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2018 GMC Canyon OVERVIEW
The GMC Canyon was just what the market wanted when it debuted back in 2015: a smaller, reasonably efficient pickup that can still get the job done. Demand for the Canyon remains brisk, so it's safe to say the less-than-full-size American truck is back to stay.
What's New For 2018
The Canyon's rearview camera display gains trailer guidelines. A 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with voice controls is now standard.
Choosing Your GMC Canyon
As before, the Canyon comes in two configurations: an Extended Cab with narrow rear-hinged back doors and a six-foot bed, and a four-door Crew Cab with a standard five-foot or optional ($435) six-foot bed.
The standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. The 2.5-liter is available with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. With either transmission, it's EPA-rated at 22 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving, or 21 mpg combined with four-wheel drive (which requires the automatic).
The optional 3.6-liter V6 offers 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque, enough for the Canyon to tow up to 7,000 pounds. An eight-speed automatic transmission does the shifting. V6 models are rated at 20 mpg combined, or 19 mpg will four-wheel drive.
For Crew Cab models, the top engine choice is the 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel four-cylinder, which puts out 181 hp and 369 pound-feet of torque. Duramax models are rated to tow 7,700 pounds and come standard with an integrated brake controller and an automatic locking rear differential. A six-speed automatic transmission is also part of the package. The Duramax excels in efficiency, delivery an EPA-estimated 25 mpg combined, or 23 mpg with four-wheel drive.
Like most pickups, the Canyon comes in a wide range of trims, from basic to luxurious:
While not the cheapest Canyon, the SLE is highly customizable and carries a handsome amount of standard equipment for the price. In our view, it's the best choice for drivers who need a pickup that performs double duty – work and pleasure.