Sierra vs. Canyon: What’s the Better Buy?

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Shoppers looking for an affordable truck have a growing number of choices, but the ultimate decision for most comes down to the GMC Sierra vs. the GMC Canyon. While both of these amazing trucks are under the massive GMC brand and share many similarities, there are some critical distinctions between them.

While you can’t necessarily go wrong with either option, here’s what you need to know to compare these titans of the road.

A Quick Look at Performance

When you’re shopping for a full-size truck, sometimes it’s nice to get right down to what matters. Both the GMC Sierra and Canyon offer strong powertrains with excellent stats.

The Canyon starts with a 2.5-liter inline four direct injection engine with 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. The Sierra starts with a 4.3-liter V6 engine that produces a solid 285 horsepower and 305lb-ft of torque.


Comparing these two engines, you’ll find that the Canyon provides better fuel economy, which makes it a great daily commuter. The Sierra, however, provides more towing power. When properly equipped, this beast can handle 8,900 pounds, which is more than double what the Canyon can do.

A Glance at Interior Tech

While most people who shop for pickup trucks aren’t making their decisions based on what kind of tech is available, that doesn’t mean it’s not an important part of the buying process. Both of these GMC trucks provide plenty of modern features.

The GMC Canyon can come with a 4.2 or seven-inch color display, a backup camera, navigation, and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Sierra ups the possibilities with things like heated/ventilated seats, a voice-controlled infotainment system, and extra USB connections.

The Most Obvious Differences

The biggest difference you’ll notice between the Canyon and the Sierra is how their base models look side-by-side. The standard model Canyon is only a two-seater, while the base-level Sierra can seat up to three. Both trucks have extended cab options, but the economically-priced versions are limited.


Outside, the Canyon is a couple of inches longer than the Sierra, but they are otherwise similar in size and look.

Which Truck Is the Best Choice?

Deciding which truck is a better option comes down to what you want out of your pickup truck. The GMC Canyon starts at $21,880. It’s more fuel efficient but doesn’t offer quite as much power and available features. The GMC Sierra starts at $29,700. It has a bigger engine and more options overall.

If you’re still not sure which one is a better fit for you, stop by Jeff Schmitt GMC to get a closer look. Once you test drives these amazing trucks, you’ll know that you can’t go wrong either way.