The GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado Are Almost the Same Truck but 1 Is Less Popular

Carbon copies. Lookalikes. Peas in a pod. However you choose to phrase it, there is no doubt that the GMC Canyon and the Chevrolet Colorado are similar in many ways. The reason for that is that General Motors manufactures both brands, and they share the same technology and concepts. 

The two trucks share the same powertrain, cargo, and passenger dimensions. Although there are some visible differences, they both offer capabilities that matter to all truck enthusiasts. So, what other ways are these two trucks similar to each other? Keep reading to find out.

How are the GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado configured?

Both the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon come in four distinct trim levels. The Canyon base model is the Elevation Standard trim that has a sticker price of $26,400. The next level is the Elevation, which comes with an MSRP of $30,000 and has standard features such as remote start and LED fog lights. 

If you are an off-road enthusiast, you will definitely love the Canyon AT4 trim level with an MSRP of $38,200. General Motors decided to replace the old All Terrain trim. You can expect standard features such as hill descent control, red tow hooks, and specialized off-road suspension. 

The last and the topmost trim level of the GMC Canyon is the Denali. It comes at a sticker price of $40,900. This trim gives you a luxury feel with the Bose stereo system and ventilated front seats.

On the other hand, the Colorado base model is the WT trim. Its MSRP is $25,300, and it has a difference of about $1,000 from the Canyon Elevation Standard. 

The next model is the LT trim. Its sticker price is also not that different from Elevation at $27,700 with a $2,300 difference. The last two top trims are the Z71 and ZR2. They are both geared for off-roading at $35,500 and $41,600. The price of the Z71 is slightly less than that of Canyon AT4, while ZR2 is more than that of Denali.

Comparing sales figures

Although these two models are the same in many ways, one is more popular than the other. For instance, the GMC Canyon has sold fewer units than the Chevrolet Colorado over the years. According to GoodCarBadCar, in 2005, the Canyon sold 34,845 units while Colorado sold 128,359 in the U.S. That clearly shows that Colorado was more popular than the Canyon. 

The sales figures of both models reduce over the years, but Colorado still retains higher numbers than its counterpart. In the period between 2016 and 2018, the sales of Colorado drastically increased with each year seeing more than the previous, according to GoodCarBadCar. That didn’t happen for the Canyon, which only saw fluctuating figures each year. 

Both the GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado are powerful trucks

General Motors decided to give both vehicles the same three engine options. The first option being a 2.5-liter DOHC four-cylinder gas engine. The engine has variable valve timing and direct fuel injection that improves the vehicle’s efficiency. It is also paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and gives out 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque. 

This engine comes standard on the LT and WT trims of the Chevy Colorado and Elevation and Elevation Standard trim of the GMC Canyon. The second option for both vehicles is a 3.6-liter DOHC V6 gas engine. Like the first engine, it also comes with variable valve timing and direct fuel injection. However, it has an eight-speed automatic transmission that gives 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque, unlike the first option. 

This second option is standard on the ZR2 and Z71 trims of the Colorado and Denali and AT4 trims of the Canyon. Keep in mind that it is also available for all lower trim levels of both models. 

The last option is a 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel I-4. Although it is less powerful at 181 hp than the rest of the options, it has a more torque capacity of 369 lb-ft. The engine comes with an exhaust brake, direct injection, and double overhead camshafts.

It seems that General Motor decided to put out two similar vehicles. Both trucks offer great engine options and roomy interior cabs. That said, the customers appear to prefer Chevy Colorado over the GMC Canyon. 

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