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2009 GMC Canyon Truck

2WD Ext Cab 125.9' SLE1

Starting at | Starting at 18 MPG City - 24 MPG Highway

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Benefits of Driving a 2009 GMC Canyon Truck

The Canyon is between compact and mid-size among pickup trucks, and is a very useful size for city-dwellers as it's small enough to easily fit into just about any standard parking spot. The new V8 engine for 2009 fills a void in the compact-truck arena and turns the Canyon into a very capable, exciting-to-drive muscle truck. Price might be its most attractive attribute, though; comparably equipped, even with the V8, it comes priced several thousand dollars below a full-size truck.

What's new for 2009?

For the first time, a V8 is available on Canyon extended cab and crew cab models, while fuel-system improvements for the in-line 4- and 5-cylinder engines have improved fuel economy. The Canyon's brake system has been improved to match, and electronic stability control is now standard on all trims.

Model Strengths

  • Easier to park than full-size trucks
  • impressive fuel economy in the 4-cylinder version
  • less expensive than full-size trucks
  • enough capability for casual pickup needs
  • specialized models for off-roading and towing

Model Review

The Canyon comes in three different cab styles--regular, extended, and crew--with two different bed lengths and three different engines. The base engine for most Canyon models is a 185-horsepower, 2.9-liter in-line 4-cylinder, while a 242-horsepower, 3.7-liter in-line 5-cylinder engine is optional on most models and standard on crew cab 4WD models. Newly optional on extended cab and crew cab models is a 5.3-liter V8 making 300 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. Both the 4- and 5-cylinder engines get improved fuel economy for 2009, with 4-cylinder models rated up to 25 mpg highway.

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Source: The Car Connection

To bring you a comprehensive, definitive review on the 2009 GMC Canyon, TheCarConnection.com's team of writers has researched a range of reviews from some of the most respected sources on the Web. To bring you an especially useful review, TheCarConnection.com's editors have driven the GMC Canyon--including the newly offered V-8 model--and contribute their impressions, observations, and comparisons.

The GMC Canyon and its almost identical Chevrolet sibling, the Colorado, went on sale five years ago as replacements for the Sonoma and S-10. The 2009 GMC Canyon is one of the few small pickups available that fills a niche for those who want a capable truck that's more maneuverable and fuel-efficient than its full-size counterparts.

Almost identical to the Chevrolet Colorado--though a bit better-looking, in the opinion of TheCarConnection.com--the Canyon is available in regular and extended cab configurations with a six-foot bed, and as a crew cab with a five-foot bed. All models come in either two- or four-wheel drive with either the Z85 standard suspension or the Z71 off-road setup. The retuned-for-2009 ZQ8 sport suspension is only available on two-wheel-drive extended cab and crew cab models with the new 5.3-liter V-8 engine.

The new V-8 outputs 300 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque, accelerates from zero to 60 mph in less than seven seconds, and can tow up to 6,000 pounds. It brings a very torquey, relaxed character to these trucks, and it's powerful enough to take off at stoplights almost as quickly as a muscle car.

The V-8 joins the returning 2.9-liter inline four-cylinder and 3.7-liter inline five-cylinder engines that, due to a revised fuel control module, feature better fuel economy for 2009. The 185-horsepower four-cylinder gets ratings of up to 25 mpg highway now, while the 242-horsepower five-cylinder musters an EPA-rated 15 mpg city, 20 mpg highway with the automatic transmission. Both smaller-size engines are rather noisy and unrefined, even compared to those in other inexpensive pickups like the Toyota Tacoma or Ford Ranger.

A bunch of other improvements for 2009 make the Colorado and Canyon a better vehicle overall and boost its ratings from TheCarConnection.com. Electronic stability control is at last standard across the lineup, and brakes have been been fortified for 2009; they feel more reassuring than what we remember from previous drives. But steering remains a weak point; it seems vague and reluctant to unwind on twisty roads and tends to require frequent adjustments on the highway.

The interior is the Canyon's Achilles' heel. Cursed with cheap-feeling switchgear and hard plastic, the Canyon makes for a good work truck. On the upside, the Canyon will probably please serious buyers, with a simple, straightforward instrument panel layout, featuring push-button controls for the 4WD system mounted high. And front seats, though flat-feeling, provide a good driving position, while in back on Crew Cab models there's plenty of space for two adults or three kids.

However, serious workers will probably be dismayed to find that four-door Canyons have only a 5-foot, 1-inch bed, and the 6-foot "long" bed on two-door models won't fit a 4x8 sheet of plywood flat.

Standard equipment includes air conditioning, a tilt steering wheel, cruise control, and folding exterior mirrors. Options such as traction control, XM, fog lamps, leather seats, a sunroof, a six-CD changer, and a sliding rear window are available. OnStar is offered, but there is no navigation system--a real need in work trucks.

The four-door GMC Canyon receives five-star crash scores, while other versions get four stars. The addition of standard StabiliTrack electronic stability control is a very positive move in the safety area.


The Bottom Line:

With the addition of the new V-8 option, the 2009 GMC Canyon goes from unappealing to quite competitive.

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What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Traction/Stability Control Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std
Side Head Air Bag Opt
Rear Head side Air Bag Opt

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Std
Fog Lamps Std
Electrochromic Rearview Mirror Opt
Intermittent Wipers Std

Security

Anti-theft System Std
Telematics Opt
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GMC Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

2-year/24,000-Mile¹ CPO Scheduled Maintenance Plan.

12-Month/12,000-Mile² Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty.

5-year/100,000-Mile³ Powertrain Limited Warranty for model years up to 2014.

¹Covers only scheduled oil changes with filter, tire rotations and 27 point inspections, according to your vehicle's recommended maintenance schedule for up to 2 years or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first. Does not include air filters. Maximum of 4 service events. See participating dealer for other restrictions and complete details.

²Whichever comes first from date of purchase. See participating dealer for limited warranty details.

³Whichever comes first from original in-service date. See participating dealers for limited warranty details.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 2009-2014 model year / Under 75,000 miles
Lease Term Certified No
Point Inspection 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning
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Return/Exchange Program 3-Day 150-Mile Satisfaction Guarantee
Roadside Assistance Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $0

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