GM designers are boasting that the automaker’s two new full-size pickups—the 2014 GMC Sierra and 2014 Chevy Silverado—are more differentiated from each other than ever before, providing two distinct ownership experiences backed by two distinctive appearances. But luckily for truck buyers, the new pair of pickups will share their powertrain choices, which means that they also share the top fuel-efficiency ratings in the country for V8-powered full-size pickups.
When kitted out with its brand-new 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine, the 2014 GMC Sierra is expected to ring up an EPA line of 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway/19 mpg in its rear-wheel-drive configuration and reach 16/22/18 with AWD. There’s no sacrificing power for efficiency here, either; that same V8 makes 355 hp and 383 lb.-ft. of torque, and also allows the 2014 Sierra to tow up to 11,500 lbs. when properly equipped. Again, that’s a best-in-class mark (that’s shared with the Silverado).
And on the odd chance you missed the news, the 2014 GMC Sierra also will outperform the Ford F-150 EcoBoost model, with its turbocharged V6, in efficiency and towing as well.
Thanks to that kind of math, Tony DiSalle, vice president of GMC Marketing, was able to note: “In the core of the full-size truck market, the 2014 Sierra is second to none. Truck owners expect durability, capability and fuel efficiency, and this latest generation of our proven V8 is designed to deliver on those expectations.”
(For more on the 2014 Chevy Silverado, see: http://www.autobytel.com/chevrolet/silverado-1500/news/2014-chevy-silverado-out-ecos-the-ecoboost-116212/.)