By Cars.com EditorsApril 9, 2014
About the 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.
(high energy music) I'm Mark Williams for PickupTrucks.com. And we're here with the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500. Now we've already done a video where we've shown what's new and basically that's from bumper to bumper brand new vehicle for this model year.
But what we want to do now is focus specifically on this model that we have right here, which is Double Cab, four wheel drive, SLE package, and see how much you get for how much it costs. Let's take a closer look. Our SLE, Double Cab, four wheel drive pickup has the 4.3 liter EcoTec3 V-6 engine. That's 285 horsepower, 305 foot pounds of torque. But the fuel economy it offers is almost like a mid-size pickup truck in four wheel drive configuration, 17 in the city, 22 on the highway and 19 combined. Our truck is also equipped with the Z71 suspension package. This is one of our favorite options that GM offers for $775. You get better wheels and tires as aluminum alloy wheels and more aggressive Goodyear Wrangler tires. You get Rancho shocks, extra skid pleading under the engine and under the transfer case, as well as a hill descent control for any extreme off-roading. The place where GMC has made the biggest strides is in the interior. Quality and materials, even though this is the SLE, which isn't the upper trim levels for GMC, still very nice stitching, better textures and materials everywhere. Dual glove boxes. Also, you have a nav system equipped on this. So this is a fairly well equipped MyLink system. And the gauges themselves. You have a 4.2 inch information screen in the center of the tach and speedometer, but also the gauges themselves surrounded by chrome, very high quality look, but not a high quality price. From behind the wheel, we really like this V-6. It's very strong, very powerful. I think it's gonna surprise a lot of people when they get behind the wheel. But there are a lot of choices that you have to make if you shop for this truck. If you're gonna buy this truck, make sure you find out what axle ratio this truck is gonna have. There's four different choices you can have: 3.08, 3.23, 3.42 and 3.73. Obviously with a 6-speed transmission, what axles you choose is gonna decide what kind of fuel economy you get, and also how strong this truck feels. We've got the 3.42 in this particular truck, and it's very strong and fast off the line, and passing on the highway or merging into traffic is done with absolute ease. We like the power of the engine, but be very careful about how you match the axle ratios. So there it is. This truck is not just another pretty face. The GMC Sierra 1500 is gonna cost a little more money, but it's not a rebadged Chevy Silverado 1500. You're gonna get more value. For all the specs and data on this truck, and all the other trucks in the segment, go to PickupTrucks.com. (truck engine roaring)