GMCs Are the Most Powerful Light-Duty Pickup Trucks of 2021

GMC Sierra 1500 | Tampa, FL

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.

Visit Rivard Buick GMC in Tampa, Florida, to check out the GMC Canyon and Sierra 1500, two of the most powerful light-duty pickup trucks sold in the United States.

*EPA est. 23 city/30 hwy mpg (2WD).

3 Great Reasons to Buy a Truck

Reasons to Buy a Truck | Tampa, FL
Reasons to Buy a Truck

Pickups are more popular than ever these days, and it’s no wonder why. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, muscular hauling and towing power, confident handling, and conveniently customizable variety are just a few of the many reasons to buy a truck.

Hauling and towing power

If you need to haul a big load or pull a heavy trailer, pickups boast designs with the size, bed space, and ability to get the job done. Whether you’re helping a friend move, tackling a do-it-yourself project around the house, or pulling your boat to the bay for the weekend, a truck is your best bet for effortless transportation.

Confident handling

With their size, ground clearance, and available four-wheel-drive configurations, trucks are uniquely capable of handling adverse conditions and tough terrain. If you’re going off-road, dodging potholes, or driving in a part of the country where it snows, pickups provide the safest, most sure-footed way to travel.

Convenient variety

Are you strictly in the market for a rugged workhorse, or are you looking for an all-terrain recreational ride or a luxurious highway cruiser? Whatever your transportation needs are, there’s a truck out there for you. For example, the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 lineup offers everything from a worksite-ready base model to the off-roading AT4 to the sophisticated Denali trim. And if you want a differently-sized pickup, check out the midsize Colorado or the massive Sierra HD.

To experience the benefits of buying a truck for yourself, stop by Rivard Buick GMC and take the Canyon, Sierra 1500, or Sierra HD out for a test drive.

GMC Canyon Ousts Competitors to Win Cars.com Midsize Pickup Challenge

GMC CanyonWe at Rivard Buick GMC have been excited about the arrival of the GMC Canyon mid-size pickup since we heard its design was in the works. Admittedly, we are a tad biased, but winning awards like the Cars.com Midsize Pickup Challenge validate our claims that GMC’s all-new truck is worth some serious consideration.

The truck was chosen by the editors of Cars.com as winner of the competition after undergoing tests in performance, ergonomics, tech and entertainment, ride quality, and a host of other categories. At the end of test day, the Canyon came out on top of its three mid-size competitors.

“The GMC Canyon scored well throughout our tests, and offered a capable and luxurious ride and feel that clearly separated the GMC from the rest of the pack,” said Mark Williams, Pickup Truck editor for Cars.com.

All-new for 2015, the Canyon offers segment best power at 200 hp and efficiency at an EPA-estimated 27 mpg highway with 2WD. Pricing begins at just $20,955.

Like we said, it is definitely worth a visit to our dealership to take a closer look at what the mid-size Canyon has to offer.

Take a 2015 GMC Canyon Virtual Test Drive From Home Today

GMC CanyonFinally, a test drive that’s more about the vehicle’s features and less about obeying traffic laws. That is what GMC is offering with their 2015 GMC Canyon pickup truck. In an interactive offering called Canyon Experience, computer users can put the truck though its paces. First, they can pinpoint their home location and through an interface with Google Maps, then users can then “see” a GMC Canyon in their home neighborhood.

From the comfort of the operator’s home, he or she can custom road-test the Canyon in every possible weather and terrain condition while the engineering behind the truck’s design is outlined on the screen.

“The Canyon Experience will appeal to the variety of lifestyles and interests of our very diverse audience,” said Kenn Bakowski, Canyon marketing manager, in a statement. “Customers can learn about the various Canyon attributes that interest them, including capability, safety, the quiet cabin, connectivity and more.”

Customers can use the GMC Canyon virtual test drive features to configure the truck’s cabin and bed to best suit their own needs, while also “loading” it up with various cargo to see the diverse hauling capabilities of the 2015 GMC Canyon. If you’d like to go beyond the virtual, and take an actual reality test-drive of a Canyon, come into Rivard Buick GMC, today.