U.S. News & World Report has released its list of the most powerful light-duty pickup trucks in 2021 and found two GMC models worthy of inclusion: the 2021 GMC Canyon and 2021 GMC Sierra 1500.
U.S. News focused on light-duty trucks because the most capable, heavy-duty trucks are “best suited for professional use and tend to be too large and ungainly for most pickup buyers.” For the average customer, finding a powerful light-duty truck should be enough if they intend to haul or tow.
The 2021 GMC Canyon, a midsize truck designed for work and play, took the eighth spot on the list thanks to its standard 3.6-liter V6 engine, which is rated at 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. When properly equipped, this affordable truck can tow up to 7,000 pounds.
The GMC Sierra 1500 took spot number three on the list, ahead of trucks like the Toyota Tundra and Chevy Silverado, thanks to its 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine. With 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, the Sierra 1500 is one of the most powerful trucks in the business and can tow up to 11,800 pounds. The available Duramax® Turbo-Diesel, which has just as much torque, also gets 30 miles per gallon,* proving power doesn’t have to compromise efficiency.
*EPA est. 23 city/30 hwy mpg (2WD).