2016 GMC Canyon
Winner Of The Canadian Truck King Challenge
Winner of the Canadian Truck King Challenge, the GMC Canyon has all the right stuff for a mid-sized pickup truck. For 2016, a new diesel engine is now available. Also new is greater integration of smartphone features to the Canyon's IntelliLink infotainment system.
The 2016 GMC Canyon is offered in a fleet-oriented SL, the base Canyon for the masses, a mid-level SLE and top-trim SLT. Two gas engines and the newly offered diesel mentioned above are available. The standard engine, a 2.5-litre inline-4, is rated at 200 horsepower and 191 lb.-ft. of torque. Fuel consumption is 11.9 L/100km in city driving and 8.9 L/100km on the highway.* These are for two-wheel drive (2WD) models with the standard six-speed automatic transmission. Consumption rises slightly in 4x4-equipped models. A six-speed manual transmission is available on select configurations (e.g., base extended cab with 2WD).
A 3.6-litre V-6 is the second gas engine choice. Horsepower and torque are 305 and 269 respectively. Transmission is the automatic only. Fuel consumption is 13.0 L/100 km city and 9.2 L/100 km highway.
The diesel engine is all-new. It's part of the automaker's famed Duramax lineup of powerful and fuel efficient powerplants. The 2.8-litre diesel four found underneath the Canyon's brawny hood is turbo-charged and a first in the mid-size truck market. Output is 181 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. Transmission is, again, a six-speed automatic and fuel consumption is 10.8 L/100 km city and 7.7 L/100 km highway.
"The Canyon’s diesel brings the least horsepower to this truck, but the most torque," notes The Globe and Mail. "That combo makes for strong performance from a stop, but the 3.6L is a better performer in highway driving. Still, if you’re not in a hurry, overtaking slower right-lane expressway traffic feels effortless even in top gear; diving deeper into the throttle pedal will bring the expected downshift, but that seems to generate more noise than additional acceleration"
Tow capacity in properly equipped models range from 1,588 kg in four-cylinder models up to 3,493 kg with the diesel.
Air-conditioning, power windows, a rearview camera system and cloth upholstery are just some of the notable equipment found standard on the base Canyon trim level. The SLE builds on that with cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and column setup and keyless entry via a fob just to name a few. The SLT gets all the items from the lower trims plus automated climate control, remote engine start, power seats and leather upholstery. Buyers can further customize the Canyon with more premium and luxury items like navigation and a high-end audio system.
*Fuel consumption ratings are based on GM testing in accordance with approved Transport Canada test methods. Actual fuel consumption varies depending on driving style, traffic and vehicle condition.