Far superior interior than old Canyon; much better engine performance; wide range of equipment; better ride than other midsize trucks
Ride is still pretty bumpy; front-seat comfort could be improved; pricing might not be enough to distinguish it from larger Sierra
Aside from minor trim changes, the Canyon's sole update for 2016 is the addition of a 2.8-liter turbodiesel 4-cylinder, which should join the truck's lineup in the middle of the model year.
Our dream Canyon is a well-equipped SLE model with the pickup's optional 3.6-liter V6 engine. That way, we could get a wide range of amenities without spending big money -- and we'd still have the pickup's bulky 6-cylinder engine for muscle when necessary. Find a GMC Canyon for sale
The Canyon comes in four trim levels: a base-level Canyon SL, an unnamed midlevel Canyon trim, the SLE and the upscale SLT. Three body styles are offered: a long-bed extended cab or a crew cab with either a long or short bed. Although GMC has not yet confirmed it, we expect to see a high-end Canyon Denali debut eventually -- possibly for the 2017 model year.
The base-level Canyon SL model ($21,900) is only offered in the truck's base-level extended-cab configuration. Pitched as a bare-bones work truck, it includes a backup camera, a power driver's seat, LED daytime running lights, vinyl floor coverings, no rear seats, air conditioning and a USB port for music. It skips out on essentials such as cruise control and remote keyless entry.
If you want a few more features, enter the Canyon ($23,600), which adds rear seats and carpeted floor coverings to the mix. More importantly, it adds a wide range of desirable options including remote keyless entry, cruise control, a spray-in bedliner, a 3.6-liter V6 and a few extra colors.
Next up is the Canyon SLE ($27,900), which adds a host of new items, including two rear USB charging ports, a multicolor driver information display, remote keyless entry, cruise control, SiriusXM radio, an 8-inch color touchscreen, OnStar with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot spot capabilities, 17-in alloy wheels, power mirrors and additional aluminum trim, inside and out.
Topping the range is the Canyon SLT ($32,100), which adds automatic climate control, a remote starter, heated front seats, 18-in wheels and a power passenger seat.
Canyon options include the truck's 3.6-liter V6 engine, forward-collision alert, lane-departure warning, running boards, an innovative in-bed cargo-divider system, chrome wheels, a navigation system and a Bose sound system. The diesel engine will also join the options list midyear.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Corrosion||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Rust-Through||6 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases|
|Maintenance||2 Years/24,000 Miles|
2016 Chevrolet Colorado -- The Canyon's Chevrolet-badged stablemate is obviously worth considering, as the trucks are highly similar in a lot of ways. Don't buy a Canyon without looking at the Colorado.
2015 Toyota Tacoma -- The Tacoma is the Canyon's chief rival, offering notoriously durable construction and boasting a loyal following. A new Tacoma is due out soon, which may offer more serious competition for the Canyon and Colorado.
Used Chevrolet Silverado -- If you need more capabilities than the Canyon can offer, consider a used Silverado. Though we especially like the all-new model, which came out for 2014, earlier versions are also worth a look.