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2023 GMC Canyon

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2023 Elevation 4x2 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 131 in. WB
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Price:   -  From $38,395
2023 Elevation 4x4 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 131 in. WB Price:   -  From $41,695
2023 AT4 4x4 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 131 in. WB Price:   -  From $45,395
2023 Denali 4x4 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 131 in. WB Price:   -  From $52,495
2023 AT4X 4x4 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 131 in. WB Price:   -  From $56,995


What's New

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.

Engine Choices

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.

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Safety Features

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.

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2023 GMC Canyon Elevation – MSRP From $38,095

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.

2023 GMC Canyon AT4 – MSRP From $45,395

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.

2023 GMC Canyon Denali – MSRP From $52,495

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.

2023 GMC Canyon AT4X – MSRP From $56,995

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.

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CarsDirect Tip

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.

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Expert Review

  • Punchy turbocharged engine
  • Impressive tech features
  • Wide-reaching trims
  • Actually different from the Colorado
  • Only one available configuration
  • Pricey trims
  • The rear seats are still tight
Expert Rating
2.7 (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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All new and different from the Colorado. One of the major issues with the GMC Canyon is that it’s always been a little too similar to the Chevrolet Colorado. For the last-gen models, both pickup trucks shared the same powertrains, features, platforms, and design. It really brought up the question of why one would buy the GMC over the Chevy. GMC has addressed these issues with some exclusives for the Canyon.

For one, there’s the powertrain. The Canyon is only available with the high-output turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The motor is an upgrade for the Colorado. Then there’s the standard tech.

Every Canyon comes with an 11.3-inch touchscreen and a digital instrument cluster. Of course, moving up the ladder results in a larger digital instrument cluster, but the screens are larger than the ones you’ll find in the Colorado and they come standard. Lastly, the Canyon also has a different design, if very slightly different, from the Colorado.

Just like the Colorado, the Canyon becomes a segment-leading option in the midsize-pickup class.

Brimming with tech for the class. While automakers have been happy to pack full-size pickup trucks with enormous screens and the latest tech features, they’ve lagged behind for midsize options. GMC has clearly paid attention to its buyers and offers the 2023 Canyon with some impressive tech features.

Every trim, even the base Elevation, comes with an 11.3-inch touchscreen. Beyond being an enormous screen for the class, the pickup truck also comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. These features aren’t available on most of the Canyon’s rivals. We’re also impressed with the Canyon’s Google-based infotainment system, crisp graphics, and quick response time.

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One case to move up to a higher trim level is the availability of a larger digital instrument cluster. While lower trims come with an eight-inch digital instrument cluster, Denali and AT4X trims come with an 11-inch digital instrument cluster with more available displays. Options are plentiful for the Canyon and include things like a Bose seven-speaker audio system, a 6.3-inch head-up display, a 10-camera system with an underbody camera and washer, and a wireless charging pad.

Our major gripe with the Canyon’s infotainment system is the reliance on the central touchscreen. Drivers have to wade through multiple screens to get to pertinent features. Additionally, there’s some odd control layout, as even adjusting the central screen requires spending some time looking through the central screen.

The cabin genuinely feels upscale. It’s easy to tell that the Canyon has undergone a serious transformation for 2023 when you hoist yourself into the pickup truck. The interior doesn’t look anything like the outgoing model, which is a great thing. The Canyon looks and feels upscale, even in the base Elevation trim.

The Canyon’s interior is one of its main selling points. The midsize truck comes with premium materials and features a high-tech design that looks and feels extraordinary for the class. There are a few thoughtful touches on the inside, like the generous knee padding for the driver and passenger and the nifty vertical phone holder in the middle of the cupholders.

To get a midsize truck that can trade punches with full-size options on the luxury front, the Canyon Denali takes the cake. It features perforated leather upholstery, open-pore wood trim, 20-inch wheels, loads of chrome, a heated steering wheel, as well as heated and ventilated front seats. Compared to the rest of the lineup, it feels like a large step up from a luxury standpoint.

For the new generation of the pickup truck, GMC has stretched the Canyon’s wheelbase by 3.1 inches and made the pickup truck roughly 10 inches wider. While the truck is larger than before, interior space roughly matches the outgoing model, which means the rear seats are still tight.

One stout turbocharged engine. Unlike the Colorado that’s available with a turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine in three different states of tune, the Canyon is only offered with the high-output variant. The sole engine in the Canyon is rated at 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. The motor is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive is standard on all trims except for the base Elevation.

The turbocharged engine is a stout powerhouse, making a lot of grunt for the last and topping some available V6 engines. Despite its size, the Canyon hustles down the road with a sizeable amount of low-end grunt. We do wish that GMC provided some way to control the Canyon’s transmission without having to shift into Low, though.

On the road, the Canyon handles better than most midsize trucks in the class. Most trims feature independent front suspension and rear leaf springs, but the truck’s wider track and upgraded body structure dramatically improve ride quality and handling. Trims with meatier tires and smaller wheels, like the AT4 and AT4X, ride better than options like the Denali, which comes with 20-inch wheels.

Finally available in an off-road trim. Most trucks in the midsize segment have a serious off-road trim and the 2023 Canyon joins the ranks with the AT4X. The trim shares a lot of components with the Colorado ZR2 to be a serious off-road weapon.

On seriously rough terrain in Asheville, North Carolina, the AT4X conquered all sorts of tricky terrain. Steep climbs, a massive mud pit, tight trails with undulating sections, and high-speed dirt trails with regular potholes were no match for the AT4X. The AT4X’s Multimatic dampers are the star of the show, providing the necessary suspension damping to tackle various terrain while keeping things somewhat comfortable on the inside.

For shoppers that want to go off-roading, the AT4X features 10 different camera views to provide the driver with a close-up look at the terrain. A few of the underbody cameras have a wash system, which is incredibly handy after fording through muddy water.

Final thoughts. The 2023 GMC Canyon is the real deal. Like the Chevrolet Colorado, it jumps toward the top of the class thanks to a comprehensive redesign that makes the pickup truck better in nearly every single way. Additionally, GMC has finally made the Canyon live under its own umbrella from the Chevy Colorado. For drivers with the budget, we think the Canyon is the better option.

Obviously, comparisons between the Canyon and Colorado are bound to happen, but there are other midsize pickup trucks in the class. The Jeep Gladiator is a more rugged option with removable doors and roof, a 285-hp V6 engine, standard 4WD, and excellent off-roading capability.

The Honda Ridgeline continues to be the top choice for drivers looking for a comfortable truck. It also has a spacious interior, a nifty cargo box in the bed, standard all-wheel drive, and a 280-hp V6 engine.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.7L I-4 / 310 HP / 430 ft.lbs.
8-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
18 / 23 / 20 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.7L I-4 / 310 HP / 430 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
18 / 23 / 20 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Short And Long Arm
Rear Suspension
Rigid Axle Leaf
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size Steel
Fuel Tank
21.4 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
213.2 "
Exterior Width
74.9 "
Exterior Height
70.6 "
Front Headroom
40.3 " / 39.2 "
Rear Headroom
38.3 "
Front Legroom
45.2 "
Rear Legroom
34.7 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.4 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,430 Lbs.
Wheel Base
131 "
Turning Radius
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Gray Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote / Dual Power Remote Heated
Front Body-colored With Black Insert, 2 Front Tow Hook(s)
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel / Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish / Stainless Steel With Dark Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Coretec Leatherette / Vinyl
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way / (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
6-way / (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Premium Gmc Infotainment System Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan / Premium Gmc Infotainment System Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan / Clock
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Tilt / Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
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
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision Alert With Automatic Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Zone Steering Assist Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist With Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Braking Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Intellibeam Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Ultrasonic Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
12 Months / 12,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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