If you’re in the market for a midsize truck with full-size features, the all new GMC Canyon AT4 just might be for you.
Slotted in between the elevation and Denali trims, the AT4 is meant to provide Canyon owners with an intermediate option focused on off-road or inclement weather driving. While not as luxurious looking as a Denali or as capable as a Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, the Canyon AT4 is creating its own niche in the GMC lineup.The exterior of the Canyon AT4 is more rugged than other Canyon trim levels thanks to super meaty 31 inch tires. The model also comes with a unique black chrome grill, red tow hooks, and unique gloss black 17-inch wheels to set it apart from other Canyon trim levels.
Inside, buyers can choose an optional leather appointed front seats with kalahari accents and AT4 embroidered head restraints. An optional Bose audio system and advanced safety systems such as lane departure warning and automatic crash avoidance are also available.
Like the Canyon Denali and Elevation trim levels, Canyon AT4 demonstrates crossover like driving characteristics. That means a smooth predictable ride that’s comfortable no matter how much you’re hauling in the bed.308-horsepower from GMC’s 3.6L V6 engine moves the AT4 along with a purpose not seen on competitive models. And if you plan on doing some towing or long distance driving, an available 2.8L Duramax four-cylinder engine can give you up to 369 lb-ft of torque and up to 28 miles per gallon.
But when the pavement ends or the going gets slick, the AT4 comes into its own. Those huge Goodyear off-road tires ensure the Canon AT4 will find traction where many midsize trucks just can’t keep up. As an owner, that means no road is too rutted and no snow storm is too intense to keep you on the sidelines.But if that capability isn’t enough, an optional off-road performance package is also available that adds a factory 1-inch suspension leveling kit, performance front and mid skid plates, rocker panel protection, a spray in bedliner, and upgraded floor mats.
In short – The AT4 is a brand new trim level for the GMC Canyon in 2021. It comes with additional off-road focused features that give the AT4 added off-road capability and aggressive looks compared to other Canyon trim levels.But if you’re looking for a vehicle to haul around the entire family or go deeper in the woods, GMC and Chevrolet have better options.
The mid-size Canyon is great for daily driving but doesn’t have a ton of room for kids, pets, or cargo. If those are must haves for you- we recommend the larger GMC Sierra.And if you really want to stretch your legs off-road, the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is priced similarly to the AT4 but comes equipped with advanced DSSV shocks alongside rocker and under panel protection standard.
However, with that all said, the GMC Canyon AT4 is classy and competent. It offers an attractive option for anyone who wants a truck that can take them anywhere they need to be without being a truck that’s too big to drive around comfortably.