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2011 GMC Canyon Regular Cab

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2011 GMC Canyon Regular Cab Review

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The 2011 GMC Canyon is the mirror image of its sister vehicle, the Chevrolet Colorado. GMC adds a few upscale touches, 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 2011 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 2011

For 2011, the Canyon gains available Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, redesigned front seat head restraints and OnStar 9.0 with six-months of Directions and Connections service.

Driving the Canyon Regular Cab

Driving Impressions The 2011 GMC Canyon's greatest improvement over older 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.

2011 GMC Canyon Regular 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 2011 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, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, a chrome package featuring chrome fuel door and exhaust tips, 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 might seem small, but 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), 17/23 (4WD), 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: 14/20 (2WD), 14/19 (4WD)

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2011 GMC Canyon Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.3
Out of 10

Based on 287 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
    8.8/10

GREAT TRUCK, 216555 MILES, STILL GOING STRONG!

By on Saturday, October 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 216,555

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Over all excellent quality GMC vehicle"

Cons: "Minor electrical system problems (relays) that req"

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

"I am the original owner of this truck. 10 years, 200+k miles. The I5 engine has proved to be dependable, strong and needed minimum maintenance. Replaced coil packs and plugs at 125K, transmission at 175k. This truck has proved to be dependable, and never fails to run when needed"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

minor warranty work done otherwise great vehicle

By on Friday, October 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "great overall vehicle for road and off road"

Cons: "the factory bed cover purchased had to be returned"

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

"I was pleasantly surprised on how great this truck handled on gravel roads, even quite rough roads. 5 cylinder may be a bit under powered for pulling heavy loads more than 2,500 lbs. Gas mileage is acceptable. Off road through snow, mud and rough terrain is excellent."

super dependable

By on Friday, October 24, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 133,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "durability, dependability"

Cons: "interior carpet- low grade"

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

"this is a great truck! 10 years and 133k miles and only one repair (ignition coil)other than that ...... only general maint. i.e. tires, oil change etc. Still runs like new!!"

Loved the truck. Just not enough hp.

By on Friday, October 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Drives like a car and love the size."

Cons: "Gas milage not very good. Engine too small."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"Have enjoyed use for trips or for work truck. I have 2 acres to keep up and built a new garage last year. Gas milage was a disapointment. Thought I'd get more with the 4cyl. Looking forward to trying the 6cyl."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

I LOVE this truck!!!

By on Sunday, September 14, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Nice ride"

Cons: "no mirror on sun visor on drivers side"

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

"Thought about trading this year but don't know what I could get that would compare. Love the ride. The power lumbar support."

16 people out of 29 found this review helpful

You can't beat this ride !

By on Thursday, August 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,100

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Don't drive unless your bold."

Cons: "passes everything but the gas pump"

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

"This is a V8 equipped with a Diablo package and will scare even the quickest muscle rides out there !"

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