The 2023 GMC Canyon is the latest version of GMC’s popular mid-size pickup truck. The Canyon has been a hit with buyers since its introduction in 2015, and the 2023 model builds on that success with a range of updates and improvements. The design of the 2023 Canyon has been refreshed, with a more modern and muscular look. The front grille is larger and more imposing, with a prominent GMC badge and striking LED headlights. The body lines have been updated, giving the truck a more aggressive and athletic appearance. Overall, On the inside the 2023 Canyon has been updated to match the exterior’s modern look. The dashboard and center console have been redesigned, with a new infotainment system and updated climate controls. The materials used throughout the cabin have been improved, with more soft-touch surfaces and premium leather upholstery available on higher trims. Despite the fact this is a truck, more and more manufactures are placing “top of the line” finished in these trucks. The new infotainment system is intuitive and easy to use, with a large touchscreen display and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which will provide you an outstanding audio experience. Higher trims come with additional features, such as a premium sound system, wireless charging, and a head-up display. On the performance side, the 2023 Canyon is available with two engine options. The standard engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that produces 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and is available in rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. The other engine option is a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and is available in rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. I got to tell you, despite the smaller frame the Canyon is built on, it has a great deal of capability! The Canyon handles well, with a responsive steering and well-tuned suspension. It’s also capable off-road, with four-wheel drive and a range of features such as hill descent control and an off-road suspension package.
Safety is always a priority with GM products. You have a rearview camera, forward-collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. Higher trims come with additional features, such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-departure warning. Overall, the Canyon has received good ratings from independent crash-test organizations, making it a safe and reliable vehicle.
There are plenty of choices in the kind of trim levels you are looking for. The 2023 Canyon is available in four trim levels: Elevation, AT4, Denali, and All-Terrain. The Elevation is the base model, and it comes with a range of standard features, including the 2.5-liter engine, a 7-inch touchscreen display, and cloth upholstery. The AT4 is the off-road-focused model, and it comes with a range of features designed to improve its off-road capabilities, such as skid plates, all-terrain tires, and an off-road suspension package.
The Denali is the luxury-focused model, and it comes with a range of premium features, such as leather upholstery, a premium sound system, and a head-up display. The All-Terrain is like the AT4, but it comes with a few additional features, such as a spray-on bed liner and a unique interior trim. The 2023 Canyon starts at $26,595 for the base Elevation model. The AT4 starts at $39,395, the Denali starts at $44,795, and the All-Terrain starts at $41,795. Personally I think, no matter what trim you chose, you are going to get your money’s worth. Lastly, the fuel economy of the 2023 Canyon is generous with a The 2.5-liter engine with an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway for the rear-wheel drive configuration, and 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway for the four-wheel drive configuration. The 3.6-liter V6 engine has an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway for the rear-wheel drive configuration, and 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway for the four-wheel drive configuration.
Overall, the 2023 GMC Canyon is a well-rounded mid-size pickup truck that offers a combination of style, comfort, technology, performance, and capability. It’s a versatile vehicle that can serve as a daily driver or a weekend adventurer, and it can handle a range of tasks, from hauling cargo to towing a trailer. Want the power and convivence of a truck, but don’t need the power and capacity of a full-sized truck, The GMC Canyon is exactly what you are looking for.
Written by Albert Flores, automotive writer, and past president of the Texas Auto Writers Association.