2018 GMC Canyon Truck

City mpg:
20
Highway mpg:
26

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 GMC Canyon Truck Overview

The standard features of the GMC Canyon SL include 2.5L I-4 200hp engine, 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 16" aluminum wheels, ABS and driveline traction control, StabiliTrak w/Proactive Roll Avoidance electronic stability, 4 way power driver seat.

2018 GMC
Canyon Truck

Starting at: $21,100

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Ground clearance (min) - 213mm (8.4")
  • AM/FM radio
  • Premium audio system - GMC Infotainment System
  • Radio data system
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 7.0"
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 72 months/100,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Maintenance warranty - 24 months/24,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 2
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Front center armrest
  • Engine displacement - 2.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 200hp @ 6,300RPM
  • Engine torque - 191 lb.-ft. @ 4,400RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 88.0mm x 101.0mm (3.46" x 3.98")
  • Compression ratio - 11.30 to 1
  • Payload - 646kg (1,424lbs)
  • Curb weight - 1,789kg (3,945lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,449kg (5,400lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 1,588kg (3,500lbs)
  • Exterior length - 5,395mm (212.4")
  • Exterior body width - 1,887mm (74.3")
  • Exterior height - 1,788mm (70.4")
  • Wheelbase - 3,259mm (128.3")
  • Turning radius - 6.3m (20.6')
  • Front legroom - 1,143mm (45.0")
  • Front headroom - 1,052mm (41.4")
  • Front hiproom - 1,397mm (55.0")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,461mm (57.5")
  • Rear cargo - tailgate
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Rear step bumper
  • Trailer sway control
  • Engine liters - 2.5
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 200hp @ 6,300RPM
  • Torque - 191 lb.-ft. @ 4,400RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed manual
  • Drive type - rear-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 22mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 21.0gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 20mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 26mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Ignition disable
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Front wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 265/70SR16.0
  • Rear tires - 265/70SR16.0
  • Wheel size - 16"
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear

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  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
SL 2018 GMC Canyon Truck SL Search New $21,100   200-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd man.  20 / 26  
Base 2018 GMC Canyon Truck Base Search New $24,600   200-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd man.  20 / 26  
Base 2018 GMC Canyon Truck Base Search New $27,200   200-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 26  
SLE 2018 GMC Canyon Truck SLE Search New $28,500   200-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 26  
Base 2018 GMC Canyon Truck Base Search New $28,800   308-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  18 / 25  
Base 2018 GMC Canyon Truck Base Search New $29,500   200-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 24  
SLE 2018 GMC Canyon Truck SLE Search New $30,400   200-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 26  
SLE 2018 GMC Canyon Truck SLE Search New $32,100   308-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  18 / 25  
SLE 2018 GMC Canyon Truck SLE Search New $32,700   200-hp 2.5L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 24  
SLT 2018 GMC Canyon Truck SLT Search New $34,800   308-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  18 / 25  
All Terrain w/Cloth 2018 GMC Canyon Truck All Terrain w/Cloth Search New $34,800   308-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  17 / 24  
SLT 2018 GMC Canyon Truck SLT Search New $35,300   308-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  18 / 25  
SLE 2018 GMC Canyon Truck SLE Search New $35,700   308-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  17 / 24  
All Terrain w/Leather 2018 GMC Canyon Truck All Terrain w/Leather Search New $35,700   308-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  17 / 24  
SLE 2018 GMC Canyon Truck SLE Search New $36,000   308-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  17 / 24  
All Terrain w/Cloth 2018 GMC Canyon Truck All Terrain w/Cloth Search New $37,500   308-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  17 / 24  
All Terrain w/Cloth 2018 GMC Canyon Truck All Terrain w/Cloth Search New $37,800   308-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  17 / 24  
All Terrain w/Leather 2018 GMC Canyon Truck All Terrain w/Leather Search New $38,400   308-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  17 / 24  
SLT 2018 GMC Canyon Truck SLT Search New $38,500   308-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  17 / 24  
All Terrain w/Leather 2018 GMC Canyon Truck All Terrain w/Leather Search New $38,700   308-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  17 / 24  
SLT 2018 GMC Canyon Truck SLT Search New $38,800   308-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  17 / 24  
Denali 2018 GMC Canyon Truck Denali Search New $39,600   308-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  18 / 25  
Denali 2018 GMC Canyon Truck Denali Search New $40,100   308-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  18 / 25  
Denali 2018 GMC Canyon Truck Denali Search New $43,300   308-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  17 / 24  
Denali 2018 GMC Canyon Truck Denali Search New $43,600   308-hp 3.6L 6-cyl  8-spd auto  17 / 24  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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The base four-cylinder is adequate, making the Canyon an acceptable second car for the family, with its fuel mileage of 22 miles per gallon; its open bed for cargo gives it an advantage over a compact crossover. Its payload ranges from 1450 to 1620 pounds, enough for a bed full of rocks or sand, not much less than a full-size truck.

With 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque, the 2.5-liter engine works hard, but it’s smooth and fairly quiet. It feels better driving around town, where it’s perky. And it’s better with just rear-wheel drive, and the 6-speed automatic that shifts well. The manual is only available in the base model with rear-wheel drive, and we’re not sure why you would want one, almost irrelevant because you can’t hardly get one anyhow.

Most popular is a Canyon 4WD with the new 3.6-liter V6, making 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. It comes with an 8-speed automatic we like.

The four-cylinder turbodiesel is a 2.8 liter making 181 horsepower but more importantly 369 pound-feet of torque. It’s a charmer that only sometimes feels rough, and it works well with the 6-speed automatic. It can easily tow 7700 pounds, only 700 more than the rating for the V6, but the turbodiesel shows less stress because it has 94 more foot-pounds of torque to support acceleration.

Applause for GM for the ride that’s almost level to a sedan, on a conventional suspension that’s comfortably tuned. It rounds off bumps nicely, although like any body-on-frame design, the Canyon transmits a fair share of secondary ride motions to the cabin.

The handling is nimble and cornering confident. It’s not all that much smaller than a full-size Sierra but drives like it is. The electric power steering is weighted well and tracks mostly true.

GMC’s AutoTrac allows manual selection of 4WD or an Auto mode that frees the electronics to vary the torque between axles depending on traction needs. This is a good system for wintry conditions when traction is inconsistent. An automatic locking differential is available on some models.

Walk Around

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The Canyon has a strong family resemblance to its big brother the full-size GMC Sierra, and also some resemblance to its close relatives the midsize Chevrolet Colorado and full-size Silverado. Mostly in the front fascia and grille, the tidy tail, and the squarely flared wheel arches. The shoulder line sweeps up at the rear pillar, a nod to the global market, in particular Southeast Asia where it’s popular.

The Denali has its own grille, wheels, and bolt-on bits that we think detract from the cohesion of the design. Fancy seems incompatible, in this case; it is a truck, after all. We like the simplicity of the SLE and SLT.

Interior Overview

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Canyon’s cabin is rugged and stylish. It fits the image of business truck, but wouldn’t be out of place in a crossover or wagon. The seats, armrests, cupholders, and console shift lever feel almost sedan-like, even more so on the top models with their tasteful aluminum trim and contrasting stitched soft-touch materials.

The quality of the trim should embarrass the pedestrian Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier, although the Honda Ridgeline is up there with the Canyon.

Almost everything about the cabin is convenient. On the instrument panel, a central pod contains the main controls and a display unit, with the gauges behind a beefy steering wheel with controls. There’s ample storage in bins both open and covered, and there’s a storage space under the rear seat of the crew cab. The step-in height is reasonably low, and running boards are available. It’s unfortunate that the second row is bolt upright.

Any Canyon model is far more comfortable than the Tacoma or Frontier. The front seats are shaped well for passengers of all sizes, they have good bolstering, and a higher seating position still with more headroom than the Frontier or Tacoma. There’s great room to stretch in front, although that upright second row wears on passengers after a while. The Canyon would not make the family happy if it were the only family car.

That might be where the Denali comes in, but we doubt it. It is clearly upscale, although the fit and finish is still shy of luxury standards. That same level of fit and finish is acceptable and not even noticed on the other models, but at twice the price, Denali should deliver.

The extended-cab comes only with the longer 6-foot-2 bed that can accept an optional extender to haul items eight feet long, such as plywood or two-by-fours. The crew cab has front-hinged rear doors, and comes with either the longer bed or the 5-foot-2 bed. There’s a step in the rear bumper to make it easy to climb up into either bed, and a tailgate that’s easy to raise and lower. Also available are 17 tie-down points, a choice of a spray-in bedliner or drop-in one, cargo dividers, a system of racks and carriers called GearOn, cargo nets and tonneau covers, a drop-in toolbox, and trailer hitches and harnesses.

Summary

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The Canyon is a strong contender in the midsize truck class. It’s got a strong base powertrain, comfortable and efficient cabin, smooth ride and good handing.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

Model Lineup

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The 2018 GMC Canyon comes in SL, base, SLE, SLT, and Denali, along with many cabin and powertrain configurations. The SL is priced at a bargain-basement $21,085, and the upscale Denali with 4WD tops the line at more than twice that, $43,570. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charges.)

Standard equipment on the base includes air conditioning, power windows, power driver’s seat, and USB port. The base and SL are largely the same, except the SL is intended for more primitive work, with vinyl flooring instead of carpeting, and fewer features.

Canyon SLE adds an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system, cruise control, and other features. More options are available for the SLE, including an All Terrain X package for offroad that includes skid plates, hill descent control, and all-terrain tires. Plus leather upholstery, new for 2018.

Canyon SLT, with heated leather seating surfaces and automatic climate control, was bumped out of the top luxury spot by the Denali, with cooled seats and a heated steering wheel.

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