What are the differences between GMC and Chevy small trucks for 2023?
Chevy and GMC both make excellent smaller trucks that share the same chassis, most body panels, as well as interior trim and engines. They are immensely similar, but they also have a few key characteristics that differentiate them from each other. GMC trucks are generally more feature-rich and Chevrolets are generally less expensive. In general. For 2023, Chevy and GMC’s small twin trucks, the Canyon and Colorado, have been redesigned and throw the old rules out the window that set these two small trucks apart.
Small trucks like GM twins do more than ever
Small trucks are great and for most of us, they do everything we need. Today’s small trucks can tow, haul and even accelerate just as well as the giant V8-powered big trucks of yesterday. But they’re easier to park, get better mileage, and can cost less.
Chevy and GMC, however, have struggled to compete with other compact trucks like the Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma and to some extent even the Nissan Frontier, so for 2023 GM decided to update those twins. But, according to TFL truck, both brands will have a long way to go to close the sales gap. Gone for 2023 is a two-door extended cab version and instead all GMC Canyons and Chevrolet Colorados are four-door trucks.
What is the same in the two trucks?
For 2023, both trucks can tow up to 7,700 pounds. They come with three engine options, all of which are turbocharged four-cylinders that debuted in Sierra and Silverado trucks in 2022. You can get the 2.7-liter four-cylinder in Turbo, Turbo Plus, and Turbo versions. High-Output, with 237 or 310 horsepower. The high-output version has the same horsepower, but most of the torque with 430 lb-ft.
Both trucks get an eight-speed automatic transmission. Two- or four-wheel drive are available. There are so many similarities that it is easier to point out the few differences between them.
What are the exterior differences between the GMC and the Chevy?
On the outside, the two trucks are quite hard to tell apart. But, so far, all the images GMC has released of the Canyon show it has a flat grille, in chrome or black trim, while the Chevy Colorado gets a big bar on top of its egg rack reminiscent of the Silverado. gate. Additionally, the Chevy’s hood contours are more complex than the GMC’s long, flatter grille. The Canyon has interesting C-shaped black plastic surrounding the lower headlights, but the Chevy has simpler interior lamps set inside the black trim.
The GMC does not have an air dam under the grille, where most Colorados have a plastic air dam to channel air around the front tires. Most off-roaders remove the air dams for clearance, anyway.
What are the interior differences between the GMC and the Chevy?
The base versions of these trucks are essentially the same truck. There are, however, a few small differences. The Chevy Colorado’s air vents look like large circular airplane jet engine outlets. The GMC Canyon has trapezoidal vents. Other than that, it is quite difficult to spot the differences between these two. Pricing for the 2023 versions has not been released, but we expect GM to follow the same pricing convention it has had for years, which means GMCs will be slightly more expensive.
Each brand has a distinctive trim
Each brand, however, adds distinctive trim to the trucks to set them apart. GMC, like most of its other vehicles, takes a luxury approach. GMC adds Canyon Denali trim which gets GMC’s most distinctive interior. Like the larger Sierra Denali truck, it gets a giant 11.3-inch horizontal touchscreen and its own wood trim, a seven-speaker Bose stereo and a quilted leather dash.
Chevy’s signature trims are the closely related ZR2 Desert Boss and Trail Boss trims that add some off-road credibility to the little truck. Like the Canyon, these versions get upgraded interiors, but instead of wood and leather, you get access to up to 10 camera views on the touchscreen that show the data you’ll need when you’re off-road. , including g-forces, wheel slip, track guidance and more. GMC, however, offers the AT4X version of the Canyon which offers the same options, including 17-inch bead tires and wheels.
The Work Truck version is unique to Chevy
For 2022, you can order a base extended-cab version of the GMC Canyon truck that it calls the Standard Lift. You can get it with plain black vinyl seat trim, the standard 3.6-liter V6 and not much else, for less than $31,000. Chevy sells many of its trucks to fleets, and many of them require a work truck that only has the essentials. For 2022, you can order the WT with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder for around $28,000. The popular WT package will return for 2023, although Chevy hasn’t released pricing for the new truck.
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