2014 GMC Sierra priced from $25,085 in the United States

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 3, 2013

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.

Interior Design

The cabin of the new GMC Sierra makes use of premium materials and is laden with purposeful technology. Its space-focused cabin has been made more usable and productive thanks to the use of new soft-touch materials and an available aluminum trim line. According to Helen Emsley, Sierra interior design director, while truck owners seek an interior that is well-crafted, it should feel like a truck. He noted that truck owners want a purposeful interior.

To provide the Sierra with a purposeful cabin, it comes with an upright instrument panel that was designed to have greater visibility and accessibility. Its knobs are now easier to use, even for drivers who are wearing gloves, thanks to a rubber-over-mold coating technology. Moreover, GMC fitted the Sierra with large, legible and easy-to-reach knobs and buttons.

All Sierra models now have a new instrument cluster with six gauges. Customers may avail of a 4.2-inch color Driver Information Center located on the center of the panel, displaying certain information drivers could find useful, like vehicle status, a trip computer, as well as radio and navigation. The traditional glove box inside the cabin of the Sierra is now joined by a second, high-mounted glove box with a flat floor.

Functionality and convenience are furthered by the fact that each door features a storage design to hold most beverage containers. Extra cupholders, discreet compartments and connectivity options could also be found along the center stack and center console. Here, the Sierra offers a 110-volt outlet, four 12-volt outlets, a SD card slot and up to five USB ports. DiSalle quipped that the new Sierra sets a new standard for the interior of a pickup truck. He remarked that GMC listened to their customers to create a new Sierra that combines comfort, space, technology and safety.

The new GMC Sierra could be availed with IntelliLink connectivity that employs an available fully reconfigurable eight-inch HD touchscreen. This color touchscreen boasts of an intuitive layout and easy-to-read icons that control audio features, Bluetooth phone, and available navigation. Since several of these features could be accessed and controlled using voice command, drivers could keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the steering wheel.

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