IT’S A BEST BUY BECAUSE:

The GMC Canyon (along with its slightly less-ritzy cousin, the Chevrolet Colorado) offers up-to-date technology features and excellent all-around refinement, along with some options that its competitors can’t match.

BUT…

Rather steep prices escalate further as options are added, and rear-seat space is stingy, even in crew-cab models.

WORTH NOTING:

The Canyon lineup offers high-end Denali models—which include upscale trim features such as a unique chrome grille, 20-inch aluminum wheels, and heated/ventilated front seats—and an All Terrain X package, which adds off-road suspension, all-terrain tires, and hill-descent control.

WHAT IS IT?

The Canyon is GMC’s “compact” pickup, though it’s large enough to be more accurately called a midsize pickup. Extended-cab and crew-cab body styles are offered, but a regular cab is not. Though both the Canyon and the Chevrolet Colorado are built on the same basic platform, the GMC has a more premium feel than the Chevy. The Canyon’s upscale features include more-formal exterior styling, a ritzier interior with a soft-touch dashboard on most models, and an exclusive “Auto” full-time 4-wheel drive system that allows 4WD to be left engaged on dry pavement. On the safety side, GM’s OnStar assistance system Teen Driver monitoring are standard, and options include forward collision warning and lane departure warning. Available comfort and convenience features include remote start, power lumbar adjustment for both driver and front passenger, leather upholstery, automatic climate control, and heated seats. Available connectivity items include an 8-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, navigation system, voice recognition, and text-message alerts.

WHAT’S NEW?

The GMC Canyon sees little change for 2018; leather seats are now available on the All Terrain model and a washer-fluid sensor is standard on all models.

FUEL ECONOMY

EPA estimates for the 4-cylinder are 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway with rear-wheel drive and 19/24 with 4-wheel drive. Numbers for the V6 are 18/25 with rear-wheel drive and 17/24 with 4-wheel drive. The diesel is rated at 22/30 with 2WD and 20/28 with 4WD. In Consumer Guide® testing, a diesel-powered SLT Crew Cab averaged 24.8 mpg in 70-percent highway driving.

VALUE IN CLASS

The GMC Canyon faces strong competition from the Toyota Tacoma and Honda Ridgeline, but continues to achieve Best Buy status because of its broad model lineup, the available diesel engine, and the availability of a full-time 4WD system. The luxurious Denali trim level and the respectable fuel economy of the 3.6 V6/8-speed powertrain are attractive as well. Pricing on top-line Canyon models reaches into the territory of full-size trucks that offer more passenger space and cargo/hauling capacity. However, for shoppers who need a truck that’s more economical and easier to maneuver, the Canyon is a great choice.

BASE PRICE RANGE $20,940 – $43,120
BODY STYLES Extended Cab And Crew Cab
AVAILABLE ENGINES 200-HP, 2.5-liter 4-cyl.; 181-HP 2.8-liter turbodiesel 4-cyl.; 308-HP, 3.6-liter V6
DRIVE WHEELS Rear Or 4-Wheel Drive
BUILT IN USA
EPA FUEL-ECONOMY RANGE 17-30 MPG

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