What’s the difference between the new GMC Canyon and the GMC Sierra 1500?

July 8th, 2021 by



New GMC Trucks

The 2021 GMC Canyon and 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 can be hard to choose between. They’re both incredibly capable small trucks that look just as good on the city streets as on the job site. Here at Seiner Buick GMC of North Salt Lake, we’re committed to helping you find the perfect truck for you. Let’s look at the differences between the new Canyon and the new Sierra 1500 to help you decide.

Power & Handling

Both the 2021 Sierra 1500 and 2021 Canyon offer the ample power and towing capability you expect with GMC trucks, but each is tuned for different uses. The GMC Sierra 1500 is perfect for heavy-duty towing and hauling, whereas the GMC Canyon is an agile off-roader and utility truck for those smaller jobs.

By comparing the two engines, these differences will become clear. The new GMC Canyon comes standard with a four-cylinder engine, with an option for a 3.6L V6 that offers 308 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque. In contrast, the GMC Sierra 1500 has an available 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine pulling a monstrous 420 HP and 460 lb.-ft. of torque.

With greater power comes greater towing capacity: where the Canyon tops out at 7,700 lbs, which is plenty for most jobs, the 2021 Sierra 1500 can haul nearly 10,000 pounds! No matter the job, there’s a lightweight GMC truck that fits your needs.

Comfort & Tech Capability

In 2021, 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.

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.

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 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 is for you. GMC’s designers have also provided great tech features, like available wireless charging, 120V interior power outlets, driver-centric controls, and multiple USB ports. Plus, your passengers will have plenty of space to stow extra gear with the available rear under-seat storage, lockable center console vault, and more.

The new GMC Sierra 1500 also makes trailering a breeze with the available In-Vehicle Trailering App, a Bed View with Zoom and Hitch Guidance, Jackknife Alert, Rear Side View, and more. And with up to 15 different camera views available, you’ll always know where you, your truck, and your trailer are.

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.

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.

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.

New and used GMC trucks 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, to find your GMC today! With a friendly staff, great financing, and comprehensive service, we’re confident your next truck is here.