2021 GMC Canyon diesel Crew Cab

MSRP $31,900 - $40,600

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2021 GMC Canyon diesel Crew Cab Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Among mid-size pickup trucks, the GMC Canyon has played an important role for quite a while now. There are three main powertrain options available for the Canyon, one among which is the 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel engine that has been bestowed to the diesel variant of the same. The 2021 GMC Canyon Crew Cab Diesel generates more torque, which makes it easier to carry heavy loads. At the same time, the diesel powertrain offers better fuel economy than the regular gas variant, which is also a plus. 

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Pros

Good fuel economy

High towing capacity

Spacious cabin and cargo space

Cons

The engine is underpowered compared to rivals

Most safety features are optional

Sluggish acceleration

What's New?

Updated front design

Minor tweaks in standard feature list


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$31900

bodystyle

3dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity

5

engine type

transmission

6 speed Automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

128.3 in.

length

212.4 in.

width

74.3 in.

height

70.6 in.

curb weight

4456 lbs.

ground clearance

8.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

39.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

41.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1505 lbs.

warranty

roadside assistance

No


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Trims

Elevation$31,900 onwards

  • Leather-Wrapped steering wheel
  • Led foglights
  • Remote-Locking tailgate
  • Sliding rear window

AT4$38,200 onwards

  • Four-Way power-adjustable front passenger seat
  • Hd radio
  • Hd rearview camera
  • Heated steering wheel

Colors and Styles

2021 GMC Canyon diesel Crew Cab in Cayenne Red Metallic color
Cayenne Red Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

8.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


The vehicle comes in two configurations; short bed and long bed, so you can select whichever is most suitable for your needs. It has kept itself pretty balanced when it comes to features and practical applications. Moreover, it provides flexibility in terms of Trimline options so that buyers can choose according to their preferences. It will be priced at $39,625, placing it in competition with Chevrolet Colorado Diesel, Ford F-150 Diesel, and Jeep Gladiator Diesel.


7.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2021 GMC Canyon diesel Crew Cab Features

GMC Canyon Crew Cabs are normally available in four trim levels; Elevation standard, Elevation, AT4, and Denali. In this article, we will not count the Elevation Standard trim as it does not come with a diesel engine. The rest of the trims are well-equipped with a 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel 4 cylinder engine that costs around $6,300 more than the regular 4-cylinder one. In addition to that, the Canyon Crew Cab will be available with a heated driver and front passenger seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bose premium audio system, an 8-inch diagonal GMC Infotainment System with Navigation, Cruise Control, and many more as per trim level specifics.

Trims

Elevation

AT4

Denali

MSRP (2WD)

$39,625

N/A

N/A

MSRP (4WD)

$43,165

$44,265

$49,625

Key Features

Cruise Control

In addition to elevation,

In addition to All-terrain Leather

 

Cloth upholstery

31" Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac Tires

Bose premium audio system

 

Full-black interior

Dual-zone automatic climate control

8" diagonal GMC Infotainment System with Navigation

 

Trailering Package

Transfer Shield Case

20" alloy wheels

 

Halogen projector-beam headlamps with LED DRLs

Off-Road Suspension Package

Heated steering wheel

 

CornerStep Rear bumper

Heated driver and front passenger seats

SiriusXM radio

 

18" alloy wheels

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Right from the cloth upholstery to leatherette touches, all can be felt as we move from the primitive Elevation format to the range-topping Denali. Even in terms of wheel setup too, the 18” alloy wheels in the Elevation are transgressed to be much more muscular 20" alloy wheels in the Denali. The likes of extras such as the Trailering Package and Off-Road Suspension Package are also available for enhancing the loading prowess and dynamics respectively within reasonable prices. So, the GMC Canyon Crew Cab Diesel is looking like a promising prospect in this segment.

Which Trim should you buy?

The Elevation trim is the most practical and cost-effective in the Canyon Diesel lineup. It has all the necessities that make sense in a truck. In addition, depending on your cargo needs, you can choose between a short bed and a long bed. On the flip side, you should probably choose the AT4 trim if you will be spending more time off-roading with your truck but if you're looking for more luxury gear in the cabin then Denali trim is the call for you. However, for a better value proposition, we recommend getting an AWD variant with Elevation trim.

2021 GMC Canyon diesel Crew Cab Engine and Performance

7.0/10

All Canyon trims will be powered by the same 2.8L Duramax Turbo 4 cylinder engine that generates 181 HP and 369 lb-ft of torque. Compared with the regular gas variant, the diesel engine makes more torque. It is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission that works smoothly without any noticeable lag. It is generally offered with rear-wheel drive, but you can also get a 4-wheel drive layout as standard for the long-bed configuration. 

With this engine's power, the Canyon is capable of towing up to 7,700 lbs, which is truly impressive. Furthermore, it can sprint from 0 to 60MPH in about nine seconds and can cover a quarter-mile in 17.1 seconds.

Models

2021 GMC Canyon Crew Cab Diesel

2021 Ford F-150 Diesel SuperCrew

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Diesel

2021 Jeep Gladiator Diesel

MSRP

$39,625

$45,825

$37,810

$42,655

Engine 

2.8L Duramax Inline-4 Diesel

3.0L Turbo-Diesel V6

2.8L Duramax Inline-4 Diesel

3.0L Turbocharged V6 Diesel

Drivetrain

2WD

4WD

2WD

4WD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

10-Speed Automatic Transmission

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power 

181 hp @ 3,400 rpm

250 hp @ 3,250 RPM

181 hp @ 3,400 rpm

260 hp @ 3,600 rpm

Torque

369 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm

440 lb-ft @ 1,750 RPM

369 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm

442 lb-ft @ 1,400 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

9.0 

7.3

9.1 

7.6

Quarter mile (sec)

17.1

15.5

16.2

15.8

Top Speed (MPH)

116

125

115

N/A

In comparison with the GM brothers, the Gladiator thrusts better with about 80 hp and 70 pounds-feet of the more power-torque curve. The Gladiator's price is $3,000 higher than the GMC trucks here, but the Gladiator comes standard with all-wheel drive, making it seem perfectly priced. Gladiator's acceleration is also much better than the other trucks while the Ford F-150 Diesel SuperCrew takes the leap in the quarter-mile drag. In fact, the former is 1.5 seconds ahead of the others on average in the 0-60 mph mark. Overall, the Jeep Gladiator easily outperforms other trucks in terms of performance.

How well does the 2021 GMC Canyon Crew Cab Diesel handle?

The 2021 GMC Canyon Crew Cab Diesel will handle just like the regular gas-powered version, which is quite good. Regardless of the speed or the road, the truck handles exceptionally well. A lightweight steering wheel and a very sensitive steering feel complete the picture. Additionally, the suspension system is finely tuned according to the type of vehicle, making it a pleasure to drive and to ride in. 

Moreover, its available 2-speed transfer case is very efficient at switching between RWD and AWD drivetrains according to the road conditions, further improving its ride quality. The shock absorber travel remains within the defined geometry even when fully laden meaning the wheel alignment won’t be affected no matter what. Talking specifically of AT4, the off-roading nudge is openly visible and the same is consistent to a large extent throughout the lineup.

2021 GMC Canyon Crew Cab Diesel Braking Performance

The Canyon is a big truck weighing 3,943 pounds. However, it is also equipped with large brake rotors measuring 12.2 inches and 12.75 inches at the front and rear, respectively. With the Canyon, all four wheels are fitted with disc brakes that are assisted by the anti-lock braking system. As a result of such setup, the Canyon is capable of stopping completely from 60-0 mph within 119 feet, which is a good result considering the mass transfer. This distance can also be considered to be a safe braking limit while speeding on the highways. 

Models

2021 GMC Canyon Crew Cab Diesel

2021 Ford F-150 Diesel SuperCrew

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Diesel

2021 Jeep Gladiator Diesel

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.2

13.8

12.2

12.9

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

12.75

13.2

12.75

13.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3,943

4618

3986

4650

60-0 MPH (feet)

119

N/A

119

129

Because of their lightweight bodies, the GM trucks do a little better than Gladiator in terms of brake performance. The Jeep Gladiator is over 650 lbs heavier than them, so it comes to a complete halt after decelerating a bit later than the former. The gap of almost 10 ft among the aforementioned can make a huge difference in case of uncertainties. Since the figure for the Ford is not available, nothing concrete can be concluded here.

2021 GMC Canyon diesel Crew Cab Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The fuel economy of the GMC Canyon Diesel powertrain is very efficient, and it is also better than the regular gas variant. City miles for the Canyon are limited to 20 miles, which is okay, but not that impressive. But, its fuel performance on the highways is remarkable as on a single gallon of fuel, it can drive up to 30 miles. In a mixed driving condition though, it can drive at the max of 25 miles, which is also the highest in its segment. It has been fitted with a 21-gallon fuel tank inside giving you a good range coverage of more than 500 miles on a daily basis.

Models

2021 GMC Canyon Crew Cab Diesel

2021 Ford F-150 Diesel SuperCrew

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Diesel

2021 Jeep Gladiator Diesel

MPG (City)

20

20

20

22

MPG (Highway)

30

27

30

28

MPG (Combined)

25

23

25

24

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

21

26

21

22

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

420/630/525

520/702/598

420/630/525

484/616/528

In the cities, the Jeep Gladiator showed better mileage than the other trucks as it is ahead by almost 2 miles. Whereas on the highways, both the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks took the lead as they went ahead by almost 2-3 mpg. All in all, each of them here returned well in terms of fuel economy. Ford F-150 Diesel SuperCrew, however, has better performance overall, clocking around 598 miles in combined driving conditions, thus making it the winner here.

2021 GMC Canyon diesel Crew Cab Interior

9.0/10

Yes, the interiors of the GMC Canyon for this year have remained the same but it still looks fresh and is a great place to be in. Throughout the interiors, soft-touch materials are predominant. In addition, its cabin includes leather inserts, which justify its price and add opulence to its interior at the same time. The base trim comes bolstered in cloth material which can be found in the AT4 trim as well. But, the AT4 trim is also available in the leather variant. The driver’s seats can be power adjusted in 6-ways whereas the front passenger seats can be adjusted manually in 2-ways. The interior gets more interesting in the AT4 trim as most of the features receive upgrades alongside heating function. The Denali trim, on the other hand, further sways towards luxury as features like heated and cooled seats and leather-wrapped heated steering wheel come into the bandwagon. 

Models

2021 GMC Canyon Crew Cab Diesel

2021 Ford F-150 Diesel SuperCrew

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Diesel

2021 Jeep Gladiator Diesel

Seating Capacity

5

6

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

41.4/57.5/45.0

40.8/66.7/43.9

41.4/57.5/45.0

42.8/55.7/41.2

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.3/56.2/35.8

40.4/66.0/43.6

38.3/56.2/35.8

42.8/55.7/38.3

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

49.9

52.8

49.9

35.5

In the front space, both the Canyon and Colorado boast the segment-best legroom but we get to see more headroom in the Gladiator. Meanwhile, in terms of holistic, the Gladiator takes the edge with its completeness in both rows over the GM siblings. However, the Ford has the highest 6-passenger capacity with the most elegant arrangement altogether. In terms of cargo capacity, the GMC Canyon Crew Cab Diesel comes with 49.9 cu-ft which is equivalent to its Chevy counterpart and also one of the best on offer, just behind the F-150 Diesel SuperCrew that offers 3 additional cubes of space.

Standout interior features:

  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • 6-way power-adjustable front seats
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Front heated seats with ventilation
  • Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Defogger

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The Canyon comes equipped with a standard 8” touchscreen display that runs GMC infotainment system software. Its user interface is easy and the responsiveness is quite good and has nothing to complain about. The Denali trim, specifically, comes with a navigation system which is a good add-on. Six speakers are also mounted inside its cabin to cater to your music needs whereas the Denali trim enjoys the availability of a premium 7-speaker Bose unit. Some other features of its infotainment system include a Wi-Fi hotspot, Sirius XM, advanced voice recognition, Apple Carplay, Android Auto, Bluetooth music streaming, and USB ports.

Standout infotainment features:

  • 8" touchscreen display 
  • Apple Carplay And Android Auto
  • USB Ports
  • SiriusXM
  • 7-speaker Bose premium sound system
  • GMC Infotainment System with Navigation and Voice command

2021 GMC Canyon diesel Crew Cab Exterior

8.0/10

A few cosmetic changes have been made for 2021, including a redesigned front fascia and a redesigned grille. The grille has been chromed in its surroundings, which gives it a more attractive appearance. In addition, the GMC logo in the middle of the grille has been enlarged. Also, the lower bumper comes with two red-colored tow hooks.

The big and bold design of this machinery also indicates its capability as a truck. As standard, it sits on 18” alloy wheels whereas the Denali trim comes with 20” wheels. The AT4 trim, which is more off-road oriented, features a dedicated suspension system and 31" Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires. Some other features of Canyon’s exterior are automatic LED headlamps and LED DRLs, LED Fog lamps, rear bumper corner step, and heated-power adjustable side mirrors.

Models

2021 GMC Canyon Crew Cab Diesel

2021 Ford F-150 Diesel SuperCrew

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Diesel

2021 Jeep Gladiator Diesel

Curb weight (lbs)

3,943

4618

3986

4650

Length (inches)

212.4

231.7

212.4

218

Width (Inches)

74.3

79.9

76.7

73.8

Height (Inches)

70.7

75.6

72.4

75

Ground clearance (inches)

8.3

8.5

8.4

10

Wheelbase (inches)

128.3

145

128.3

137.3

The Gladiator, by default, is off-road-ready and its dimensions are pretty much suitable for those conditions. In comparison with others, it provides nearly 1.7 inches more ground clearance. The Gladiator also has a longer wheelbase than the GM trucks which gives it straight-line stability on tough terrains. But considering the body compass on inclined planes, with lighter mass, the GMC Canyon Crew Cab Diesel will also land softly as a feather. Therefore, one can rate them at par with another in this section.

Standout exterior features:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Power heated side mirrors
  • Automatic LED Headlamps and DRLs
  • LED Fog lamps
  • Rear bumper corner step
  • 265/60R18 all-season, Blackwall tires

2021 GMC Canyon diesel Crew Cab Safety

7.0/10

GMC Canyon is not the best when it comes to safety, but it hasn't performed badly either. Among its many safety features, a few are the HD Vision cameras, electronic stability and traction control, OnStar, and GMC-connected services. Besides that, it also comes with many advanced safety assets, most of which are only available through the package such as the Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Park Assist. As tested by the NHTSA, the Canyon earned a 4-star overall rating, which is considered to be good. Further, it was also rated highly in IIHS tests, but it did not receive any safety title, since most of its safety gear is optional. 

Standout safety features: 

  • Automatic Emergency Braking Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Forward-collision warning
  • HD Rear Vision Camera
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Lane-departure warning

2021 GMC Canyon diesel Crew Cab Competition

8.0/10

2021 GMC Canyon Crew Cab Diesel vs 2021 Ford F-150 Diesel SuperCrew

The call between the two is pretty close only as both of them are competent enough within a competitive price range. The Ford F-150 Diesel SuperCrew has got more space and range practicality with better acceleration and cargo area, however, is more expensive at the same time as well. But the margin in any of the mentioned parameters is not significant which is why the lower price tag of the Canyon is also justified. Therefore, both can be chosen depending on one’s flavor.

2021 GMC Canyon Crew Cab Diesel vs 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Diesel

Both the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Diesel are based on the same platform and have nearly the same specs as they share a common parent company. Between these trucks, the only major difference is the design element and the availability of certain features. As a whole, the GMC Canyon wins in this comparison because it has more distinct advantages over Colorado. Starting with the base model, the Canyon is better equipped with features. In addition, compared to Colorado, the Canyon appears to be more impressive in design. Although Colorado costs less than Canyon here, we still recommend Canyon.

2021 GMC Canyon Crew Cab Diesel vs 2021 Jeep Gladiator Diesel

Jeep Gladiator falls on the expensive side of the spectrum at a price difference of nearly $3,000 between these two trucks. However, the Gladiator's powertrain and acceleration are much better than those of the GMC brothers. For Canyon, you must opt for the AT4 trim option to get those off-road features. Gladiator comes with off-road capability right from the base trim. In addition, the Gladiator has a longer wheelbase which makes room for more passengers, especially in the rear. Aside from that, Jeep Gladiator's standard features are superior to Canyon's.

2021 GMC Canyon diesel Crew Cab Final Verdict

There is no doubt that the 2021 GMC Canyon Crew Cab Diesel is a very good truck with good power, adequate features, and plenty of room inside. With its towing capacity and cargo space, the Canyon is also among the best in its segment. But the Gladiator can be a viable option to check out as it has got some inspiring virtues too that are worth considering.