2014 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab SLT Review: The Best Half Ton GM Truck Ever
I should make a few things clear before getting into why I think that the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT Crew Cab that General Motors has ever sold. This Sierra is the first of the new GM half ton trucks that I have gotten to spend any time in and while I have driven the new Silverado, it was only for a short time in a very controlled environment. I don’t mean to upset Silverado owners by suggesting that the Sierra is the better half ton truck, but in my time spent with both trucks, I was more impressed with the interior quality of the Sierra along with the high tech headlight setup that I believe is the better looking of the two new trucks.
More importantly, I admit that I have long been a critic of General Motors half ton truck program. I understand that the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra are among the bestselling trucks in America, but Ive had extensive seat time in all of the Detroit half ton trucks over the past few years and Ive always found that the Ford F150 and the Ram 1500 were leaps and bounds better than the comparably equipped Silverado or Sierra. Frankly speaking, I have spent the last few years wondering why people buy the Chevy and GMC pickups because the competition from Ford and Ram were just that great. With the introduction of the 2014 Sierra, I no longer will question those folks who buy new General Motors half ton pickups as all of the complaints that I’ve had over the past half decade or so have been addressed in a big way.
My test subject for this review was a 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT 4WD Crew Cab model with the short bed option which carries an MSRP of $43,610. Options on my test truck include the $400 SLT Preferred Package (Heated Steering Wheel, Power Rear Sliding Window), the $845 Driver Alert Package (Front and Rear Park Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Safety Seat Alert), the $2,195 SLT Crew Cab Value Package (Chrome Side Steps, Bose Audio, 20” chrome wheels), the $795 Touchscreen Audio System, the $650 heated and cooled front seats, the $325 full leather interior package and the $230 integrated trailer brake controller. When you factor in the base price, the options and the $995 destination fee, the Sierra SLT carried a sticker price of $50,045 so while it is far from a budget package – there is very, very little to ask for when you buy a new Sierra that is as loaded up as my test vehicle.
When it was learned that the GMC Sierra was being refreshed for the 2014 model year, it was expected that the world would be introduced to an all-new design similar to what Ford or Ram (or Dodge) have done in the past when they moved to a new generation. However, when we were introduced to the 2014 Sierra (and Silverado) the styling was not that big of a departure and that caused some mumbles from the skeptics about how the new look wasn’t revolutionary enough. Those people are right – the new Sierra isnt all that different from the previous models, but with some noticeable changes here and there made to what is one of the bestselling trucks in the US market – the new Sierra is evolutionary rather than revolutionary. The changes are there, but so are the styling cues that have made the Sierra so popular over the past few decades.