The GMC Canyon will stand pat for 2022 following this a mild refresh for the 2021 model year. The newest Canyon model, the off-road-oriented AT4, has been selling well enough to warrant its return to the lineup. Introduced in 2015, the midsize Canyon appeals to pickup buyers who are more interested in recreation than serious work duty.
The Canyon starts out with a four-person Extended Cab and a 6-foot-2-inch bed that holds 49.9 cubic feet of cargo. The available Crew Cab offers four doors and room for five, along with a 5-foot-2-inch with 41.3 cubic feet of load space. The longer bed can be ordered on the Crew Cab for maximum versatility inside and out.
The base Elevation Standard trim is more civilized than expected with its power driver seat, 18-inch aluminum wheels, and cloth interior with full carpeting. The mid-level Elevation brings additional conveniences like remote start, heated mirrors, and automatic climate control. For buyers seeking adventure, the AT4 offers an exclusive off-road suspension, a two-speed transfer case, an automatic locking rear differential, and 31-inch tires. The plush Denali satisfies the luxury set with premium leather upholstery, open-pore ash trim, and plenty of chrome accents.
A 7-inch touchscreen remains standard, but most models carry an 8-incher. Every trim comes with satellite radio and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The AT4 also gets HD radio and wireless device charging. Navigation and a Bose sound system are exclusive to the Denali.
The standard engine for the Elevation models is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. The optional 3.6-liter V6 lays down 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. The V6 is standard on the AT4 and Denali, and buyers can spring for a Duramax 2.8-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder with 181 hp and 268 lb-ft of torque. The V6 is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the four-cylinder engines run with a six-speed automatic.
Models equipped with the base engine are rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds. The V6 and turbodiesel can pull 7,000 and 7,700 pounds, respectively. Four-wheel drive is standard on the AT4 and optional everywhere else in the lineup.
There's nothing new in the safety department for the Canyon. Buyers will have to make do with the basics: rear parking sensors, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning. At least they're standard on the Denali.