2022 GMC Canyon AT4 is nearing the end of its life. GM plans to release a brand new Colorado / Canyon duo in 2023, but how will 2022 cope with the current competition?
Although it is nearing the end of a generation, the 2022 GMC Canyon AT4 does not look outdated. The front end is large and bold with an aggressive dark chrome grille. Going with AT4 gives you some terrain styling that is also functional. The front bumper bends at the edges to provide more space in front of the tires. Bright LED headlights and LED fog lights help complete the aggressive look.
When you move down the page, the leveling kit and rocker guard from the AT4 Off-Road Performance Package are immediately noticeable. 17 ”black alloy wheels fit nicely into the dark color theme of the truck. Also clear from the side is the rear bumper step. This is one of our favorite bedding tools in the industry.
If we look at the back, we find a huge GMC brand with Canyon underneath in a less bold size. The other thing that quickly catches the eye is the taillights that give off a Euro-style.
The bed is coated in a durable coating with rail tops in plastic to protect the rails. With medium-sized trucks with smaller beds, Canyon can use the updated bed design for full-size trucks. Having the inner walls protruding makes a big difference in the useful volume of the bed.
Inside GMC Canyon
We have mixed feelings about the inside of the 2022 GMC Canyon AT4. It is one of the most luxurious interiors in the mid-size segment. High quality leather abounds and there are plenty of features. Overall, it is a comfortable place to be. However, it also feels a bit dated and plastic in some parts.
The leather seats are elegant with copper-colored seams, AT4-embroidered headrests and a carbon fiber pattern around the outer edges. They are also quite comfortable, but a bit stiff.
At the front, we really like the buttons, knobs and switches for all controls. You do not have to look through a touch screen to turn on the seat heaters or adjust the climate control. The layout is such that almost everything is easy to reach and use. The 4wd selector and headlights are an exception to this. They sit on the dashboard behind the left side of the steering wheel and can be difficult to see.
There are plenty of charging options in the 2022 Canyon AT4 with a wireless charger and two USB ports on the front and 2 more USB ports and a 12-volt outlet on the back.
The rear seat is on par with most vehicles in this class. It is a bench that is divided 60/40 and has a fold-down middle armrest with two cup holders. The seat backrests can be folded forward to access the child seat’s anchors and there is a small amount of storage behind them. Along with that, the seat bottom lifts up and reveals more storage and the tools needed to replace a punctured tire.
Driving a 2022 Canyon AT4 is a good experience overall. The steering is tight and precise for having high-profile terrain-oriented tires. Off-road tuned suspension makes driving a little more plush. All this places the Canyon AT4 in the middle of the mid-size package.
Around the city, the truck is easy to maneuver and park. Power from the line is good enough and the 8-speed automatic transmission is faultless. On the highway, the results are similar. We discovered that a temporary downshift was needed to maintain a steady speed on small uphills.
A major drawback is the rough 3.6-liter V6. The effect is good at 308 horsepower and 275 foot-pounds of torque. But at the middle of the upper revs, the engine sounds terribly unrefined and runs rough enough to be felt throughout the cabin. We hope that the next generation 2.7-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder will be much smoother.
Is the off-road-tuned Canyon AT4 really a capable off-road vehicle?
We put Canyon AT4 through our complete terrain test regiment. This includes a high-speed terrain section with large falls and bumps, an articulation slope and a rolling steep slope.
In the high-speed section, GMC performed well and was able to reach the goal of 20 mph. The limited movement of the front independent suspension was really a limiting factor, but the topping and bottom were done smoothly without any hard bangs.
Again on the articulation hill, we found that the shorter route for the front suspension was limiting. On the other hand, the rear locking differential G80 was quick to lock (if desired) and made the small climb easy. The rear suspension has sufficient movement for a vehicle in this class, not as much as Tacoma TRD Probut at least as good as Ranger Tremor and Frontier Pro 4x.
On the steep hill we could take the hardest line in both 4wd high and 4wd low. We think this was mainly due to the G80. Brake-based traction systems often struggle in 4wd high. On the other hand, the locking rear differential on the Canyon AT4 had no problem climbing.
The 2022 Canyon AT4 starts at $ 40,200. Our test model was equipped with the $ 3,195 AT4 Off-Road Performance Package. This includes a suspension equalization kit, extra underbody protection and some appearance details. On top of that was the GMC Infotainment System with Nav ($ 995), Cayenne Red Tintcoat ($ 645), Driver Alert Package ($ 395) and wireless device charging. All of this brings the total destination fee to $ 46,700. Compared to other mid-size trucks we’ve tested, the 2022 Canyon AT4 will be priced lower than 2021 Ford Ranger Lariat FX4 and Tremor, 2021 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon2021 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and 2021 Chevy Colorado ZR2.
Ends 2022 GMC Canyon AT4
The segment for medium-sized trucks is slightly behind the market for full-size trucks. This is most evident with interior design and comfort. Although the 2022 Canyon feels a bit outdated on the inside, it is on par with most of the middle class. The driving and off-road dynamics are good in this capable truck. The fuel distance is approximately average at an EPA 19 mpg combined rating and our tests have approximately the same figure. In summary, the 2022 GMC Canyon AT4 is a capable all-round car with an average MSRP for this class.
Matthew Barnes is an experienced towing expert. He works as a mechanical engineer and his daily job involves testing a variety of vehicles while pulling trailers of all types and sizes. Matt shares his knowledge by writing for vehicle news in the evenings. When he is not working, he can spend time out in nature with his family. He enjoys camping, hiking, canoeing and backpacking. Whenever possible he spends time riding in or on any motor vehicle he can find and claims that he can drive anything with an engine, which is probably not true.
Matt lives in the Utah Mountains and often posts cool terrain videos on his Instagram and YouTube channel.