This spring will bring the launch of the new 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 and the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, which according to the most recent roundup of reports have all the pieces in place for blistering success. Not that the two siblings from GM don’t already have a big enough dedicated fanbase, but this time around we’re also looking at a pair of V8 pickups that boast best-in-class fuel economy.
Having been equipped with GM’s impressive new 5.3-liter V8 EcoTec engines, both the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 and the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 have achieved EPA estimates of 23MPG for highway driving and 16MPG city – a respectable 19MPG combined.
And as far as grunt goes, the duo will be capable of a pretty hefty 355BHP and 383 lb/ft. torque, representing a significant step up from the 2013 model to the tune of 40BHP and 48 lb/ft torque.
For those on the market for a pure towing muscle, the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 and the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 have the guts to move loads as heavy as 11,500, depending on the terrain and incline.
Along with the two class-leading V8 options, GM will also be offering the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 and the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with 6.2-liter EcoTec V8 and 4.3-liter EcoTec V6 engine options, which are set to launch across the US in the coming months. These alternative options are yet to receive their official EPA fuel-economy estimates, though are expected to follow in the footsteps of their V8 brothers with substantial improvements over last year.
As far as price tags go, the V6 2014 GMC Sierra with regular, double and crew cabs will retail for $25,085, $29,110 and $33,210 respectively. The V6 2014 Silverado 1500 with regular car and rear-wheel drive will start from the same $24,585 of last year, while to double and crew cab variants will be priced from $28,610 and $32,710 respectively.