GMC Canyon vs Sierra 1500: Which Truck is Right for You?

July 8th, 2021 by

Canyon vs Sierra 1500

The new GMC Canyon and the new GMC Sierra 1500 continue to be top contenders in their respective classes. In this updated comparison, we delve into the latest specifications, ratings, and features that distinguish these two exceptional models from GMC. Here at Jerry Seiner Buick GMC North Salt Lake, we’re committed to helping you find the perfect GMC truck for you. Let’s look at the differences between the new Canyon and the new Sierra 1500 to help you decide. You can explore what’s new for the GMC truck lineup in 2024 here

GMC Canyon vs GMC Sierra 1500: Power & Handling

The latest GMC Sierra 1500 and GMC Canyon continue GMC’s tradition of delivering ample power and towing capability, each tailored to suit specific needs. A comparison of their engine capabilities distinctly highlights these differences, illustrating the unique strengths of each model in the GMC lineup

GMC Canyon:

The latest GMC Canyon is equipped with a potent four-cylinder engine as standard, and offers a 2.7 L 4-cylinder engine that delivers an impressive 310 horsepower and 430 lb.-ft. of torque.

  • Engine Performance: Offers a base engine with 310 horsepower.
  • Towing: Towing capacity depends on several factors but the GMC Canyon offers a maximum towing capacity 7,700 lbs (Elevation, AT4, Denali trims)
  • Drivetrain Options: Available in gasoline with a crew cab configuration and a 61.7-inch bed length.

GMC Sierra 1500:

  • Engine Performance: The Sierra 1500 outshines the Canyon with its engine options. While the base engine matches the Canyon’s 310 horsepower, you can upgrade to the mighty 5.3L V8 (355 hp) or the monstrous 6.2L V8 (420 hp) for conquering heavier tasks.
  • Towing and Payload: he Sierra 1500 reigns supreme with a jaw-dropping 13,100-lb maximum towing capacity with the 6.2L V8. Need more versatility? Choose the 2.7L TurboMax I4 (310 hp) for a still impressive 9,500-lb towing capacity and best-in-class torque.
  • Drivetrain Options: Choose from Crew Cab, Extended Cab, or Regular Cab, with bed lengths spanning from 69.9 to 98.2 inches. Plus, diesel and gasoline options cater to your specific fuel preferences.

The Sierra 1500 is the ideal choice for heavy-duty towing and hauling tasks, showcasing its strength in more demanding situations. In contrast, the GMC Canyon stands out as a nimble and versatile off-roader, perfectly suited for lighter utility tasks and agile maneuvering in various terrains.

GMC Canyon vs GMC Sierra 1500: Comfort & Tech Capability

In 2024, you don’t have to trade comfort for rugged power on a GMC truck. Both of these trucks boast a comfortable, stylish interior with premium upholstery options and state-of-the-art technology features.

GMC Canyon:

The GMC Canyon includes plenty of head and legroom on available leather-appointed seating for up to five passengers. Its incredibly quiet cab complements the available Bose Premium Audio system, and with up to four USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and an available 8-inch GMC Infotainment System, the Canyon is a joy to drive as well as being a workhorse.

  • Interior Dimensions: Offers a comfortable cabin but with slightly less front head and leg room compared to the Sierra 1500.
  • Tech Features: Includes standard features like Android Auto, Apple Car Play, and a navigation system. Does not offer some of the advanced options available in the Sierra 1500.

GMC Sierra 1500:

If you regularly carpool to work, or if your truck pulls double-duty between hauling trailers and hauling kids, the class-leading front head and legroom, ample rear-seat legroom, and rear vents and available leather-appointed rear outboard seats of the new GMC Sierra 1500 is for you.

  • Interior Dimensions: More spacious with greater front head and leg room, enhancing driver and passenger comfort.
  • Tech Features: Shares many standard features with the Canyon but adds luxuries such as ventilated seats and a sunroof/moonroof.

GMC Canyon vs GMC Sierra 1500: Safety Features

GMC’s engineers understand that rugged capability means nothing without the safety features to match. That’s why they’ve built easy-to-use safety features into all their trucks, especially the Sierra 1500 and Canyon.

GMC Canyon:

The new GMC Canyon has many of the same standard features of the Sierra 1500, as well as available Forward Collision Alert, Teen Driver mode, Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Park Assist, so you can drive confidently around North Salt Lake. In addition, its solid construction and considered tech will help you stay safe, should a collision occur.

  • Safety Ratings: The latest GMC Canyon with a crash test is the 2022 model scoring a respectable 4 out of 5 Stars in NHTSA safety ratings.
  • Advanced Safety Technologies: Equipped with forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and lane-keeping assist, among other features.

GMC Sierra 1500:

Alongside standard safety features like a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Rear Vision Camera, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, and more, the GMC Sierra 1500 has a number of available features that keep you even safer on the Utah highways. These include Adaptive Cruise Control, Following Distance Indicator, Automatic Emergency Braking, Intellibeam, and more. When you arrive at your destination, available Front and Rear Park Assist makes sure you park safely.

  • Safety Ratings: Recieved a NHTSA safety ratings of 4 out of 5 Stars.
  • Advanced Safety Technologies: Includes all the safety features of the Canyon and offers additional options like a 360-degree camera for enhanced safety.

Discover the Perfect GMC Truck for You in North Salt Lake

We hope this breakdown has helped you choose between these two rugged GMC trucks! Whether you end up going with the powerful, rugged GMC Sierra 1500, or the lithe, adventurous GMC Canyon, you can find it at Jerry Seiner Buick GMC. Come by our showroom, conveniently located on 957 North 400 East near Liberty Park, to find your GMC today! With a friendly staff, great financing, and comprehensive service, we’re confident your next truck is here.