GMC Canyon is a midsize pickup truck that is designed for people who need utility in a small package. 2015 sees the Canyon’s redesign.
The GMC is a great option if you are looking for a pickup truck, but don’t want to have to deal with the larger full-size trucks. Although it shares many similarities with the Chevrolet Colorado, it has a few more robust options and materials than other GMC models, making it a more serious vehicle. The ride quality is excellent and the interior is much more comfortable than other models. The Canyon is the most capable vehicle on the market in terms of towing and hauling.
Pricing and Trims
GMC offers the Canyon in three trims: SLE, base and SLT. You can have all three with an extended cab that has a 6-foot bed or with a crew cabin with either a 5-foot or 6-foot bed. The standard features include cornerstep rear bumpers with LED signature lighting, DuraLife brake discs, electric power steering and trailer sway control. There is also a rearview camera. SLE models get aluminum interior trim, automatic temperature control, touch audio system with an 8-inch screen and spray-in bedliner. There are also upper tie-downs for cargo boxes, chrome grille surround, hill descent controls, Bluetooth connectivity and smartphone integration. The SLE can also be equipped with an All-Terrain package, which includes carbon fiber-like interior trim and red stitching on seats, an auto locking rear differential and an Autotrac transfer box. The SLT models include lane departure warning, forward collimation alert, active aero-grille shutters, an EZ Lift and Lower tailgate, chrome side reflect caps, Siri Eyes free, and voice commands. GMC has yet to release pricing information for Canyon. You can be assured that your Certified Dealer will offer you a fair price without you having to go through the hassles of car shopping.
Performance and Engine
The base engine of the Canyon is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 200 horsepower and 191lb.ft. torque. The upgraded 3.6-liter V6 engine produces 306 horsepower and 269 Lb.-ft. more torque. This is an excellent choice for serious towing and hauling. Standard equipment includes rear-wheel drive, but both engines can be equipped with four-wheel drive. Standard transmission is a 6-speed automatic with automatic grade braking, towing and hauling modes. An optional six-speed manual transmission can be added to some rear-wheel-drive models. The GMC Canyon can tow upto 7,000 pounds when properly equipped. This is more than any other competitor.
GMC has updated the Canyon’s interior with a sleek design. There are very few controls on the Canyon, as is the case with other newer models. However, those that are there are well-labeled and large. It is located at the top of center stack and easy to find the infotainment screen. Although the gauge cluster is a bit more interesting than usual, it’s still easy to read. Although the Canyon’s interior materials aren’t top-shelf, they are soft enough to compete with midsize trucks. The interior details get better as you move up in trim levels. The front passengers have plenty of space and the seats are comfortable for running around town. Extended cab models have a lot of rear space, but crew cabs are more comfortable. However, taller adults may still feel cramped.