The GMC Canyon is a twin to the Chevrolet Colorado. The GMC versions are priced slightly higher than the Chevys, and that gets buyers more-contemporary styling and a refined interior. Mechanically, and in terms of feature availability, there are no differences between the two trucks. It's all in the appearance and perception.
The Canyon returns with three cab styles and three trim levels: WT, SLE and SLT.
For businesses and contractors looking for a customized, small work truck, the Canyon can be ordered in a chassis-cab configuration that can be upfitted by the dealer with panel van-style or "midbox" storage solutions.
New for 2011
There are only marginal changes for the 2011 GMC Canyon, including the availability of the latest generation of OnStar — GM's in-truck information and telecommunications service — Bluetooth wireless cell phone integration and redesigned front-seat headrests.
The Canyon is saddled with an angular headlight brow, borrowed from the Colorado, that forces a more trapezoidal execution of the grille than do standard GMC truckfront ends. Other GMC trucks, including the updated Sierra, have the more familiar rectangular-oval grille.
The Canyon still sports an athletic silhouette. Changes in recent years include additional body-colored moldings, bezels and surrounds to add a more sporty appearance to some trim levels. A chrome package is also available and includes a chrome fuel door and exhaust tip.
Exterior features include:
The Canyon has a hint of cosmopolitan features inside, but the overall ambience suffers from a plastic overload. All the gauges and controls are in the right place, and the truck shines in the utility and functionality categories. Wide, comfortable front seats fit nicely in the spacious cab, but the rear jump seats in the extended cab are for kids only.
Interior features include:
Under the Hood
Mechanical features include:
GM has improved the Canyon's safety credentials with standard side curtain airbags. Stability and traction control are also standard. GM's electronic stability system uses electronic brake controls to help the driver maintain control of the vehicle in certain situations.
Safety features include:
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