The Canyon has regarded nice since its inception.

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Consider the 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 as a Chevy Colorado ZR2 for individuals who have by no means consumed Monster power drinks. It is just a little calmer, rather less rugged, and whereas it is getting fairly outdated, it nonetheless makes for a stable off-road-oriented midsize pickup.


Burly exteriorSufficiently easy on-roadAlways-good infotainment

Do not Like

Getting older plastic-fantastic interiorA little gentle on creature comfortsMissing driver assists

Butch exterior, blah inside

I’ve at all times appreciated the GMC Canyon’s design over its sibling, the Chevy Colorado. The fancier of the 2 has withstood the check of time just a little higher, due to a reliance on butch rectilinearity that does not look almost as aged because the Colorado’s big-headlight mug. My tester’s $3,195 Off-Street Efficiency Version Package deal zhushes issues up just a little additional with 17-inch gloss black aluminum wheels, skid plates, black badges and a spray-on bedliner. The beefy 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires look fairly boss, too. The close to whole lack of chrome does not harm, both.

Whereas the outside has held up, I can not say the identical for the inside, which is simply as Playskool plastic implausible as almost each different Canyon and Colorado trim. My AT4 tester tries to perk issues up with some cool leather-based entrance seats, and I like how the headrest seems to be built-in into the seat, however the cloth-seat AT4 prices $1,800 much less, which is price noting for patrons making an attempt to stay to a funds. There may be some fake stitching across the sprint, however I can run a finger over almost any floor and it largely feels arduous and low cost, which is a little bit of a bummer on a $40,000 truck. If you would like one thing resembling plushness, you may need to go for the $45,000-plus Denali getup.

There’s some practicality to be discovered within the Canyon, however not a ton. The glove compartment and middle console armrest cubby are each lots sizable, however the door pockets are tiny, and the non-obligatory wi-fi charger cannot accommodate trendy Max-size iPhones ($389 at Amazon), a stable giveaway that this inside is on the brink of gather Social Safety checks. The cup holders will maintain a 24-ounce plastic bottle, however nothing bigger, so Nalgene followers must determine one thing out. The crew cab’s rear seats are just a little gentle on legroom, however maybe we have been spoiled by all of the full-size crew cab vans and their limousine-caliber second rows.

Perky V6, gentle suspension

The Canyon AT4 will be had with a 2.8-liter turbodiesel inline-4, however most will seemingly sport the three.6-liter gasoline V6, which produces 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, routed to all 4 wheels by means of an eight-speed automated transmission. This mix works effectively, offering loads of low-end grunt with an unladen mattress, whereas the transmission operates easily, hardly ever looking for gears or taking longer than it must. It’s going to stand up and go at any time when wanted.

Gasoline financial system is fairly respectable, too, and the truck has no challenge reaching its EPA-estimated figures of 17 mpg metropolis and 24 mpg freeway. These are solidly aggressive numbers, too, beating four-wheel-drive Toyota Tacoma variants by 1 to three mpg on the freeway (thanks partially to cylinder deactivation), though the Taco proves superior within the metropolis by about the identical delta.

On-road efficiency is rattling effective for a body-on-frame pickup. The off-road suspension is just a little on the gentle aspect, so whereas it does job absorbing no matter crappy Michigan roads have to supply, it could really feel just a little boaty-floaty on expressway curves, and the off-road tires can wander a bit over sure kinds of pavement. The steering is properly balanced, and the brakes have good grip and good modulation.

The AT4’s inside is okay, however I am unsure if GM’s definition of effective cuts it in 2021.

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Whereas I did not get an opportunity to place the AT4 by means of its full off-road paces, there’s loads of equipment in right here to make it occur. All AT4s include an off-road-tuned suspension, hill descent management, a locking rear differential, a two-speed switch case, and my tester ramps that up additional with the $3,195 efficiency pack that provides a entrance air dam delete, a 1-inch carry up entrance and extra underbody safety. It isn’t as purely targeted because the Colorado ZR2 with its entrance locker and even beefier suspension, nevertheless it’s fairly darn shut, and a majority of patrons will discover the AT4 greater than succesful sufficient to fulfill their wants.

Don’t fret, the Canyon AT4 continues to be stable for normal truck stuff, too. You’ll be able to order it in a crew cab configuration with a selection of 61.7-inch or 74-inch beds. It’s going to tow as much as 7,000 kilos, and it will haul about 1,500 kilos’ price of stuff within the mattress.

Tech hits and misses

Each GMC Canyon comes with an 8-inch touchscreen operating Chevrolet’s newest infotainment system, and that is nice. The setup is simple, it is simple to navigate and it consists of each Apple CarPlay and Android Auto should you do not wish to plunk down a further $995 for manufacturing facility navigation. OnStar’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is normal, too, which I’ve at all times appreciated. The $395 Bose sound system improve is not too shabby, both, and looks like deal for people who find themselves at all times of their vans.

After which there’s the driver-assist tech. Chevrolet, and GM normally, has at all times taken a extra conservative strategy to those programs, sometimes counting on inexpensive camera-based ahead collision warning (radar ain’t low cost) or locking almost all programs behind a paywall. That is sadly nonetheless the case with the Canyon AT4, which provides non-adaptive cruise management and rear parking sensors as normal. The one improve prices $395 and provides forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning and… that is it.

GM’s infotainment retains getting higher, nevertheless it’s already doing lots effectively for itself.

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Any really trendy conveniences like adaptive cruise management and automated emergency braking require a visit to the Toyota dealership, as a result of that stuff is normal on each single Tacoma that rolls off the road. Get with the instances and cease the relentless bean counting, GM. Critically. Some truck patrons would in all probability ditch airbags if it meant saving $500 on the window sticker, however generally it’s a must to stop folks from changing into their very own worst enemy.

Right down to brass tacks

Contemplating the common new-car transaction worth has eclipsed $40,000, I assume I can not name the Canyon AT4 costly, nevertheless it positive feels it. Beginning at $39,595 (together with vacation spot) with material seats, my leather-bedecked tester rings in with choices at $45,780.

Why GM does not take Toyota extra severely as an existential risk is past me. For those who mix (and, generally, double) the gross sales of the GMC Canyon and the Chevrolet Colorado, they nonetheless cannot match the promoting energy of Toyota’s venerable midsize pickup. 

For what it’s, although, the 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 is stable. It is a gorgeous pickup truck that provides extra off-road prowess than your common midsizer, with out requiring a deep-end leap into one thing extra purpose-built just like the ZR2. Let’s simply hope a brand new era is on the horizon.


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