Rallycross Essay 2014 Gmc


What's New for 2014:
  • Completely redesigned for 2014
  • New engines with more power, better fuel economy
  • Greater towing and payload ratings
  • Upgraded steering, suspension, brakes
  • Standard free scheduled maintenance plan
  • Standard CornerStep rear bumpers
  • Standard 2-tiered cargo box design
  • Safety and infotainment systems
  • Double Cab model with forward-hinged rear doors

Redesigned inside and out, the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 is a light-duty, full-size pickup truck designed to compete against the Ford F-150, Nissan Titan, Ram 2500, and Toyota Tundra. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is the GMC's corporate twin, sharing powertrains and equipment aside from interior and exterior styling details.

Models and Features
The 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 is offered in Regular Cab, Double Cab (formerly the Extended Cab model), and Crew Cab styles with short, standard, or long cargo beds and a choice of powertrains. Trim levels include base, SLE, SLT, and Denali.

Upgrading to SLE trim adds an EZ Lift and Lower tailgate design, LED cargo box lighting, heated exterior mirrors, body-color exterior trim, and 17-inch aluminum wheels. Inside, the SLE is equipped with cab carpeting, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, illuminated visor vanity mirrors, remote keyless entry, and a reversing camera display. Additionally, this trim level features a 4.2-inch color driver information display, and IntelliLink Bluetooth connectivity with a color touch-screen display, HD Radio, satellite radio, USB ports, an SD card slot, and an auxiliary audio input jack.

The Sierra SLT includes a standard 5.3-liter V-8 engine, automatic-locking rear differential, external transmission oil cooler, and a Trailering package. This version also provides truck buyers with polished 18-inch aluminum wheels, chrome exterior trim, upgraded headlights, a set of fog lights, power-folding exterior mirrors, and remote engine starting. The cab is equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, universal garage door opener, remote engine starting, and a 110-volt AC power outlet.

The Denali can be distinguished from other Sierras by a unique exterior treatment including LED running lights, different grille, 20-inch aluminum wheels, power-sliding rear window, and body-color bumpers with front and rear park-assist sensors. Inside, the cabin is treated to genuine aluminum trim, perforated leather seats, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, and a premium audio system. The Denali also gets an exclusive 8-inch configurable gauge display screen, and the IntelliLink infotainment system includes additional USB ports as well as a navigation system.

Options and Packages
Each version of the 2014 Sierra can be upgraded with selected equipment from the next highest trim level. Highlights include front bucket seats with a center console, power-adjustable pedals, premium audio system, navigation system, camper mirrors, towing equipment including an integrated trailer brake controller, upgraded wheels and tires, and more.

Additionally, an All-Terrain package is offered for Double Cab and Crew Cab models with SLE or SLT trim and 4WD. This package adds a unique exterior treatment with exclusive aluminum wheels, Z71 off-road suspension, hill-descent control, automatic-locking differential, front recovery hooks, and a transfer case shield.

Under the Hood
GMC offers a choice between three new engines for the 2014 Sierra 1500, each designed to run on regular unleaded or E85, and each equipped with direct fuel injection, variable valve timing, and Active Fuel Management technology. Active Fuel Management shuts down half of the engine's cylinders under certain low-load driving conditions in order to conserve fuel. All Sierra 1500 models also have a 6-speed automatic transmission.

A 4.3-liter V-6 engine is standard equipment on the 2014 Sierra, and is rated to generate 285 horsepower at 5,300 rpm and 305 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,900 rpm. Depending on cab style and truck configuration, this V-6 tows up to 7,200 pounds and hauls a payload weighing as much as 2,108 pounds.

The optional 5.3-liter V-8 engine produces 355 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 383 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,100 rpm. This engine's maximum tow rating is 11,500 pounds and its maximum payload rating is 2,102 pounds.

Choose the 6.2-liter V-8 engine to obtain 420 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 460 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,100 rpm. Maximum towing capacity with this engine is 12,000 pounds, and this engine hauls as much as 1,944 pounds in its cargo bed.

All 2014 GMC Sierra models include free scheduled maintenance for the first 2 years or 24,000 miles of ownership. Additionally, GMC installs Duralife brake rotors on the new Sierra, which are expected to last twice as long as conventional rotors. Electric steering is also new for 2014, and GMC has made suspension changes designed to improve the truck's ride and handling.

Fuel Economy
As this overview is written, the EPA has finalized fuel-economy estimates only for the Sierra's 4.3-liter V-6 and 5.3-liter V-8 engines. The V-6 returns between 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, depending on powertrain. The V-8 gets between 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

Safety Ratings and Technology
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) had not performed crash tests on the 2014 Sierra 1500 as this overview was written. In tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 Sierra 1500 Crew Cab model received an overall rating of 5 stars, the highest possible, and both the 2WD and 4WD versions of the truck received 4 stars (out of 5 stars) for rollover resistance.

With the exception of the base version, 2014 Sierra models include a reversing camera and OnStar services as standard equipment. OnStar offers Automatic Crash Response, which can speed assistance following a collision, and a Remote Link Mobile App that includes FamilyLink, which allows family members to remotely keep track of one another.

Additionally, the Sierra can be fitted with a Driver Alert package containing front and rear park-assist sensors, forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning, and a Driver Alert Seat that vibrates in the presence of a potential threat to safety.

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