Have you noticed that no one is talking about the GMC Canyon? It’s all about the Ford Ranger or Chevy Colorado instead. It’s like people are ignoring the GMC Canyon, even though it could be the best midsize truck option to suit their needs.
Why Is the GMC Canyon Being Ignored?
The GMC Canyon is a price-friendly option. The base model starts around $22k, so that should get your attention. Also, the highest trim option only raises the price to about $27k.
The Chevy Colorado starts around $21k, and the Ford Ranger begins around $24k, so the Canyon is a reasonably priced option to compete with these models.
Heck, it even has a pretty good fuel economy for a truck. The GMC Canyon gets up to 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. This is slightly behind the Colorado, which gets up to 30 mpg in the city.
GMC Canyon Power
The GMC Canyon has three engine options. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine produces 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque.
The 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel option offers 186 horsepower and 396 lb-ft of torque. Plus, the Chevy Colorado is only other midsize truck with a diesel engine option.
The 3.6-liter V6 engine produces 308 horsepower 275 lb-ft of torque. Depending on which option you choose, the GMC Canyon can tow between 3,500 to 7,700 lb. The Toyota Tacoma can only tow up to 6,800 lb.
Also, the GMC Canyon has a fair amount of pep. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in only 6.9 seconds. It takes the Toyota Tacoma 7.6 seconds to reach 60 mph and the Ford Ranger 6.8 seconds.
For off-roading, you can add optional skid plates to protect the undercarriage of your truck, plus a high air intake is included. However, this truck isn’t designed for going far off the pavement.
GMC Canyon Features
The GMC Canyon is the perfect option for you if you want a quiet, comfortable cab. GMC claims that premium materials provide a comfortable ride, including triple-sealed door panels.
However, people complain that the leather seats aren’t very supportive or comfortable. Also, the dashboard looks outdated and seems to incorporate cheap plastic materials. However, you can upgrade to soft-touch materials, if you would like.
You can also upgrade to have a heated steering wheel and heated front seats. There are no dual climate control zones, rain-sensing wipers, or heated mirrors like other trucks provide.
The 8” infotainment center is fine. It can connect to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which is pretty much standard across all trucks now.
The GMC Canyon also has a wi-fi hotspot available along with USB ports and a 12-volt plug. But that’s about it for exciting technology.
Also, the GMC Canyon isn’t very safe and has a low-reliability rating. It only offers parking assistance, lane departure warning, and forward-collision prevention.
Plus, these safety features aren’t included with the base model. You will have to pay extra for them.
Without blind-spot detection, hill descent control, and more, the Canyon can’t keep up with safer and smarter trucks.
So, the GMC Canyon is being ignored because it’s nothing special. It’s behind the pack on comfort, safety, and technology. Also, because the reliability rating is so low, buying this truck feels like a gamble.