The GMC The Canyon has long been a staple of GMC’s small but sturdy lineup of utilitarian runabouts. They were always a bit nicer and more premium than their Chevrolet siblings with whom they shared legs but usually with a few splashes of wood-trim-this and Denali-that. Regardless of which side of the fence you prefer, people love both twins, included GMC Canyonhence why they both get a new lease of life for the 2023 model year, albeit with some massive revisions.
On the surface, it looked good to blue-collar buyers everywhere who didn’t want or need the Sierra 1500’s hefty heft. During the unveiling, the new generation trucks were hailed as cooler, bigger and much more high-tech and modern than before. But according to a recent report from GM Authority, the twins, including the GMC Canyon, will be much more expensive than before. The new Canyons sticker for a base price of $38,095 before taxes and fees, roughly $11,000 more than last year’s base price. The Denalis rings in at $52,495, and the top-of-the-line AT4X demands a whopping $56,995, deep into half-ton territory.
So what gives? Well, there are quite a few reasons. Here’s our take on why the 2023 GMC Canyon is about to get more expensive next year.
The GMC Canyon has a Sierra powertrain
Like its Chevrolet Colorado companion, the GMC Canyon uses a variant of the 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder originally found in base-model GMC Sierras and Chevrolet Silverados. Unlike the Colorado, which comes in different tunes depending on the trim level, the Canyon only has the best god “high performance” tune. As in base 1500-series trucks and the Colorado ZR2, this state-of-tune produces a healthy 310 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. The result is a Canyon that comes uncannily close to the V8 half-ton of old and will likely see some compact sedans and entry-level sports cars off the hook.
By comparison, the high power and torque figures are well above the Ranger’s EcoBoost engine, which comes in at 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet, and leagues ahead of the aging Tacoma’s 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet. Such strength cements the Canyon and, by extension, the higher-level Colorados, as the most powerful trucks in their segment.
So it doesn’t matter if you jump on the $38,000 Canyon or the $56,000 Canyon. You will get the most powerful version of the 2.7-liter four-tube. The improved performance of the new Canyon will allow it to tow a respectable 7,700 pounds, plenty for a trailer and a race car if that’s what you’re into.
The GMC Canyon has improved off-road capabilities
Being a truck in today’s world means having the chops to slay trails and sling mud when needed, and the 2023 GMC Canyon aims to capitalize on that trend. Adding to its much edgier, macho styling are the available AT4 and AT4X trims, which elevate the Canyon to newfound levels of off-road capability never before seen in GMC’s mini truck. In contrast to the mild upgrades of the last generation Canyon AT4, the upcoming models go further with a widened track for increased stability and a two-inch suspension lift for improved breaking, departure and approach angles. Red towbars protruding from the faux-skidplate bumper have been the norm, but the AT4 thankfully includes a suite of luxury trim and trim to make the drive home from the trail a little more pleasant.
The AT4X goes even further for serious off-roaders, including an extra inch of lift for a total of three inches and GM’s acclaimed Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers. The tires are 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler mud-terrain tires wrapped around 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels, and power is routed through locking front and rear differentials. Full armored troop carrier ski plating rounds out the package, while an available 10-camera system makes forging over sharp boulders a little less nerve-wracking.
It will be safe to say that Baja wannabes and Moab hikers will be more than happy with both sides of the Canyon.
The GMC Canyon Denali will bring new levels of luxury
Denali has always been the highly desirable luxury trim of GMC, akin to Chevrolet’s High Country or Ford’s Limited trim levels. While the last Canyon Denali was a laudable effort to make little workhorses as cozy as possible, the 2023 Canyon Denali aims to transform itself into a legitimate luxury item for discerning buyers who want a C-Class with a bed. So what does that $52,495 get you?
Try a leather-clad cabin with diamond-stitched dashboard upholstery and lots of wood detailing. Leather is black, with contrasting “teak” brown accents on the dashboard and door handles. In addition to an 11-inch cluster and touchscreen, 6-inch heads-up display, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the Denalis also adds a “security alarm” seat as standard. Finally, 20-inch wheels add a sleeker, road-focused sense of styling to the Denali as opposed to the AT4 and AT4X’s 17-inch wheels, meant to allow for beefier sidewalls.
Such technology and appointments help propel a once-aging vehicle into the 2020s while its rivals struggle to stay long in the tooth. Whether these new upgrades are worth the increased prices is up to buyers, but there’s no denying the clear improvements GMC has made to the 2023 Canyon, and it’ll be easy to see it rise as a real market force to be reckoned with .
Source: GM Authority