Americans sure do love their trucks, and increasingly love spending more and more money on them. That’s where these two gussied-up, new generation pickups come in, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country and the 2014 GMC Sierra Denali. 

The Sierra Denali is not a new name of course, as this premium trim has been on the GMC books since 2002. For the extra money to upgrade to Denali status, you’ll get headlamps with LED DRL’s, a bolder chrome grille, 20-inch chrome wheels, body colored bumpers, and a few other unique details. 

Inside, there’s leather clad everything and a Denali specific virtual gauge package with complete vehicle information including navigation directions. 

The new name in high buck trucks is the Silverado High Country. While it supposedly niches in just below Denali, you still get a chrome plated treatment for the exterior, as well as a cowboy-chic looking saddle brown leather interior with heated and cooled seats. 

Standard power in both trucks is GM’s 5.3-liter EcoTech3 small block V8 with 355-horsepower. But, if you’re spending all that money, why not spend 2-grand more and get class-leading towing with the 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8.

BRIAN ROBINSON: The 6.2-liter is incredibly smooth and fairly quiet in both of these high dollar haulers; and I’m not sure why you would need any more power. 

JOHN DAVIS: And while both trucks do come heavily equipped, there’s still room to add some options such as Z71 Off Road Package, sunroof, trailer brake controller, and advanced safety features.

Both are on sale now, with the GMC Sierra Denali and Chevrolet Silverado High Country starting around $48,000. 


  • Engine: 5.3-liter EcoTech3
  • Horsepower: 355
  • Price: Starting around $48,000