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.
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.
"Great exterior and interior looks. Fit and finish is first quality. Very smooth and quiet ride. Nice all around compromise between a true off road/working truck and an urban utility vehicle that can double as a hauler."
Pros: "Truck goodness with car like road manners."
Cons: "Easy to bump head on "A" pillar upon entry."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"We took delivery of a loaded SLT extended cab on 2-19-15. We had driven a 2015 Colorado Z71 and another SLT, both crew cabs, before factory ordering. Ours is Onyx black with the Cocoa/Dune interior. The Canyon won our vote because you can't get the lighter interior colors in the Chevy and the seats in the Z71 were harder than in the GMC. Also, the GMC has more padded surfaces inside.
Both the Chevy and the GMC drive very well and we particularly like the electrically assisted steering, relatively plush interior, brawny good looks, overall build quality and practical size and economy. We added a hard tonneau to permit dry hauling.
The truck rides pretty well, though still "trucky" (one of our other vehicles is a full sized Lexus for comparison and we traded in a Corvette). We actually plan to use the truck as a highway cruiser, so it had to be comfortable for long periods of time.
The high belt line can create a bit of claustrophobia and the steeply raked "A" pillar can interfere with entry, but once situated, outward visibility is very good compared to most new cars and crossovers.
Not sure we will ever exploit all the entertainment tech, but really like the nav system and Bose audio. The rest is intuitive and pretty easy to figure out. Wi-Fi works well.
Overall, great looking, fun to drive, adequate power, semi-luxurious and pleasant to be in!"