2016 GMC CanyonSL 4x2 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB

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It's also a solid alternative for anyone who might be interested in a mid-size SUV or crossover utility vehicle, but also has a need for an open pickup bed--and might not have the garage space to house a modern big truck that's grown substantially over the past decade.
- The Car Connection


The GMC Canyon is a midsize pickup truck that provides multi-purpose utility.As with all midsize trucks, its towing capacity and payload fall short of a full-size pickup but its capabilities are often more than sufficient for buyers who want a smaller truck.Compared with the full-size trucks, the midsize pickups are more fuel-efficient, are more agile and take up less parking space.

The GMC Canyon is virtually a twin to the Chevrolet Colorado.Canyon and Colorado were redesigned for 2015, and became the class of the field.They carried over to the 2016 model year mostly unchanged.

The 2016 GMC Canyon is updated with an enhanced IntelliLink system that features Apple CarPlay capability.Also, a sliding rear window is standard on the 2016 GMC Canyon SLT.A new turbodiesel engine is expected to be available for 2016 Canyon models later in the model year.

With its rugged aura, the GMC Canyon suggests strong capabilities.Overall, the Canyon looks more squared off than does the Chevrolet Colorado, and we lean toward the GMC approach.An unusual side-window design incorporates a shoulder line that sweeps upward near the rear pillar.

The GMC Canyon offers a choice of 200-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder or 305-hp 3.6-liter V6.The four-cylinder offers a choice of manual gearbox or automatic.The 3.6-liter V6 comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models are available.The four-wheel-drive system includes an automatic mode.A locking rear differential is available.Chevrolet Colorado offers a more traditional four-wheel-drive system with a low range.

Fabric and vinyl seat upholstery are available, with leather standard in the top-level SLT edition.SLE and SLT models can have an optional All-Terrain off-roading group that includes 17-inch all-terrain tires on aluminum wheels, off-road suspension, and power front seats.Available options also include an E-Z Lift-and-Lower tailgate, CornerStep back bumper, OnStar 4G LTE with wi-fi hot spot, and Siri Eyes Free Mode for iPhone.Forward collision alert and a lane-departure warning also are offered.

Few pickups compete in this midsize category, and the primary ones, the Nissan Frontier is outdated.Canyon and Colorado trounce the Frontier in terms of road manners, as well as economy and performance.They also trounce the outgoing 2015 Toyota Tacoma.An all-new Toyota Tacoma debuts as a 2016 model, replacing a decade-old version.

Six airbags are standard, including side curtains.So are trailer sway control and hill-descent control, along with GM's StabiliTrak system, a rearview camera, and large side mirrors.Options include lane-departure warning and forward collision alert.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the extended-cab Canyon a four-star overall rating, though the side-impact test was rated five-star.


The 2016 GMC Canyon comes in three trim levels: base, SLE, SLT.Canyon ($26,725) has cloth (or vinyl) upholstery, air conditioning, a rearview camera, power windows, tilt steering column, power driver's seat, and AM/FM radio with USB port.Canyon SLE ($30,055) adds cruise control, SiriusXM satellite radio, additional USB ports, touchscreen radio with IntelliLink infotainment interface.

Canyon SLT ($33,420) upgrades with leather upholstery, automatic climate control, heated power front seats with lumbar adjustment, sliding rear window, and remote start.Navigation and Bose audio are optional.


The GMC Canyon looks traditional and familiar.Nearly all the body lines are crisply horizontal, complementing flared, squared-off wheel arches.We think it is the better-looking truck.The Chevrolet Colorado is designed to appeal to a global audience.

Extended-cab models have rear-hinged doors and the six-foot two-inch cargo bed.Four-door crew cabs have front-hinged back doors, with either cargo bed.

Canyon pickup beds can be just over six feet (74 inches) or just over five feet (62 inches).Many accessories are available for both cargo beds, including bedliners and tie-downs.A soft-drop tailgate and bed step are standard.


Influences from the full-size GMC Sierra are evident inside the GMC Canyon cab, with its hefty steering wheel and a gauge pod right ahead of the driver.The gearshift lever is on the center console.Overall, the Canyon's cab conveys a down-to-business image.

Well-shaped front seats are nicely bolstered, and the interior nicely detailed, especially compared to the Nissan Frontier or the 2015 Toyota Tacoma.Canyon is a lot more comfortable, too, with a higher hip point and greater headroom.The driving position is more natural than in some competitors.Canyon SLE and SLT models have stitched soft-touch fabrics, complemented by aluminum trim.

As expected, extended-cab models have little space in the rear.Anyone who carries more than two adults or teenagers might be happier with a crew cab, which has considerably more leg space for two occupants.Unfortunately, those back seats have steadfastly upright backrests that fall well short on comfort.

Open and covered bins provide abundant storage.Fit/finish is pretty good considering the price of a Canyon, especially set against the Frontier or 2015 Tacoma.

Driving Impression

Though relatively economical, Canyons qualify as capable workhorses.Mating with the rapid-shifting automatic transmission, the four-cylinder is wholly satisfactory for most drivers.

Despite smooth, largely quiet operation, however, the four-cylinder struggles at times.Power is sufficient on the highway, but this engine is more at home around town.There, the four-cylinder Canyon feels fairly spirited.

For more power, the V6 is the way to go.With the V6, a Canyon can tow up to 7,000 pounds, twice the capacity with a four-cylinder.The 6-speed automatic offers a Tow/Haul mode.

Performance with the V6 tops that of some bigger V8 trucks, accelerating briskly while yielding fuel economy not too far removed from the four.

Fuel efficiency is EPA-estimated at: 20/27 mpg City/Highway for the 2.5-liter 2WD automatic; 4WD drops the figures to 19/25 mpg.The 4WD V6 is estimated at 17/24 mpg.

Electric power steering is neatly weighted.Though it's not so much smaller than GMC's Sierra, Canyon drives like a more compact pickup.

Despite traditional rear leaf springs, the ride is largely composed.Although the suspension transmits some road commotion into the cabin, it's generally capably compliant, able to absorb quite a few bumps.

Canyons use a different 4WD system than Chevy's Colorado.Canyon drivers can choose 4WD manually, or use Auto mode.

Parents who favor safety over privacy can select a Teen Driver system, which lets them set speed and radio volume limit.It can also deliver a driving-behavior report.


For anyone who needs a pickup-truck bed, and especially those who lack the space to park a big pickup, the GMC Canyon may be the answer.Keep in mind Canyon prices, if numerous options are added, can exceed those of a lower-end Sierra.

Driving impressions by Bengt Halvorson, The Car Connection.James M.Flammang contributed to this report.

ABS Brakes
Air Conditioning
Front air conditioningManual
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Digital Audio InputYes
Memory Card SlotYes
RadioAM/FM stereo
Radio Data SystemYes
Total Number of Speakers6
Front brakesVentilated disc
Fabric TypeVinyl
Fabric Type 2Vinyl
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Floor matsVinyl/rubber front
Shift knob trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet2
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Steering wheelTilt-adjustable
Bed Length Measurement1,880 mm
Front Head Room1,052 mm
Front Hip Room1,397 mm
Front Leg Room1,143 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,461 mm
Front track1,588 mm
Overall height1,788 mm
Overall Length5,398 mm
Overall Width1,885 mm
Rear track1,588 mm
Wheelbase3,259 mm
left rear passenger door typeReverse opening
Rear door typeTailgate
right rear passenger door typeReverse opening
Driver Seat
Height AdjustablePower
Manual Adjustments6
Power Adjustments4
Axle ratio4.10
Driven WheelsRear-wheel
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio11.30 : 1
Displacement150 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power200 hp
Max RPM6,300 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,400 RPM
Size2.5 L
Torque259 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsLEV II
Exterior Features
Fuel Consumption
City12.2 L/100 km
Combined10.8L/100 km
Highway9.1 L/100 km
Bed Length1,880 mm
Driven WheelsRear-wheel
Engine Size2.5 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Mfr Bed TypeRegular
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAManual
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
ClockIn-radio display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
Trip computerTrip computer
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
Power door locksPower door locks
Driver mirror adjustmentManual
Passenger mirror adjustmentManual
Vanity mirrorsPassenger vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Manual Adjustments4
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity2
Total Seating Capacity2
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationUnderbody w/crankdown
Spare Wheel
Rim typeAluminum
Stability and Traction
Stability controlStability control with anti-roll
Traction controlABS and driveline
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeShort and long arm
Rear Spring TypeLeaf
Rear Suspension ClassificationRigid axle
Rear Suspension TypeLeaf
stabilizer barFront
Speed RatingS
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemTire specific
Width265 mm
Manual / automaticManual
Number of speeds6
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Pickup Bed TypeRegular
Vinyl floor coveringVinyl floor covering
Vinyl floor coveringVinyl floor covering
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size4.2"
Video Monitor LocationFront
basic distance60,000 km
basic months36 months
drivetrain distance160,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distance160,000 km
roadside months60 months
rust distance160,000 km
rust months72 months
Weights and Capacities
Curb weight1,778 kg
Fuel Capacity80 L
Gross vehicle weight2,449 kg
Ground clearance213 mm
Payload658 kg
Towing Capacity1,588 kg
Turning radius6 m
Rim TypeSilver aluminum
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows1
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Rear step bumper
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Driver door bin
Front beverage holders
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
AM/FM radio
Radio data system
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
Block heater
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Power driver seat
Alloy wheels
Front anti-roll bar
Front wheel independent suspension
Power steering
Speed-sensing steering

2016 GMC Canyon SL 4x2 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

Edwards Garage, 4403 42ND AVENUE - Box 880, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta T4T-1A6

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