Trucks & SUVs

The Older Model GMC Sierra 1500 Can Get Down

These days trucks are loaded with piles and piles of features, 50 engine options, and can tow tectonic plates. For some off-road performance-minded trucks like the Ram 1500 TRX and the Ford Raptor, power and speed have become a major moneymaker for the market’s pickup truck segment. High-horsepower trucks like these can run a pretty high bill at the dealership, but if you want a truck and still want to burn the road up, check out the 2014 6.2-liter V8 GMC Sierra 1500.

Haul some lumber and burn the road up

Car and Driver made a list of the fastest pickup trucks they had ever tested, and surprisingly the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab V8 ranked pretty highly. Well, I guess I shouldn’t say surprisingly, it landed at a tied no. 7 after busting out a 5.4-second 0-60 mph. Look, it’s no Ferrari, but that is pretty quick. We aren’t talking about some small sedan or even wagon; this is a crew cab American pickup truck. 

The GMC Sierra 1500 engine 

The standard GMC Sierra came with the 5.3-liter engine V8, but the wise among us would have opted for the $1995 upcharge for the 6.2-liter V8. Car and Driver says that the 6.3-liter V8 option makes 420 hp. In all-wheel-drive mode, the GMC Sierra 1500 hits that 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds and can cover a quarter-mile in 14.1 seconds at 99 mph. This is a pickup truck, a GMC at that! 

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GMC fans are quick to call the 6.2-liter V8 the “Corvette engine.” Of course, we know this isn’t exactly the case, but it sounds nice. Whatever you want to call the engine, the small-block 6.2-liter V8 is a strong heart tuned to deliver the torque nice and early the way most truck owners prefer. This is a 2014 model we are looking at, the engine is still paired with a traditional six-speed automatic transmission, but the gear changes happen smoothly and without fuss. 

A touch of modern technology in the older model GMC Sierra

Luckily it’s still modern enough to have the fuel-saving feature, cylinder deactivation. As the name suggests, the trucks ECU will shut down half of the cylinders when cruising on the interstate to help save fuel. If you decide you want all eight cylinders back, just stomp it, and the ECU switches modes smoothly. 

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GMC Sierra 1500 | Sarah Conard for GMC

How does the cost compare to modern hot pickups 

Brand new the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 with the optional 6.2-liter engine is actually kind of hard to find. Not many people seemed to get down with that motor option, but if you do find one, they tend to fall between $25,000-32,000 depending on miles and options list. It seems like a decent chunk of change for a 6-7 years olf truck, but it’s a 420 hp pickup. The one tested by Car and Driver cost $54,000 new. 

Compared to other trucks on the list that are one or two-tenths of a second faster like the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 6.2-liter-V8 verison ran over $60,000 for barely any quicker speeds. 

The mid-2010s GMC Sierra 1500 with 6.2-liter V8 is a monster truck that boasts a high-end interior, great towing, and tire-burning power. Everything about this truck feels like a bargain waiting to be had. You would be hard-pressed to find the worst brand new pickup for less than $25k. If you need a pickup and are looking to save a few clams, keep your eyes peeled for that 2014 GMC with big V8.