2015 GMC Canyon Review
- Original MSRP$20,955 - $37,250
- Fuel Economy (MPG)19/26 City/Hwy
- Body StylesExtended Cab, Crew Cab
By Matt Keegan (Last Updated 12/19/2017)
The 2015 GMC Canyon is a midsize pickup truck, sold in 4×2 and 4×4 configurations. It is offered in extended and crew cab configurations as well as in standard and extended truck bed arrangements.
After a three-year hiatus, the GMC Canyon returns larger and better than ever. The latest edition offers two engine choices, two cabin options, two truck bed lengths and is sold in 4×2 and 4×4 configurations. The 2015 Canyon is available in standard, SL, SLE and SLT trim levels.
The GMC Canyon is twin to the Chevrolet Colorado. Both models correspond to larger models, the Canyon to the GMC Sierra and the Colorado to the Chevrolet Silverado. Of the two midsize models, the Canyon is closer in appearance to its larger sibling.
From the front fascia to the tailgate, the Canyon mimics the larger Sierra with its broad, upright horizontal grille flanked by pronounced headlamps with distinctive LED daytime running lights. On upgraded models, this truck has fog lamps and lower grille chrome ornamentation.
The extended cab model has two regular doors and a pair of smaller rear-hinged doors providing access to the rear seat. Crew cab editions have four doors with slightly smaller rear doors that are front-hinged. All Canyon models feature a slab side with strong shoulders, upright middle and rear pillars and arched wheel wells. To the rear is the truck bed with side step bumpers.
Seating is for up to five people with the 2015 GMC Canyon. Rear seating is cramped for adults in the extended cab and is still tight in the crew cab. Work crews may find the Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab more to their liking.
Despite the rear seating room constraints, the driver and front passenger will find excellent seating and interior room. The instrument panel is marked by a four-analog display with larger tachometer and speedometer dials on either side of oil pressure and gas gauges.
Upper trim level models have a tilt and telescopic steering column with steering wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls.
The center stack comes with a color display featuring the available GMC IntelliLink system that enables phone pairing, audio system access and navigation. The system operates by voice or touch; secondary knobs and switches beneath the display also provide access. Climate control knobs, heating and cooling switches, a 12-volt outlet, a USB port and an auxiliary input port follow.
Between the seats are the transmission shifter and two cup holders. A thickly padded arm rest and a deep storage compartment separate the front seats. In-door pocket holders with drink holders, vanity mirrors and a deep glove box are also present.
For the rear seat, the middle position can be folded and used as an arm rest with two cup holders. Both outboard seating positions are suitable for holding car seats.
The standard engine for the GMC Canyon is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder making 200 horsepower. Shoppers can also consider a 3.6-liter V6 engine making 305 horsepower. The base engine is paired with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. The V6 model comes with the automatic transmission.
The 2015 GMC Canyon is rated 20/27 mpg city/highway for the in-line four and 18/26 mpg city/highway for the V6. Both models take regular grade gasoline.
As tested, the GMC Canyon 4WD Crew Cab was powered by the V6 engine.
That V6, available in a variety of GM applications, provides excellent off-the-mark acceleration. The transmission shifts smoothly up and down through the gears. Pickup trucks are built to get the job done, but this smaller GMC seems lighter on its wheels and has a tighter turning radius than its big brother. Braking seems average.
Trailering capacity is 3,500 pounds across the model line. However, with the Z82 trailering package, the V6 model’s capacity doubles to a robust 7,000 pounds.
GMC IntelliLink is one of the better infotainment systems on the market, easily beating what Ford offers in usability. The system makes it easy to connect your smartphone, stream your music or access SiriusXM satellite radio or Pandora radio.
Its voice recognition system doesn’t always understand your speech on the first try, but it can usually comprehend what you are saying on follow up attempts. Your home page is fully customizable to place your most used features first.
All Canyon models except for the base edition come with a six-month trial subscription to the OnStar directions and connections system. It comes with automatic crash response, stolen vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation. Also available is a 4G LTE connection with built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, providing Internet connectivity for multiple devices no matter where you are.
In crashworthiness testing conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2015 GMC Canyon received a “Good” mark for moderate overlap front testing. The remaining tests are still to be conducted.
Federal government testing was more comprehensive, at least for the two-wheel drive models. Both the extended and crew cab models received four out of five stars overall, with five stars for side crash tests, four stars for frontal crash tests and three stars for rollover testing.
All GMC Canyon models come with electric power steering, traction control, stability control and a suite of air bags. A driver alert package, containing forward collision alert and lane departure warning, is available with the SLE and SLT editions.
Pricing for the 2015 GMC Canyon begins at $20,995, but rises sharply when 4×4, crew cab and upper trim level models are selected. As tested, the Canyon 4WD Crew Cab All Terrain edition came in just shy of $40,000. At that price point, a larger Sierra Crew Cab with a short bed can be had.
A well-equipped 4×4 model with the features you desire should run about $35,000. That’s similar to the pricing level of the Canyon’s two chief competitors.
The GMC Canyon is back and better than before. Its look, interior room and trailering capabilities make it an effective workhorse on a smaller scale than the GMC Sierra. Its top competitors are formidable and are comprised of the Toyota Tacoma and the Nissan Frontier.
Specs & Features
- Silver Birch Metallic
- Wheatland Yellow
- Victory Red
- Quicksilver Metallic
- Sheer Silver Metallic
- Dark Toreador Red
- Cardinal Red
- Silver Metallic
- Copper Red Metallic
- Cyber Gray Metallic
- Summit White
- Emerald Green Metallic
- Doeskin Tan
- Bronze Alloy Metallic
- Woodland Green
- Inca Gold
- Onyx Black
- Tangier Orange
Available exterior features
- Rear Bumper Color: Chrome
- Mirror Color: Black
- Grille Color: Body-color Surround/Chrome
- Bumper Detail: Rear Step
- Window Trim: Black
- Pickup Bed Light
- Body Side Moldings: Black
- Pickup Bed Type: Fleetside
- Front Bumper Color: Body-color
- Door Handle Color: Black
- Extended Cab
Wheel and tire type
- Wheel Diameter: 16.0 X 7.0 Inches
- Tire Type: P265/70r16
- Width Without Mirrors: 74.3 Inches
- Ground Clearance: 8.4 Inches
- Angle Of Approach: 17.7 Degrees
- Width: 83.9 Inches
- Length: 212.4 Inches
- Height: 70.4 Inches
- Wheelbase: 128.3 Inches
- Break-over Angle: 22 Degrees
- Gross Vehicle Weight Rating: 5400 Pounds
- Rear Track Width: 62.4 Inches
- Curb Weight: 3920 Pounds
- Angle Of Departure: 22.6 Degrees
- Front Track Width: 62.4 Inches
- Air Filtration
- Floor Mats: Front/Rear
- Shift Knob Trim: Urethane
- Front Air Conditioning
- Steering Wheel Trim: Urethane
- Front Air Conditioning Zones: Single
- Floor Material: Carpet
- Floor Mat Material: Carpet
- Antenna Type: Mast
- Auxiliary Audio Input: MP3/USB/IPod/iPhone/Jack
- Radio: AM/FM
- Radio Data System
- Speed Sensitive Volume Control
- Total Speakers: 6
- Manual Driver Seat Adjustments
- 4-Way Power Driver Seat Adjustments
- Bucket Front Seats
- 2-Way Manual Passenger Seat Adjustments
- Undefined Rear Seat
- Upholstery: Cloth
- Axle Ratio: 4.10
- Fuel Type: Gasoline
- City (MPG): 18
- Highway (MPG): 26
- Combined (MPG): 21
- Transmission Type: 6-speed Manual
- Type: M
- Gears: 6
- Engine Type: 4 Cylinders
- Displacement(liters): 2.5
- Horsepower: 200
- Torque: 191
- Maximum Towing Capacity: 7000 Pounds
- Turning Circle: 41.3
- Rear Suspension Type: Multi-leaf
- Front Suspension Type: Upper And Lower Control Arms
- Rear Suspension Classification: Solid Live Axle
- Front Shock Type: Twin-tube Gas
- Rear Spring Type: Leaf
- Front Suspension Classification: Independent
- Rear Shock Type: Twin-tube Gas
- Front Spring Type: Coil
- Front Struts
- New Car Basic Warranty: 36 Months/36,000 Miles
- Transferable Powertrain: Drivetrain/Powertrain: 60 Months/100,000 Miles
- Corrosion: Rust: 36 Months/36,000 Miles
- Corrosion Perforation: Rust: 72 Months/100,000 Miles
- Small Overlap Front - Driver SideN/A
- Small Overlap Front - Passenger SideN/A
- Moderate Overlap FrontG
- Side ImpactA
- Roof StrengthG
- Head Restraints and SeatsG
- Front Crash PreventionBasicwith optional equipment
- Electronic Stability Control: Standard
- Rearview Monitor: in Dash
- Side Impact Airbags: Standard
- Child Seat Anchors
- Camera System: Rearview
- Body Side Reinforcements
- Anti-lock Brakes Four Wheel: Standard
- Front Driver Airbags: Standard
- Daytime Running Lights: Standard
- Rollover Stability Control: Standard
- Front Passenger Airbags: Standard
- Brake Assist: Standard
- Side Curtain Airbags: Standard