If you wanted close to full-size capability from a midsize pickup truck in Stanleytown, Danville, Rocky Mount, or Greensboro, the GMC Canyon was already a natural choice. However, with the introduction of the all-new 2023 GMC Canyon, a new standard is being set in the midsize truck segment. Along with looking amazing and delivering towing and hauling capability that full-size trucks would have been proud of not too long ago, the all-new 2023 Canyon also emphasizes off-road capability more than ever.
What sets a truck like the 2023 GMC Canyon apart from full-size models is its smaller size, greater maneuverability, and better fuel economy. But another break from the full-size norm is a much more truncated lineup that offers the kind of models shoppers want without confusing them with an almost infinite list of options that few buyers want or need.
There are five trim levels to choose between: Elevation, AT4, AT4X, AT4X Edition 1 Package, and the range-topping Denali. All of them use the same powerplant and transmission, and the only body style available is a crew cab with a 5-foot-2 bed. It makes total sense for that to be the only basic configuration, as that’s the configuration that consistently accounts for the vast majority of sales.
It’s hard to imagine many people not being impressed with what they see when there’s a new GMC Canyon in front of them. As well as being a little bigger than its predecessor with a longer wheelbase, the new Canyon is also a little taller with a factory lift that gives extra ground clearance to aid its impressive off-road credentials. Most models benefit from a 2.0-inch factory lift that helps to deliver 9.6 inches of ground clearance, but the AT4X gets a 3.0-inch lift and ground clearance of 10.7 inches.
Elevation models are rear-drive with four-wheel-drive available, but the rest of the lineup is standard four-wheel-drive. A limited-slip rear differential is standard with the AT4, while the AT4X takes off-roading even more seriously with standard front and rear lockers and Multimatic internal bypass shock absorbers.
The GM sibling of the all-new Canyon offers three different tunings of the engine that powers both models, but the GMC keeps it nice and simple by dropping the most powerful High Output version in all Canyon models. The 2.7-liter turbo-four features Active Fuel Management and Stop/Start technology, and the output is a very healthy 310 horsepower and 430 lb/.-ft. of torque. The power goes to the front or all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission that shifts quicker than the previous generation.
Of course, even though it’s midsize, the Canyon is still a pickup truck, and towing is one of the primary jobs of any pickup truck. It’s an area where shoppers traditionally accept they have to compromise to have a smaller footprint than a full-size, but it’s another area where the Canyon excels. The AT4X Edition 1 Package can tow up to 5,500 pounds, the AT4X can handle 6,000 pounds, but the Elevation, AT4, and Denali offer a best-in-class 7,700-pound maximum towing capacity.
When shopping for a smaller and more economical pickup than a full-size truck and you don’t want to compromise too heavily on performance and capability, the all-new 2023 GMC Canyon is in a class of its own. Regardless of what you want it to do or where you need it to take you, the new Canyon is always up to the task. Don’t just take our word for it, though. Discover the new Canyon with a test drive from GR Chevrolet Buick GMC at 930 Fairystone Park Hwy, Stanleytown, VA, or call us at (276) 629-2525 to arrange an appointment for a time that fits your schedule.