The GMC Canyon offers good fuel economy and towing capability for the class, as well as the choice of two cab configurations. Multiple trim packages and two powertrain options ensure that Canyon shoppers will find a truck to suit their needs.
2015 to Present: GMC Canyon
After three years off, the GMC Canyon was reintroduced for the 2015 model year. The current GMC Canyon is compact pickup truck that’s available with two bed lengths and in extended and crew cab body styles. The Canyon is frequently cross-shopped with trucks that include the Chevrolet Colorado, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma.
The base Canyon comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard, while a 305-horsepower V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive are optional. The base Canyon gets an EPA-estimated 19/26 mpg city/highway. Fuel economy with the V6 is nearly identical at 18/26 mpg.
GMC offers the Canyon as an extended cab model that seats four or a crew cab model that seats five. Extended cab models come with a 6-foot-2-inch bed, while crew cab models also offer a 5-foot-2-inch bed.
The current GMC Canyon comes with standard features that include a rearview camera, a six-speaker stereo and a USB port. Available features include Bluetooth, satellite radio, heated front seats, leather upholstery, navigation and an IntelliLink infotainment system with a touch-screen display. Forward collision warning and lane departure warning are also optional on higher trims.
Earlier GMC Canyon Models
The first-generation Canyon entered the market for the 2004 model year and was produced through the 2012 model year.
The base model is classified as a Work Truck, while SLE and SLT trims offer more standard equipment. Regular cab, crew cab and extended cab body styles are available on the first-generation Canyon. Regular cab trucks offer seating for two or three people, while extended cabs seat four and crew cabs seat up to five. The Work Truck model is the best option for budget-savvy consumers.
The base Canyon was introduced with a 2.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 175 horsepower. Depending on the model year, more powerful engine options can include a 3.5-liter five-cylinder engine with 220 horsepower, a 3.7-liter five-cylinder with 242 horsepower and a 5.3-liter V8 with 300 horsepower.
The 2012 GMC Canyon is a good fit for a young couple or small work crew. It also works well for agricultural use and for daily commutes. The base Canyon can get up to 25 mpg on the highway.