Is the GMC Canyon AT4X Edition 1 Fooling You About Its Actual Off-Road Capability?

How far can GMC take the new Canyon to give you the off-road goodies you desire? We’re beginning to see the lengths they’re willing to go with the GMC Canyon AT4X Edition 1. This model of the 2023 GMC midsize truck is the most expensive; it packs the most off-road features, but is it the truck you want to drive?

What does the GMC Canyon AT4X Edition 1 Offer?

White 2023 GMC Canyon AT4
2023 GMC Canyon AT4 | GMC

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GMC brought out the imagination to create a truck that would launch the Canyon farther into the off-road world than ever before. The Edition 1 model gives you:

  • Front and rear-facing cameras with self-wash functionality
  • A steel off-road bumper with a safari bar
  • 30-inch integrated LED light bar
  • Comeup winch with synthetic line
  • Bluetooth remote controller for the winch
  • 9,500-pound weight rating in the front bumper
  • Reconfigurable bed rail system (available at a later date)
  • 17-inch Beadlock-capable wheels (also available at a later date)
  • Model-specific front skid plate

Does the Edition 1 model use the same engine as the other Canyon trucks?

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

Yes, the AT4X Edition 1 model of the GMC Canyon has the same powertrain as the rest of the lineup. This powertrain is a 2.7-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain is good for 310 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque.

Can you have a different body style for the top model of the 2023 GMC Canyon?

No, all 2023 versions of the GMC Canyon come in a short-bed crew cab build, including the AT4X Edition 1. This build is the most popular body style chosen and the one that fits the off-roading personality of this GMC truck the best.

Is there a tailgate trick for the AT4X and Edition 1 models?

Tailgate 2023 GMC Canyon AT4X
Tailgate 2023 GMC Canyon AT4X | GMC

The 2023 GMC Canyon AT4X Edition 1 truck uses the same tailgate as the AT4X model. This tailgate is new and has a built-in storage compartment that’s waterproof. It can be used as a cooler or a place to store items that shouldn’t get wet while off-roading.

When will the Edition 1 model be available, and how much does it cost?

The GMC order books are open for the AT4X Edition 1 models, with deliveries starting in the spring. The price for this specialized version of the GMC Canyon is $63,350, making it a pretty expensive midsize pickup truck.

Are there any drawbacks to the added equipment of the Edition 1 trim?

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

Yes, the AT4X Edition 1 is the least capable version of the GMC Canyon. The added equipment and weight cause this truck to lose some of the capability we desire in an off-roading pickup.

The Edition 1 has the lowest payload rating at 1,010 pounds, the lowest tow rating at 5,500 pounds, and the curb weight is 5,210 pounds, which is higher than all of the other models.

The changes to the front bumper create the lowest approach angle of 32.8 degrees, which can hinder the off-road fun of this truck.

Is the GMC Canyon AT4X Edition 1 a good truck choice?

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

If you want a cool-looking truck with a winch and light bar in the front, this is a great truck to drive. The Edition 1 model is capable of most off-roading adventures but has its limits. When you want the most hardcore version of the new GMC Canyon, the AT4X is the right choice for you.

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