Full-size pickups are great, but they’re not right for every truck buyer. Some Watsonville area GMC shoppers looking for a pickup prefer the smaller size of a midsize model like the 2022 GMC Canyon. With its smaller footprint, the Canyon is easier to maneuver and park than a larger truck. But the Canyon’s smaller size doesn’t mean buyers will have to sacrifice capability. With the diesel engine, the Canyon can tow up to 7,700 pounds. Those looking for a super-comfortable daily driver can opt for the top-of-the-line Denali trim for a near-luxury level experience.
The GMC Canyon receives excellent reviews from the automotive media, with Kelley Blue Book writing:
“[The] Canyon has its own distinct personality. It has a premium look and feel, especially in the range-topping Denali trim.... [The] Canyon excels as a well-rounded truck that’s good for work, play, the daily commute, and everything in-between. This is thanks to its comfortable, SUV-like ride quality and impressive capabilities, especially from the available Duramax diesel engine.”
The 2022 GMC Canyon is offered in two- and four-seat extended-cab configurations as well as a five-seat crew cab. Watsonville area GMC shoppers can choose one of four trim levels: Elevation Standard, Elevation, AT4 and Denali.
Power for the Elevation Standard and Elevation trims with rear-wheel drive is provided by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque, linked to a six-speed automatic gearbox. All other models employ a 3.6-liter V6 that generates 308 hp and 275 lb-ft, matched to an eight-speed automatic. The Elevation, AT4 and Denali trims have an available 2.8-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine good for 181 hp and 369 lb-ft, coupled to a six-speed automatic. According to the GMC dealership near Watsonville, the AT4 trim gets standard four-wheel drive. The others get rear-wheel drive standard and available four-wheel drive.
Standard features for the base GMC Canyon Elevation Standard trim include 18-inch wheels, a four-way adjustable power driver’s seat, a tilt-only steering wheel, a locking tailgate, a corner-step rear bumper, an infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a six-speaker audio system and two USB ports.
Move up to the Elevation trim, and you’ll get LED fog lights, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, body-colored exterior door handles, a sliding rear window, a remote-locking tailgate and cruise control.
The AT4 trim rides on 17-inch wheels and 31-inch Goodyear off-road tires. It features an off-road suspension, hill-descent control, a skid plate for the transfer case, and heated front seats.
The range-topping Denali trim includes exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, a heated steering wheel, chrome exterior molding, a spray-in bedliner, an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, a Bose premium stereo system with seven speakers, navigation and a wireless charging pad. Advanced safety features that come standard include lane departure warning, forward collision warning and rear parking sensors.