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2009 GMC Canyon Extended Cab

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2009 GMC Canyon Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By KBB.com Editors


The 2009 GMC 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 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.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like the clean yet bold look of GMC pickup design, but want it in a smaller package that gets better fuel economy, check out the 2009 GMC Canyon. We think the optional five-cylinder engine is an under-appreciated 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 some of the larger mid-size trucks from Dodge or Nissan, or even a full-size pickup.

What's New for 2009

A host of new equipment includes revised wheels, more standard equipment on SLT and Work Truck trims and an improved Z71 package. Enhanced safety features include standard StabiliTrak stability control and a new braking system. A 5.3-liter V8 can now be ordered on both Extended and Crew Cab models and the sport-oriented ZQ8 suspension package is revived for 2009.

Driving It Driving Impressions

The 2009 GMC Canyon's greatest improvement over previous GMC compact trucks can be found in its chassis and powertrain. The body-on-frame chassis is extremely rigid and you can feel it in the way the Canyon handles, both off-road and while cornering. Even over washboard roads, the Canyon exhibited none of the dash-rattling or squeaks that might be expected, although the rear axle does hop around 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.

Favorite Features

Tailgate Design
The Canyon's tailgate can be set at a 55-degree angle that aligns the top of the tailgate with the tops of the wheel housings, thus allowing easy loading and hauling of large, flat panels.

Side-Curtain Airbags
Optional side-curtain airbags are an inexpensive safety feature that can protect occupants in the event of a side impact accident.


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