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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2024 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2023 GMC Canyon AT4 Crew Cab

Vehicle Type: Pickup Gasoline
 overall score
Category Ranking: 4

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $43,900
Price as Tested: $49,355

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 21.4
EPA City mpg17
EPA Highway mpg21
EPA Combined mpg19

Advanced Safety Features

  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [O]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [O]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [O]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

The third-generation GMC Canyon midsize pickup is the posher (and pricier) corporate twin of the Chevy Colorado. Both were completely redesigned for 2023. The Canyon is powered by a 2.7-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission; the V6 and diesel options are gone. Like the Colorado, the Canyon is available only in a crew-cab, 5-feet-2-inch bed setup; the regular cab and long-bed options are history. Four-wheel drive is optional on the base trim and standard on the rest. There's a lot to like about the sharp-looking new Canyon: The engine delivers quick acceleration and plenty of power. The suspension damping provides a good-quality ride both on-road and off, and the brakes have plenty of stopping power. The stylish interior features upscale materials, excellent fit and finish, a standard 11.3-inch touch screen, and an intuitive infotainment system. Negatives are few but, in one instance, hard to excuse. The engine is noisy, with noticeable turbo lag and throttle surge; the headlights are controlled by the touch screen rather than a knob; back-seat headroom and legroom are limited; and back-seat entry and exit are awkward due to the lack of side steps. But the biggest negative is that forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assistance are the only standard advanced safety features. Four others are extra-cost options.

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Pros and Cons


  • Sharp exterior and interior styling
  • Powerful engine with good acceleration
  • Good ride quality
  • Excellent off-road capability
  • First-rate exterior and interior fit and finish


  • Most advanced safety features are optional
  • Noisy powertrain, with turbo lag and throttle surge
  • Less interior space than exterior dimensions suggest

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2023
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 4670.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 213.2 / 72.4 / 81.6
Wheelbase (in): 131.4
Number of air bags: 7
Warranty (months/miles): 36/36,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Goodyear Wrangler Territory AT
Front and rear tire size: 265/65 R18
Max towing capacity (lbs): 7,700
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 8-speed
Drivetrain type: Four wheel
Engine/motor: 2.7L I4 turbo
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 310 @ 5,600

Test Data

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Handling: 6.21
Quality and Drivability: 7.50

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