Later this spring, dealerships will have the all-new 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 full-size pickup truck in stock. It boasts of having the best V-8 pickup fuel economy in the industry. Sierra will be equipped with a new 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 that uses direct injection, cylinder deactivation and variable valve timing.
It has an EPA-estimated rating of 16 mpg city and 23 highway with two-wheel drive or 16/22 with four-wheel drive. Its highway estimates are 2 mpg higher than a corresponding 2013 Ford V8 pickup. It also has a 3 mpg improvement over a Ram V8. Sierra’s new V-8 fuel economy estimates are also higher than those of the 2013 Ford F-150 EcoBoost V-6. The new 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 is available with the foremost fuel efficiency with performance and capability.
It has an SAE certified 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, standing for an output improvement of 40 hp and 48 lb-ft compared to the 2013 model. Sierra’s new 5.3L comes with a class-dominating towing capacity of as much as 11,500 pounds.
Majority (three of four) of GMC owners are expected to ask for the 5.3L V-8 engine, an option that costs $895. The 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 is only one of three more efficient new engines for the Sierra. The 2014 Sierra is powered by a standard 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6 that comes this summer and has a long lineup of standard features. It’s priced at $25,085 MSRP, which includes a $995 destination charge.
What makes this new model different from the 2013 Sierra are the addition of the following: a standard 4.2-inch radio display, a locking tailgate, projector headlamps, a CornerStep rear bumper, cloth seats (while other trucks use vinyl), DuraLife brake rotors and other all-new features.
The truck gets an all-new 4.3L EcoTec3 V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission built to provide improved efficiency and capability. Later this year, Sierra will also come with an all-new 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 with power, torque and capability that are even more superior than those for the 5.3L. The automaker will offer more specifications for the 6.2L later.