The midsize pickup segment in the United States is about to get a lot more exciting GMC and Ford are going to introduce new versions of Canyon and Ranger respectively. For the 2023 model year, these trucks will undergo a generational refresh that will bring new technology, an updated powertrain and better capabilities.
However, while details of the 2023 Canyon have already been released, Ford has yet to share any information about the US-spec 2023 Ranger. However, its model, which is currently on sale outside the US, does hint at what we can expect when this truck reaches our shores. And based on what we know so far, it seems that between the new GMC Canyon and the new Ford Ranger, the former is likely to be the better choice.
2023 GMC Canyon vs. Ford Ranger: Performance and Options
With the updated generation, the GMC Canyon ditched the three-unit engine lineup of the previous model, which featured two gasoline and one diesel engines. Instead, it now comes with a 2.7-litre turbocharged inline-four as standard across the range, even the off-road spec AT4 and AT4X. This engine produces 310 horsepower and a healthy 430 lb-ft of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission is the only one offered in the new Canyon.
The payload capacity of this Elevation truck will be 1,640 lbs. On the AT4, it’s 1,550 pounds, while the Canyon Denali will be able to haul 1,360 pounds. However, the AT4X trim will have the lowest payload capacity at just 1,250 pounds.
The 2023 Canyon retains its towing capabilities with the next-generation model. All trims except the AT4X will be able to tow up to 7,700 pounds. The AT4X, thanks to its optional off-road equipment, will offer 6,000 pounds of towing capacity.
Ford has yet to disclose engine options for the 2023 Ranger in U.S. spec. However, in overseas markets, the new version of this truck comes with a line-up of inline-fours and V6 diesel engines. Unfortunately, they are unlikely to make it to the US. The current version of this midsize truck has a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.
We expect the new Ranger to continue using this engine with the current model’s 10-speed automatic transmission. With this update, Ford will also introduce a version of the Ranger Raptor that will get a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 391 horsepower along with 429 lb-ft of torque.
The current version of the Ranger can tow up to 7,500 pounds and has a payload capacity of 1,860 pounds. We expect these numbers to remain identical for the new model. However, the Raptor version may have slightly less towing and payload capabilities due to the increased performance.
2023 GMC Canyon vs. Ford Ranger: Fuel Economy
Fuel economy figures for the upcoming GMC Canyon are still under wraps. However, they are likely to be an improvement over the previous model. GMC said the Canyon’s new 2.7-liter engine will have better fuel economy ratings than the current 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. For reference, this engine is EPA-estimated at 19 mpg city and 24 mpg highway, for a total of 21 mpg.
The current-generation Ford Ranger with its 2.3-liter gasoline engine has an EPA fuel economy rating of 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, with a combined figure of 23 mpg for the 2WD version. The AWD version, on the other hand, gets a rating of 20 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. However, these numbers are likely to improve somewhat with the new model. Additionally, Ford may include a hybrid model in the Ranger lineup with a 2023 refresh.
2023 GMC Canyon vs. Ford Ranger: Interior and Features
The 2023 Canyon will have an 11.3-inch infotainment display as standard across the range. In addition, the Denali and AT4X versions will also get an 11-inch digital instrument cluster, which will be 8-inch in the Elevation and AT4. The new Canyon will also feature a segment-first 6.3-inch head-up display.
Other features will include wireless connectivity with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and a seven-speaker Bose audio system on the Denali and AT4X trims. The new generation of this truck will also get an all-around camera system, including ten cameras, including a waterproof camera under the body.
The 2023 Ranger comes standard in foreign markets with an 8-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.1-inch vertical infotainment screen. We expect the US-spec model to have similar specs and offer the option to upgrade to a 12-inch infotainment screen. In addition, Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are likely to be standard, while higher models will get Ford’s SYNC4 connectivity system.
2023 GMC Canyon vs. Ford Ranger: Prices
For the current generation GMC Canyon, prices start at $28,000 for the 2WD crew cab Elevation and go up to $52,245 for the 4WD crew cab Denali extended bed. GMC says the new Canyon will have a starting price of $40,000, with a suggested retail price of $63,350 for the AT4X trim. Prices can go even higher on the Denali trim of this truck.
The base starting price for the Ford Ranger is currently $25,980 for the single cab 2WD XL and $39,730 for the double cab 4WD with the Lariat trim. Adding the Tremor off-road package will add an additional $4,290 to the price of this truck. With all its updates, we expect the 2023 Ranger to increase in price while remaining competitive in the segment.
Sources: GMC, Ford