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2010 GMC Canyon Extended Cab

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2010 GMC Canyon Extended Cab Review

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The 2010 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, five or eight-cylinder engines, two-wheel or four-wheel drive and three configurations: Regular Cab, Extended Cab and Crew Cab. Though generally 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 2010 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 greater than 6,000 pounds, 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 2010

For 2010, head curtain airbags are now standard on all models, the optional 5.3-liter V8 gains variable valve timing and the ZQ8 Sport Suspension package is now available on two-wheel drive Extended Cab and Crew Cab SL1 models.

Driving the Canyon Extended Cab

Driving Impressions The 2010 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.

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
Standard side-curtain airbags are an important safety feature that can protect occupants in the event of a side impact accident.

2010 GMC Canyon Extended Cab Details
Interior

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. Crew Cab models offer a usable but somewhat upright rear seat, while Extended Cabs feature two, limited-use flip down seat bottoms best used on short trips and with short passengers. 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.

Exterior

Bulging fender flares and bright alloy wheels punctuate the Canyon's tall slab sides. Regular Cab models ride on a 111.3-inch wheelbase while Extended and Crew Cab models ride on a 126.0-inch wheelbase. The bed length for the Regular and Extended Cab models is about six feet, while that for the Crew Cab model is just over five feet. Both beds feature tall sidewalls, for deeper storage, which give the Canyon best-in-class cargo volume. The Canyon has a clever tailgate that can be opened flat or set at a 55-degree angle, effectively placing the top of the tailgate in line with the tops of the rear wheel wells for easy hauling of large, flat panels.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2010 GMC Canyon SL has a 2.9-liter four-cylinder engine that develops a healthy 185 horsepower. You'll also find a five-speed manual, air conditioning, cruise control, anti-lock brakes (ABS), StabiliTrak stability control, head curtain airbags, chrome front and rear bumpers, dual outside mirrors, automatic headlamps, a tilt steering wheel, AM/FM stereo with XM Satellite Radio, and tachometer. Various additions for the SLE levels of trim include a CD/MP3 player and upgraded upholstery and trim items.

Optional Equipment

Options include four-wheel drive, a four-speed automatic transmission, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, running boards, automatic locking rear differential, the Z71 off-road package, a tow package, six-disc CD changer, power sunroof, power and heated leather seating, ZQ8 sport suspension and 17- and 18-inch wheels.

Under the Hood

Engine choices for the Canyon include four- and five-cylinder powerplants, as well as an optional V8. The standard 2.9-liter four and the optional 3.7-liter five are both derivatives of the 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. While the 5.3-liter V8 offers impressive power, its fuel economy figures fall far short of its smaller stable mates.

2.9-liter in-line 4
185 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
190 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 (2WD), 18/24 (4WD, manual), 17/23 (4WD, automatic)

3.7-liter in-line 5
242 horsepower @ 5600 rpm
242 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/23 (2WD), 16/22 (4WD), 17/24 (2WD, Crew Cab), 16/21 (4WD, Crew Cab)

5.3-liter V8
300 horsepower @ 5200 rpm
320 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 (2WD), 14/19 (4WD)

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2010 GMC Canyon Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.4
Out of 10

Based on 295 Ratings for the 2004 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

extremely reliable. Great value

By on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have never had any engine problems. Never tuned up. Just regular oil changes. A new belt, battery and brakes here and there. 200,000 miles and still going strong."

Good performance, descent fuel mileage.

By on Sunday, August 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Drives great! Keeps up with the big dogs."

Cons: "Ride is a little rough."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"It has been a very dependable vehicle, never been in the shop. I put on a k&n cold air intake and changed the muffler to a more free flow type. other than that that's it. The only thing I don't like about it ride is a little rough."

Worked hard for me. Still looks good. Will save

By on Monday, July 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 43,915

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Body is still mostly clean; doesn't use much gas."

Cons: "I have trouble getting it in gear when cold. Fluid"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This a high stance silver birch regular cab two-wheel drive pickup with a standard transmission. Doesn't stop at every gas station. I would keep, but doctor took away my driver's license."

9 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Best vehicle that I have ever owned! Love it!

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 104,150

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive. Economical to maintain."

Cons: "Can't think of any."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My Canyon has never let me down in bad weather or good! I make sure that oil is changed regularly, all fluid levels are maintained, new tires, brakes as needed."

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

best truck I have ever owned

By on Friday, April 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Comfortable ride"

Cons: "don't buy 4 cyl engine"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"2009 Canyon SLE 4cyl 4WD. No major repairs after 150000 miles.The ride is as comfortable as any full size car. I live in the Ponoco mountains where the roads are very steep. The truck struggles a bit climbing these roads. On level roads the 4 cyl engine is fine. I would definitely recommend a 6cyl engine. I Get about 20 mpg."

9 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Great purchase back in '04

By on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 186,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've had this truck for 11 years and driven it everywhere. It has been very reliable, both as my main vehicle and then as my daughter's first vehicle. Only major repair - replacing the transmission a few months ago at around 170,000 miles."

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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