4th of July Hours - Sales 9am-6pm - Service & Parts CLOSED

2021 GMC Canyon vs. 2021 GMC Sierra 1500

2021 GMC Canyon vs. 2021 GMC Sierra
2021 GMC Canyon


2021 GMC Sierra 1500
$26,400 MSRP*

Starting Price

$29,700 MSRP*
200-hp 2.5L 4-Cylinder

Least Powerful Engine

285-hp 4.3L V6
308-hp 3.6L V6

Most Powerful Engine

420-hp 6.2L V8
2.8L Duramax Diesel

Diesel Option

3.0L Turbo Diesel
7,700 pounds

Max. Towing Capacity

12,100 pounds
Up to 20 mpg city / 30 mpg highway**

EPA-Estimated MPG

Up to 23 mpg city / 30 mpg highway**

There are few pickup models in Oahu that offer as much capability and performance as the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 and the 2021 GMC Canyon. Packed to the brim with features for your daily drives and your toughest towing jobs, choosing between the GMC Canyon and Sierra 1500 can be difficult if you’re in the market for a new truck. Follow along with Honolulu Buick GMC as we discuss the differences in price, engine performance, and features on the GMC Canyon vs. Sierra to help you find the right model for your towing jobs in Waipahu. After you finish reading our comparison, contact our team to see how these trucks perform in person at our Honolulu showroom.

Canyon vs. Sierra: Compare Starting Price

An important factor in buying a new vehicle is finding a model that will fit your monthly budget. Drivers who want to save more on their monthly payments will find that the GMC Canyon offers a lower starting MSRP than the Sierra 1500. However, both models offer affordable financing and leasing rates on their base trim levels. Compare the GMC Canyon vs. Sierra prices below:

  • GMC Sierra 1500 Base MSRP: $29,700*
  • GMC Canyon Base MSRP: $26,400*

Let Honolulu Buick GMC help you plan your monthly budget! Use our online car payment calculator to find the price, loan term, and down payment that will get you the truck you need for your daily drives in Kaneohe. Make sure to browse our new vehicle specials as well for additional savings!

Canyon vs. Sierra: Engine Specs

If you’re shopping for a new truck, you’re looking for a vehicle that will offer unparalleled performance on and off the road. While the GMC Canyon and Sierra 1500 both offer stellar performance ratings, the Sierra 1500 has more available power behind the wheel and in its drivetrain. See how the engines for the GMC Canyon vs. Sierra compare below:

  • Top Engines: The GMC Canyon offers a 308-hp 3.6L V6 engine — the most-powerful engine in the Canyon lineup. While the Sierra 1500 is able to provide 420-hp on its 6.2L V8 engine.
  • Base Engines: The GMC Canyon comes standard with a 200-hp 2.5L 4-Cylinder engine. Meanwhile, the Sierra 1500 comes with a standard 285-hp 4.3L V6 engine.
  • Diesel Engines: The GMC Canyon offers an impressive 2.8L Duramax Diesel engine with 369 lb-ft of torque, while the Sierra 1500 generates 460 lb-ft from its 3.0L Turbo-Diesel engine.

In addition to their powerful engine options, the GMC Canyon and Sierra 1500 offer excellent fuel economy for their performance specs. Both models offer 30 MPG** on the highway, while the 2021 GMC Canyon is more efficient around town with 20 City MPG** compared to the Sierra models’ 17 City MPG**.

If you’re looking for a truck to accompany you as you tow heavy loads through Waianae, then you’ll want to stick with the GMC Sierra 1500. With a maximum towing capacity of 12,100-pounds, the Sierra 1500 can tackle difficult towing jobs with ease. However, the GMC Canyon still offers an impressive 7,700-pound maximum towing capacity for drivers who need a truck to pull their boats, trailers, or worksite equipment.

Canyon vs. Sierra: Bed Sizes

In addition to engine power and towing capacity, truck drivers from Ewa Beach should also consider bed size when they shop for a new GMC pickup. Storing and securing equipment or cargo in a GMC Canyon or Sierra 1500 is easy thanks to available features like tie-down hooks and in-bed power sources, but since the GMC Sierra 1500 is the larger truck, it has a larger all-around bed size than the GMC Canyon. Compare the bed sizes of each truck below:

2021 GMC Sierra 1500

  • Cargo Bed Length: 79.44 inches
  • Cargo Bed Width at Floor: 71.4 inches
  • Cargo Bed Width Between Wheelhousings: 50.63 inches

2021 GMC Canyon

  • Cargo Bed Length: 61.7 inches
  • Cargo Bed Width at Floor: 57.8 inches
  • Cargo Bed Width Between Wheelhousings: 44.4 inches

Canyon vs. Sierra: Features

Power, bed size, and capability shouldn’t be the only thing you consider when choosing a new truck for your daily commute or work site. Picking a vehicle with a variety of features that will keep you comfortable and connected will make your driving experience more enjoyable and convenient. Both the GMC Sierra 1500 and the GMC Canyon come with a suite of features to upgrade your daily drives, see some of them below:

2021 GMC Sierra 1500

  • Vertical recovery hooks, standard on 2WD/4WD
  • GMC MultiPro Tailgate
  • LED cargo box lighting
  • Available X31 Off-Road package with integrated dual exhaust and all-terrain tires
  • Multicolor 7″ or 8″ diagonal touch-screen
  • Available Wireless Phone Projection for Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™
  • Available Navigation
  • Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi® Hotspot
  • In-vehicle Trailering App
  • Downloadable in-vehicle apps
  • Connect two devices at once, with storage for up to 10
  • Available customizable driver profiles

2021 GMC Canyon

  • Heated driver and front passenger seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • EZ-Lift and Lower Tailgate
  • Denali-Exclusive 5″ Chrome Assist Steps
  • LED Fog Lamps
  • AT4 Black Chrome Grille
  • Grille Surround with red recovery hooks
  • Available 8″ Diagonal GMC Infotainment System With Navigation
  • Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi® Hotspot
  • Available Wireless Smartphone Charging
  • Power Outlets
  • Available High Definition Rear Vision Camera
  • Amazon Alexa®/Apple Car Play®/Android Auto™ compatibility

Compare the GMC Canyon vs. Sierra at Honolulu Buick GMC

Now that you’ve compared the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 and 2021 GMC Canyon, come to our Honolulu showroom to see each model in person and take a test drive in your preferred model. While you’re here you can discuss your financing and leasing options with our finance team, and you can even save time by applying for financing from your home! Come by today, we look forward to putting you behind the wheel of a new GMC pickup!

New GMC Trucks for Sale in Honolulu



Your garage is empty.
Save some vehicles to get started!
Contact Us


Your garage is empty.
Save some vehicles to get started!
Honolulu Buick GMC 21.33638, -157.90283.