Big news for the GMC Canyon for 2016 is indeed big news for the compact/midsize-pickup segment: the availability of a new 2.8-liter Duramax 4-cylinder turbodiesel with 369 lb-ft of torque, towing capacity up to 7,700 pounds and EPA highway fuel economy of 31 mpg.
For 2012, GMC adds improved Bluetooth connectivity to the Canyon's option list, while a sliding rear window becomes standard on the SLE-2 4WD Extended Cab model. All 4WD and Crew Cab models gain an automatic locking rear differential.
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.
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.
The 2016 GMC Canyon, with great style, robust capabilities and three noteworthy engine choices, immediately jumps to the top of what had become a stale and even lackluster compact/midsize pickup-truck segment. It offers powertrains and configurations the others cannot match, a whole new level of refinement and technology and is wrapped in the best looks of any of them. Available as an Extended Cab or Crew Cab, with a 5- or 6-foot bed, it beats the longtime class stalwarts, the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier, in several ways: three standout engines (including a new turbodiesel), more towing capacity (up to 7,700 pounds), superior fuel economy (up to 31 mpg highway), innovative technology, a new standard of refinement and luxury and far snazzier looks.