For the next few days, we’ll be driving the 2021 GMC Canyon decked out the new AT4 trim level that replaces last year’s All Terrain edition. Built on the GMT 31XX platform it shares with the Chevy Colorado, the GMC Canyon received a mild update for the 2021 model year, which includes a subtle update of the front fascia, new paint colors and interior trim combinations as well as some option package reshuffling.
Expected to be a big seller in the truck’s trim level lineup, the 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 stands out with unique styling touches, including a new grille, red tow hooks, dark chrome accenting, black door handles and mirror caps as well as 17-inch Argent Metallic aluminum wheels wrapped in 31-inch, 265/65R17 Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac all-terrain rubber.
In addition, the Canyon AT4 is available in Crew Cab configuration with either a short bed or a long bed. It’s equipped as standard with the atmospheric 3.6L LGZ V6 gasoline engine that develops 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. GM’s eight-speed automatic transmission feeds that power to all four wheels (switchable to 2WD, when needed) through a shielded two-speed Autotrac transfer case. Buyers can also choose the Duramax turbo-diesel 2.8L LWN I4 that generates 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, matched to a six-speed automatic.
Our 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 Short Bed tester is fairly basic, painted Summit White – the only no-charge hue in the AT4’s five-color palette – and features cloth seat upholstery. The truck retails from $39,395 including the $1,195 destination freight charge. In fact, the only options equipped on this pickup are the $475 Spray-on Bedliner (RPO code CGN) and the $275 Trailering Package (RPO Z82). The latter includes a trailer hitch and a 7-pin connector. That brings the total to $40,120.
The Canyon AT4 is one of several off-road-ready midsize pickups from General Motors. More recently, GMC announced a new Canyon AT4 Performance Edition Package that rounds up a front leveling kit, off-road rocker panel protectors, additional skid plates, 17-inch Gloss Black wheels and a Gloss Black exhaust tip, among other things. It also involves the removal of the AT4’s front air dam in order to increase the trucks’ approach angle. As mentioned above, our tester does not include this new package.
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