The 2021 GMC Canyon continues as one of the standouts in the competitive midsize pickup class. Buyers at dealerships like the Watsonville GMC dealer appreciate the Canyon for its exceptional towing capacity, excellent handling and steering, comfortable ride and wide array of standard features. Anyone looking for a capable pickup that’s great for towing and hauling but doesn’t need the size and expense of a full-size truck should take a look at the 2021 GMC Canyon.
According to the GMC dealership near Watsonville, the GMC Canyon gets an update for 2021 that includes a revised front-end, a flashier Denali and a new AT4 model that will please anyone looking to head out to the trail for off-road adventure. The AT4 features exclusive interior styling, 31-inch tires, a skid plate and an electronic limited-slip rear differential. The top-level Denali trim gets 20-inch wheels, a unique grille, and more chrome body trim. The Denali also gets heated and cooled front seats, a heated steering wheel and a more upscale interior..
The GMC Canyon gets high marks from the automotive media, with Edmunds.com writing: “The Canyon offers some of the best towing capability in the class, along with a cushy, quiet cabin and road manners that feel more car-like than truckish. Seat comfort is impressive, and there's enough room — and enough tech — to make long road trips a pleasure. But don't think the Canyon can't do the business. Properly equipped, it can tow between 7,000 and 7,700 pounds depending on the engine.”
The 2021 GMC Canyon is available in two- and four-seat extended-cab body styles as well as five-seat crew-cab styles. The Canyon comes in four trim levels: Elevation Standard, Elevation, AT4 and Denali.
Rear-wheel-drive Elevation Standard and Elevation trims are powered by a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that’s good for 200 horses and 191 lb-ft of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The AT4 is equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of twist, coupled to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. This engine is available on the Elevation Standard and Elevation trims. There’s also an available turbocharged 2.8-liter diesel four-cylinder engine that puts out 181 hp and 369 lb-ft, connected to a six-speed automatic. All models get standard rear-wheel drive except the AT4, which gets standard all-wheel drive. The other trims get all-wheel drive as an option.
Standard features on the base GMC Canyon Elevation Standard trim include 18-inch wheels, a corner-step rear bumper, a locking tailgate, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 7-inch touchscreen, a power driver’s seat and two USB ports.
Step up to the Elevation and higher trims, and you’ll get automatic climate control, aluminum interior trim, a soft-touch instrument panel, an overhead console, an 8-inch infotainment screen and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The AT4 comes with 17-inch wheels, 31-inch Goodyear tires, an off-road suspension, a skid plate for the transfer case, and a wireless smartphone charging system.
The top-spec Denali gets exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, chrome exterior molding, cargo lamps, heated outside mirrors, a trailering package, a spray-on bedliner, a color information display and a 7-speaker Bose stereo system.