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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:

SL

Priced at $22,080 (including $995 destination), the SL comes only in Extended Cab form with the 2.5-liter engine, two-wheel drive, and the six-speed manual transmission. The interior carries vinyl seats (front only) and rubber flooring. Otherwise, the SL is decently equipped with features like a power driver seat, power windows and locks, 16-inch aluminum wheels, and a six-speaker touchscreen infotainment system. There are no factory options for the SL.

Base

Positioned as the true base model, the Canyon (no trim designation) gives buyers access to an array of mechanical and convenience upgrades. Starting at $25,550, the Extended Cab comes standard with cloth upholstery, carpeting, and flip-down rear seats. The Crew Cab ($28,105) gets a full-width rear seat and standard six-speed automatic gearbox with the 2.5-liter engine (it's a $650 option on the Extended Cab). The optional 3.6-liter V6 adds $2,035 to the Extended Cab and $1,385 to the Crew Cab. Both engines can be paired with four-wheel drive for $4,295. The Canyon's available Convenience Package ($590) includes keyless entry, cruise control, a rear defogger, and GMC's EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate. The Exterior Convenience Package ($815) adds assist steps and splash guards.

SLE

Also available in Extended ($29,455) and Crew ($31,395) configurations, the SLE gets nicer interior trim, power side mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, 17-inch wheels, and a standard automatic with the 2.5-liter engine. The infotainment system grows to eight inches and includes satellite radio and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The items in the Canyon's Convenience Package are also standard. The Duramax turbodiesel engine becomes available on the Crew Cab at this trim level for $6,510. The SLE can get a Convenience Package of its own with automatic climate control, remote start, and a sliding rear window for $575. For safety, there's the Driver Alert Package ($395) with lane departure warning and forward collision warning. Chrome door handles and mirror caps come in the $480 SLE Chrome Appearance Package. The Nightfall Edition ($2,900) adds 18-inch graphite wheels and a body-color grille and rear bumper.

All Terrain

Starting at $35,715 (Extended) and $38,445 (Crew), the All Terrain comes standard with the V6 engine and four-wheel drive and is equipped with an off-road suspension, hill descent control, and a transfer case shield. The All Terrain gets special trim to go with its extra capability, including dark 17-inch wheels, body-color bumpers, and red interior stitching. The SLE Convenience Package features are included as well. The optional All Terrain X Package ($2,010) adds all-terrain tires, a protective floor liner, a spray-in black bedliner, and black step bars. Buyers can add navigation ($495) and a Bose seven-speaker sound system ($500).

SLT

The SLT builds on the SLE with standard features like leather upholstery, heated front seats with passenger power, polished 18-inch wheels, and the contents of the SLE Convenience Package. The Driver Alert Package, navigation, and the Bose system remain optional. Available in Crew Cab configuration only, the SLT starts at $35,700.

Denali

The range-topping Denali Crew Cab ($40,500) gets the SLT's options as standard, plus ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, bright 20-inch wheels, cargo lamps, wireless device charging, and a spray-in bedliner. Low-gloss black wheels are offered exclusively on the Denali for $2,395.

CarsDirect Tip

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.

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