2021 GMC Canyon Denali Diesel Crew Cab

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Updated on: June 16, 2021

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The 2021 GMC Canyon Denali Diesel offers only a single engine option for all the diesel enthusiasts out there. It comes at a base price of $49,625 and hosts a 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel in-line 4-cylinder that produces 181 horsepower and a massive 369 lb-ft of torque. The interiors are luxurious for its price point, it comes with soft-touch material and leatherette. The infotainment offering is just about standard for the 2021 Canyon Denali diesel.

On one hand, the 2021 Canyon Denali Diesel delivers one of the best driving experiences in its class, and on the other hand, it has a dissatisfying gas mileage to offer. However, it does match the potential of its competition, and it stands strong against the rivalry from the 2021 Jeep Gladiator and the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Z71.

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Can conquer most surfaces

Excellent handling and maneuverability

Impressive towing capacity


Limited in cab storage

What's New?

New grille design

Standard equipment revised

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vehicle bio

base price



3dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity




128.3 in.


212.4 in.


74.3 in.


70.7 in.

curb weight

4555 lbs.

ground clearance

8.3 in.


passenger volume

39.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

41.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

7000 lbs.

payload capacity

1423 lbs.


roadside assistance


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2021 GMC Canyon Denali Diesel Crew Cab Detailed Review video


Base $44,400 onwards

Inline 4 |

  • 20" Machined w/Painted Accents Aluminum Wheels
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Connection
  • Cruise Control
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Front LED Fog Lamps
  • Navigation System
  • Remote Start

Colors and Styles

2021 GMC Canyon Denali Diesel Crew Cab in Cayenne Red Metallic color 2021 GMC Canyon Denali Diesel Crew Cab in Summit White color 2021 GMC Canyon Denali Diesel Crew Cab in Onyx Black color 2021 GMC Canyon Denali Diesel Crew Cab in Satin Steel Metallic color
Cayenne Red Metallic

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


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A civilized cabin, punchy V6 engine, smooth eight-speed transmission, and excellent infotainment tech make the Canyon Denali stand out in the class- Edmunds

The 2021 GMC Canyon Denali Crew Cab is the most expensive cab in the Canyon lineup but is reasonably priced. It offers luxury and comfort features that its rivals fail to offer. The V6 engine is energetic but at the same time tries to save fuel as much as possible. It only stays behind in terms of driver aids, Otherwise, be it blistering fast acceleration, matured driving dynamics, an optional 4WD, cocooning luxury, or the overall practicality, the 2021 Canyon has it all.

Leasing for the 2021 Canyon Denali starts from $427 per month for a period of 48 months. GMC is not accepting any down payments for the Canyon Denali, which is quite a good deal. Otherwise, GMC is also offering a finance option with an APR rate of 5.9% for their qualified buyers. The true cost to own for the 2021 Canyon Denali starts from $8,700 per year including various costs such as fuel, repair, maintenance, etc. Driving the Canyon costs $0.58 on average for every mile.

2021 GMC Canyon Denali Crew Cab front view

Pricing and Features

Engine and Performance

Fuel Economy




2021 GMC Canyon Denali Diesel Crew Cab Pricing and Features


The Canyon Denali is offered with features like open-pore wood, a generous amount of chrome, and higher-quality leather upholstery- MotorTrend

The 2021 GMC Canyon Denali Crew Cab sits right at the top of Canyon's lineup with a starting price of $41,200 and invites a $1,195 destination charge. It is offered in both RWD and 4WD configurations. However, when opting for the standard box, it is only available in the 4WD setup. The Denali adds all the comfort and convenience features available in the Canyon as standard. 

Some of the standard features of the 2021 Canyon Denali are 20-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, power front seats with heated and ventilation functions, automatic climate control, and many more. The infotainment functions are performed by an 8-inch screen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto while a 7-speaker Bose premium audio system is connected to it. 


Canyon Denali Crew Cab Short box

Canyon Denali Crew Cab Standard Box




MSRP (4WD)  $44,700 $45,000

Key Features

7-speaker Bose premium audio system

All features of Canyon Denali Crew Cab


Heated and ventilated front seats

6.2 ft. cargo bed


Forward Collison Warning


8-inch infotainment screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto


Power front seats with power lumbar support


Leather perforated seats

  Automatic climate control  
  Lane Departure Warning  
  Navigation system  

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2021 GMC Canyon Denali Crew Cab third quarter view
2021 GMC Canyon Denali Crew Cab third quarter view

2021 GMC Canyon Denali Diesel Crew Cab Buying Advice

The GMC Canyon Denali is the most worthy-to-buy model in the Canyon lineup as its cabin is loaded with all bells and whistles that a luxurious truck can ever come with. That said, this model adds a 7-speaker Bose premium audio system, navigation system, heated and ventilated front seats, 20-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, and some safety tech such as forward collision warning and lane departure warning. 

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2021 GMC Canyon Denali Diesel Crew Cab Engine and Performance


"Driving the 2021 GMC Canyon is a pleasurable experience- Autotrader

Power for the 2021 GMC Canyon Denali Crew Cab comes from the 3.6L V6 engine that churns out 308 hp and 275 lb-ft. of torque. This engine comes mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox and delivers great performance. The towing capacity of this engine is rated at 3,500 pounds. Power is driven to the rear wheels or all four wheels depending on the choice of the configuration. The power delivery of the V6 is responsive and gradual that makes it a great city pickup truck that is not too large.

2021 GMC Canyon Denali Crew Cab engine

The 2021 Canyon is a pretty relaxing truck to drive. It doesn't bounce or shake over road imperfections as a heavy-duty pickup truck would. The steering is perfectly weighted and has a more dialed-in feel than its rivals. Speaking of handling, the 2021 Canyon feels planted at turns while the grip is strong. The 4WD configuration is also available on the Denali so you can have easy access on muddy terrain. However, if you are looking for extreme off-roading, then the AT4 is a perfect choice. 

2021 GMC Canyon Denali Crew Cab takes 6.3 seconds to reach 60 MPH

Due to its light curb weight, the 2021 Canyon's acceleration is excellent compared to its rivals. The 2021 Canyon Denali is able to do the 0-60 MPH run in just 6.3 seconds, all the while covering the quarter-mile in a distance of 15.2 seconds. Those are some impressive numbers for a truck of this size. Coming to its brakes, the 2021 Canyon Denali gets 12.2-inch rotors fixed in the front wheels and 12.7-inch rotors at the back. These brakes help the Canyon to stop from 60-0 MPH in 119 feet. 


2021 GMC Canyon Denali Crew Cab

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Crew Cab

2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Crew Cab 2021 RAM 1500 Classic Warlock Crew Cab



$33,800 $35,085 $39,445


3.6L V6

3.6L V6

2.3L Turbo Inline-4 3.6L V6







8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

10-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic


308 hp @ 6,800 RPM

308 hp @ 6,800 RPM

270 hp @ 5,500 RPM

305 hp @ 6,400 RPM


275 lb-ft. @ 4,000 RPM

275 lb-ft. @ 4,000 RPM

310 lb-ft. @ 3,300 RPM

269 lb-ft. @ 4,800 RPM
0-60 MPH

6.3 sec

6.3 sec 6.7 sec 7.5 sec
Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

15.2 sec 15.2 sec 15.8 sec
Top Speed

155 MPH

155 MPH 155 MPH 130 MPH
Towing Capacity 3,500 lbs 3,500 lbs 3,500 lbs 4,940 lbs

Owing to their powerful engine, the GM siblings take the shortest time to sprint to 60 MPH and complete the quarter-mile tests. Just behind it is the Ford Ranger with 6.7 seconds on the clock for the 0-60 MPH sprint while the time taken for the quarter-mile run is the same as the GM siblings. Meanwhile, the RAM 1500 Classic is the slowest contender here despite making more power than the Ranger. However, it has the best tow ratings here.

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2021 GMC Canyon Denali Diesel Crew Cab Fuel Economy


The Canyon's economy figures are on par with most of its competitors- Carbuzz

For a vehicle of this class and size, the MPG figures put up by the 2021 GMC Canyon Denali Crew Cab are decent. The V6 engine on offer makes this truck just as efficient as a pickup truck can be. The Canyon's MPG figures are 18 MPG in the city, 25 MPG on a highway, and 21 MPG combined in its RWS guise. Switching to 4WD drops down the city and highway figures by 1 MPG. 

The reason for its good fuel ratings is that GMC employs cylinder deactivation technology to help the Canyon save some fuel. The 2021 Canyon Denali also gets a large 21-gallon fuel tank which gives it a decent range on a tank full. It can drive up to 441 miles in combined form when equipped with an RWD configuration while the 4WD users will get up to 399 miles, which is still acceptable. 


2021 GMC Canyon Denali Crew Cab

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Crew Cab

2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Crew Cab 2021 RAM 1500 Classic Warlock Crew Cab

MPG (City)





MPG (Highway)





MPG (Combined)




Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallon) 21.0 21.0 18.0 26.0

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined, Miles)



378/468/414 442/650/520

With a combined MPG of 23, the Ford Ranger is the most fuel-efficient truck in this segment. The GM siblings share second place on the table together with 21 MPG combined. Meanwhile, the RAM 1500 Classic has the worst fuel estimates in this segment. However, it does offer a class-leading range owing to its large fuel tank. 

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2021 GMC Canyon Denali Diesel Crew Cab Interior


The Canyon's touchscreen infotainment system is attractive and intuitive- CarAndDriver

The interior of the 2021 GMC Canyon Denali Crew Cab offers a premium and upmarket cabin loaded with features. Being a Crew Cab model, it offers a seating capacity of up to five people. Top-quality materials are used to decorate the cabin. All the seats are dressed in leather perforated seats. The front seats are wide enough to provide good comfort for the passengers. Side bolstering is spot on and the seat cushion is also on the softer side, giving a plush experience to the passengers. Both these seats are power-adjustable with power lumbar support and get heated and ventilation functions as standard. The steering wheel also gets a leather treatment and is heated too. 

2021 GMC Canyon Denali Crew Cab cockpit

There is ample space up front for taller occupants while the head and legroom at the back are generously provided. At the rear, the recline angle of the seats may not be as comfortable for everyone. But apart from this, the seats at the back are comfortable and spacious like those at the front. Three adults can sit in the rear row without any issue. The Canyon Denali may not have much room for carrying suitcases inside the truck, but it sure has better cargo-bed volume and storage space for loose items. The Crew Cab models get two cargo bed options- short and standard- The short box offers 41.3 cu-ft. while the cargo volume in the standard box is 49.9 cu-ft. 


2021 GMC Canyon Denali Crew Cab

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Crew Cab

2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Crew Cab 2021 RAM 1500 Classic Warlock Crew Cab

Passenger Capacity





Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)





Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)





Cargo Capacity (cu-ft.) 41.3 41.3 43.3 53.9

The RAM 1500 Classic offers the most spacious cabin in this segment. It also excels in terms of cargo capacity. The front headroom and the rear legroom in the Ford Ranger are a bit less compared to its rivals. The GM siblings offer decent space levels in both rows. When it comes to technology, the 2021 Canyon Denali offers the latest features. A large 8-inch touchscreen sits at the center of the dash while a 4.2-inch multi-function display is found behind the steering wheel. The sound duties are taken care of by the 7-speaker Bose premium sound system.

2021 GMC Canyon Denali Crew Cab infotainment system

Connectivity features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM, HD radio, Wi-Fi hotspot, etc. are standard in the Canyon Denali. The infotainment system is praised for its straightforward interface. The menus are placed logically. So, it would be easy to operate even for a newbie. There are some physical knobs and buttons located below the screen for changing the audio and climate settings. These are can be reached easily from the driver's seat. Some other cabin highlights of the 2021 Canyon Denali are listed below:

  • Tilt & telescopic multi-function heated & leather steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Automatic climate control
  • Remote engine start
  • Power front seats with heated & ventilation functions
  • Leather-trimmed perforated seats
  • 8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Wireless charging
  • 7-speaker Bose premium audio system
  • Voice recognition audio system

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2021 GMC Canyon Denali Diesel Crew Cab Exterior


The GMC Canyon is considered a premium midsize truck, and it looks the part- Kelly Blue Book

The 2021 GMC Canyon Denali gets a handsome design with a bold and aggressive-looking front. Upfront, there are tons of chrome on the big grille, and the GMC badging kind of disappears in it. The hood is sculpted while the body lines lead down to the nose. The Denali gets LED headlights and DRLs as standard. On the lower fascia, you will find the LED fog lamps that have chrome accents and tow hooks. The 2021 Canyon sits low compared to its rivals at 8.3 inches. This makes it easy to get in and out of the vehicle. Even from the side view, you can see every small detail in chrome.

The Denali lettering, door handles, mirrors, running boards, and window trim also have chrome accents. The side profile is boxy while the rear has some subtle design elements. The 20-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels look dope on the Canyon. At the rear, there is a large GMC Denali badging at the center with LED taillights on either side and tow hooks on the lower fascia. Large side steps are also provided to climb into the bed easily. Overall, the 2021 Canyon has a great visual appeal and does not fail to attract a number of eyeballs when it is out on the road.


2021 GMC Canyon Denali Crew Cab

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Crew Cab

2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Crew Cab 2021 RAM 1500 Classic Warlock Crew Cab

Curb Weight (lbs)



4,232 4,974

Length (in)



210.8 229.0

Width (in)



73.3 79.4

Height (in)



71.2 76.9

Ground Clearance (in)


8.3 8.4


Wheelbase (in)


128.3 126.8 140.0

The RAM 1500 Classic has the widest wheelbase in this segment. It measures about 11.7 inches more than the Canyon. Its ground clearance is 8.7 inches, the highest in this competition. On the other hand, the Ford Ranger's wheelbase is around 2 inches shorter than the Canyon. This means less cabin space in the rear row. Except for the curb weight, the rest of the Chevy Colorado's dimensions are the same as the Canyon. Some other exterior highlights are mentioned below:

  • Halogen headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • LED DRLs
  • 20-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels
  • Chrome running boards
  • Chrome door handles
  • Polished aluminum exhaust tips
  • Chrome grille
  • Chrome mirrors
  • Spray-on bed liner
  • Chrome window trim

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2021 GMC Canyon Denali Diesel Crew Cab Safety


The 2021 GMC Canyon performs poorly in crash tests- The Car Connection

The 2021 GMC Canyon Denali Crew Cab was well-received by NHTSA. It received an overall safety rating of 4-star rating for its crashworthiness. However, IIHS didn't treat the Canyon well. It gave a 'Good' rating in five different categories, a 'Marginal' rating for the passenger's side front overlap test, a 'Poor' rating for its headlights, and the lowest 'Basic' rating for the front crash prevention.

The 2021 Canyon Denali not only has great built quality but also comes loaded with modern safety features. However, it offers a limited set of driver assistance features but all of them are standard. Also, a total of six airbags are installed in the 2021 Canyon including dual front, front side, and side curtain airbags. Some of the notable safety features on the 2021 GMC Canyon Denali include:

  • Forward Collision Alert
  • HD Rear Vision Camera
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Teen Driver
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Traction Control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

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2021 GMC Canyon Denali Diesel Crew Cab Competition

2021 GMC Canyon Denali Crew Cab vs 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Crew Cab

The Chevy Colorado Crew Cab is the most inexpensive truck in this segment despite being a sibling of the Canyon. That's because the Canyon Denali is more of a luxurious offering. Being a twin brother of the Canyon, the Colorado's performance, fuel economy, interior dimensions, cargo capacity, towing capacity, and safety features are all the same. The main difference lies in the front-end styling and cabin layout. Compared to the Canyon Denali, the Colorado's cabin feels cheap and there are plenty of hard plastics. 

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 Crew Cab

2021 GMC Canyon Denali Crew Cab vs 2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Crew Cab

The 2021 Ford Ranger Crew Cab and the Canyon Denali have a price difference of more than $6,000. Its 2.3L turbo-4 engine makes 38 hp less than the Canyon and therefore, its 0-60 timing is slightly slower. This engine can tow up to 3,500 pounds like the Canyon and also is the most fuel-saving engine among the lot. However, the Ranger's cabin lacks the poshness and spaciousness of the Canyon Denali but its cargo volume is good. In terms of safety, the Ranger has earned better safety ratings and also boasts a long list of safety technologies.

2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Crew Cab

2021 GMC Canyon Denali Crew Cab vs 2021 RAM 1500 Classic Warlock Crew Cab

The RAM 1500 Classic Crew Cab costs around $1,700 less than the Canyon Denali. It makes similar power as the Canyon but due to its heavy curb weight, the acceleration is slower. Also, it has the worst fuel ratings in this segment but its large fuel tank delivers a class-leading range. Its towing capacity is the best with 1,440 pounds more than the Canyon. The rear-seat room and the cargo capacity offered in the RAM 1500 are the best in this segment. When it comes to safety, it is the only truck in its segment with the 'IIHS Top Safety Pick' award. 

2021 RAM 1500 Classic Warlock Crew Cab

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2021 GMC Canyon Denali Diesel Crew Cab Final Verdict

The 2021 GMC Canyon Denali Crew Cab gets a luxurious and feature-rich cabin, a punchy V6 engine, and some segment-leading capabilities that have now made this truck a complete package that caters to everyone’s demands. However, considering the competition, GMC could have done better by adding some safety features for its buyers. 

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2021 GMC Canyon Denali Crew Cab FAQs

Does GMC Canyon have V8?

No, the GMC Canyon is equipped with a 3.6L V6 engine that makes 308 hp and 275 lb-ft. of torque.

Is the 2021 GMC Canyon reliable?

In the J.D power reliability test, the 2021 GMC Canyon scored 80 out of 100 and ranks fourth on the list with its contenders. Therefore, it is safe to say that the Canyon is a reliable vehicle.

Does 2021 GMC Canyon have a sunroof?

No, the 2021 GMC Canyon does not come with a sunroof.

Does the 2021 GMC Canyon have a push-button start?

No, the GMC Canyon does not come with a push-button start.

Is the GMC Canyon Denali worth it?

The GMC Canyon Denali is definitely worth every penny. Being a top-tier model, the Denali adds all the features available in the Canyon as standard while also adding some plushness to the interior and chrome elements to the exterior.