Chevy and GMC both make good smaller trucks that share the same frame, most body panels and interior, and engines. They are incredibly similar, but they also have some key features that set them apart. GMC trucks are generally more feature-packed and Chevys are generally less expensive. In general. For 2023, both Chevy and GMC got twin small trucks, the Canyon and Colorado, redesigned, throwing out the window the old rules that separate these two small trucks.
Small trucks like the GM twins are doing more than ever
Small trucks are great and for most of us they do all the truck stuff we need. Today’s small trucks can tow, pull, and even accelerate like yesterday’s giant V8-powered full-size trucks. But they are easier to park, get better mileage and can cost less.
However, Chevy and GMC have struggled to compete with other compact trucks like the Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma, and to some extent the Nissan Frontier, so for 2023 GM decided to update these twins. But according to TFL Truck, the two brands will have a lot of ground to cover to make up the sales gap. Gone for 2023 is a two-door extended cab version and in its place are all GMC Canyons and Chevrolet Colorados four-door trucks.
What is the same in the two trucks?
For 2023, both trucks can tow up to 7,700 pounds. They come with three engine options, all of which are turbocharged four-cylinders that made their debut in the 2022 Sierra and Silverado trucks. You can get the 2.7-liter four-cylinder in Turbo, Turbo Plus, and Turbo High-Output versions, with 237 or 310 horsepower. The High-Output version has the same horsepower, but more torque with 430 lb.-ft.
Both trucks get an eight-speed automatic. Two- or four-wheel drive is available. There is so much that is similar that it is easier to just point out the few differences between them.
What are the exterior differences between GMC and Chevy?
On the outside, the two trucks are pretty hard to tell apart. But so far, all images GMC has released of the Canyon show it sporting a flat grille in either chrome or black, while the Chevy Colorado gets a large rib across the top of its egg-crate grill reminiscent of Silverados. grill. Also, the contours of the Chevy hood are more complex than the long flatter grill on the GMC. The Canyon has interesting C-shaped black plastic surrounding the lower headlights, but the Chevy has simpler interior lights inside black trim.
The GMC has no air dam under the grille, where most Colorados have a plastic air dam to channel air around the front tires. Most off-roaders remove air dams for clearance anyway.
What are the interior differences between the GMC and Chevy?
The base versions of these trucks basically come as the same truck. However, there are some small differences. The Chevy Colorado’s A/C vents look like large circular outlets for airplane jet engines. The GMC Canyon has trapezoidal valves. Other than that, it is quite difficult to see the differences between these two. Pricing for the 2023 versions hasn’t been released, but we expect GM to follow the same pricing convention it has for years, meaning the GMCs will be slightly more expensive.
Each brand has a distinct trim
However, each brand adds a distinctive trim to the trucks to set them apart. The GMC, like most of its other vehicles, is luxurious in a way. GMC adds Canyon Denali trim that gets the most distinctive interior by GMC. Like the larger Sierra Denali truck, it gets a giant horizontal 11.3-inch touchscreen and custom wood trim, a seven-speaker Bose stereo, and a quilted leather dash.
Chevy’s signature touches are the closely related ZR2 Desert Boss and Trail Boss versions that add some off-road cred to the little truck. Like the Canyon, these versions get upgraded interiors, but instead of wood and leather, you get access to up to 10 camera views on the touchscreen that show the data you need when you’re off-road, including g-forces, wheel slip, guidance and more. However, GMC offers the AT4X version of the Canyon that offers the same options, including 17-inch beadlock tires and wheels.
The Work Truck version is unique to Chevy
For 2022, you can order a basic extended-cab version of the GMC Canyon truck that it calls the Elevation Standard. You can get it with plain black vinyl seats, the standard 3.6-liter V6, and not much else, for less than $31,000. Chevy sells several of its trucks to fleets, and many of them are asking for a work truck that just has the basics. For 2022, you can order the WT that has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder for about $28,000. The popular WT package will return in 2023, though Chevy hasn’t released pricing for the new truck.
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