard on the SLT, is a 5.3-liter V8 (L83) rated at 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. The 6.2-liter V8 (L86) rated at 420 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, will be offered on the SLT and upcoming Denali model later this fall. All three engines are mated to GM’s trusted Hydra-Matic six-speed automatic (6L80) transmission. Despite their unique displacement, the gear ratios are identical (the final drive ratio does change with the optional Max Trailering package). The standard driveline is rear-wheel drive (4×2), but four-wheel drive (4×4) is an option on all models.

Overall, we found the interior of the 2014 gmc Sierra to be a very serene place to watch the miles pass – forget all of those noisy and harsh-riding full-size pickup stereotypes. The seats were comfortable, with a multitude of controls that allow a wide variety of human frames to find their optimal driving position. Acoustically, and this was something we repeated to ourselves several times during our many stints behind the wheel, the Sierra seemed as quiet as a late-model luxury sedan (credit plenty of sound deadening, noise-absorbing fender liners and triple-seals on the doors). But even though GMC touts the interior as upscale, we still didn’t consider the choice of materials top shelf. The best way to put it: Even though GMC has clearly made an effort, the interior 2014 gmc sierra still falls far short of an equivalent $50,000 luxury sedan.

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