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2017 SL 4x2 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB
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Price:   -  From $20,885
2017 Base 4x2 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $24,105
2017 Base 4x2 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $26,660
2017 SLE 4x2 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $28,100
2017 Base 4x2 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $28,330
2017 Base 4x4 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $29,050
2017 SLE 4x2 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $30,040
2017 SLE 4x2 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $31,710
2017 SLE 4x4 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $32,310
2017 SLT 4x2 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $32,485
2017 SLT 4x2 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $34,405
2017 SLT 4x2 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $34,975
2017 SLE 4x4 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $35,325
2017 SLE 4x4 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $35,625
2017 SLT 4x4 Extended Cab 6 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $36,270
2017 SLT 4x4 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $38,165
2017 SLT 4x4 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $38,465
2017 Denali 4x2 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $39,205
2017 Denali 4x2 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $39,780
2017 Denali 4x4 Crew Cab 5 ft. box 128.3 in. WB Price:   -  From $42,970
2017 Denali 4x4 Crew Cab 6 ft. box 140.5 in. WB Price:   -  From $43,270

Overview

Two years ago, GMC rolled out an American alternative to the midsize pickup trucks long-proffered by Toyota and Nissan. As it turned out, the 2015 Canyon (like its cousin, the Chevrolet Colorado) was just what the market ordered. With recent increases in production capacity, even more buyers are likely to drive one home.

What's New For 2017

Biggest news for 2017 is the debut of the posh Canyon Denali, with a distinctive chrome grille, specific 20-inch aluminum wheels, heated/ventilated front seats, and additional trim. The new All Terrain X package features Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac 17-inch all-terrain tires, all-weather floor lining, an off-road suspension, and hill descent control. There's also a newly available Nightfall Edition with a body-colored grille, spray-on bedliner, and 18-inch wheels. GMC’s 3.6-liter V6 gains direct injection and cylinder deactivation, and now mates with an eight-speed automatic transmission. A trailer brake controller is now available with the V6. Teen Driver is now standard, and the IntelliLink audio system receives a 7-inch touchscreen.

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Choosing Your GMC Canyon

The Canyon takes its styling cues from GMC’s full-size Sierra pickup, 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 body 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. Cargo beds include 13 tie-down locations.

The Extended Cab's standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 200 horsepower – sufficient for everyday driving and light hauling. The optional 3.6-liter V6, which comes standard in Crew Cabs, provides a boost to 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, and allows the Canyon to tow up to 7,000 pounds.

A third option emerged last year: a 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. Diesel fuel economy is estimated at 31 mpg (highway) with rear-wheel drive.

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 gearbox. Four-wheel drive with automatic mode is available across the board.

Both cab styles are available in fives trim levels:

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Base

For $24,895 (destination charge included), the base Canyon Extended Cab comes with several unexpected standard features like a rearview camera, a power driver seat, a six-speaker audio system with color display, a locking tailgate, and 16-inch wheels. The available Convenience package adds remote keyless entry, cruise control, a rear-window defogger, and GMC's EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate.

SL

A low-budget version of the base model priced at $21,880, the SL deletes the rear seat and other equipment, although the rearview camera is still standard.

SLE

Gets the contents of the Convenience package, plus a leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum interior trim, satellite radio, a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, a soft-touch dashboard with an 8-inch infotainment interface, and 17-inch wheels.

The SLE can get a Convenience package of its own with automatic climate control, remote start, and a sliding rear window. A Driver Alert package features 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 Z71 suspension, an automatic locking rear differential, and a transfer case skid plate.

SLT

Receives many of the SLE's options as standard, plus heated power fronts seats, leather upholstery, heated side mirrors, additional chrome exterior trim, and 18-inch polished aluminum wheels. The Driver Alert package continues as an option. Individual options for the SLT include a Bose seven-speaker sound system and navigation. The new All Terrain X package furnishes an off-road suspension, a transfer case shield, remote start, hill descent control, and special interior trim.

Denali

The new top-of-the-line model comes with 20-inch wheels, chrome tubular assist steps, a chrome exhaust tip, and a spray-on bedliner. Also standard are automatic climate control, navigation, a heated steering wheel, remote start, and the Bose system. Safety features include forward collision alert and lane-departure warning.

GMC’s diesel engine ($3,730) is available on SLE, SLT, and Denali Crew Cab models. All trims can get a variety of cargo organizing and bed protection features.

CarsDirect Tip

The base Canyon isn’t nearly as austere as you might expect for an 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, not to mention the new Denali, depends on how much style and luxury you expect from a truck, and how much you’re willing to pay for it.

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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: 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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Whether you need a vehicle for light hauling or just want a burlier alternative to sedan or crossover without going to a full-size pickup, the 2017 GMC Canyon is a solid compact pickup truck. It's bigger than you might expect and has style to spare both inside and out, especially with the Denali model. However, this comes at a price. The Canyon Denali is expensive, and the cost of a non-Denali Canyon can really add up when options are added.

Pricing and Equipment

Prices for the 2017 Canyon start at $21,880 (including a $995 destination charge), although that's somewhat deceiving – that figure is for the SL trim, a special-order pickup usually reserved for work fleets. Don't count on seeing one on dealer lots. Instead, the Canyon (with no letters) is considered to be the base model for consumers, and it has a starting price of $24,950. It does include carpeted floors and cloth upholstery, and comes in a four-wheel drive version. Other standard features include keyless entry, a rear vision camera, USB port and projector headlamps with LED signature lighting.

Moving up to a Canyon SLE bumps the starting price to $28,945, but brings on a lot of additional features. These include:

  • An eight-inch diagonal Color Touch radio with Intellilink
  • 17-inch wheels
  • A leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • EZ Lift and lower locking tailgate

The Canyon SLT, which used to be the top trim level before the introduction of the Denali, starts at $33,330 and adds a few more features to the SLE package. These upgrades include heated, leather-appointed front seats, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels and automatic climate control.

Topping off the 2017 Canyon model line is the all-new Denali, with a starting price of $40,050. It builds on the SLT trim and adds five-inch chrome assist steps, 20-inch machined aluminum wheels, heated and air-conditioned front seats, and a Driver Alert Package that includes forward collision alert and lane departure warning.

The base 2.5-liter inline-4 engine produces 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. This engine can be mated to either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission. The new V6 engine makes 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque and is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The impressive turbodiesel inline-4 creates 181 horsepower and produces 369 pound-feet of torque. This engine, which is capable of hauling up to 7,700 pounds, is also mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

On top of the three engines, the Canyon is available in two- or four-wheel drive, with or without an extended bed, and in four-door Crew Cab or Extend Cab (rear quarter doors) body styles. Since it's a bit complicated, we'll break down the Canyon's different configurations based on trim:

  • SL: Extended cab, two-wheel-drive, 2.5-liter four-cylinder.
  • Canyon: Extended cab, Crew Cab, long or short bed, two- or four-wheel drive, 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 3.6-liter V6.
  • SLE: Extended cab, Crew Cab, long or short bed, two- or four-wheel drive, 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 3.6-liter V6, and 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel.
  • SLT: Extended cab (V6 only), Crew Cab, long or short bed, two- or four-wheel drive, 3.6-liter V6 and 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel.
  • Denali: Crew Cab, long or short bed, two- or four-wheel drive, 3.6-liter V6 and 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel.

Performance Pros

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  • We like the smooth handling and all-around comfortable ride offered by all Canyon models. This is a decent-sized truck that drives like a much smaller vehicle.
  • All engine options are strong and capable.
  • The Canyon has excellent towing capacity, especially with the turbodiesel engine.

Performance Cons

  • Those who want the benefits of the extra-strong turbodiesel engine may go into sticker-shock. It's a powerhouse, for sure, but it's also expensive.
  • The 2.8-liter turbodiesel is noisy at freeway speeds.
  • Unless a Canyon buyer is willing to pony up the extra cash for the turbodiesel, the gas-powered engine options are both pretty lackluster when it comes to fuel efficiency.

Interior Pros

  • The infotainment system is easy to use.
  • The front seats are fairly spacious in all models.
  • The cabin has a comfortable feel in non-Denali versions of the Canyon. In the Denali, the cabin offers luxury-level amenities.

Interior Cons

GMC Canyon
  • Second-row seating is cramped, especially in the extended cab versions.
  • Even though cargo space in the Canyon is adequate, other similarly-sized pickups offer more room on the inside for stuff.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

With an easy-going ride and a very pleasant interior, the 2017 Canyon is fun to drive. It's easy to see how this pickup would be a good option for drivers who need both towing capacity and a practical, everyday commuter vehicle.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Looking at the "base" price, the Canyon looks like a pretty good bargain. But that $21,880 is for a stripped down work-ready version of the truck that only seats two people. For most buyers, getting the version of the truck that they want will mean shelling out a lot more money.

The Bottom Line

The 2017 GMC Canyon is a good pickup truck with great engine options. But anyone who is seriously considering a Canyon purchase pay careful attention to the bottom line, because GMC's baby truck gets too pricey too quickly.

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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
3,922 Lbs.
Wheel Base
128 "
Turning Radius
20.6 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
16.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / 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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