2014 GMC Sierra Denali is the most luxurious, lavishly
equipped version of the Sierra pickup. GMC uses the Denali
sub-brand to denote the top models of all its vehicles.
exactly smirk, but I could certainly have been more sympathetic as I
sailed past the cars, semis and SUVs buried in snow alongside
Interstate 94 as I drove from Detroit to Chicago following a winter
Blame the 2014
GMC Sierra Denali. The spacious luxury pickup made the drive as
relaxing as spending the day in my living room. The Denali makes it
easy to forget how tough things can be for drivers not cosseted by a
four-wheel drive, four-door, full-size pickup loaded with
electronics and creature comforts.
The GMC Sierra
Denali is the most luxurious, lavishly equipped version of the
Sierra pickup. GMC uses the Denali sub-brand to denote the top
models of all its vehicles.
Denalis have a spacious four-door, crew cab. A 355-horsepower,
5.3-liter, V-8 engine is standard. An optional 420-horsepower
6.2-liter costs $1,905. All Denalis have a six-speed automatic
I tested a
well-equipped Denali 4-by-4 with the short bed, big V-8, leather
upholstery, voice recognition, touch screen controls, collision and
lane departure alerts, sunroof, Bose audio, Bluetooth and
navigation. It cost $55,590. All prices exclude a $1,095 destination
charge. GM says its destination charges reflect what it costs to
ship a vehicle from the plant and prep it for sale at the
Denali competes with high-end pickups such as the Ford F-150
Platinum and King Ranch; Ram 1500 Longhorn, and Toyota 1791 and
Platinum. There’s no luxury version of Nissan’s full-size Titan
pickup. Chevrolet just began selling its first luxury pickup, the
Silverado High Country, featuring a western, outdoorsy theme,
contrasting with the Denali’s more architectural, uptown look.
The price and
features of my test truck compared well to other high-end pickups.
The Denali’s comfort, fuel economy, power and features all put it
at or near the head of the class.
Denali’s passenger compartment appears to be larger than a Sochi
hotel room, and it definitely works better. The controls, voice
recognition, heated steering wheel and other comfort features all
function smoothly, and I never once had to break through a door that
upholstery and aluminum trim in my test vehicle exuded class, though
obviously fake wood undermined that impression.
body-color bumpers and unique wheels distinguish the Denali’s
exterior from lesser Sierras.
Denali shares virtually all its exterior sheet metal with the
Silverado. That’s a cheapskate approach for a brand that sells as
many highly profitable vehicles as GMC does — 450,901 in 2013,
more than Acura, Infiniti, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo combined.
6.2-liter engine’s 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque top
all the competitors. Its EPA rating of 14 mpg in the city, 20 on the
highway and 17 combined top all competing 4-by-4s except the Ram
1500 Longhorn, which matches its combined rating.
Denali’s 4-by-4 system carried me sure-footedly through the snow
and ice from Detroit to Chicago. I was unconcerned despite the
vehicles crawling along the highway and those stuck in the snow
make me a bad person. It just makes me the latest driver spoiled by
a GMC Sierra Denali’s comfort and capability.
SIERRA DENALI 1500 4WD CREW CAB:
vehicle: Four-wheel drive, four-door, full-size pickup
Four out of four stars
buy: Features, capability; power; room
Fake wood trim; touch-screen sensitivity; Chevrolet Silverado
6.2-liter 16-valve OHV V-8
horsepower at 5,600 rpm; 460 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm
economy rating: 14 mpg city/20 highway/17 combined. Regular gasoline
weight: 5,218 lbs.
exclude destination charge.