GMC Canyon AT4 vs. Sierra AT4X: Does Nearly Twice the Money Get You Double the Truck?

The Canyon is a far cheaper option, but the Sierra brings all the off-road goodies you could want (for a price)

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Here’s a question: Would you buy one GMC Sierra AT4X, or TWO GMC Canyon AT4s?

Sure, there is an AT4X version of the GMC Canyon AT4 that’s pricy, but it’s nowhere near as expensive as the GMC Sierra AT4X. As a matter of fact, if you get the base version of the 2024 GMC Canyon AT4 (with no options), it will set you back at about $45,000. That’s not a terrible price as you get a rip-snorting, turbocharged, 2.7-liter 310 horsepower high-output inline-four that makes 430 lb-ft of torque. In this configuration, it can tow up to 7,700 lbs, which is one of the top in the class.

It’s also setup to be a proper off-roader. It doesn’t get the fancy-smancy DSSV suspension system, but it gets a robust suspension setup that’s quite good on-road. You also get front and rear “e-lockers” which do a good job simulating mechanical lockers. They work by using braking systems with traction control. If you’re not boulder bashing, this system is a solid alternative to full blown lockers.

The little Canyon still has a nice interior, though its big brother is far better equipped. You get an 11.3-inch infotainment screen, some upgraded materials and an eight-inch driver’s information screen. the rest is pretty similar to the Chevrolet Colorado’s cockpit. If you want to step off to the AT4X version of the Canyon, it will set you back at least $56,000.

If you need more power, capability and capacity, you can get the 2024 GMC Sierra AT4X.

Our tester, which we used on other videos (including some off-road adventures) comes in just under $92,000. Sure, you can get a GMC Sierra 4×4 in the $40,000 zone, but the kit on this rig is worth the expense (to some). Out tester came with the 420 horsepower 6.2-liter V8 making 460 lb-ft of torque, and it’s paired with a 10-Speed automatic. As it is an AT4″X” it comes with Multimatic DSSV Spool-Valve Dampers. It has front and rear lockers, and serious off-road tread supplied by Goodyear.

As it is an AEV (American Expedition Vehicle) uplifted version, it has lots of armor.

Here’s what all you get with the AT4X’s AEV upfit specifically:

  • AEV Stamped-Steel Front and Rear Bumpers with Front Winch Capability
  • Five AEV Hot-Stamped Boron Steel Skid Plates
  • Exclusive AEV Badging on Bumpers, Embroidered Head Rests and All-Weather Floor Liners
  • AEV Racing-Inspired Salta Wheels with 12-Spoke Design and Recessed Valve Stems
  • Off-Road Rocker Panel Protectors to help Shield the Sills and Frame Rails, and an Optional Bolt-On Step Assist when not Off-Roading

Yeah, it IS the business for those who need a big pickup that can go just about anywhere on land. Still, at about $92,000 – you can easily get two base model 2024 GMC Canyon AT4s. As two-for-one deals go, that’s mighty compelling.

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.