2017 GMC Canyon

Starting MSRP: $20,885 - $47,995

Estimated MPG: 19 city / 26 hwy

2017 GMC Canyon Review

Marketed as the upscale version of Chevrolet’s Colorado, the 2017 GMC Canyon combines attractive styling, outstanding utility and ample power to create a midsize truck with full-size capabilities.

By Chris Brewer
Last Updated 07/19/2017

The 2017 GMC Canyon is sold in base, SLE, SLT and Denali trim levels. An SL trim also slots below the base Canyon for buyers who are seeking a basic work truck. Extended-cab and crew-cab body styles are offered, along with two different bed sizes.

For 2017, the GMC Canyon welcomes an improved V6 engine and a new eight-speed automatic transmission to the lineup. The Canyon also adds new All Terrain X and Nightfall Edition packages and ushers in a new standard Teen Driver feature.

Exterior

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The 2017 GMC Canyon is an athletic midsize pickup truck that borrows styling hints from GMC’s full-size Sierra 1500. Wide fender flares frame the Canyon's wheels, and an oversized grille adds to the premium look and feel. Rounded edges and sweeping lines complement the pickup's otherwise boxy design.

The Canyon is offered in two different cab styles. The extended cab features a 6-foot-2-inch bed, while the crew cab has four full-size doors and a 5-foot-2-inch or 6-foot-2-inch bed.

The GMC Canyon is considered an upscale version of the Chevrolet Colorado pickup, sharing much of the vehicle's basic features and personality. The SL serves as the model’s entry-level work truck with basic design elements that include 16-inch wheels, a rear chrome bumper, cargo-area lamps, integrated bumper steps, daytime running lights, signature projector-type headlamps and black exterior accents. The SLE adds 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, power-adjustable side mirrors, body-colored door handles and an EZ-lift-and-lower tailgate.

The SLT model includes heated chrome mirrors, a sliding rear window and 18-inch polished alloy wheels. The top-trim Denali enhances the truck with a spray-in bedliner and 20-inch wheels.

For 2017, GMC added two new packages that include exterior enhancements. The All Terrain X package builds upon the SLE trim with 17-inch wheels, off-road step bars and a spray-in bedliner. The Nightfall Edition includes the bedliner, a polished exhaust tip and 18-inch wheels.

Interior

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The GMC Canyon offers a premium midsize pickup truck experience. The SL model serves as the lineup's fleet-friendly work truck and eliminates carpeting and the rear seat, but in all other trims, the Canyon is a comfortable pickup that redefines segment expectations.

Apart from the Canyon SL, extended-cab models feature two small seats with a center console. These seats work well for quick runs around town, but are impractical for daily use for adults. Crew-cab models seat five.

The fleet-ready SL models come with a power driver’s seat, air conditioning, cloth upholstery, a tilt steering column and power door locks and windows. The base Canyon model adds two rear seats and carpeting. Available options include a power-adjustable passenger’s seat, heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, aluminum trim, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column and a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Performance

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The base Canyon is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. That engine can be coupled with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic, and it achieves fuel economy of up to 20/26 mpg city/highway. A 3.6-liter V6 that generates 308 horsepower and 275 pound feet of torque is also available. The V6 is partnered with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and it gets up to 18/25 mpg.

Additionally, the GMC Canyon can be powered by a 2.8-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine. Available with a six-speed automatic transmission, the turbodiesel produces 181 horsepower and an impressive 369 pound-feet of torque, making the diesel option the best pick for those who haul and tow. The diesel engine also offers the best fuel economy, achieving up to 22/30 mpg.

The 2017 Canyon offers driving characteristics that have more in common with a midsize SUV than a full-size pickup truck. Handling is excellent and power delivery is smooth, strong and reliable. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder works well for highway cruising and traveling between job sites, but the V6 provides noteworthy acceleration and better overall performance. Off-road packages enhance the truck’s all-terrain capabilities with upgraded suspension and drivetrain modifications.

When properly equipped, the GMC Canyon can tow up to 7,700 pounds.

Technology

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The Canyon SL includes a high level of standard technology equipment, including a 4.2-inch color display, a six-speaker sound system and a USB port. The SLE trim adds an 8-inch color touch-screen display, additional USB ports and satellite radio. The list of available features includes Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone mirroring and 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot connectivity.

Denali models include a premium seven-speaker Bose audio system, navigation and a center console with wireless smartphone charging.

Safety

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The 2017 GMC Canyon was awarded four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) based on its overall performance in crash tests.

The 2017 Canyon is equipped with daytime running lights, a rearview camera and GMC’s Teen Driver system. Teen Driver allows owners to configure vehicle settings based on the key being used. The system can limit certain vehicle features, forbid safety features from being disengaged, and monitor and report on your teen’s driving habits.

Optional safety features include lane departure warning, forward collision alert and OnStar’s automated crash response and roadside assistance.

Cost-Effectiveness

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Pricing for the 2017 GMC Canyon starts at $20,885 plus a $995 destination charge. GMC’s entry price is for the rear-wheel-drive extended-cab model with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. Opting for the rear-wheel-drive crew cab with the short box, V6 engine and eight-speed transmission brings a starting price of $28,045 . A nicely equipped Denali model starts at $39,205.

The base GMC Canyon is an excellent work truck that includes many standard features that are normally missing from an entry-level model in this class. Those looking for maximum towing capabilities and fuel economy will want to investigate the diesel-powered models. For the majority of owners, our pick would be the V6-powered crew-cab. Picking a midlevel trim keeps costs low while adding excellent technology features.

Overall

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Comfortable, capable and cost-effective, the 2017 GMC Canyon is a midsize pickup that challenges segment expectations. With three powertrains, two bed lengths and trim choices that range from a basic work truck to a luxurious daily driver, the Canyon is versatile pickup truck that can be almost endlessly configured.