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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

Introduction

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.

Lineup

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.

Walkaround

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.

Interior

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.

Summary

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
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Front air conditioningManual
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeIntegrated roof
Digital Audio InputYes
Memory Card SlotGMC Infotainment System
Premium BrandGMC Infotainment System
RadioAM/FM stereo
Radio Data SystemYes
Total Number of Speakers6
Brakes
Front brakesVentilated disc
Colors
Fabric TypeVinyl
Fabric Type 2Vinyl
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
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
Crash Test and Other Ratings
Acceleration 0-60mph8.1 s
Dimensions
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
Doors
left rear passenger door typeReverse opening
Rear door typeTailgate
right rear passenger door typeReverse opening
Driver Seat
Height AdjustablePower
Manual Adjustments6
Power Adjustments4
Drivetrain
Axle ratio4.10
Driven WheelsRear-wheel
Engine
Block HeaterRegular duty
Compression Ratio11.30 : 1
Cylinders4
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
GrilleChrome
Fuel Consumption
City11.9 L/100 km
Combined10.7L/100 km
Highway9.2 L/100 km
Header
Bed Length1,880 mm
Doors4
Driven WheelsRear-wheel
Engine Size2.5 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Mfr Bed TypeRegular
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAManual
TransmissionManual
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Instrumentation
ClockIn-radio display
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
Rear View CameraYes
TachometerTachometer
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Headlights dusk sensorDusk sensing
Locks
Power door locksPower door locks
Mirrors
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
Seatbelts
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity2
Total Seating Capacity2
UpholsteryVinyl
Security
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Spare Tire
Mount LocationUnderbody w/crankdown
SizeCompact
Spare Wheel
Rim typeAluminum
Stability and Traction
Stability controlWith Anti-Roll
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeShort and long arm
IndependentFront
Rear Spring TypeLeaf
Rear Suspension ClassificationRigid axle
Rear Suspension TypeLeaf
stabilizer barFront
Telematics
wireless phone connectivityYes
Tires
Diameter16.0"
PrefixP
Profile70
Speed RatingS
Tire Pressure Monitoring SystemTire specific
TypeAS
Width265 mm
Towing and Hauling
Trailer Sway ControlTrailer sway control
Transmission
Manual / automaticManual
Number of speeds6
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Pickup Bed TypeRegular
Vinyl floor coveringVinyl floor covering
Video System
Primary Video Monitor Size7.0"
Video Monitor LocationFront
Warranty
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 weight1,789 kg
Fuel Capacity80 L
Gross vehicle weight2,449 kg
Ground clearance213 mm
Manufacturer's 0-60mph acceleration time (seconds)8.1 s
Payload646 kg
Towing Capacity1,588 kg
Turning radius6 m
Wheels
Diameter16
Rim TypeSilver aluminum
Width7
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows1
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Rear step bumper
Trailer sway control
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
Wireless phone connectivity
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Delay-off headlights
Exterior parking camera rear
Fully automatic headlights
Low tire pressure warning
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
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
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Alloy wheels
Front anti-roll bar
Front wheel independent suspension
Power steering
Speed-sensing steering

2018 GMC Canyon SL 4x2 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta

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