2014 GMC Sierra 1500

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Key Specs

of the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Forward-hinged extended cab doors for easier rear-seat access
  • New All-Terrain model and two bed length choices for crew cab
  • Direct-injection, cylinder-deactivating engines

The Bad

  • Still looks like a Silverado with different trim and badges
  • No long-bed extended cab version, nor any mention of ultra-lux Denali, hybrid or diesel models

Notable Features of the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500

  • New interior with available MyLink, forward collision alert, lane departure warning and vibrating seat
  • New engines and revised mechanical components
  • Innovations in bed usability such as under-rail LED lighting

2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The GMC Sierra's bodywork is new, the interior is new and the engines are new. Virtually everything else has been tuned, tweaked or calibrated for improvement, from disc brakes in back to measures aimed at making it the quietest, smoothest GMC pickup ever.

New for 2014
Sierra gets new bodywork, a new interior, some new cab and bed options, a new All-Terrain model and new engines. 

Those engines are the same displacement as last year's 4.3-liter V-6 and 5.3- and 6.2-liter V-8s, but only the V-8s share bore/stroke dimensions with their predecessors. Horsepower, torque and fuel economy have not yet been published. All engines are paired to an updated six-speed automatic.

Exterior

Since the new Sierra bumpers are higher than the old ones and bumpers no longer wrap around corners, GMC put steps into the bumper corners so owners can climb up for loading whether the tailgate is open or closed. You can get tie-down points mounted high on the bed as well, and LED lighting under the bed rail for night loading or to check cargo without lights shining on traffic behind you. The tailgate can be fitted with assists to ease opening and closing.

Up front the Sierra becomes the first pickup to get projector headlamps on all models. The aluminum hood is as tall as last year's Sierra 2500 HD.

The cab's door openings no longer wrap over into the roofline and are tighter, as are all bodywork seams; the B-pillar behind the front door is moved forward.

Wider whee...

Vehicle Overview

The GMC Sierra's bodywork is new, the interior is new and the engines are new. Virtually everything else has been tuned, tweaked or calibrated for improvement, from disc brakes in back to measures aimed at making it the quietest, smoothest GMC pickup ever.

New for 2014
Sierra gets new bodywork, a new interior, some new cab and bed options, a new All-Terrain model and new engines. 

Those engines are the same displacement as last year's 4.3-liter V-6 and 5.3- and 6.2-liter V-8s, but only the V-8s share bore/stroke dimensions with their predecessors. Horsepower, torque and fuel economy have not yet been published. All engines are paired to an updated six-speed automatic.

Exterior

Since the new Sierra bumpers are higher than the old ones and bumpers no longer wrap around corners, GMC put steps into the bumper corners so owners can climb up for loading whether the tailgate is open or closed. You can get tie-down points mounted high on the bed as well, and LED lighting under the bed rail for night loading or to check cargo without lights shining on traffic behind you. The tailgate can be fitted with assists to ease opening and closing.

Up front the Sierra becomes the first pickup to get projector headlamps on all models. The aluminum hood is as tall as last year's Sierra 2500 HD.

The cab's door openings no longer wrap over into the roofline and are tighter, as are all bodywork seams; the B-pillar behind the front door is moved forward.

Wider wheels still have lots of room in the fender openings, and the molded-in flares almost reach the hood and tailgate.

Crew cab buyers can now get a 6-foot 6-inch bed in addition to the 5-foot-8-inch bed, but extended cab buyers can get only the 6-foot-6-inch box because the 8-foot bed is reserved only for regular cab models.

Interior

For 2014 the GMC gauges remain, though they are grouped to frame an optional 4-inch display inset, and they are better lit. Trailer brake, headlight and drive-mode switches are stacked on the top left of the dash.

Knobs and switches are designed to be used with gloves on. The shifter is column-mounted as before, with tow/haul and manual forward gear selection on the end.

GMC's IntelliLink can link up to 10 devices, includes voice recognition and lets passengers make phone calls, enter destinations, browse media, play music and more by telling the vehicle what to do. It will also store contact information and 60 favorite radio stations.
Under the Hood

GMC hasn't yet provided specifics for the new line of EcoTec3 engines: the LV3 4.3-liter V-6, the L83 5.3-liter V-8 and the L86 6.2-liter V-8.

As before, the new engines are pushrod design, but now have variable valve timing. They also share direct fuel injection for higher compression ratios and aluminum blocks for all, six-bolt main bearings, stressed aluminum oil pans, piston-cooling oil jets, greater oil capacity and mechanical vacuum pump for brakes and ventilation controls.

All three engines have cylinder deactivation, which converts them to V-4 operation; it's a fuel-saving feature under low loads but not at idle when smoothness might be compromised.
Safety
Sierra will offer an optional camera-based forward collision alert system that also provides lane departure warning. In addition to audible and visual warnings, an available seat adds a tactile warning as well. Standard and optional safety gear also includes  front and head curtain side airbags, OnStar, park assist and rear camera, hill start assist and descent control, and stability with trailer-sway control.


2014 Sierra 1500 Video

The Sierra is a four-wheel-drive SLE double-cab Z71 truck with the stronger pulling 3.42:1 gears and base 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V-6 rated at 285 hp and 305 pounds-feet of torque.

Latest 2014 Sierra 1500 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Love the truck

by Shreve from Shreve, OH on August 27, 2018

This truck drives like a car. Plenty of horse power and very comfortable. Surprised it doesn't come standard with a back up camera though. Very happy with the purchase as it will be a work truck. Read full review

(5.0)

This is the best vehicle I have own

by Lurch or Grandpa from Clarksville, TN on August 23, 2018

This car exceeds any and all expectations Talk to Jeremey Russell, tell him Grandpa sent you, you won?t be disappointed All options plus it was certified preowned, what more could you ask for Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 currently has 18 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by GMC

Program Benefits

Two Factory-Backed Warranties, CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program, Vehicle Inspection & Reconditioning, 3-Day/150-Mile Vehicle Exchange Program, 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation, OnStar & SiriusXM Satellite Radio Trial Offers, and a Carfax Vehicle History Report

  • Limited Warranty

    Two Factory-Backed Warranties

    6-Year/100,000-Mile, Powertrain Limited Warranty and a 12- Month/12,000-Miles, Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, both with $0 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Sierra 1500 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker