After roughly eight years, the GMC Canyon is getting a full redesign for the 2023 model year. The midsize pickup truck wears a new face, is available in a new AT4X trim, is powered by a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and gets a modern interior with competitive tech. This is a crucial overhaul for the Canyon and, unsurprisingly, is similar to the one that Chevrolet is giving the Colorado.
Choosing Your GMC Canyon
GMC has drastically reduced the number of available configurations for the 2023 Canyon. The truck is only available as a crew cab with a 5-foot-2-inch short box. Additionally, the truck is being offered in four trims: Elevation, AT4, Denali, and AT4X.
Pricing for the 2023 Canyon starts at $38,095 for the Elevation (including destination) and goes up to $56,995 for the AT4X.
There’s a massive change under the Canyon’s hood for 2023. Instead of offering the truck with multiple engines, GMC will only be offering the midsize truck with a single turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine. Unlike the Colorado, the Canyon’s four-cylinder engine will make 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque in every trim. An eight-speed transmission is standard and every trim beside the base Elevation trim comes with four-wheel drive. On the Elevation, 4WD is an extra $3,300.
Official fuel economy figures for the 2023 Canyon aren’t available yet.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Canyon offers seating for up to five people. The standard 5-foot-2-inch short back offers up to 42 cubic feet of cargo space.
Unlike last year, the 2023 Canyon comes with a lengthy list of standard safety features. Even the base Elevation trim comes with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian and bicyclist detection, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and a Teen Driver system.
The available Canyon Safety Plus Package adds blind zone steering assist, rear parking sensors, and rear cross-traffic alert for $445. Adaptive cruise control, rear pedestrian alert, and a surround-view camera are included with the Technology Package which costs $950. These features became standard on the Denali trim.
The Canyon comes with an 11.3-inch touchscreen and an eight-inch driver information center. Standard features include Google built-in, six audio speakers, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite radio, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The AT4 is available with a 6.3-inch head-up display as part of the $1,550 Technology Plus Package. The available AT4 Premium Package includes a wireless charging pad. The Denali gets these features, an 11-inch digital instrument cluster, and a Bose audio system as standard.
The Elevation doesn’t come with a lot of premium convenience features. It includes 18-inch wheels, automatic headlights, LED exterior lighting, manually adjustable front seats, a manual steering column, power windows and door locks, and cloth upholstery coming as standard.
There are nine different packages for the Canyon. The Trailering Package costs $480 and brings an integrated trailer brake controller. The Skid Plate Package is priced at $695 and adds heavy-duty skid plates. The Preferred Package includes an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat and heated front seats for $650. The Prograde Trailering System package costs $990 and includes an automatic locking rear differential, an integrated trailer brake controller, and an in-vehicle trailering app.
The $1,670 Convenience Package includes front sliding visors, LED fog lights, dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a manual sliding rear window, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, exterior heated mirrors, and an EZ lift power lock and release tailgate.
The Elevation Premium Package adds the Canyon Safety Plus Package, jet-black interior upholstery, a rear seat center armrest, and a pocket in the back of the driver’s seat. It costs $1,715.
The Sports Bar package adds a 40-inch off-road roof light bar, an off-road sports bar, and an accessory power distribution box.
The AT4 brings some more convenience features to the Canyon. Standard equipment includes an EZ-lift and lower tailgate, LED fog lights, a manual sliding rear window, heated exterior mirrors, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a tilt and telescoping steering column, remote start, and upgraded cloth upholstery.
The AT4 shares a lot of the same optional packages as the Elevation. Available packages include the Off-Road Lift Package which adds suspension lift kits and off-road assist steps for $1,795. The AT4 Premium Package costs $1,840 and includes ventilated front seats, perforated leather upholstery, a six-way power-adjustable passenger’s seat, a wireless charging pad, a heated steering wheel, and the Canyon Safety Plus Package.
Shoppers looking for a premium Canyon will find the Denali to be a good fit. It comes with 20-inch wheels, five-inch assist steps, and chrome exterior trim. On the inside, the Denali features a six-way power-adjustable passenger’s seat, a 6.3-inch head-up display, memory settings for the driver, a heated steering wheel, a rear center armrest, and ventilated front seats.
The Denali Black Edition costs $3,495 and adds all-weather floor mats, black badges, 20-inch black aluminum wheels, black assist steps, and a black chrome exhaust tip. The Prograde Trailering System ($665) is the only other package.
The top-of-the-line AT4X trim is aimed at drivers looking to do some serious off-roading with a three-inch lift, Multimatic DSSV spool-valve shock absorbers, electronically locking front and rear differentials, a unique Baja drive mode, 17-inch wheels, underbody protection, leather upholstery with red stitching, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, a wireless charging pad, and a rugged exterior body kit.
The major optional package is the Edition 1 which costs a hefty $9,295. It adds re-configurable bed rails, a 30-inch off-road grille light bar, an off-road front bumper with a Safari Bar, 17-inch Beadlock capable wheels, forward and rearward facing underbody cameras, a heavy-duty front skid plate, a lighting wiring kit, a Comeup winch, and unique badges.
The Sports Bar Package ($2,995) is also available.
The 2023 GMC Canyon undergoes a hefty transformation for the new generation. With all of the changes, we think the AT4 trim is the best option for most shoppers. While it’s a large upgrade over the Elevation trim, it brings a lot more features that make the truck easier to live with. The Canyon Safety Plus Package and the AT4 Premium Package are the two that stand out as the ones worth considering the most.