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2015 GMC Canyon

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  • GMC Canyon
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    200 @ 6300
  • MPG(Cty):
    20
  • MPG(Hwy):
    27
  • Torque @ RPM:
    191 @ 4400
  • Energy:
    Direct Injection
  • Displacement:
    2.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    9 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    120 mph (Est.)
  • Layout:
    Front Engine; RWD; 4WD
  • Price:
    27650
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  • body style:

The GMC Canyon first came on the scene in 2004 as the replacement for the GMC Sonoma pickup that dates back to 1982. While both the Sonoma and Canyon were corporate twins to the Chevrolet S-10 and Colorado, the GMC had it own styling. The Canyon proved to be a great improvement over the Sonoma, offing stronger engine choices and better fuel economy. Canyons were available in single, extended, and crew cab forms, with bed lengths to suit each cab. Now for 2015, the GMC Canyon is back in production, having been on hiatus since 2012. The 2015 model is completely new, with an overhauled exterior and interior, new engine options, and a far superior overall design. Like the years prior, GMC’s latest Canyon shares most of its underpinnings with its Chevrolet counterpart.

The Canyon comes with two initial engine options for 2015: a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter V-6. Both are gasoline mills. However, for 2016, a 2.8-liter, I-4, Duramax, turbo-diesel engine will be offered. Automatic and manual transmission are available, both sporting six gears. The truck rides on a fully boxed, hydroformed steel frame.

Updated 09/22/2014: General Motors has announced the EPA fuel economy estimates for the Canyon. At its best, the midsize truck achieves 22 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined. GM also released payload ratings, listing the V-6 Canyon at 1,620 pounds. Both stats are class-leading.

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Small Pickups Fall Short of IIHS' Top Safety Pick Awards

Small Pickups Fall Short of IIHS’ Top Safety Pick Awards

A lack of active safety systems & poor headlights cause shortcomings

Modern trucks are vastly safer than older vehicles, yet the Insurance Institutes for Highway Safety continues to move the bar. As such, four variants of the most popular mid-size pickups fail to meet the independent agency’s highest rating for crash survivability and headlight performance. Eight pickups were tested, including both extended and crew cab versions of the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma, and Nissan Frontier.

Of the eight trucks tested, four did not earn the IIHS’ best rating of “Good” in the front small-overlap crash test. These are the extended cab version of the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, along with both cab configurations of the aging Nissan Frontier. The GM twins both earned an Acceptable rating, while the Nissan only earned a Marginal. The Frontier continued to score low in both the structural category and in the possibility of the driver sustaining lower leg and foot injuries. That’s not surprising considering the Frontier is 12 years old, having last been redesigned for the 2005 model year. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the Toyota Tacoma Double Cab earned a Good overall rating and a Good rating in each sub-category except for an Acceptable rating in potential lower leg and foot injuries. Even still, the Tacoma lacks any front crash prevention systems, excluding it from the IIHS’ Top Safety awards. Only the GM twins offer any such system, and even it only alerts the driver rather than stopping the truck, earning it only a Basic rating. Lastly, not a single mid-size pickup scored better than a Poor rating in headlight performance. It is understandable, though, as the IIHS only began testing headlights for the 2017 model year.

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Mercedes-Benz X-Class Vs. The Competition

Mercedes-Benz X-Class Vs. The Competition

‘Ze Germans reimagine the pickup segment, but how does it stack up?

Mercedes-Benz just made quite the splash when it dropped the new X-Class. Framed as the first truly “upscale” pickup truck, the X-Class intends on redefining the midsize segment with unprecedented levels of luxury and refinement. It might seem like a strange combination to mate luxury with pickups, but as Mercedes points out, “the number of pickups for private use is increasing. They are no longer viewed purely as workhorses.” As such, the X-Class aims to broaden the pickup’s buyer appeal, seeking out folks like “land owners and farmers in Argentina, business owners and building contractors in Australia, families with an affinity for premium products in Brazil, trend-conscious individualists in South Africa and Great Britain as well as sporty adventurers in New Zealand and Germany.” Sounds like quite the collection of buyers. But here’s the thing – is the X-Class really all that revolutionary?

To find out, we placed it alongside some of its biggest competition, including the Toyota Hilux, the Volkswagen Amarok, and the Ford Ranger. And, since its possible Merc might bring the X-Class stateside eventually, we threw in the GMC Canyon Denali as well. Read on for all the specs and info you need, and let us know in the comments how you think the X-Class stacks up.

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2017 GMC Canyon All Terrain X

2017 GMC Canyon All Terrain X

X marks the spot where big tires & floor mats lie

The GMC Canyon is getting another new trim line for 2017 – the All Terrain X. This is package adds to the carry-over All Terrain trim level available on 2015 and 2016 Canyon pickups. This is on top of the new 2017 Canyon Denali GMC has previously announced. And as typical, there are no mechanical upgrades unique to the option package. Rather, the updates consist of slight cosmetic changes designed to spark customer interest.

So what’s different about the All Terrain X? It boils down to an aggressive set of all-terrain tires and all-weather floor liners.

Yep, tires and floor mats. Still, the additions make the All Terrain X more capable off the beaten path and easier to clean up when the wheeling is done. Aside from the X portion, the All Terrain package includes several upgrades over the standard 4WD Canyon pickup. We’ll get into that below.

Lastly, the 2017 model year brings a significant powertrain upgrade for the Canyon. Like its corporate cousin, the 2017 Chevy Colorado, the GMC Canyon is getting the same heavily upgraded 3.6-liter V-6 and new eight-speed automatic transmission. Three horsepower and six pound-feet of torque accompany the addition of Active Fuel Management, a reworked variable valve timing system, and an upgraded direct fuel injection system. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel are unchanged.

The 2017 Canyon will go on sale in Q4 of 2016.

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2016 GMC Canyon Duramax – Driven

2016 GMC Canyon Duramax – Driven

When you need torque and fuel economy

General Motors wasted no time in announcing its plans to bring a compact turbodiesel to the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickups. In fact, the all three engine options were announced back in 2014 ahead of the 2015 model year launch. Sadly we had to wait until the 2016 model year before the 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel became available. Well, the wait is finally over and we’re gotten out chance behind the wheel.

The Duramax is slotted as the Canyon’s range-topping engine. And while it does carry a $3,730 premium over the 3.6-liter gasoline V-6, the turbodiesel offers impressive fuel economy, outstanding towing abilities, and surprising everyday livability. To say it’s a well-rounded engine is an understatement.

Of course, there’s more to the Canyon than just its powerplant. The large chrome grille, LED-encrusted headlights, utility-minded cargo bed, helpful step bumpers, and overall handsome looks are still present, though everything is carried over from 2015. The truck still looks fresh in its second year, and should continue looking so for several more years.

Inside, the Canyon’s cabin is a leather-lined paradise for hard-working folks. It’s also a usable space for the average family, too. The rear bench fits two comfortably, three in a pinch, and folds in two different directions to accommodate different cargo. GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system software ranks high in user friendliness, while the gauge cluster looks somewhat dull. Nevertheless, the Canyon is a very strong competitor in its class. Let’s have a look.

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Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon Diesels Headed to Dealerships After Delay

Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon Diesels Headed to Dealerships After Delay

After a year-long wait for GM to release the 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel in its Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-sized pickups for the 2016 model year, followed by a delay in shipment, the diesel-powered trucks are finally headed to dealerships. That’s according to a GMC spokesperson Kelly Wysocki who confirmed the news to The Detroit News.

First announced in 2014 ahead of the 2015 Colorado and Canyon’s debut in the market, the “baby Duramax” has led headlines for the mid-sized twins. Now as the 2016 model year rolls into full swing, the diesel engine is finally available as promised. Stacked atop the wait for the 2016 model year, GM withheld shipment of diesel models for a still-unknown reason.

Ironically, the logical reason is likely not the answer. It is unlikely the trucks were held up due to the fallout from the Volkswagen emission scandal. Soon after the Dieselgate news broke in September of 2015, the EPA ordered more stringent on-road testing for diesel-powered vehicles. The 2.8-liter Duramax passed those tests without issue.

Regardless of whatever reason GM delayed shipment, the Duramax-powered GM twins can now be found in showrooms. The trucks represent a major leap in fuel economy for pickup trucks, with 2WD models achieving up to 31 mpg highway and 22 mpg in the city. Opting for a 4WD model slightly decreases the fuel economy to 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

Prices for the diesel-power trucks start around $35,000, with the Crew Cab, short box, LT trimmed Colorado in 2WD being the least expensive option. Unfortunately for fleet buyers, the Duramax is currently not offered in the base trim on either truck.

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Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon Diesels Headed to Dealerships After Delay

Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon Diesels Headed to Dealerships After Delay

After a year-long wait for GM to release the 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel in its Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-sized pickups for the 2016 model year, followed by a delay in shipment, the diesel-powered trucks are finally headed to dealerships. That’s according to a GMC spokesperson Kelly Wysocki who confirmed the news to The Detroit News.

First announced in 2014 ahead of the 2015 Colorado and Canyon’s debut in the market, the “baby Duramax” has led headlines for the mid-sized twins. Now as the 2016 model year rolls into full swing, the diesel engine is finally available as promised. Stacked atop the wait for the 2016 model year, GM withheld shipment of diesel models for a still-unknown reason.

Ironically, the logical reason is likely not the answer. It is unlikely the trucks were held up due to the fallout from the Volkswagen emission scandal. Soon after the Dieselgate news broke in September of 2015, the EPA ordered more stringent on-road testing for diesel-powered vehicles. The 2.8-liter Duramax passed those tests without issue.

Regardless of whatever reason GM delayed shipment, the Duramax-powered GM twins can now be found in showrooms. The trucks represent a major leap in fuel economy for pickup trucks, with 2WD models achieving up to 31 mpg highway and 22 mpg in the city. Opting for a 4WD model slightly decreases the fuel economy to 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

Prices for the diesel-power trucks start around $35,000, with the Crew Cab, short box, LT trimmed Colorado in 2WD being the least expensive option. Unfortunately for fleet buyers, the Duramax is currently not offered in the base trim on either truck.

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2017 GMC Canyon Denali

2017 GMC Canyon Denali

Rumors had been flying about GMC adding a Denali trim level to the Canyon mid-side pickup since its introduction for 2015. Heck, even GMC’s vice president of Sales, Duncan Aldred, has been quoted as saying he wants the range-topping trim level added to the mix.

It makes perfect sense, too. Every other GMC product offers the upgraded luxury version with distinctive exterior styling and swanky interior adornments – save for the Savanna van. What’s more, the Denali trim is said to account for roughly 25 percent of GMC sales, meaning customers crave that upscale appearance and feel.

Those rumors got even hotter when spy photographers snagged a Canyon test mule wearing insanely thin camouflage and upgraded wheels. We here at TopSpeed took what we saw and created a rendering of what a Canyon Denali might look like.

Thankfully, the wait is over. GMC debuted the “professional grade” luxo-truck at the 2015 LA Auto Show.

And just as we suspected, the Canyon Denali comes loaded with features and amenities that are otherwise unavailable or optional extras on lower trim levels. The now-iconic cheese grader chrome grille is paired with 20-inch ultra-bright aluminum wheels and Denali badging to denote the trim level’s range-topping status.

Providing power is the 3.6-liter V-6 as standard, while the new-for-2016 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel is offered for customers who want an extra 700 pounds of towing and the EPA-estimated 31 mpg highway.

So let’s take a look at GMC’s newest Denali member

Updated 11/17/2015: GMC dropped the 2017 Canyon Denali at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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2017 GMC Canyon Denali

2017 GMC Canyon Denali

Rumors had been flying about GMC adding a Denali trim level to the Canyon mid-side pickup since its introduction for 2015. Heck, even GMC’s vice president of Sales, Duncan Aldred, has been quoted as saying he wants the range-topping trim level added to the mix.

It makes perfect sense, too. Every other GMC product offers the upgraded luxury version with distinctive exterior styling and swanky interior adornments – save for the Savanna van. What’s more, the Denali trim is said to account for roughly 25 percent of GMC sales, meaning customers crave that upscale appearance and feel.

Those rumors got even hotter when spy photographers snagged a Canyon test mule wearing insanely thin camouflage and upgraded wheels. We here at TopSpeed took what we saw and created a rendering of what a Canyon Denali might look like.

Thankfully, the wait is over. GMC debuted the “professional grade” luxo-truck at the 2015 LA Auto Show.

And just as we suspected, the Canyon Denali comes loaded with features and amenities that are otherwise unavailable or optional extras on lower trim levels. The now-iconic cheese grader chrome grille is paired with 20-inch ultra-bright aluminum wheels and Denali badging to denote the trim level’s range-topping status.

Providing power is the 3.6-liter V-6 as standard, while the new-for-2016 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel is offered for customers who want an extra 700 pounds of towing and the EPA-estimated 31 mpg highway.

So let’s take a look at GMC’s newest Denali member

Updated 11/17/2015: GMC dropped the 2017 Canyon Denali at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Read more about the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali.

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2017 GMC Canyon Denali

2017 GMC Canyon Denali

Rumors have been flying about GMC adding a Denali trim level to the Canyon mid-size pickup since its introduction for 2015. Heck, even GMC’s vice president of Sales, Duncan Aldred, has been quoted as saying he wants the range-topping trim level added to the mix.

It makes perfect sense, too. Every other GMC product offers the upgraded luxury version with distinctive exterior styling and swanky interior adornments – save for the Savanna van. What’s more, the Denali trim is said to account for roughly 25 percent of GMC sales, meaning customers crave that upscale appearance and feel.

Now those rumors are getting hotter as spy photographers have snagged the Canyon wearing insanely thin camouflage and upgraded wheels. But we here at TopSpeed aren’t content with blurry spy shots with some sweaty engineer in the cabin. No, we want a “professional grade” look at the upcoming luxo-truck.

And here it is.

Meet the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali – or at least our idea of it. Honestly though, the Denali trim is fairly easy to envision. Add the cheese grater grille, larger wheels, chrome accents, and premium paint and you’ve got yourself a Denali. It’s also a safe bet to call GMC on the model year now that the 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder is on the market for 2016.

So let’s take a look at the suspected details.

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2015 GMC Canyon - Driven

2015 GMC Canyon - Driven

It might be the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado grabbing all the headlines and generating more sales at dealerships, but its corporate twin certainly deserves its own time in the spotlight. That became blatantly clear after spending a week with this beautiful 2015 GMC Canyon bathed in its high-class (and extra cost) Emerald Green Metallic paint offset by a massive chrome grille and matching chrome accents.

My tester came fitted with the Canyon’s top trim level, the SLT package. The option list left nothing for wanting save for the long list of available GearOn cargo box options. This meant the Canyon was dressed to kill, complete with heated leather seats, full navigation on its 8-inch infotainment screen, 4G LTE Wi-Fi service, 4WD, and the V-6 powerplant.

Though the luxo-lined SLT sits atop the Canyon’s other trims, Chevrolet slots the rough and tumble Z71 trim level at the top of the Colorado food chain. General Motors’ decision to do this perfectly exemplifies the two directions the Chevrolet and GMC trucks take. GMC’s “professional grade” attitude appeals to the boss man while the Chevy’s approach to “finding new roads” appeals to the workin’ man.

Granted, the Colorado is available with full leather seats and all the fixins’ found on the Canyon, but you’ll have to choose the mid-level LT trim and order the extra cost options.

All that to say this: the GMC is clearly aimed at a different audience than the Chevy. That’s how GM has designed the two divisions to interact and it’s very apparent. So what’s the GMC Canyon like to live with and is it worth the small price hike over a similarly equipped Colorado? Keep reading to find out.

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General Motors Recalls 15K Trucks For Leaky Brakes

General Motors Recalls 15K Trucks For Leaky Brakes

General Motors is again issuing yet another recall – this time for 14,838 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-sized pickup trucks. The safety recall centers on the brakes of the 2015 model year trucks, as the front brake calipers might leak brake fluid, compromising the truck’s braking performance.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the trucks involved in the recall were built from January 6, 2014 to December 24, 2014 – or basically the entire year. The issue stems from imperfections inside the metal caliper body that lead to air pockets forming in the brake fluid. Over time this can lead to fluid leaking from the caliper body.

Obviously a decreased volume of brake fluid leads to poor braking performance, which could potentially lead to a wreck due to extended stopping distances.

Like with all recalls, the automaker will inspect the effected parts and replace them if necessary, free of charge to the customer. In GM’s case, it will begin notifying customers of the effected vehicles July 10, 2015. For customers who want more information on the recall, they can contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC at 1-800-462-8782, specifying recall number 14888.

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GM Recalling Colorado & Canyon Over Loose Seats

GM Recalling Colorado & Canyon Over Loose Seats

General Motors is recalling nearly 53,000 Colorado and Canyon mid-sized trucks over issues with loose seats that could result in injuries during a crash.

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2015 GMC Canyon Nightfall Edition

2015 GMC Canyon Nightfall Edition

Special edition trucks are all the rage these days and General Motors is on the leading edge of the trend. The automaker’s latest case is the GMC Canyon Nightfall Edition. It combines the also-popular monochrome “murdered” look with some extra features that don’t normally come standard. Still at the foundation is the new-for-2015 Canyon midsize truck with two engine, transmission, and drive wheel options, along with numerous cab and bed configurations. Selecting the Nightfall Edition, however, means first choosing the mid-range SLE trim level with the crew cab. Obviously, the truck only comes in black.

So what’s included? Well, things like a unique black grille, dark painted 18-inch aluminum wheels, black side steps, and a polished exhaust tip. Other non-cosmetic changes include a spray-in bedliner, automatic climate control, the remote start system, rear view camera, and the eight-inch IntelliLink infotainment system.

The SLE trim package already adds some relevant features important to the modern truck buyer, including the G80 automatic locking rear differential on four-wheel-drive models, the auto-dimming rear view mirror, and SiriusXM radio.

Like its corporate twin, the Chevrolet Colorado, the Canyon offers other options for further customization. One of the most interesting is the GearOn cargo management system for the bed. Multiple accessories like dividers and cargo racks for skis and kayaks can be attached to the GearOn bed rails.

Such niceties as these reinforce the fact trucks are purchased more as a lifestyle choice than a necessity. GMC’s Sales and Marketing vice president Duncan Aldred reiterates this. “The Canyon is a lifestyle enabler and its accessories lineup matches lifestyles of all types,” he says. “The accessories take their inspiration from how customers use their vehicle.”

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GM Stops Delivery of the 2015 Colorado and Canyon

GM Stops Delivery of the 2015 Colorado and Canyon

General Motors has announced an issue with its new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks. A problem has arisen with the wiring harness that connects the driver-side airbag. This could potentially lead to the two-stage airbag deploying at the wrong force in an accident.

The problem originates to some crossed wires, literally. GM says the crossed connections within the wiring harness will lead to the “two-stage airbag system reversing the deployment sequence and disruption the deployment timing of the driver airbag stages.”

Thankfully, GM says most of the trucks are still in transit or on dealer lots. Only a few have made the transition into customers’ hands. The trucks will all undergo repairs to correct the bad connections. Like all recall situations, repairs will be done at no cost to the customers.

While this certainly isn’t GM’s first recall situation, it comes as the first hit to the Colorado and Canyon trucks. Moreover, this recall affects a critical safety system that is imperative to saving lives. While it halts the sale of GM’s latest truck and adds to the company’s tarnished public image, at least the GM can report there have been no known crashes, injuries, or deaths from the incident.

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2015 GMC Canyon

2015 GMC Canyon

The GMC Canyon first came on the scene in 2004 as the replacement for the GMC Sonoma pickup that dates back to 1982. While both the Sonoma and Canyon were corporate twins to the Chevrolet S-10 and Colorado, the GMC had it own styling. The Canyon proved to be a great improvement over the Sonoma, offing stronger engine choices and better fuel economy. Canyons were available in single, extended, and crew cab forms, with bed lengths to suit each cab. Now for 2015, the GMC Canyon is back in production, having been on hiatus since 2012. The 2015 model is completely new, with an overhauled exterior and interior, new engine options, and a far superior overall design. Like the years prior, GMC’s latest Canyon shares most of its underpinnings with its Chevrolet counterpart.

The Canyon comes with two initial engine options for 2015: a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter V-6. Both are gasoline mills. However, for 2016, a 2.8-liter, I-4, Duramax, turbo-diesel engine will be offered. Automatic and manual transmission are available, both sporting six gears. The truck rides on a fully boxed, hydroformed steel frame.

Updated 09/22/2014: General Motors has announced the EPA fuel economy estimates for the Canyon. At its best, the midsize truck achieves 22 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined. GM also released payload ratings, listing the V-6 Canyon at 1,620 pounds. Both stats are class-leading.

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2006 GMC Canyon

2006 GMC Canyon

Professional Grade is about delivering more than what the customer expects. In Canyon’s case, it’s more power, more comfort, more cargo room and a wide range of model configurations - all in a nimble, midsize truck package. For 2006, Canyon delivers a new ZQ8 sport suspension package, SLT trim on Extended and Crew Cab models, the GM Passenger Sensing (air bag) System for front seat passengers and a host of new interior and exterior colors.

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