2023 GMC Canyon Elevation: Even the Base Model Is an off-Roader

The new AT4X trim of the 2023 GMC Canyon seems to be the talk of the town, but what does the base model have for you? The 2023 GMC Canyon Elevation is a capable truck that comes standard in RWD. Is this base version as standard as we’re used to, or is there something more to the Elevation model of this midsize GMC truck?

What are some of the basics of the 2023 GMC Canyon Elevation?

Black 2023 GMC Canyon Denali
2023 GMC Canyon | GMC

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MotorTrend tells us all versions of this new midsize truck come with:

  • 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Pedestrian and cyclist detection
  • Lane-keep assist
  •  Automatic high-beam headlights

These are some of the items you expect in a vehicle for 2023, but what makes the Elevation trim special?

The base trim receives a lift

The Elevation trim of the new Canyon sits taller and is much wider than the outgoing model. This truck has a two-inch factory lift and an additional ten inches of width. The front axle moves forward 2.9 inches to give this GMC truck a wheelbase that is 3.1 inches longer than before.

The GMC Canyon Elevation trim carries the heaviest load

Red 2023 GMC Canyon AT4X Edition 1 posed
2023 GMC Canyon AT4X Edition 1 | GMC

Even though higher trims offer more equipment, the Elevation model is the top dog in the Canyon lineup for payload and towing. This trim level has a 1,640-pound payload capacity and a tow rating of 7,700 pounds. These numbers are for the base version in RWD.

How much power does the Elevation trim offer in the GMC Canyon?

Every 2023 GMC Canyon pickup truck uses the same powertrain. This powertrain is a 2.7-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The power received is 310 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque.

Are there any body and bed options for the GMC Canyon Elevation?

Black 2023 GMC Canyon Denali in a showroom
2023 GMC Canyon Denali | GMC

Unlike other trucks at the base trim, which offer a few options for the bed and body, all GMC Canyon pickups are the same. For 2023, this midsize truck only comes in the Crew Cab short bed layout. This build is ideal for off-roading, and the Canyon is an off-roading truck from top to bottom.

What are the driving modes for this midsize truck?

Even the RWD 2023 GMC Canyon Elevation has four driving modes to help you handle the terrain you’re driving on. These driving modes are:

  • Normal
  • Tow/Haul
  • Off-Road
  • Terrain

What makes the base GMC Canyon an off-road truck?

A red 2023 GMC Canyono truck in a canyon
2023 GMC AT4X Canyon | GMC

We can start with the aforementioned two-inch lift and wider stance and go from there. The wheel travel for all models of the Canyon has increased 15% compared to the outgoing version of this truck. This allows for better agility over obstacles on a trail. The Elevation trim also has 9.6 inches of ground clearance, which is almost two inches more than the Chevy Colorado in its base form.

The 2023 GMC Canyon Elevation comes with 32-inch tires from the factory, and the standard approach angle is 33.3 degrees, which is much better than most midsize trucks in their off-road trims.

How much does the base trim cost?

The 2023 GMC Canyon Elevation starts at $40,000. Considering the AT4X Edition 1 costs $63,000, and it has the same body build and powertrain, the Elevation trim seems like a bargain.

Should you buy the Elevation trim of this GMC midsize truck?

White 2023 GMC Canyon AT4 posed
2023 GMC Canyon AT4 | GMC

If you want good towing and payload capacity in the midsize truck you buy, this could be the right one for you. Opting for 4WD to enjoy more fun on the trails might be a good idea, but the RWD version certainly delivers the capability you need. If you’re looking for a GMC Canyon with more off-road goodies, there are four higher trims to choose from to satisfy your desires.

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