The GMC Canyon has received a small update for the 2021 model year, along with the new All Terrain 4 trim. We're driving this 2021 GMC Canyon AT4.
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We've done a lot of pickup trucks on TestDrive over the course of our show, including all 4 of the major full-size American truck brands, but we've yet to feature any of the mid-size pickup trucks offered here in North America. The 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 is a new trim for this model year, and features a slight facelift to bring the look and design inline with other vehicles in GMCs lineup, including an updated front grille and lower fascia, vertical LED fog lamps, and an updated tailgate with the 'CANYON' badge along the centre rather than to one side.
Our AT4 package also comes with a number of off-road oriented features including 31" Goodyear Wrangler off-road tires on 17" rims, an Eaton G80 rear locking differential, a transfer case skid plate, an off-road tuned suspension with an advanced hill descent control mode, and a unique grille colour along with lower front red recovery hooks. This new AT4 trim competes directly with the Ford Ranger FX4, but we don't feel it takes it to the same level as the 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor.
Our full tour and review covers a number of topics buyers of a mid-size pickup truck would be interested in, including the MSRP and as-tested price for this GMC Canyon, the differences between this and an entry-level 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4, and what sort of Sierra 1500 you could buy for about the same price as this. We discuss the truck's payload and towing capabilities along with the GVWR of 6,000 lbs, and how this 3.6L direct injection V6 engine compares to the competition, and how the 2.8L Duramax diesel improves towing.
We then take the 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 on a comprehensive real-world road test to talk about how this truck performs, handles, and drives on the road, and what stands out about it. We go over the interior design and layout, and how this truck compares to the previous generation Sierra 1500. We report our real-world fuel economy test results along with our opinion on living with this truck for a week.
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Perpetual Radio Networks launched as Canada's first podcast network. PRN is now focused on delivering the highest quality video content. We launched our flagship automotive review show TestDrive in November of 2015 with our first video on our own 2001 BMW 740iL.