GM took an interesting approach with the all-new 2023 GMC Canyon lineup. They gave all new Canyon trucks a wide stance, a suspension lift, and a high-output turbocharged engine. It is the more premium midsize truck when you also consider the new Chevy Colorado, and it shows! In this first drive review, I do a bit of east coast mud bogging and narrow trail crawling to see what the new Canyon AT4X is made of. Let’s jump in!
2023 GMC Canyon AT4X
The new Canyon lineup starts with the Canyon Elevation trim, which is in many ways equipped similar to a new 2023 Chevy Colorado Trail Boss with some options thrown in. Next up is the Canyon AT4, which is a wider Colorado Z71 with its own style. The new Canyon Denali luxury trim stands on its own. Finally, the Canyon AT4X is mechanically similar to the Colorado ZR2, but with an up-level interior.
I find the new GMC Canyon to be more handsome than the new Colorado. The squared-off front styling with LED lights and the bumper cutouts make it look purposeful and tough. The AT4X Edition 1 is the ultimate expression of the new Canyon. It’s a special launch edition that is now sold out, according to GMC.
The AT4X Edition 1 has everything. It has the most ground clearance of all new Canyon trucks. It has DSSV spool-valve dampers by Multimatic. It has front and rear locking differentials. It has 33-inch Goodyear Wrangler Territory MT tires, underbody cameras, and a front-mounted winch.
All new 2023 Canyons get a high-output version of the L3B 2.7-liter turbocharged I4 engine. It is rated at 310 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. All AT4X trucks get a Baja mode that relaxes the traction control and stability control systems and provides a Performance Shift mode for the 8-speed automatic.
Join the video below for some North Carolina off-road fun!
If you want to see a new 2023 Chevy Colorado ZR2 in a completely different and very tough environment – check out my first drive review of the ZR2 as I “raced” it off-road from Las Vegas, NV to Reno, NV!