2007 GMC Canyon Crew Cab

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2007 GMC Canyon Crew Cab Review


The Canyon is the mirror image of its sister vehicle, the Chevrolet Colorado. GMC adds a few upscale touches to try and distinguish its truck, but for the most part the two are interchangeable at every level. As with the Colorado, the Canyon offers customers a compact truck that is big on value, with a choice of four or five-cylinder engines, two-wheel or four-wheel drive and three configurations: Regular Cab, Extended Cab and Crew Cab. Though not as powerful or roomy as the imports, the Canyon does have its strong points, namely an affordable base price and relatively good fuel economy. Isuzu, however, markets a version of the Canyon known as the i-Series, which carries a far superior standard warranty yet is similarly priced to its GMC and Chevrolet counterparts.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like the rugged, bold look of the full-size GMC Sierra pickup, but want it in a smaller package that gets better fuel economy, check out the Canyon. We think the optional five-cylinder engine is an unappreciated gem.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need something with more interior room, cargo space or towing capacity, you will be better off looking at a full-size pickup.

What's New for 2007

The Canyon gets two new engines: a 2.9-liter four-cylinder and a 3.7-liter five-cylinder. Also new is a standard tire pressure monitoring system.

Driving the Canyon Crew Cab
Driving Impressions

The Canyon's greatest improvement over previous GMC compact trucks can be found in its chassis and powertrain. The new body-on-frame chassis is much more rigid and you can feel it...

... in the way the Canyon handles, both off-road and while cornering. Even over washboard roads, our Canyon exhibited none of the dash-rattling or squeaks we'd expected, although the rear axle did jump about quite a bit. GMC has created a number of performance and off-road packages to enhance the Canyon's rugged image. Oddly, despite its short wheelbase, the Canyon exhibits an unusually large turning radius. As for power, the standard in-line four-cylinder is fairly potent for such a small engine. When ordered with the manual transmission, it also offers exceptionally good fuel economy.

Tailgate Design
The Canyon's rear tailgate can latch at an angle that aligns the tops of the wheel housings with the tailgate's top edge.

Side-Curtain Airbags
Optional roof-rail mounted side-curtain airbags are a first for this segment.

2007 GMC Canyon Crew Cab Details

The Canyon's interior layout is highly functional, with all the gauges and controls within clear sight and easy reach of the driver. The seats offer firm bottoms and good lumbar support, and the cloth fabric is both durable and comfortable. The Canyon offers a bit more contrast inside than its Chevy cousin, which helps break up the monotone color scheme and lends an upscale look.

2007 GMC Canyon Crew Cab photo

The Canyon's bold look falls right in line with GMC's "Professional Grade" ad campaign. Bulging fender flares and bright alloy wheels punctuate tall slab sides. Regular Cab models ride on a 111-inch wheelbase while Extended and Crew Cab models ride on a 126-inch wheelbase. The bed length for the Regular and Extended Cab is six feet, while the Crew Cab model offers a five-foot bed. Both beds feature tall sidewalls, for deeper storage, which give the Canyon best-in-class cargo volume. The Canyon features a clever tailgate that can be folded a full 90-degrees or set at a 55-degree angle, effectively placing the top of the gate in line with the top of the rear wheel wells, a handy feature for carrying large panels, for example.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Canyon SL comes with a 2.9-liter four-cylinder engine that rates a healthy 185 horsepower. You'll also find a five-speed manual, air conditioning, cruise control, anti-lock brakes (ABS), chrome front and rear bumpers, dual outside mirrors, automatic headlamps, a tilt steering wheel, AM/FM stereo, tachometer and 15-inch steel wheels. The SLE adds a CD player, revised suspension package and aluminum wheels.

Optional Equipment

Options include four-wheel drive, a four-speed automatic transmission, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, limited-slip rear axle, the Z71 off-road package, the ZQ8 sport package, a tow package, six-disc CD changer, side airbags, head-curtain airbags, traction control and a rear tonneau cover.

Under the Hood

Engine choices for the Canyon include four- and five-cylinder powerplants. The standard 2.9-liter four and the optional 3.7-liter five are both derivatives of the new in-line six found in the GMC Envoy, and although engines of these sizes might seem small, they are both big on power. The 2.9-liter four produces an impressive 185 horsepower and offers up most of its 190 pound-feet of torque between the ranges of 1200 and 5600 rpm. That's enough power to muscle any lightly-equipped four-wheel drive vehicle through the toughest terrain. The optional 3.7-liter engine makes 242 horsepower. Both of these engines produce class-leading horsepower while returning outstanding fuel economy.

2.9-liter in-line 4
185 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
190 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/26 (2WD manual), 17/24 (2WD automatic), 18/24 (4WD manual), 16/23 (4WD automatic)

3.7-liter in-line 5
242 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
242 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/23 (2WD), 16/23 (4WD)

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