2021 GMC Canyon at Jack Carter Chev in Calgary, Alberta
When it comes to pickup trucks, you can rarely find one that checks off all the boxes. Style and luxury take a backseat to power and capability, while midsize trucks often struggle to even provide the latter—but not the 2021 GMC Canyon. Thanks to its smart and stylish design, along with an array of hard-working engine options, this midsize pickup brings it all to the table. Learn more about the 2021 GMC Canyon with your source for all things Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC in Alberta: Jack Carter Chevrolet GMC.
The strong, muscular design of the 2021 GMC Canyon amounts to a sneak peek at the power found under its sculpted hood, while no shortage of details back up this promise—like the body coloured-grille and black painted 18” wheels found on the Canyon Elevation. New for 2021, the Canyon AT4 is a seriously off-road ready pickup, with 31” Goodyear® Wrangler Duratrac® tires and red recovery hooks adding both form and function, while the most luxurious trim level—the Canyon Denali—sports a redesigned grille along with no shortage of chrome accents.
Of course, there’s a lot of substance as well as style, with available features like an EZ-Lift and Lower Tailgate with Remote Locking, spray-in bedliner, and 5” Chrome Assist Steps ensuring the Canyon gets the job done (and looks good doing it). Inside the 2021 GMC Canyon, luxurious touches abound; an amazingly quiet cabin features incredibly comfortable seats with a ton of cargo space, like the under-seat storage found under the rear-folding split bench seat in all Crew Cab models. Elevating the interior of the Canyon Denali are perforated leather-appointed front seats, with Ash-Wood trim and accents providing the proverbial cherry on top.
2021 GMC Canyon Dimensions
|Cab/box-style||Front head room||Front leg room||Second-row head room||Second-row leg room||Passenger capacity|
|Extended Cab, Long Box||1,052 mm/ 41.40 in||1,143 mm/ 45.00 in||932 mm/ 36.70 in||726 mm/ 28.60 in||4|
|Crew Cab, Short Box||1,052 mm/ 41.40 in||1,143 mm/ 45.00 in||973 mm/ 38.30 in||909 mm/ 35.80 in||5|
|Crew Cab, Long Box||1,052 mm/ 41.40 in||1,143 mm/ 45.00 in||973 mm/ 38.30 in||909 mm/ 35.80 in||5|
|Cab/box-style||Wheelbase||Overall Length||Max Width, w/o Mirrors||Overall Height||Cargo Volume|
|Extended Cab, Long Box||3,264 mm/ 128.50 in||5,395 mm/ 212.40 in||1,948 mm/ 76.70 in||1,839 mm/ 72.40 in||1,413 L|
|Crew Cab, Short Box||3,259 mm/ 128.30 in||5,403 mm/ 212.70 in||1,887 mm/ 74.30 in||1,796 mm/ 70.70 in||1,169 L|
|Crew Cab, Long Box||3,569 mm/ 140.50 in||5,712 mm/ 224.90 in||1,887 mm/ 74.30 in||1,793 mm/ 70.60 in||1,413 L|
While many midsize pickups fail to live up to the performance standards set by the full-size segment, the 2021 GMC Canyon finds itself performing like a much heavier-duty truck. This is thanks to the three available engines, starting with a 2.5L 4-cylinder offering 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. Next up, a 3.6L V6 with Variable Valve Technology gives the 2021 Canyon even more power, to the tune of 308 horses and 275 lb-ft of torque. Finally, the late availability 2.8L Duramax® Turbo-Diesel provides this midsize pickup with 181 horsepower and a whopping 369 lb-ft of torque—good for a towing capacity of 7,700 lbs. An available 8-speed automatic transmission aids in the excellent fuel economy of the Canyon, while available features like StabiliTrak® with Trailer Sway Control and Automatic Locking Rear Differential ensure smooth sailing on even the most challenging terrain.
2021 GMC Canyon Performance
|Engine||Horsepower||Torque||EnerGuide Fuel Efficiency - City (estimated)||EnerGuide Fuel Efficiency - Highway (estimated)||Towing Capability|
|2.5L 4-cylinder engine||200 hp||191 lb-ft||12.2 L/100 km||9.4 L/100 km||3,500 lb (1,588 kg)|
|3.6L V6 engine||308 hp||275 lb-ft||12.9 L/100 km||9.3 L/100 km||7,000 lb (3,175 kg)|
|2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel 4-cylinder||181 hp||369 lb-ft||N/A||N/A||7,700 lb (3,493 kg)|
Safety & Technology
Not only does the 2021 GMC Canyon offer a ton of performance power wrapped in a stylish package, it also houses some of the best available infotainment and advanced driver assistance features on the market. The available 8” Diagonal GMC Infotainment System with Navigation and a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa, ensuring you can stay connected at all times. In terms of safety, options like Lane Departure Warning, Rear Park Assist, and Forward Collision Alert provide an added dose of confidence behind the wheel, while GM’s Teen Driver feature allows you to monitor your vehicle, engage certain safety systems, and even provide data so you can provide feedback to your new driver.
GMC Canyon Model Changes
The 2020 GMC Canyon already had the performance aspect dialed in, so for 2021 a majority of the changes and upgrades are cosmetic—probably why the new Canyon is such a stellar looking truck. An all-new front-end design gives all trim levels a boost in the looks department, while the Canyon Denali trim receives even more luxurious interior aspects than ever before. New for 2021, the Canyon AT4 trim replaces the previous All Terrain trim and offers serious off-road capability thanks to a skid plate, electronic limited-slip rear differential, an Off-Road Suspension Package, and more!
2021 GMC Canyon Trim Levels
GMC Canyon ElevationStarting at $28,298
- 5L 4-cylinder engine
- Body-colour grille surround and black painted inserts
- Black 18” wheels
- Available LED fog lamps
GMC Canyon AT4Starting at $41,898
- 31” Goodyear® Wrangler Duratrac® tires
- 4WD w/ Automatic Locking Rear Differential
- 2-speed AutoTrac™ transfer case
- Off-Road Suspension Package
GMC Canyon DenaliStarting at $49,098
- Bose® Premium Audio System
- 20” diamond-cut machined aluminum wheels
- Heated & ventilated perforated leather front seats
- 6L V6 engine