GMC and Chevrolet share many of the same products, particularly pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles. The differences between each brand’s models are mostly cosmetic, with GMC usually getting upgraded trim and appearance packages, and are usually priced slightly higher than each Chevrolet counterpart.
The GMC Canyon is twin to the Chevrolet Colorado, with both trucks coming on the scene for the 2004 model year. The Canyon replaced the Sonoma, an aged pickup truck that was well past its prime. When the GMC Canyon was introduced, critics immediately praised it for its fresh look, its versatility and its unusual optional five cylinder engine.
Truly a compact truck, the GMC Canyon has always been sold in two- and four-wheel-drive configurations. In recent years GMC has made some updates including adding a V-8 engine to help this compact truck compete with midsize trucks such as the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma. Regular, extended and crew cabs are available spray in bedliner.
The first year Canyons were powered by a 2.8-liter four cylinder engine or a 3.5-liter five cylinder engine. Both engines were derived from the 4.2-liter V-6 engine found in the TrailBlazer SUV. The 175-hp four was paired with a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. A 220-hp five was offered with the crew cab and was paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission.
In 2007, a 2.9-liter four cylinder engine made its debut, raising the Canyon’s minimum performance output to 185 horsepower. The V-5 also was updated, replaced by a 3.7-liter engine making 2242 horsepower. The manual and automatic transmission choices previously available returned.
Beginning with 2009 model year, a 5.3-liter V-8 engine joined the Canyon fleet. This engine, widely available in larger GMC trucks, makes 300 horsepower. Paired with a 4-speed automatic transmission, this model can pull up to 6,000 pounds.
The regular cab Work Truck comes standard and is equipped with 16-inch steel wheels that are set within all-season tires. The base Canyon also receives a bedliner, satellite radio, cruise control and air-conditioning. A 60/40 split bench front seat is standard. The regular cabin truck is also available in an SLE edition that comes with a tilt-adjustable steering wheel, power outlets and an AM/FM in-dash single CD player with CD MP3 playback stereo.
Extended cab editions are available in Work Truck, SLE and SLT trim levels. Crew cab models are sold in SLE-1, SLE-2 and SLT trim levels.
The current Canyon is likely to be replaced by 2014 with a new model. GM has developed a unibody truck and is already selling this vehicle in other markets. The automaker promises to replace the current generation trucks unlike Ford, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Dodge and Isuzu, which have abandoned this segment.