2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab Review
2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab Review. For 2014, the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab hierarchy of trim levels stacks up like this: base, SLE, SLT, and Denali. GMC buyers just seem to be a bit more particular about their cutlery.
Our 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab SLT-trimmed test truck arrived with an ample level of standard equipment (heated mirrors, the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8, a 110-volt interior outlet, a tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel, remote start, and a trailering package), as well as a treasure trove of options. All in, we were staring down a total of $50,185, including a $1000 discount GMC throws in for ordering the aforementioned SLT Crew Cab Value package. Equipped with GM’s EcoTec3 5.3-liter V-8, a six-speed automatic, and a 3.08:1 rear axle, our 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab nailed a 7.3-second 0-to-60 time, 0.6 second slower than our recently tested Chevy Silverado 1500 4×4 crew cab with the same engine and transmission but with the optional 3.42 rear axle.
Under way, the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab is a tight ship, the hydraulic and shear-type rubber body-to-frame mounts teaming with the larger, monotube Rancho dampers and front steering stabilizer—the latter two bits exclusive to the Z71 Off-Road package—to soak up impacts and uneven pavement before they can send shock waves through the cabin. The Off-Road package also includes heavy-duty bump stops and a 4WD transfer-case skid plate, but we never bottomed the suspension travel or encountered terrain ragged enough to warrant the extra shielding. Wind and road noise are equally tamed, thanks to the triple-sealed doors.
The 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab didn’t experience the exaggerated low-speed transmission shift hesitation exhibited in our last Chevy Silverado test. Shifts were a bit firm at times but imparted a tactile feel of work being done, a rugged characteristic that GMC “Professional Grade” buyers likely will appreciate. Shifts at higher speeds were executed deftly, and we managed a solid 15 mpg overall for GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab. That’s not far from the 17-mpg average we’ve been getting in our V-6–powered long-term 2013 Ram 1500 crew cab 4×4, and it’s 2 mpg better than we achieved in the Silverado.