2016 GMC Canyon

Original MSRP Range
$20,940 - $38,260
Available Style(s)
Truck
MPG
17 - 20 MPG City / 24 - 27 MPG Hwy
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2016 GMC Canyon

What We Like

Far superior interior than old Canyon; much better engine performance; wide range of equipment; better ride than other midsize trucks

What We Don't

Ride is still pretty bumpy; front-seat comfort could be improved; pricing might not be enough to distinguish it from larger Sierra

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.3/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.4/ 5
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Overview

What's New in the 2016 GMC Canyon?

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.  

Which Canyon is the Best?

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

 

How Much Does a 2016 GMC Canyon Cost?

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.

Canyon Trims

TruckOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Canyon 2WD Crew Cab 128.3'$26,355 / N/A4 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder20020 / 276-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Canyon 2WD Crew Cab 128.3' SLE$29,735 / N/A4 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder20020 / 276-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Canyon 2WD Crew Cab 128.3' SLT$33,950 / N/A4 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder30518 / 266-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Canyon 2WD Crew Cab 140.5'$27,875 / N/A4 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder30518 / 266-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD
Canyon 2WD Crew Cab 140.5' SLE$31,255 / N/A4 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder30518 / 266-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Canyon 2WD Crew Cab 140.5' SLT$34,770 / N/A4 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder30518 / 266-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Canyon 2WD Ext Cab 128.3'$23,800 / N/A4 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder200N/A6-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Canyon 2WD Ext Cab 128.3' SL$20,940 / N/A4 Cylinder200N/A6-Speed ManualRWD
Canyon 2WD Ext Cab 128.3' SLE$27,795 / N/A4 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder20020 / 276-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Canyon 2WD Ext Cab 128.3' SLT$32,030 / N/A6 Cylinder30518 / 266-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Canyon 4WD Crew Cab 128.3' SLE$34,870 / N/A4 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder30517 / 246-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Canyon 4WD Crew Cab 128.3' SLT$37,960 / N/A4 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder30517 / 246-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Canyon 4WD Crew Cab 140.5' SLE$35,170 / N/A4 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder30517 / 246-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Canyon 4WD Crew Cab 140.5' SLT$38,260 / N/A4 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder30517 / 246-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Canyon 4WD Ext Cab 128.3'$28,745 / N/A4 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder20019 / 256-Speed Manual / 6-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Canyon 4WD Ext Cab 128.3' SLE$32,005 / N/A4 Cylinder / 6 Cylinder20019 / 256-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
Canyon 4WD Ext Cab 128.3' SLT$35,815 / N/A6 Cylinder30517 / 246-Speed Shiftable AutomaticRWD / AWD4WD
GMC Canyon Safety

Is the 2016 GMC Canyon a Safe Car?

All 2016 GMC Canyon models come standard with dual front airbags, along with side-curtain airbags for front and rear occupants. The Canyon also includes a standard backup camera and traction control. Options include forward-collision alert and a lane-departure warning system.

In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash testing, the Canyon earned four stars overall, comprised of a 4-star frontal crash-test rating, a 5-star side-impact rating and a 3-star rollover rating. The truck has not yet been tested by the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Frontal Crash Rating–Overall
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Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases
Corrosion3 Years/36,000 Miles
Rust-Through6 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance5 Years/60,000 Miles Qualified Fleet Purchases
Maintenance2 Years/24,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Convenience Pkg
  • Rollover Protection

Competition

2016 GMC Canyon vs the competition

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.

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