2021 GMC Canyon AT4 challenges Ranger and Gladiator

2021 GMC Canyon AT4: A sportier GMC pickup?

Award: $ 45,780 as tested. The AT4 Off-Road package added 17-inch wheels, suspension equalization and more for $ 3,195. More is noted below.

Conventional wisdom: Car and Driver likes the “potent V-6 and torquey diesel engines, looks bigger than the Chevy version, rides and drives better than most rivals”, but not that “Denali does not deliver on luxurious, weak base engine, popular driver assistance is absent. “

Marketer’s pitch: “…” General Motors still does not pay for slogans.

Reality: Hauler if you want fun.

What is new: Although the Canyon midsize pickup has been around since the 2015 model, the new Canyon AT4 aims for a sportier truck for more off-road capacity.

On the road: Canyon started its Mr. Driver’s Seat Adventure with fierce competition: I had just spent the day roaring around the Catskills in the Outback Wilderness, about the most fun I’ve had in a long time.

However, the tall, narrow pickup quickly warmed my heart with its light handling and road condition. It handled highways well and country roads could be turned into road rally adventures. This is on its way into Ford Ranger XLT territory.

Driver’s seat: Even before I left New York State, I dreaded the seat and that was me not will agree, not even a little. My right leg was not only sore but also a little numb, my back was sore and I was just unhappy. I found myself lightening the seat a little more, a little more … finally I thought I’m so close here.

But after a couple of hours of driving and a stop to visit Sturgis Kid 1.0 and Svärson 1.0, I came in again and felt at home. I just got the seat too far back.

Meters are typical GM, which is functional but nothing attractive.

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Up on the go: Acceleration from the 308-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 also gives enthusiastic drivers some fun moments. You definitely do not have to worry about catching up with the traffic, as it reaches 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, according to Motor Trend. A diesel-powered four is also available.

Play some songs: General Motors once had a reputation for being some of the best stereos available, but it’s been a downhill lately.

Not so Bose stereo ($ 395) in Canyon. Some quick adjustments, and it became one of the best sound experiences I have had in a while, an A- that drives into A-territory. The sound reproduction was clear, the adjustments were extensive – only I could not get everything just like that.

The controls are GM simple, with a knob for volume and buttons to push through stations. The touch screen works satisfactorily but is only 8 inches diagonally and comes as part of a $ 995 upgrade.

Sneaky: The 8-speed gearbox did its job well. I have never noticed any problems with the shift. There is a low position, but that’s all; no gear selections are available otherwise.

Off the road: Canyon trudged through the Sturgis family’s steeply sloping backyard with no problems, much like other four-wheel drives I’ve tested. However, the tires spun excessively to get over some tree roots, and considering that it was during an extremely dry period in May, I wonder if the DuraTrac tires can handle the task.

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Friends and stuff: The rear seat offers good ceiling height, legroom and footroom. The seat itself is comfortable, without any of the overly upright positions that some small pickups offer. Entrance and exit are only slightly challenged by narrow doors; the feet must be placed just right to get through.

The seats fold down rather than seat bases that fold up as in most trucks. I’m biased for the latter, but here’s a choice for buyers.

Outside, the Canyon can definitely handle all the stuff as well as all the other pickups. The bed held plenty of branches and vines, and the strap hooks are easy to find even after it has been loaded.

Keep warm and cool: A simple setting – one knob controls the fan speed, another temperature and buttons control the rest. The vertical valves are not easy to direct and do a lot of face blasting and drying of contact lenses.

Fuel economy: Canyon showed 23 mpg when I sat down, but it dropped to just under 20 during my lead-bare reign. Feed Canyon anything.

Where it is built: Wentzville, Mo.

How it is built: Consumer Reports predicts Canyon’s reliability will be 2 out of 5.

In the end: The GMC Canyon AT4 offers all the fun a little pickup should. It definitely beats the Jeep Gladiator on price – although it may be worth taking off the doors and roof an extra 15,000 – but the Ranger SXT is worth looking at, especially given its much higher reliability rating.


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