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2021 GMC Canyon

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Key specs

Base trim shown

Pickup Truck

Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

212.4” x 70.4”


Rear-wheel drive



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

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2021 GMC Canyon trim comparison will help you decide.

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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 4.2
  • Interior 4.2
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value 3.9
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.0
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Most recent consumer reviews


This is a wonderful and underrated truck!

Did a ton of research on mid-sized trucks and targetted this one. Bought a creampuff with 37000 km on AT4 Long Box with all-leather seats. Replaced the headlights with Firehawk LEDs as the original halogens were way too dim. Love the power from the v6, and fuel consumption is 12l/100km...not bad. Love the ride and the fully adjustable front seats. Bose sound system is excellent, and the vehicle handles and brakes very well. No complaints at all on loom and feel, and really like the AWD+4x4 drive. I have owned many Subarus and the drive traction is easily comparable. I will be adding a K&N cold air intake and new exhaust to up the torque a bit for better trailering.


2021 GMC Canyon Denali Review at 24,000 miles

2021 GMC Canyon Denali 3.6L / Onyx Black / Gray Interior Very attractive vehicle all around / avg city driving 12 mpg / Hwy driving 16-18 mpg / Vehicle lacks technology found in my 2015 Jeep Cherokee Ltd trade in. Canyon does not have push button start, uses traditional key. No audible text function, no touch handle door opening with key fob in pocket, no lock prevention when keys left in vehicle. I loved these features, but also love the truck appearance, ride, handling & function. At 24,000 miles, no issues.


Dealer has not replaced, repaired or bought back c

Makes rattling noise while running, camera for reverse has had to be replaced twice within one and half years, fuel sensor defective, and check engine light comes on all of of these issues have happened in less than 2 years. Dealership has not provided vehicle while at shop which has left me stranded.

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Based on the 2021 GMC Canyon base trim.
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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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