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2016 SL 4x2 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB
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Price:   -  From $20,940
2016 Base 4x2 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $23,800
2016 Base 4x2 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $26,355
2016 SLE 4x2 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $27,795
2016 Base 4x2 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $27,875
2016 Base 4x4 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $28,745
2016 SLE 4x2 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $29,735
2016 SLE 4x2 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $31,255
2016 SLE 4x4 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $32,005
2016 SLT 4x2 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $32,030
2016 SLT 4x2 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $33,950
2016 SLT 4x2 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $34,770
2016 SLE 4x4 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $34,870
2016 SLE 4x4 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $35,170
2016 SLT 4x4 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $35,815
2016 SLT 4x4 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $37,960
2016 SLT 4x4 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $38,260

Overview

Last year, GMC rolled out an American alternative to the midsize pickups long-proffered by Toyota and Nissan. As it turned out, the Canyon was just what the market ordered. With this year's increased production capacity, we expect even more buyers to take one home.

What's New For 2016

A turbodiesel four-cylinder engine joins the option list.

GMC Canyon

Choosing Your GMC Canyon

The Canyon takes its styling cues from the full-size Sierra, including a towering chromed grille, LED accent lighting, and tasteful fender bulges. The effect is both modern and comfortably imposing. The Canyon is offered in two configurations: an extended cab with narrow rear-hinged back doors and a 6-foot bed, and a four-door crew cab with your choice of a 5- or 6-foot bed.

The extended cab's standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 200 horsepower, enough for everyday driving and light hauling. The available 3.6-liter V6, which comes standard on the crew cab, provides a boost to 305 horsepower and allows the Canyon to tow up to 7,000 pounds.

Your third option is the new 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel four-cylinder, which puts out 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Models so equipped can pull up to 7,700 pounds and come standard with an integrated brake controller and an automatic locking rear differential.

A six-speed automatic transmission is standard with the Duramax engine and on all other configurations except the rear-drive extended cab, which starts out with a six-speed manual. Four-wheel drive with auto mode is available across the board.

Both cab styles are available in three trim levels:

GMC Canyon

Base

Comes with several unexpected standard features like a rearview camera, a power driver seat, and a six-speaker sound system with color display. The available Convenience package adds keyless entry, cruise control, a rear-window defogger, and GMC's EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate.

GMC Canyon

SLE

Gets the contents of the Base model's Convenience package, plus a leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum interior trim, satellite radio, a soft-touch dashboard with an 8-inch infotainment interface, 17-inch wheels, and slightly revised exterior trim. The SLE can get a Convenience package of its own with automatic climate control, remote start, and a sliding rear window. There's also a Driver Alert package featuring forward collision alert and lane departure warning. Available on both two-wheel and four-wheel drive models is the All-Terrain package with an off-road suspension, a locking rear differential, hill descent control, and heated front seats with passenger power.

GMC Canyon

SLT

Receives many of the SLE's options as standard, plus a leather interior, heated side mirrors, additional chrome exterior trim, and 18-inch polished aluminum wheels. The Driver Alert package continues as an option, but the All-Terrain package is not available (although its locking rear differential is standard).

Additional options for the SLE and SLT include a Bose 7-speaker sound system and navigation. All trims can get a variety of cargo organizing and bed protection features.

CarsDirect Tip

The base Canyon is not nearly as austere as you might expect for any entry-level pickup. Just make sure to get the Convenience package if you want the full complement of car-like features. Whether to upgrade to the SLE or SLT depends on how much style and luxury you expect from a truck.

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: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Offering much of the utility of a full-size pick-up while saving money both at the dealer and the pump, the 2016 GMC Canyon provides big value and performance from a “small” pick-up.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2016 GMC Canyon is offered with two gasoline-powered engines; a 200-horsepower base 2.5-liter inline-four and a 305-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. A third, soon to be available, 2.8-liter diesel engine will arrive in dealers in the Fall of 2015.

GMC’s mid-size pickup truck is available in both a two-door extended cab and four-door crew cab version. Both models are available in multiple trim levels, ranging from the $20,995 2.5-liter gasoline powered manual transmission rear-wheel-drive SL Extended Cab to the top-trim $41,875 SLT 2.8L Diesel 4WD Crew Cab.

The 2016 GMC Canyon is available in two or four wheel drive configurations and with either a 5.2- or 6.2-foot bed.

A six-speed manual transmission is standard in SL Extended Cab and the Base Extended Cab trims. A six-speed automatic is optional on Base Extended Cab models and standard on all other trim levels.

Performance Pros

GMC Canyon

I was able to spend time in both the 2.5-liter inline-four and 3.6-liter V6-powered versions of the Canyon. Both engines provide excellent power and performance for specific applications.

Buyers looking for superior fuel economy, but who are not as concerned with dynamic acceleration and tow less than 3,500 pounds, will find the 200-horsepower four an excellent choice. Gas mileage is rated at a surprisingly efficient 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.

Those requiring more hauling and towing power will want to investigate the V6 with its 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. Zero to 60 mph zips by in an inspiring 7.5 seconds, which feels really quick in a pickup. When a V6 Canyon is equipped with the Max Trailering Package, the vehicle offers a max trailering rating of 7,000 pounds.

In the Fall of 2016, GMC will launch the highly anticipated 2.8-liter turbodiesel inline-four to U.S. markets. Rated at 181 horsepower and an incredible 369 pound-feet of torque at only 2,000 rpm, the diesel-powered Canyon is set to be a fuel-sipping high-capacity hauling machine.

  • The smallish profile of the Canyon and the fine tuning of the suspension and electric power steering provides a driving sensation more in line with many of today’s crossover vehicles than the pickup trucks of the not-so-distant past.
  • Even after a brief test drive, you get the feeling that you are cheating a little; a pickup should not feel this comfortable in traffic and crowded parking lots.

Thanks to the four-wheel anti-lock discs that come from the factory with long-lasting Duralife rotors, braking is excellent.

Performance Cons

  • The six-speed manual transmission is only available in the lower trim levels, and is exclusive to the Extended Cab versions of the Canyon.
  • Ride quality, while excellent for a midsize pickup, is still a little more truck-like than many car-based crossover SUV fans may desire.

Interior Pros

GMC Canyon

The Canyon is essentially an upscale version of Chevy’s highly praised Colorado twin. The interior is well-designed and full of tech and safety features, especially in the higher trim levels.

  • The cabin is a nice compromise for those looking for a truck that feels like a sedan, but still offers hints of the full-size big brothers from GMC.
  • The 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system found in higher trim levels is easy to use and -- arguably -- one of the best all-around systems in the industry. GMC’s OnStar, now with 4G LTE WIFI connectivity is a game changer with its nice integration with cell phones, tablets, and laptop computers. Once you’ve become accustomed to the convenience that it offers, it is hard to live without.

Interior Cons

The rear seating in the extended cab is a compromise as best, even for the two people it claims to accommodate.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

I was genuinely taken back by how much my family enjoyed the GMC Canyon during my week-long review period. Rarely does a pickup truck garner so many compliments.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

The pricing of higher-trim Canyon models is dangerously close to that of the full-size Sierra, diminshing the allure of buying a midsize pickup in the first place. My suggestion is to comparison shop and see if the midsize Canyon's utility checks all of your boxes before committing to a purchase.

The Bottom Line

The GMC Canyon and its twin Colorado radically changed the midsize pickup game last year when they arrived on the scene. Both continue to be top picks in the segment and offer excellent value. Car, crossover and smaller SUV owners who are looking to transition to something bigger to gain the utility of a pickup may find the Canyon to be the perfect fit. I also think that full-size pickup owners and/or shoppers who rarely need the extra cargo space and hauling capabilities will find the Canyon attractive.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 200 HP / 191 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd man w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 26 / 22 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
2
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.5L I-4 / 200 HP / 191 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 26 / 22 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Short And Long Arm
Rear Suspension
Rigid Axle Leaf
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Aluminum
Fuel Tank
21.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$80
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
212.4 "
Exterior Width
74.3 "
Exterior Height
70.4 "
Front Headroom
41.4 "
Rear Headroom
Front Legroom
45.0 "
Rear Legroom
Front Shoulder Room
57.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,920 Lbs.
Wheel Base
128 "
Turning Radius
20.6 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
16.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Clearcoat Monotone With Stripe / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Manual
Bumpers
Front Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
2
Seat Trim
Vinyl
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way (4-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way (4-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Passenger
Remote Keyless Entry
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Pass-key Iii+
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Major Components Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 24,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
72 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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