Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
November 21, 2013
It was eleven months ago that I had the chance to see the new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra in person. At the time I wrote that the new trucks were a major improvement, but I had concerns that General Motors didn't do enough when compared to what Ram and Ford had announced at the time. Well, I get to find out if my worries are justified or not because I have a 2014 GMC Sierra Crew Cab for a week.
On the day it was dropped off, my house had no power thanks to high winds that roared through the night before. It turns out the Sierra was a blessing in disguise as it had seven USB ports, a 120 Volt outlet, and number of power outlets. Because of this, I was able to charge my computer, phone, iPod, and external battery till the power came back on. Thank you GMC.
Aside from the charging station, the new Sierra has a lot going for it. I'm really liking the looks of it, especially in Stealth Grey paint color on my tester. It really brings out certain parts of the Sierra's design such as the flared fenders and large grille. The interior is also impressing me, with much nicer materials and being very comfortable. My only concern at the moment is GMC's IntelliLink which showed signs of sluggishness.
As for what's under the hood, it happens to be the 5.3L EcoTec V8, what most Sierras and Silverados will come with. It produces 355 horsepower and 388 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a six-speed automatic and four-wheel drive, the 5.3 is more than adequate. Driving around briefly, the 5.3 was able to get the Sierra moving with no sweat.
As for the ride, it does feel smoother than the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 I drove last year.
I'll have my complete thoughts on the Sierra 1500 here in a few weeks. If you guys have any questions, leave a comment and I'll do my best to answer them.