The GMC Canyon was already one of the most stylish pickup trucks you could buy if you were shopping for a midsize truck in Woodbridge, Vaughan, Brampton, Kleinburg, Mississauga, or anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area. The latest 2024 GMC Canyon doesn’t just raise the bar for rivals in the midsize pickup truck segment; it gets close to putting it out of reach. The styling is enough to make many want to own one, but this year’s Canyon gets even more desirable when you learn more about what’s going on underneath that stylish exterior.
Depending on what you consider a trim level and what is just an upgrade package for an existing trim, there are four or five trim levels in the 2024 GMC Canyon lineup. The entry-level model is the Elevation, which is standard rear-wheel-drive with four-wheel-drive available. The rest of the range goes to the AT4, Denali, and the range-topping AT4X, which are all standard four-wheel-drive.
The ultimate 2024 GMC Canyon comes in the shape of the AT4X with the new AEV Package. The AEV Edition of the AT4X gets distinctive 17-inch AEV wheels, 35-inch Goodyear mud-terrain tyres, heavy-duty skid plates, and AEV steel bumpers. The AEV is also 1.5 inches taller than a conventional AT4X, attracting customers who desire an even more capable off-road vehicle without sacrificing comfort and convenience features like remote start, heated front seats, or an 11.3-inch infotainment system.
With its strident front grille and narrow LED lights that promote an increasingly bold, aggressive, and imposing stance, the stunning 2024 GMC Canyon begs you to investigate further. The taller stance is partly thanks to increased ground clearance due to 2.0- and 3.0-inch factory lifts, which is the first clue telling you the new Canyon is more focused on off-road performance than ever. The AT4 was already a capable performer off-road, but the AT4X AEV goes further in that direction.
But despite a lot of advanced off-road and other technology on board the new Canyon, there’s also a simplification of specifications this year that many shoppers will welcome. There are still plenty of choices for you to get the right truck for your needs, but many relatively superfluous configurations are no longer offered. Therefore, the Canyon is now exclusively available as a crew cab model with a short bed and a single powertrain.
Some insist that statistics can be manipulated to say or prove anything you want, but some numbers don’t lie. The engine under the hood of every 2024 GMC Canyon is a 2.7-litre turbo-four that develops 310 horsepower and 430 lb.-ft. of torque, which goes to the wheels through a quick-shifting new eight-speed automatic transmission. There are no different tunings here. Every model in the range gets the High Output version, which helps to deliver some serious capability.
The maximum towing and hauling capacities vary by trim level and specification, but they still make excellent reading. The best towing numbers come from the Elevation, AT4, and Denali models, which can all handle a best-in-class 3,493 kg (7,700 pounds). The model with the highest payload capacity is the Elevation at 744 kg (1,640 pounds) in rear-drive form and 721 kg (1,590 pounds) in four-wheel-drive form.
As well as excellent towing, hauling, and off-road capability, the 2024 GMC Canyon also includes the very latest safety and river-assist technology, such as underbody cameras, a Head-Up Display, and a fully digital driver information centre. Experience all this and more with a test drive in the new Canyon from Roy Foss Chevrolet Buick GMC here at 2 Auto Park Circle, Woodbridge, Ontario, or call us at (905) 850-1000 for an appointment that fits your schedule.