Although the midsize GMC Canyon might not come in quite as many different configurations as the full-size Sierra, there are still plenty of ways to tailor this truck to suit a wide variety of different buyers and applications.
If you want a capable, flexible and versatile alternative to a family SUV that can do everything an SUV can do and plenty more besides, it’s about time you tried the sensational 2021 GMC Canyon on for size.
The trim level lineup is the part of the GMC Canyon that has changed most for the 2021 model year. While the range used to consist of the SL, Canyon SLE, All Terrain, SLT and Denali, the 2021 model year lineup is comprised of the Elevation Standard, Elevation, AT4 and Denali.
Replacing the All-Terrain as the most off-road focused version of the Canyon pickup truck, the Canyon AT4 advances the GMC’s commitment to delivering a premium off-road capable vehicle with impressive styling detail that suits the capable and rugged nature of this truck. The AT4 features a bolder exterior design featuring dark chrome finishes, new larger grille design and contrasting red recovery hooks. The interior also gets premium detailing features that include unique Kalahari stitching and AT4 headrest embroidery to bring the Canyon interior design in-line with other AT4 stablemates.
To enable buyers to tailor the Canyon to suit their specific requirements, the midsize GMC pickup is available with three different engine options. The standard powerplant is a 2.5-liter inline-four that puts out 200 horsepower and 191 lb.-ft. of torque, which is then sent to the rear or all four wheels through a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.
If you intend to do a fair amount of more serious towing and hauling with your truck you’ll probably want to follow the crowds to the 3.6-liter V-6 engine option for the Canyon. This impressive unit develops 3078 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque, and it’s available with extended cab versions of the Canyon and standard with Crew Cab variants. The power goes to the wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, and this engine allows the Canyon to tow up to a maximum of 7,000 pounds.
Last but not least, buyers have a third engine choice for the Canyon that comes in the shape of a modern 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel that comes mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. It might put out a relatively modest 186 horsepower, but it’s the massive 369 lb.-ft. of torque it produces that allows the towing capacity of the Canyon to reach a whopping 7,700 pounds.
It’s probably fair to say that the Elevation Standard is a relatively basic workhorse of a pickup truck aimed at fleets and commercial operators, so most retail buyers will probably look to the Elevation trim level or higher. While the Elevation does get a good amount of extra standard features over the Elevation Standard trim level, it’s the available features you can choose to add to it of you wish that makes it the perfect starting point for building the right midsize pickup truck for your needs.
The Elevation comes with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that’s Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible, climate control, aluminum interior trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel, remote start, remote keyless entry, and steering wheel-mounted controls for operating the audio system, phone interface, cruise control and Driver Information Center.
Go up a level to the new AT4 and you really are getting a truck to be reckoned with. As well as rugged styling that more than hint at this truck’s capability, it delivers that capability thanks to 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires fitted to 17-inch aluminum wheels, off-road-tuned suspension with Advanced Hill Descent Control System, a four-wheel-drive system with Eaton G80 Rear Automatic Locking Differential, and a transfer case skid plate providing additional protection when traveling off the beaten path.
Of course, if you want your midsize pickup to be a bit like a luxury office on four wheels, the Denali comes with a premium Bose Audio system, an upgraded 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and that unmistakable Denali bling and swagger.
The 2021 GMC Canyon delivers all the capability of a pickup in a stylish, affordable and desirable, redesigned package for the 2021 model year for those who don’t want or need the size and power of a full-size pickup.
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