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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 rear-wheel-drive midsize pickup truck with the smooth ride and comfortable cabin of a car.Four-wheel drive is available, with an automatic mode that works like all-wheel drive in cars.Competitors include the Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, Honda Ridgeline, and the Chevrolet Colorado.

Arguably the best in the class, Canyon and Colorado are built on a traditional truck frame.Structurally and mechanically, the GMC and Chevy are nearly identical but differ in styling, trim and some features.

For 2017, Canyon got a new 3.6-liter V6 with a new 8-speed automatic, to add to the base 2.5-liter four cylinder with a 6-speed.For 2018 there are only a couple of small changes.Leather seats are added to the All Terrain offroad package, and a warning light for the windshield washer fluid level is now standard.

The four-cylinder engine makes 200 horsepower and is remarkably adequate for most needs, while its 6-speed automatic shifts quickly.

Best fuel mileage (an EPA 25 Combined mpg) and towing (up to 7700 pounds) comes from a 2WD 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel that makes an enormous amount of torque, but it's expensive.

The base four-cylinder is rated by EPA at 22 Combined mpg with the 6-speed automatic, 1 mpg less with the manual transmission.With the V6 and all-wheel drive, it gets 19 mpg.It uses a cylinder deactivation system that cuts two cylinders when the throttle is light or backed off.

Canyon comes as an extended cab, with rear-hinged rear doors and a small bench seat in the back that can fit groceries or two child seats; or a crew cab, with four full-sized doors and seating for two adults in the rear.The bed lengths are 6-foot, 2-inch and 5-foot, 2-inch.

Standard safety features include six airbags and a rearview camera, oversized sideview mirrors, and trailer sway control.Forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems are available, rare features for a midsize pickup.NHTSA gives the Canyon four stars overall in safety, while the IIHS has only tested it for frontal impact, giving it the top score.


The 2018 GMC Canyon comes in SL, base, SLE, SLT, and Denali, along with many cabin and powertrain configurations.The SL is priced at a bargain-basement $21,085, and the upscale Denali with 4WD tops the line at more than twice that, $43,570.(Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charges.)

Standard equipment on the base includes air conditioning, power windows, power driver's seat, and USB port.The base and SL are largely the same, except the SL is intended for more primitive work, with vinyl flooring instead of carpeting, and fewer features.

Canyon SLE adds an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, cruise control, and other features.More options are available for the SLE, including an All Terrain X package for offroad that includes skid plates, hill descent control, and all-terrain tires.Plus leather upholstery, new for 2018.

Canyon SLT, with heated leather seating surfaces and automatic climate control, was bumped out of the top luxury spot by the Denali, with cooled seats and a heated steering wheel.


The Canyon has a strong family resemblance to its big brother the full-size GMC Sierra, and also some resemblance to its close relatives the midsize Chevrolet Colorado and full-size Silverado.Mostly in the front fascia and grille, the tidy tail, and the squarely flared wheel arches.The shoulder line sweeps up at the rear pillar, a nod to the global market, in particular Southeast Asia where it's popular.

The Denali has its own grille, wheels, and bolt-on bits that we think detract from the cohesion of the design.Fancy seems incompatible, in this case; it is a truck, after all.We like the simplicity of the SLE and SLT.


Canyon's cabin is rugged and stylish.It fits the image of business truck, but wouldn't be out of place in a crossover or wagon.The seats, armrests, cupholders, and console shift lever feel almost sedan-like, even more so on the top models with their tasteful aluminum trim and contrasting stitched soft-touch materials.

The quality of the trim should embarrass the pedestrian Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier, although the Honda Ridgeline is up there with the Canyon.

Almost everything about the cabin is convenient.On the instrument panel, a central pod contains the main controls and a display unit, with the gauges behind a beefy steering wheel with controls.There's ample storage in bins both open and covered, and there's a storage space under the rear seat of the crew cab.The step-in height is reasonably low, and running boards are available.It's unfortunate that the second row is bolt upright.

Any Canyon model is far more comfortable than the Tacoma or Frontier.The front seats are shaped well for passengers of all sizes, they have good bolstering, and a higher seating position still with more headroom than the Frontier or Tacoma.There's great room to stretch in front, although that upright second row wears on passengers after a while.The Canyon would not make the family happy if it were the only family car.

That might be where the Denali comes in, but we doubt it.It is clearly upscale, although the fit and finish is still shy of luxury standards.That same level of fit and finish is acceptable and not even noticed on the other models, but at twice the price, Denali should deliver.

The extended-cab comes only with the longer 6-foot-2 bed that can accept an optional extender to haul items eight feet long, such as plywood or two-by-fours.The crew cab has front-hinged rear doors, and comes with either the longer bed or the 5-foot-2 bed.There's a step in the rear bumper to make it easy to climb up into either bed, and a tailgate that's easy to raise and lower.Also available are 17 tie-down points, a choice of a spray-in bedliner or drop-in one, cargo dividers, a system of racks and carriers called GearOn, cargo nets and tonneau covers, a drop-in toolbox, and trailer hitches and harnesses.

Driving Impression

The base four-cylinder is adequate, making the Canyon an acceptable second car for the family, with its fuel mileage of 22 miles per gallon; its open bed for cargo gives it an advantage over a compact crossover.Its payload ranges from 1450 to 1620 pounds, enough for a bed full of rocks or sand, not much less than a full-size truck.

With 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque, the 2.5-liter engine works hard, but it's smooth and fairly quiet.It feels better driving around town, where it's perky.And it's better with just rear-wheel drive, and the 6-speed automatic that shifts well.The manual is only available in the base model with rear-wheel drive, and we're not sure why you would want one, almost irrelevant because you can't hardly get one anyhow.

Most popular is a Canyon 4WD with the new 3.6-liter V6, making 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque.It comes with an 8-speed automatic we like.

The four-cylinder turbodiesel is a 2.8 liter making 181 horsepower but more importantly 369 pound-feet of torque.It's a charmer that only sometimes feels rough, and it works well with the 6-speed automatic.It can easily tow 7700 pounds, only 700 more than the rating for the V6, but the turbodiesel shows less stress because it has 94 more foot-pounds of torque to support acceleration.

Applause for GM for the ride that's almost level to a sedan, on a conventional suspension that's comfortably tuned.It rounds off bumps nicely, although like any body-on-frame design, the Canyon transmits a fair share of secondary ride motions to the cabin.

The handling is nimble and cornering confident.It's not all that much smaller than a full-size Sierra but drives like it is.The electric power steering is weighted well and tracks mostly true.

GMC's AutoTrac allows manual selection of 4WD or an Auto mode that frees the electronics to vary the torque between axles depending on traction needs.This is a good system for wintry conditions when traction is inconsistent.An automatic locking differential is available on some models.


The Canyon is a strong contender in the midsize truck class.It's got a strong base powertrain, comfortable and efficient cabin, smooth ride and good handing.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

ABS Brakes
Air Conditioning
Front air conditioningAutomatic
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Digital Audio InputYes
Digital Audio InputYes
Memory Card SlotGMC Infotainment System
Memory Card SlotGMC Infotainment System
Premium BrandGMC Infotainment System
Premium BrandGMC Infotainment System
Premium Brand SpeakersBose
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite
Radio Data SystemYes
Radio Data SystemYes
Total Number of Speakers6
Total Number of Speakers7
Front brakesVentilated disc
Fabric TypeCloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Fabric Type 3Cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Center console trimAluminum
Center console trimStainless steel
Dash trimStainless steel
Dash trimAluminum
Door trimAluminum
Door trimStainless steel
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Floor matsVinyl/rubber front and rear
Floor matsCarpet front and rear
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimUrethane
Shift knob trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimLeather/metal-look
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet2
12V DC power outlet2
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
Cruise controlCruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheelCruise controls
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Multi-function remoteRemote engine start
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Seatback storage1
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Under Seat StorageUnder seat storage
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 height1,786 mm
Overall Length5,398 mm
Overall Width1,885 mm
Rear Head Room932 mm
Rear Hip Room1,326 mm
Rear Leg Room726 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,455 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
Adjustable lumbar supportPower 2-way
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height AdjustablePower
Manual Adjustments6
Power Adjustments4
4WD TypePart and full-time
Axle ratio3.42
Descent ControlHill descent control
Driven WheelsFour-wheel
Limited slip differentialMechanical
Locking HubsAuto
Rear locking differentialAutomatic
Transfer CaseElectronic
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio11.50 : 1
Cylinder DeactivationYes
Displacement217 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationV
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power308 hp
Max RPM6,800 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,000 RPM
Remote engine startRemote engine start
Size3.6 L
Torque373 Nm
Total Valves24
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsLEV3-ULEV70
Exterior Features
GrilleBlack w/body-colour surround
Skid plates1
Skid plates1
Tailpipe finisherPolished
Tailpipe finisherChrome
Fuel Consumption
City14.1 L/100 km
Combined12.2L/100 km
Highway10.0 L/100 km
Bed Length1,880 mm
Driven WheelsFour-wheel
Engine Size3.6 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Mfr Bed TypeRegular
Mfr Bed TypeRegular
Number of CylindersV-6
Trans Speeds - VA8
Trans Type - VAAutomatic
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests2
ClockIn-radio display
External tempExternal temperature display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
Transmission Temperature GuageTransmission temperature
Trip computerTrip computer
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Exterior entry lightsRemote activated
Front Fog lightsFront fog/driving lights
Front Fog lightsFront fog/driving lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Power door locksRemote, digital keypad power door locks
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Inside rearview mirrorElectrochromatic
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual illuminated vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
HeatedMulti-level heating
Height adjustablePower
Lumbar supportPower 2-way
Manual Adjustments6
Power adjustments4
Rear Seats
FoldingFold-up cushion
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
Climate controlledDriver and passenger heated-cushion, driver and passenger heated-seatback
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity4
Total Seating Capacity4
Anti-theft alarm systemYes
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationUnderbody w/crankdown
Spare Wheel
Rim typeSteel
Stability and Traction
Stability controlWith 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
internet accessMobile hotspot
internet accessMobile hotspot
Navigation systemWith voice activation
Satellite communicationsIntegrated
Satellite communicationsIntegrated
smart device integrationApp link
smart device integrationApp link
wireless phone connectivityYes
wireless phone connectivityYes
Speed RatingS
Speed RatingS
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemTire specific
Width255 mm
Width265 mm
Towing and Hauling
Trailer hitchTrailer hitch
Trailer Sway ControlTrailer sway control
Trailer Sway ControlTrailer sway control
Automatic typeAutomatic
Manual / automaticAutomatic
Number of speeds8
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
Bed linerBed liner
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Pickup Bed TypeRegular
Pickup Bed TypeRegular
Tonneau coverSoft
Vinyl floor coveringVinyl floor covering
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size8.0"
Primary Video Monitor Size8.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
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 weight1,995 kg
Fuel Capacity80 L
Gross vehicle weight2,676 kg
Ground clearance211 mm
Payload667 kg
Towing Capacity3,175 kg
Turning radius6 m
Rim TypeMachined w/painted accents aluminum
Rim TypePolished w/painted accents aluminum
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows1
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassDeep
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Rear step bumper
Skid plates
Tonneau cover
Trailer hitch receiver
Trailer sway control
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
1-touch up
Air conditioning
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Automatic temperature control
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Emergency communication system
Front beverage holders
Illuminated entry
Navigation system
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Speed control
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
Radio data system
Smart device integration
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Wireless phone connectivity
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Front fog lights
Front reading lights
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Outside temperature display
Rear window defroster
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
Block heater
Cylinder deactivation
Limited slip differential
Manual-shift auto
Mode select transmission
Rear locking differential
Variable intake manifold
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
Panic alarm
Perimeter/approach lights
Security system
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Heated front seats
Power 2-way driver lumbar support
Power 2-way passenger lumbar support
Power driver seat
Power passenger seat
Split folding rear seat
Alloy wheels
Front anti-roll bar
Front wheel independent suspension
Power steering
Speed-sensing steering

Cash Incentives

GM CA Cruze Limited Returning Lease Bonus
Canyon excl. 2SA
$1,750 May 31, 2018
GM CA Toronto Auto Show Bonus
Canyon excl. 2SA
$500 Apr 30, 2018
GM CA Military Appreciation
Canyon excl. 2SA
$500 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA - Stackable Cash Delivery Allowance
Canyon excl. 2SA
$500 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA Lease Cash (GFC)
Canyon excl. 2SA
$500 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA Student Bonus Program
Canyon excl. 2SA
$750 Apr 2, 2018
GM CA Quebec City Auto Show Bonus
Canyon excl. 2SA
$500 May 31, 2018
GM CA Montreal Auto Show Bonus
Canyon excl. 2SA
$500 Apr 2, 2018

Finance Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
GM CA GMF Near Prime Financing
Canyon excl. 2SA
4.99% 4.99% 4.99% 4.99% 4.99% 4.99% Apr 2, 2018

Lease Incentives

Incentive 24 mths 36 mths 48 mths 60 mths 72 mths 84 mths Expires
GM CA Financial Lease Rates
Canyon Ext Cab excl. 2SA
1.5% 1.5% 1.9% 1.9% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018
GM CA GM Financial Residuals
Canyon 4WD Ext Cab All Terrain w/Cloth
57% 51% 44% 37% N/A N/A Apr 2, 2018

2018 GMC Canyon All Terrain w/Cloth 4x4 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

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