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2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Review

The 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 sits near the top of our full-size truck rankings thanks to its powerful V6 and good towing capacity, an interior that’s among the best in the segment, and high marks for safety and reliability.

Pros & Cons

  • Smooth ride
  • First-rate interior materials

  • Steering wheel slightly misaligned from driver seat




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.2
Interior: 8.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 9.7
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2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Overview

Is the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 a Good Used Truck?

Across the board, the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 is a good used pickup truck. It has a base V6 engine that can handle most towing needs, and a V8 that can pull up to 12,000 pounds. Its interior – above the base trim – is a combination of high-quality materials and technology, and its standard and available safety features are numerous.

Used 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Performance and Interior

The 2014 GMC Sierra 1500's base engine is a 285-horsepower V6. Two available V8s – a 5.3-liter and a 6.2-liter – offer 355 and 420 horsepower, respectively. A six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard; four-wheel drive is available in select models. EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings range from 18 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway (rear-wheel-drive V6) to 14 mpg in the city and 20 on the highway (420-horspower V8 with 4WD).

The 2014 Sierra 1500 with the 6.2-liter V8 can tow up to 12,000 pounds when properly equipped. The Sierra can tow up to 11,500 pounds with the 5.3-liter, and up to 7,600 pounds with V6. The Sierra has three available bed lengths of 68, 78, and 96 inches.

Lightweight wheels, low-resistance tires, and other enhancements give the Sierra 1500 a quiet, comfortable ride for a pickup. It also has a tight turning radius.

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The base Sierra 1500 with a Regular Cab seats three, while Crew Cab and Double Cab models carry up to six. A three-person bench seat is standard, while some models feature bucket seats.

The Crew Cab has more rear-seat space than the Double Cab model. The Double Cab’s four independent doors make entering and exiting the rear seats easier. (Some rivals’ rear doors can only open after first opening the front doors.) Cloth seats are standard, though vinyl is available in the base trim and leather is available in upper trims.

Finding a comfortable driving position can be difficult. The steering wheel doesn’t align with the driver’s seat, and the standard manual tilt steering wheel only includes telescoping in the high-end SLT model.

The base Sierra 1500 Regular Cab is fairly sparse, with only manual windows and mirrors and a four-speaker radio as standard. In higher trims, you may find features like dual-zone automatic climate control, GMC's IntelliLink touch-screen infotainment system, an upgraded Bose stereo system, navigation, five USB ports, and satellite radio. The IntelliLink system is well-regarded for its ease of use.

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Used 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Prices

The price of a used 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 ranges from about $17,800 for the base two-wheel-drive Regular Cab with a 78-inch box to around $31,500 for the four-wheel-drive Double Cab SLT trim. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 12 Reviews Analyzed

Our used car rankings and reviews are not based on our own opinions. Instead, we collect and analyze information like safety and reliability reports, total costs of ownership, and the views of the automotive press. We reviewed 12 professional reviews for this 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 overview to help you make a buying decision.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500?

The 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 has a reliability score of 3.5 out of five. That’s above average for the industry as a whole.

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How Safe Is the Sierra 1500?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the 2014 Sierra five out of five stars overall and four stars in the rollover crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Sierra the highest rating of Good in all four crash tests conducted.

Trailer sway control is a standard active safety feature. Available features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking assist, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and a safety alert seat that tells you when you are drifting outside your lane or if a vehicle is in your blind spot.

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Should I Consider Another Used Sierra 1500?

The 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 is the first model year of the third generation. It was newly redesigned. The 2015 model will cost a bit more, but you may want to consider it to get Siri Eyes Free and an available 4G LTE hot spot.

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Which Used GMC Sierra 1500 Is Right for Me?

The 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 comes in four trim levels (Sierra, SLE, SLT, and Denali), three cab sizes (Regular, Crew, and Double), and three bed lengths (68, 78, and 96 inches). The base Sierra 1500 features a locking tailgate, rear bumper corner steps, a 3.5-inch driver information display, a 4.2-inch radio display with a USB port, and a six-speaker sound system. The GMC Sierra 1500 SLE trim adds a 4.2-inch driver info center, OnStar, satellite radio, an easy-opening tailgate, pickup bed lighting, a rearview camera, and lockable under-seat storage. The SLT has 10-way power, heated leather seats; a standard V8 engine; a 110-volt power outlet; remote start; and manual tilt and telescoping steering. The top-of-the-line Denali trim has a standard 8-inch customizable instrument panel and an 8-inch touch screen with navigation, which is the main hub for Bluetooth phone and audio. The Sierra Denali also has five standard USB ports. You’ll find the SLE trim meets most of your needs, unless you need the standard SLT’s V8 power for more towing capacity.

Even with the Sierra’s above-average reliability, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned model. For all of its certified pre-owned models, GMC extends its original new-car limited powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. GMC CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read GMC’s warranty page carefully.

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2014 GMC Sierra 1500 and Other Trucks to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 or 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500?

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, like the GMC Sierra 1500, was a fully redesigned model. The same engines are offered in the GMC and the Chevy, but the Silverado’s suspension is better tuned when towing heavy weights, and it has a more composed highway ride. The GMC, however, is the more upscale of the two, with a quieter interior and first-rate cabin materials.

Which Is Better: 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 or 2014 Ram 1500?

The 2014 Ram 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 are closely matched. The few key differences will help make your decision. Both vehicles offer quiet, upscale materials and powerful engines, but the Ram is the only full-size truck with an available diesel. The Sierra can tow and haul more, and it outclasses the Ram in crash tests. Rams tend to cost a little less, so it may be a better choice if your budget is tight. But if you need lots of towing and hauling capacity and are concerned about crash test scores, the Sierra’s the way to go.

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