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2021 GMC Canyon

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2.4 (Fair)

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2021 Elevation Standard 4x2 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB
most popular
Price:   -  From $26,800
2021 Elevation Standard 4x2 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $28,700
2021 Elevation 4x2 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $30,300
2021 Elevation 4x2 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $32,200
2021 Elevation Standard 4x4 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $32,200
2021 Elevation 4x4 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $37,300
2021 Elevation 4x4 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $37,900
2021 AT4 w/Cloth 4x4 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $38,400
2021 AT4 w/Cloth 4x4 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $39,000
2021 AT4 w/Leather 4x4 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $40,200
2021 AT4 w/Leather 4x4 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $40,800
2021 Denali 4x2 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $41,200
2021 Denali 4x4 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $44,700
2021 Denali 4x4 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $45,000

Overview

What's New

The 2021 GMC Canyon receives a new front-end design, an updated Denali trim, and a new AT4 model. The changes help the midsize pickup truck stay fresh after being introduced for its second generation for the 2015 model year.

GMC’s new AT4 trim for the Canyon is meant to appeal to consumers that want to go off-roading. It features 31-inch all-terrain tires, a unique suspension setup, unique styling, an electronic limited-slip rear differential, and a skid plate. It gives GMC a competitor to the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and its cousin, the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.

Meanwhile, the range-topping Denali trim now comes with 20-inch wheels, a unique grille design, and additional chrome trim pieces. More features have been added, including heated and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, bespoke stitching, and open-pore ash wood trim.

Choosing Your GMC Canyon

The Canyon is available in four trims: Elevation Standard, Elevation, AT4, and Denali. Starting prices range from $27,595 including destination for the Elevation Standard to $42,095 for the Denali.

Engine Choices

There are three available engine options for the GMC Canyon. There's the base 2.5-liter four-cylinder that comes standard on the Elevation Standard and Elevation. A 3.6-liter V6 powers the AT4 and Denali and is available on the lower two trims. Finally, a 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel is optional on the AT4 and Denali.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueMax TowingFuel Economy (Combined)
2.5L 4-Cylinder200 hp191 lb-ft3,500 pounds22 mpg
3.6L V6308 hp275 lb-ft7,000 pounds21 mpg
2.8L 4-Cylinder Turbodiesel181 hp369 lb-ft7,700 pounds23 mpg

Both of the four-cylinder engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, while the V6 comes with an eight-speed automatic. The AT4 comes standard with four-wheel drive, but the other three trims get standard rear-wheel drive and available 4WD.

The amount of torque the diesel engine makes is staggering, and it’s also the most capable when it comes to towing capacity. The V6 engine, though, is the best choice for the majority of consumers, as it offers a decent amount of towing capacity and usable performance for daily use.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The Canyon is available in two body styles: Extended Cab (two doors) or Crew Cab (four doors). The Extended Cab can only carry four passengers, and space is tight in the back. The Crew Cab offers five seats with a normal rear bench.

The Extended Cab is only available with a 6-foot-2-inch bed that can hold up to 49.9 cubic feet of cargo space. The Crew is offered with a 5-foot-2-inch box with 41.3 cubic feet, but it's also available with the larger bed.

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Safety Features

Compact pickup trucks aren’t known for being packed with all of the latest safety features, and the Canyon falls into that trend. The only notable standard piece of equipment the truck comes with is the automaker’s Teen Driver system.

The Elevation trim can be fitted with rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, lane departure warning with the Driver Alert Package that costs $690. The Denali comes with these features as standard, but these are the only available features on the Canyon.

Connectivity

A 7-inch touchscreen is standard on the Canyon. The infotainment system includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a six-speaker audio system, and two front USB ports. A 3.5-inch driver information center is also included.

Higher Canyon trims come with an 8-inch touchscreen, while the AT4 Leather and Denali get HD radio, wireless charging, and a 4.2-inch driver info display. The Denali further adds navigation and a Bose audio system.

Wi-fi hot spot capability is a $175 option. On the Elevation, navigation, the 4.2-inch gauge cluster, HD radio, and a Bose audio system are bundled for $1,095. It costs $995 on the AT4 Leather.

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Elevation Standard - From $27,595

The Elevation Standard trim is best suited for work duties. It comes with cloth upholstery, a four-way power driver’s seat, carpet floor covering, and manual air conditioning. On the outside, the pickup comes with 18-inch wheels, a rear bumper with integrated CornerSteps, and manual exterior mirrors.

Remote keyless entry, a remote locking tailgate, and cruise control are available through the $630 Convenience Package.

Elevation - From $31,195

The Elevation adds a few more convenience features, including the 8-inch touchscreen, a six-way power driver’s seat, automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, remote keyless entry, remote start, heated exterior mirrors, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The High Elevation Package brings leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and lumbar control for the driver’s seat for $1,400.

AT4 - From $39,395

The AT4 is the off-road-oriented trim in the lineup. It comes with 31-inch tires, an automatic locking rear differential, a two-speed transfer case, the V6 engine, four-wheel drive, red recovery hooks, an off-road suspension, and 17-inch wheels. On the inside, the trim adds heated front seats as standard.

Adding leather upholstery adds an additional $1,800 to the price tag, but also brings a 4-way power passenger seat and a heated steering wheel.

Denali - From $42,095

The range-topping Denali comes with leather upholstery, a ventilated driver's seat, wood trim, 20-inch wheels, 5-inch chrome assist steps, chrome exterior trim, a spray-on

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2021 GMC Canyon Elevation strikes the best balance when it comes to pricing, standard equipment, and available packages. We recommend going with the available V6 engine and the Driver Alert Package.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Lots of engine choices
  • Stylish, especially AT4
  • Variety of trims
  • 7,700-pound max towing capacity
Cons
  • V-6 gas mileage
  • Mediocre interior on lower trims
  • Concerning safety record
  • Chevy Colorado is cheaper
Expert Rating
2.4 (Fair)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Twinning. There is perhaps no brand that pulls off badge-engineering better than GMC. For years, the differences amounted to a few interior features and badging; nowadays the differences are far more substantial, but they remain only skin-deep. Underneath, these trucks are no different than their Chevy counterparts.

GMC has followed this formula with the GMC Canyon, a mid-size pickup that does battle with a motley crew of smallish trucks from brands like Ford, Toyota, and Jeep. On the outside, the Canyon wears its own exclusive sheet metal not shared with its corporate twin, the Chevrolet Colorado. But look past the aesthetics and these two are essentially the same truck.

How GM differentiates the trucks boils down to mission: while the Chevrolet skews towards backcountry adventure, GMC aims for practical luxury. The Colorado doesn't have a Denali alternative, and likewise, the Canyon doesn't offer its own ZR2. The two trucks diverge from a common thread to appeal to their specific clientele.

Trail-ready or luxury-lined. This year, however, GMC seems to take a friendly lob at Chevy with their AT4 trim. Essentially, it's the GMC equivalent of the Colorado Z71: all-terrain tires, mandatory four-wheel drive, a skid plate or two. Bullish styling details like the red tow hooks that jut out under the front bumper and the black 17-inch wheels give the AT4 a sinister attitude not shared with any other Canyon.

Upping the ante is the Off-Road Performance Edition. Spring for it and you get a slightly lifted suspension, a deleted front air dam, and more skid plates. The effect is a more capable truck that looks the part. We wonder how Chevy let GM greenlight this model, considering the Z71 and ZR2 have come to be major players in the off-road mid-size truck space. On the other hand, this is a second GM competitor that the Toyota Tacoma TRD and Jeep Gladiator need to watch out for.

The Denali, on the other hand, doesn't have to worry much about the competition. Most other midsize trucks don't reach for the same levels of luxury offered by the Denali; in fact, pretty much the entire competitive set cannot go head to head with the chrome-laden Denali.

That isn't only in terms of features, but also in perception. GMC has built up the Denali name considerably since its inception; the exclusive exterior touches and the notably nicer interiors have earned it real respect in the truck market. The Denali isn't just all hat and no cattle, either; in the case of the Canyon, it backs up the looks with ventilated seats, navigation, real wood trim, and other fine touches. It genuinely blurs the line between luxury and entry-level.


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Three engines, one better than the rest. The Canyon comes with no shortage of available engines. The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is probably the least popular among private buyers, as it only makes 200 horsepower and can only tow about 3,500 pounds. Crossovers can tow more than that while getting better gas mileage and properly pampering their occupants.

The far more popular engine is the 3.6-liter V-6. This engine is a very familiar sight among the GM ranks, having powered everything from these pickups to old Impalas to the current crop of Cadillacs. The versatile V-6 has never found an ill match among any of the cars it has powered over the years, but the Canyon is a particularly good home for this engine. In this truck, the V-6 is fast, capable, and refined. Gas mileage, though? Not so hot. Don't expect to break 20 mpg combined.

A turbodiesel is also on the books. Its high price of entry - about $4,000 - ensures trucks so equipped will be obscure finds down the road. For now, the high price is a tough pill to swallow when the V-6 is such a standout engine in this truck. However, it gets much better gas mileage - up to 30 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg combined - and will tow 7,700 pounds. That is right at the top of the class for towing supremacy, beating the Ford Ranger (7,500 pounds) and Jeep Gladiator (7,650 pounds).

Interior woes and safety concerns. The downfall of the Canyon - and its twin, the Colorado - is an interior that more and more feels behind the times. The cabin is functional and pleasant, yes, but fails to feel contemporary; the last time the truck was redesigned was 2015, and the interior is a constant reminder of that.

This isn't so much the case with the upper trims like the Denali and AT4 as it is with the bottom two trims. Despite the trim reshuffling for 2021 - which saw six trims reduced to four - the base model trucks continue to feel underequipped. The contractor-spec model makes sense for Chevy, but the GMC? We think the market would let the Canyon drop the bare-bones base model for a ritzier and pricier starting trim. And we'd love to see GM spruce things up with a modernized look and a few more modern features.

Speaking of modern features, the Canyon woefully needs some updates when it comes to keeping its occupants safe. Right now, this truck paints a dire picture: no automatic emergency braking available for any price and concerning crash-test data. The IIHS gave it a "marginal" rating for one of their tests, and the NHTSA awarded it just four stars overall out of five.

None of this is good news in 2021; frankly, it is downright disappointing, even for pickup trucks, which are routinely last in line for embracing the latest technology. We know GMC can bring the Canyon to where it needs to be in this regard.

Final Word. The Canyon is a good truck that's let down by a mediocre interior and abysmal safety data. It's a shame those are the two attributes where GMC dropped the ball, as otherwise there's plenty to love about this truck, from its feature count on the upper trims to the trio of available powertrains. We also think the new AT4 will be a winner as well. If GM just added some safety features the Canyon would be more competitive in the hot midsize truck market.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.5L I-4 / 200 HP / 191 ft.lbs.
Available: 3.6L V-6 / 308 HP / 275 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 6-spd auto w/OD
Available: 8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 25 / 22 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
4 / 2
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
Standard: 2.5L I-4 / 200 HP / 191 ft.lbs.
Available: 3.6L V-6 / 308 HP / 275 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 25 / 22 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Short And Long Arm
Rear Suspension
Rigid Axle Leaf
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Aluminum / Steel / Full-size
Fuel Tank
21.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$80
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
212.4 "
Exterior Width
74.3 "
Exterior Height
70.4 "
Front Headroom
41.4 "
Rear Headroom
36.7 "
Front Legroom
45.0 "
Rear Legroom
28.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
57.3 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,932 Lbs. / 4,103 Lbs.
Wheel Base
128 "
Turning Radius
20.6 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Black Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Manual
Bumpers
Body-colored With 2 Front Tow Hook(s)
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel / Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish / Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish / Stainless Steel With Dark Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
4 / 2
Seat Trim
Vinyl / Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way (4-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way (4-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Jump
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Gmc Infotainment System Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Gmc Infotainment System Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Passenger
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (front Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Ultrasonic Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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