Off-road supremacy has been a goal for many automobile manufacturers in recent years, driving revamps, refreshes, overhauls, and updates to popular nameplates. The GMC Canyon is one of those models that has been bitten by the off-road bug, and fans of the midsize pickup will be pleased to know that the redesigned 2023 GMC Canyon is taking off-road adventures to the next level thanks to all-new features made available for the 2023 model year. These features include a completely new trim and enhanced features that make off-road traversal more accommodating to entry-level and veteran weekend warriors alike.
New for the 2023 Canyon is the first ever AT4X trim. This takes things beyond the limits of the AT4 trim of previous years, adding available underbody cameras in the front and rear of the truck, as well as a heads-up display so you can better navigate without having to take your eyes off the path in front of you. A fully digital driver information display cluster, all-new drive modes, and improved infotainment powered by Google Built-In all help elevate the Canyon to new heights. A fresh design both inside and out, the AT4X offers a segment-defining experience as part of the new Canyon.
You can get the 2023 GMC Canyon in four trims, offering midsize truck shoppers a diverse array of options depending on the levels of capability and luxury they want out of a pickup. There is the base Elevation, the off-road AT4, the more extreme AT4X, and finally the luxury-oriented Denali. Available in multiple colors and configurations, the Canyon manages to bridge that gap between a luxury midsize truck and a fully capable off-road pickup.
Some companies opt to offer multiple engines for each model, sometimes overwhelming shoppers with the variety of different powertrain configurations. This can make it difficult to understand what works best for what you want out of the vehicle for your needs. However, with the 2023 GMC Canyon, this isn't an issue because it has a single powertrain configuration designed specifically for all the requirements of midsize truck owners.
The highly capable 2.7-liter turbocharged high-output four-cylinder brings 310 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque across the trim lineup. The engine's fine-tuned, low-end torque and high horsepower output help give it the kind of leverage needed for impressive towing and payload capacities. This includes having a max towing capacity of 7,700 lbs. The 2023 Canyon also has exceptional payload capacities and can haul up to 1,640 lbs in the bed.
The performance of the 2023 GMC Canyon leverages a lot of new tuning from the ground up, including an off-road performance package designed to compliment the Canyon's high-output four-cylinder engine. Along with four-wheel drive functionality and an AutoTrac two-speed transfer case, you have an automatic locking rear differential and advanced hill descent control for better traction and stability when going off-road.
With the inclusion of the all-new drive modes, you can easily alter the Canyon's performance based on your driving needs and the conditions you find yourself in. This is perfect for those who have multiple uses for their midsize pickup, whether it be towing and hauling or traveling off-road. The drive modes make the transition between different driving requirements seamless.
There are five different drive modes, including the AT4X-exclusive Baja Mode, which is designed for high-speed off-road traversal. Tow/Haul Mode is designed for exactly what it says; towing and hauling heavy loads. Terrain Mode is perfect for rock crawling and traversing steep inclines and uneven terrain, while Off-Road Mode is designed for more general-purpose off-roading. Finally, there is Normal Mode, which is the standard drive mode most people will use when traveling to and from their destinations on a daily basis.
The 2023 GMC Canyon boasts an impeccable design both inside and out. It's quite a visual marvel from the exterior alone, featuring a redesigned front fascia with an LED lighting array, concave fog lights, and the exclusive Safari Bar for the AT4X trim. Recovery hooks come standard across the entire trim lineup and are painted red on the AT4 trims. The trim lineup starts with 18-inch wheels and all-terrain tires on the Elevation and scales up to 20-inch diamond-cut machined aluminum alloy wheels on the Denali. With the AT4X Edition 1 Package, you have 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels equipped with 33-inch MT tires.
The bold new exterior with aggressive curves and menacing lines is offset with an all-new redesigned interior that focuses on comfort and functionality. The Denali ramps up the luxury elements with laser-etched open-pore wood and leather seating, while the AT4X embraces a two-tone cabin interior featuring Obsidian Rush and Ceramic White contrasts. Power-adjustable heated and ventilated seats also give the Canyon an additional element of comfort that you won't find in just any other midsize pickup on the market.
The performance-enhanced suspension for the AT4X features Multimatic DSSV dampers for improved off-road handling and shock absorption. Along with 10.7 inches of ground clearance and a much wider track for better stability, the AT4X suspension provides a stunning 36.9-degree approach angle. Various lift kits are also installed across the trims, with a standard two-inch factory lift on the Elevation, AT4, and Denali trims. The AT4X gets an impressive three-inch factory lift, perfect for all sorts of off-road traversal, especially rock crawling.
The AT4X is also designed to take advantage of electronic locking front and rear differentials so you can have unbeatable traction on slippery or wet surfaces. The AT4X Edition 1 Package comes equipped with a COMEUP winch, great for getting yourself or a friend out of a sticky situation. The reconfigurable bed rails give you modular opportunities for cargo storage, while the new water-sealed tailgate storage system opens up more opportunities and ways to store and haul small cargo, such as tool kits, extra supplies, or other gadgets and gizmos.
A completely revamped infotainment and tech suite powered by Google Built-In are all part of the new identity for GMC's midsize truck. Highlighted by up to 10 available camera views for precision hitching and trailering, as well as front and rear underbody cameras, the Canyon is a very robust truck. With the all-new 11.3-inch widescreen HD display, you can see what's coming and what's passed to avoid unnecessary collisions with objects on or off the road with the all-new camera setup.
The camera views and 11.3-inch touchscreen are only part of the tale, though. Standard Bluetooth wireless connectivity for multiple devices, streaming media options thanks to wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and voice-pass through for hands-free calls and texts are further enhanced with additional in-cabin technology. The all-new 11-inch diagonal digital driver information display cluster gives you all of the necessary information you need regarding vehicle health and travel info, working as a perfect companion to the new 11.3-inch HD touchscreen. But it gets better; the 2023 GMC Canyon also comes with a distraction-free digital heads-up display on the windshield, enabling the driver to focus on what's ahead by unobtrusively relaying vital telematics.
Safety and convenience are also a big part of the Canyon's tech profile for 2023, including available driver-assist features like Adaptive Cruise Control and a Safety Alert Seat. The standard Canyon Pro Safety Package comes on all trims and features IntelliBeam auto high-beam headlights, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Front Pedestrian Braking with Bicyclist Detection. Standard inclusion of a Following Distance Indicator and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning means you have all of the basic safety standards covered from top to bottom. Available features like Rear Cross Traffic Braking, Blind Zone Steering Assist, and HD Surround Vision only help improve the Canyon's value for those who want a thoroughly safe midsize pickup truck.