The GMC Sierra 1500 is all-new for 2014. It has three new engines, a 4.3-liter V6, a 5.3-liter V8 and a 6.2-liter V8, all with significantly increased power and better fuel economy. The Extended Cab and the Crew Cab Hybrid have gone, along with the Hybrid's 6.0 liter V8 engine, but there's a new Double Cab model now.
Stability control with trailer sway control, front airbags, side airbags, full length curtain airbags, and antilock brakes are all standard equipment on the 2014 Sierra 1500. You also get the OnStar voice-activated emergency communications system, and all three cab models have had their structures stiffened and made more resistant to damage from collisions.
The new Double Cab is really the Extended Cab in disguise. It has four doors now. The rear-opening panel door has been replaced by a small, forward-opening door with a proper external handle. All models have a freshened exterior, which is more aggressive and macho. The grille is large, the fender flares swollen, and the overall look is more contemporary and modern.
This is a work truck and the controls reflect that. There are large knobs and buttons that even a gloved hand can operate. The base model is basic, but good inside, while the top trims are downright luxurious.
The Regular Cab has a large bench seat that can hold three people. The Double Cab has the same front bench seat and a smaller rear flip up bench seat, while the largest Crew Cab has the same, but more room in the rear bench seat, and better access too.
The ride in all three cab models is excellent with fine comfort in all seats, although the rear bench of the Double Cab is a bit cramped. The new 4.3 liter V6 is now quite powerful and much more able to tackle heavy jobs with its 285 horsepower. The upgraded 5.3 liter V8 is still an all-round contender, while the upgraded 6.2 liter V8 is hard to beat anywhere.