The 2023 GMC Canyon is on a sturdy checklist of midsize vehicles which have been redesigned within the final yr. The Chevrolet Colorado debuted final autumn whereas the Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma enter new generations this summer time. The Nissan Frontier was all-new in 2022.
The one midsize truck offered in North America that hasn’t been redesigned within the final two years is the Honda Ridgeline. It was new in 2017 and has obtained updates because it ages.
For the brand new model of the truck, GMC went larger and bolder, leading to a mannequin that’s demonstrably higher on each stage.
The truck’s physique construction not offers the driving force the impression they’re using inside a tin can and because of its advanced Common Motors truck platform and a bunch of latest elements.
GMC sells the Canyon in just one cab-box mixture, crew cab with a brief field. From there, a purchaser chooses two- or four-wheel drive. The bottom mannequin Canyon Elevation trim is available in both drivetrain setup, however the higher-end AT4, Denali and AT4-X are solely obtainable with four-wheel drive.
All fashions include GM’s turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine below the hood, which is paired with an eight-speed automated transmission. In most circumstances, the mix labored flawlessly, but it surely wasn’t examined at any excessive altitude such as you’ll discover within the Rockies.
Canyon Elevation, Denali and AT4-X grades, the trim ranges supplied by GMC for street and off-road testing confirmed that there is sufficient of a distinction in design intention and tools between the fashions to fulfill a large swath of shoppers.
Although it is the most affordable of the three with a beginning worth of round $39,000 all-in, the Canyon Elevation has seems and supplies on par with some $50,000 SUVs.
It advantages from GMC’s consideration to element, and GM’s general method to vehicles, which narrows down choices and provides prospects extra of what they’re searching for in easy-to-understand packaging.
The 11.3-inch infotainment display screen is similar throughout all grades, displaying clear, crisp graphics. That goodness doesn’t make up for among the person expertise quirks that the working system shows, just like the multi-step course of that’s transferring up and down between radio channels.
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Patrons can select to improve their Canyon Elevation with a bunch of security and driver help tools as a part of package deal add-ons.
These searching for off-road supremacy from the Canyon will wish to go for the AT4-X variant, which delivers on all accounts. Although there wasn’t the chance to check it in excessive circumstances a lot of the day was spent off-roading on rocky, muddy trails the place the Canyon AT4-X confirmed that Chevy engineers actually know what they’re doing.
With the AT4-X there is a snug steadiness between on-road consolation and off-road achievement. Some vehicles, just like the Nissan Frontier, do not stroll this line as simply.
Chevy designers get credit score for the AT4-X’s distinctive inside design scheme, which locations a gray-white colour alongside crimson accents for a contemporary look. This mannequin additionally has perforated leather-based seats, which give it an elevated feel and appear over the competitors.
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Canyon Denali is supposed to be extra elegant and fewer boastful than the Canyon AT4-X, but it surely shouldn’t be mistaken for a kinder, gentler truck. It is as succesful as it’s well-crafted, with as a lot consideration paid to in-cabin contact factors as to exterior finery.
There is a good quantity of chrome on the Denali’s exterior as customary tools, as one would anticipate, however black wheels can be found. The within solely is available in a black on teak colour scheme.
It is a easy operator, letting in far much less street noise than some automobiles and sport utility autos (SUVs) whereas not compromising the dealing with of the opposite trims. Additionally like all the opposite Canyons examined, it is steady to drive, fairly simple to maneuver, and straightforward to park.
In contrast to the brand new Tacoma, the GMC Canyon would not provide one thing for everybody. It would not must. GMC got down to make the most effective midsize truck they might for his or her prospects, they usually achieved that, in spades. However, their design, tools, and packaging could be sufficient to win over new prospects as effectively.