GMC Canyon
GMC Canyon SLE
GMC Canyon

2021 GMC Canyon crew cab

Pros: Refined road manners for a pickup truck; good selection of modern comfort, safety, and technology features; available full-time 4WD system

Cons: Rear seat space is tight, especially in extended-cab models; prices rise quickly as options are added

CG Says: The 2021 GMC Canyon adds a new off-road-oriented AT4 model with off-road tires and suspension, hill descent control, automatic locking rear differential, and unique trim. There is also a revised grille and upgraded interior trim for the topline Denali. Denali gains standard heated/ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel. The Canyon and its slightly less-ritzy cousin, the Chevrolet Colorado, are GM’s “compact” pickups–though they are really more midsize. They share a basic extended-cab or crew-cab platform. Both are available with 4-cylinder, V6, and diesel engines, but the GMC offers a more sophisticated full-time 4-wheel-system that is only available on Chevy’s off-road-oriented ZR2 (other 4×4 Chevys have part-time 4WD). Available features include forward collision alert, lane-departure warning, locking rear differential, hill-descent control, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, heated steering wheel, and heated/ventilated front seats. These GM pickups offer technology and all-around refinement. The smaller, more-tractable dimensions should make Canyon a practical alternative for many big-truck intenders.

The Facts
Class Compact Pickup Truck
Body Style(s) extended cab, crew cab
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, 4-wheel drive
Manufacturer GMC
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices (only select models listed)
Elevation Standard ext. cab: $27,595
4WD Elevation ext. cab: $32,680
Elevation Standard crew cab, 5-ft bed: $29,495
4WD Elevation crew cab, 6-ft bed: $38,795
4WD AT4 crew cab, 5-ft bed: $39,395
4WD Denali crew cab, 6-ft bed: $45,895

Base Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
200
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24-25

Optional Engine
3.6-liter V6
Horsepower
308
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
17-18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24-25

Optional Engine
2.8-liter turbodiesel 4-cylinder
Horsepower
181
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28