2021 GMC Canyon

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Key specs

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The good:

  • V-6 power
  • Quiet cabin at highway speeds
  • Multimedia system usability
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto standard
  • Steering feel

The bad:

  • Brake pedal feel
  • Ride quality
  • Dated interior
  • Seating comfort
  • Denali version doesn't feel luxurious

5 trims

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Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2021 GMC Canyon trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • New off-road-oriented AT4 trim level
  • Mid-size pickup truck
  • Four-cylinder and V-6 gas engines
  • Turbo-diesel four-cylinder available
  • 7,700-pound maximum trailering capacity
  • Forward collision warning available

2021 GMC Canyon review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 GMC Canyon?

The GMC Canyon is a mid-size pickup truck that seats up to five and is available in extended- or crew-cab form. It comes standard with a 200-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine; a 308-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 and 181-hp, turbo-diesel 2.8-liter four-cylinder are also offered. The four-cylinder engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, and the V-6 comes with an eight-speed automatic. The Canyon is available with rear- or four-wheel drive. 

Competitors include the Honda Ridgeline, Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma. The Canyon’s Chevrolet mechanical twin is the Colorado

What’s New on the 2021 GMC Canyon?

GMC has renamed the Canyon’s trim levels. They now consist of the Elevation Standard, Elevation, AT4 and Denali. The AT4 is a new addition to the lineup that’s designed for off-road driving and comes with hill descent control, off-road suspension tuning, 31-inch all-terrain tires on 17-inch aluminum wheels, a locking rear differential and a skid plate for the transfer case.   

What Features in the 2021 GMC Canyon Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
  • Two front USB ports

Available features include:

  • Remote start
  • Cruise control
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Navigation
  • Bose premium stereo
  • Wireless device charging
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning

Should I Buy the 2021 GMC Canyon?

The Canyon’s available V-6 engine is powerful, and the truck’s cabin is quiet on the highway. Unfortunately, a number of other aspects of the driving experience disappoint; brake pedal feel is poor and the ride is stiff. The seats aren’t all that comfortable, either. In a 2019 comparison of four mid-size trucks, the Canyon finished last, so it’s worth checking out the competition before making a final decision. 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.2
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value for the money 4.1
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.2

Most recent consumer reviews


Great but one issue

Love my new canyon. Have owned 2005 Sierra, 2007 Ram, 2010 f350 diesel. All had their pluses and a few minuses. 2022 Canyon my first new vehicle since 2012. Scaled down a little for MPG and kids are nearly grown. I have 95-99 percent satisfaction. However, I do have one interior styling major issue. The 4wd selection and light dials are very bad location. My left knee hits them when I get in and right knee hits them when getting out. I have put less than 1000 miles on so far and i have found I was in 4wd position at least 6 times so far. I literally have to check the position every stinking time.


Nice, but could be improved.

Overall I like the vehicle. The cup holders are a little too close to the shifter and the interior lighting could be brighter. Also sometimes the automatic transmission shifts awkwardly. It also uses a bit more gas than I expected. Overall it is a good vehicle.


Beware of purchasing a vehicle from Thompson Ponti

worst service EVER! I scheduled a week in advance and took a day of vacation knowing I would not have my NEW truck. Dropped it off at 8am for and 8:30 am appointment. Same issue brought in for last time a month ago! They would not even return any of my calls or texts requesting an update and when I got through at 2 pm all they said was they had not looked at it yet!! Incompetence at its finest! Now I will probably have to take another day of vacation since I do not have another vehicle! BUYER BE WARE!!

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by GMC
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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