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Used GMC Sierra – Cincinnati, OH

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  • Overview

    A white 2014 used GMC Sierra facing left on white

    A used GMC Sierra is one of the best value options on the market for a comfortable and capable truck. Closely related to the rugged Chevy Silverado, the GMC Sierra builds on the same dependable and powerful platform by adding even more features and options as well as revised styling for an upmarket experience. And not only is the GMC Sierra available in all of the configurations expected of a full-size pickup, there have been no fewer than four generations of the GMC Sierra stretching back over thirty years. This means that no matter your needs or budget, there is a used GMC Sierra that will fit the bill. Whether you are in the market for an old half-ton single cab pickup for odd jobs, or a modern one-ton crew cab truck that can haul a heavy trailer in style, a used GMC Sierra makes for a great choice.

    The Early Years

    GMC has been selling Sierra trucks since the 1970s. However, in the beginning, the Sierra name referred to a trim level rather than a truck model, and there were even GMC Sierra SUVs. This changed for the 1988 model year when the new Sierra C/K pickup trucks began. However, the 1500, 2500, and 3500 weight class designations that had been in use for the previous generations of GMC trucks were also kept, resulting in the model names we know today. Production of these vehicles lasted until 2002, so it is still possible to find examples of these trucks on the used market in good condition. But given its age, these trucks do not compare well to modern trucks in terms of power, safety, or features. In fact, the most powerful 5.7L V8 engine in these trucks produces just 255 hp and is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission.

    Middle Years

    While the production of certain models continued for a few more years, the actual first-generation GMC Sierra 1500 was introduced for the 1999 model year with the heavy-duty GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 following for 2001. This generation was produced until 2006, and good quality used examples make for excellent affordable trucks even if they do lack some modern features. Not only did the first-generation GMC Sierra move to a brand new platform, but it also brought a completely revised engine lineup with up to 325 hp in the top 6.0L V8. This makes the first generation GMC Sierra a far more capable vehicle than the original Sierra vehicles, even if it is not quite up to modern standards. And for the more traditional drivers that prefer shifting gears themselves, the first-generation GMC Sierra was the only generation of the truck to be sold with a manual transmission option.

    The second generation GMC Sierra hit the market in 2007 model year truck and remained in production through 2013. Trucks from this generation are plentiful on the used market and make for a solid all-around choice for drivers who do not need the latest and greatest. While they may not be quite as advanced or as powerful as the more recent GMC Sierra generations, the second generation trucks still offer a good array of modern features and engines. On the inside, this was the first version of the GMC Sierra to offer amenities such as navigation, USB and WiFi connectivity, and OnStar emergency services. And under the hood, these trucks offer up to 360 hp as well as a standard six-speed automatic transmission. However, the base V6 engine option remained somewhat anemic with less than 200 hp and is probably best avoided by anyone looking for more than a daily driver.

    Modern GMC

    However, the best value used GMC Sierra is probably going to be something from the third generation of the truck. Introduced for the 2014 model year and kept in production until the 2018 model year, the third generation GMC Sierra is a thoroughly modern truck with a selection of powerful engine options. Every engine option saw a noticeable horsepower increase for this generation, with the base 4.3L V6 gaining nearly 100 hp and becoming an option worth considering even for hard use. Further, the use of more modern technologies in the engines of these trucks combined with the introduction of an eight-speed automatic transmission for some engine options meant that they are not only more powerful, they are also more fuel-efficient. 

    So even if a used third-generation GMC Sierra costs a bit more upfront than an older truck, it will likely end up saving you money in the long run. But despite the significant mechanical upgrades for the third generation GMC Sierra, perhaps the most noticeable change was the improved interior styling and features, including the modern MyLink infotainment system and its 8-inch touch screen, which make the cab of this generation of the GMC Sierra a comfortable place to spend your time on the road.

    The latest generation of the GMC Sierra was just released for the 2019 model year and is currently challenging to find on the used market. As is typical, the half-ton GMC Sierra 1500 was introduced first, with the heavy-duty GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 following for the 2020 model year. So if you are looking for a used three quarter or one-ton truck, then you are almost certainly going to have to be looking at the previous generation. However, this generation GMC Sierra offers a plethora of brand new features that make it one of the best trucks on the road, including adaptive damping suspension, a lightweight and durable carbon fiber bed, and a versatile split-folding tailgate. So if you can find a used version of one of these trucks, you may want to seriously consider jumping on it.

  • 2014

    A blue 2014 used GMC Sierra driving along the waterfront

    In 2014, the GMC Sierra was completely redesigned and began the GMC Sierra’s third generation which is still current. Everything from the exterior to the engines was upgraded. This was a strategic move by GMC to offer customers one of the highest rated full-size pickup trucks on the market, and used GMC Sierras staying power is a testament to their success. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the 2014 Sierra five out of five stars overall, another reason that you still see so many 2014 Sierras on the road today.

    The 2014 model of the GMC Sierra comes in a choice of either 3 seats with a 3-person seat configuration in the Regular Cab or 6 seats with either the Crew Cab or Double Cab. This means that you can accommodate the whole family or save a bit on gas if you don’t need the extra passenger room. These styles and can configurations carry through the 2018 model year of the redesigned GMC Sierra.

    The 2014 GMC Sierra saw some new and more powerful engines which have remained constant ever since, having widely satisfied the needs of GMC Sierra owners nationwide. The base engine of a used GMC Sierra from model year 2014 is a 285-horsepower V6. Other used Sierras that you find may have an upgraded V8 engine equipped. These are either a 5.3-liter V8 or a 6.2-liter V8, offering 355 and 420 horsepower, respectively. When the 2014 GMC Sierra was new, buyers also had a choice of either RWD or 4WD drivetrain.

    Depending on the engine, drivetrain, and cab configuration of the used GMC Sierra for sale, you can expect to get between 14–18 miles per gallon in the city and between 20-24 miles per gallon on the highway. There are also four distinct trims of the 2014 GMC Sierra which have remained consistent through the years following. These trims are the base Sierra, SLE, SLT, and Denali, with Denali as the highest and most luxurious trim level.

    These different configurations make determining price a headache for used car buyers trying to get a great price. At McCluskey Auto, we’ll walk you through all the features and customizations of the used GMC Sierra you’re viewing and offer you a fair market price. You can remain confident in your choice to buy from McCluskey Auto and know that we have the expertise to evaluate any used GMC Sierra correctly.

  • 2015-2016

    A blue 2015 used GMC Sierra towing an airstream camper

    The 2015 model year of the GMC Sierra saw only a few minor changes following the complete redesign of the truck in 2014. The main differences between the 2014 version and the 2015 version are in the Sierra's technology. Used 2015 GMC Sierras have Siri Eyes Free and an available 4G LTE hot spot for people that want to stay connected while on the road. The other main change that happened between the 2014 and 2015 model years was the addition of an adaptive suspension with the Denali trim. The GMC Sierra’s adaptive suspension (Magnetic Ride Control) monitors road conditions to delivers a smoother ride. Something to consider when looking to buy a used GMC Sierra.

    TLast but not least, there is an extremely small increase in fuel efficiency for the 2015 model years. You can expect to get ever so slightly better gas mileage, 15 - 18 MPG in the city and 21 - 24 MPG on the highway. This is only one MPG better on certain configurations and the fuel efficiency reverts to 14 – 18 miles per gallon in the city and between 20 - 24 miles per gallon on the highway for all subsequent years. Like the 2014 version, 2015 Sierra earned a five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

    TLike the 2015 GMC Sierra, there were only a few moderate changes made to the 2016 version of the GMC Sierra. The gas mileage reverted back to the 2014’s fuel efficiency, having bumped up a single MPG in the 2015 version. The 2016 GMC Sierra receives an EPA-estimated 14 – 18 miles per gallon in the city and between 20 - 24 miles per gallon on the highway.

    TThe main change to the 2016 GMC Sierra is in the infotainment system, a technology that was still “coming into its own” during this year. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were added as enhancements to this used GMC Sierra’s infotainment system. These third-party apps integrate with the truck’s infotainment system to allow drivers and passengers to control music, navigate, and communicate with voice commands, all with their phone’s interface. Many drivers have become accustomed to this level of convenience in their trucks. If you’re one of these people, definitely take the inclusion of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into your decision when choosing a model year.

  • 2017-2018

    A silver 2017 used GMC Sierra in a large parking lot

    More technology features were added to the 2017 GMC Sierra, with the automaker adding some more driver assistance features. The 2017 GMC Sierra also became more powerful and capable, something heavy duty workers should think about before deciding on a used GMC Sierra model year. For 2017, the GMC Sierra got a higher maximum towing capacity so that even the most hard-working people can get the job done with their Sierra. Now, it can tow up to 12,500 pounds when properly equipped. Many people don’t find it necessary to be able to tow this much, so find out the towing capacity of the Sierra in question before you commit.

    Not a whole lot changed between model years 2017 and 2018 for the GMC Sierra. The main benefit of buying a newer used model of the GMC Sierra is that the truck is likely to have fewer miles on it. There’s also a good chance that you can get a used GMC Sierra for sale as a certified pre-owned vehicle.

    For 2018, the only changes came in the form of a standard rear-view camera and a 7-inch touch screen, which is larger than previous versions. These features improve the convenience and of the used GMC Sierra and should be factored into any decision-making.

    Overall, you can’t really go wrong with any model year of the GMC Sierra. It has an outstanding safety rating and a history of toughness and strength. Depending on how highly you value new and improved technological advancements should factor heavily into your final decision.

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