The mid-size pickup segment in the US is about to get a lot more exciting GMC and Ford is about to introduce the new versions of Canyon and Ranger respectively. For the 2023 model year, these trucks will undergo a generational update, bringing in new technology, refreshed powertrains and better capabilities.
But while the details of the 2023 Canyon are already out, Ford has yet to share any information about the American 2023 Ranger. That said, its model currently sold outside the US hints at what we can expect when this truck hits our shores. And from what we know so far, it seems that between the new GMC Canyon and the new Ford Ranger, the former is likely the better choice.
2023 GMC Canyon vs. Ford Ranger: Performance and Capability
With this generation update, the GMC Canyon drops the previous model’s three-unit engine lineup, which featured two gasoline and one diesel engines. Instead, it now comes with a 2.7-liter turbocharged inline-four standard across its range, including on off-road spec AT4 and AT4X trims. This engine produces 310 horsepower and a healthy 430 lb-ft of torque. 8-speed automatic transmission is the only one offered with the new Canyon.
The Elevation trim of this truck will have a cargo capacity of 1,640 pounds. On the AT4, it stands at 1,550 pounds, while the Canyon Denali will be able to carry 1,360 pounds. However, the AT4X trim will have a minimum payload capacity of just 1,250 pounds.
The 2023 Canyon retains its towing capabilities with the new generation model. All trims, except the AT4X, will be able to tow up to 7,700 pounds. The AT4X, due to its extra off-road equipment, will offer 6,000 pounds of towing capacity.
Ford has yet to reveal the engine options for the American 2023 Ranger. But in the overseas markets, the new version of this truck comes with a range of inline-four and V6 diesel engines. Unfortunately, these are unlikely to make it to the US. The current version of this midsize truck gets a 2.3-liter inline-four, which produces 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.
We expect the new Ranger to continue using this engine with the current model’s 10-speed automatic transmission. With this update, Ford will also introduce a Raptor version of the Ranger, which will get a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 391 horsepower along with 429 lb-ft of torque.
The current version of the Ranger can tow up to 7,500 pounds and has a cargo capacity of 1,860 pounds. We expect these numbers to remain identical to the new model. However, the Raptor version may have slightly less towing and payload capacity due to its performance upgrades.
2023 GMC Canyon vs. Ford Ranger: Fuel Economy
Fuel economy figures for the upcoming GMC Canyon are still uncertain. But they are likely to be improved over the outgoing model. GMC has said the Canyon’s new 2.7-liter engine will have better fuel economy than the current 2.5-liter inline-four. For reference, this engine has an EPA-estimated rating of 19 MPG in the city and 24 MPG on the highway, for a combined figure of 21 MPG.
The current generation Ford Ranger with its 2.3-liter gasoline engine has an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 21 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway, with a combined figure of 23 MPG for the 2WD version. The 4WD version, on the other hand, is rated at 20 MPG in the city, 24 MPG on the highway, and 22 MPG combined. But these numbers are likely to improve with the new model to some extent. Additionally, Ford could include a hybrid model in the Ranger lineup with the 2023 update.
2023 GMC Canyon vs. Ford Ranger: Interior and Features
The 2023 Canyon will have an 11.3-inch diagonal infotainment screen as standard across its lineup. In addition, the Denali and AT4X grades will also get an 11-inch digital instrument cluster, which in the Elevation and AT4 will be an 8-inch unit. The new Canyon will also feature a segment-first 6.3-inch heads-up display.
Other features include wireless connectivity for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and a seven-speaker Bose sound system in Denali and AT4X trims. The new generation of this truck will also get a surround camera system, including ten cameras consisting of a waterproof underbody camera.
The 2023 Ranger comes standard in overseas markets with an 8-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.1-inch vertical infotainment screen. We expect the US model to have similar credentials and offer the option to upgrade to a 12-inch infotainment screen. In addition, Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will likely be standard equipment, while higher models will get the Ford SYNC4 connectivity system.
2023 GMC Canyon vs. Ford Ranger: Prices
For the current generation GMC Canyon, prices start at $28,000 for the 2WD extended cab Elevation trim and go up to $52,245 for the 4WD crew cab extended bed Denali trim. GMC says the new Canyon will have a starting price of $40,000, with the AT4X trim having an MSRP of $63,350. Prices may go up further for this truck’s Denali trim.
The Ford Ranger currently has a base starting price of $25,980 for the single cab 2WD XL and $39,730 for the double cab 4WD Lariat. Adding the Tremor off-road package will further increase the price of this truck by $4,290. With all of its upgrades, we expect the prices of the 2023 Ranger to grow, while remaining competitive with the segment.
Sources: GMC, Ford