The "professional grade" GMC Sierra enters the 2014 Truck of the Year competition with stiff competition from not only Ram and Toyota, but from its Chevrolet Silverado cousin. Nevertheless, the Sierra distinguishes itself from the mechanically similar Silverado with its own unique sheetmetal, and a high-quality interior, especially in range-topping Sierra Denali trim.
The 2014 GMC Sierra can be tailored to the pickup buyer's specific needs. It comes with three available engines, rear- or four-wheel drive, regular, double and crew cabs, and cargo beds ranging from 5'8" to 8'. The Sierra's base engine is a new 4.3-liter V-6 making 285 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque, while two V-8s are optional: a 5.3-liter V-8 producing 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque, and a 6.2-liter V-8 making 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic is the only available transmission.
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The Sierra won praise for its quiet and luxurious cabin, especially in Denali trim. Editors liked the bare-bones cab of the Sierra work truck too, noting that its bench seat is among the best ever put in a truck. To be fair, there were complaints too, with a few editors who felt the Sierra had sloppy steering and suspension flop.
Does the 2014 GMC Sierra have a shot at becoming our 2014 Truck of the Year? Find out on Wednesday December 4, on MotorTrend.com.