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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  • 2015 GMC Canyon
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    six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    200 @ 6300
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  • Torque @ RPM:
    191 @ 4400
  • Energy:
    Direct Injection
  • Displacement:
    2.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    9 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    120 mph (Est.)
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    Front Engine; RWD; 4WD
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Update History

Updated 01/13/2014: The 2015 GMC Canyon made its world debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, so we’ve added all the official details, images and specs.

Updated 04/29/2014: GMC unveiled a new video in which it explains how the rear can be adjusted to accommodate a child’s car seat.


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The 2015 Canyon comes with many of the same features its big brother, the GMC Sierra, comes with. These standard features include projector-beam headlights, GMC’s signature C-shaped LED daytime running lights, a similar grille design, and step pockets in the rear bumper.

The Canyon comes in a number of different configurations that include an extended cab with a six-foot bed and crew cab with a standard five-foot bed and optional six-food bed. Trim levels include SLE and SLT. Within the SLT comes the All-Terrain package, which adds an exterior appearance package and loads of off-roading equipment to the chassis.

Active areo shutters behind the grille help increase highway fuel economy, closing when the extra air isn’t needed and opening when the engine needs a larger supply of cool air. A strutted tailgate prevents slamming while tons of cargo tie-down options in the bed keep things in their place.

Exterior Dimensions

Extended Cab (6’2” box) Crew Cab (5’2” box) Crew Cab (6’2” box)
Wheelbase (in / mm): 128.3 / 3258 128.3 / 3258 140.5 / 3568
Length ( in / mm): 212.4 / 5395 212.4 / 5395 224.6 / 5705
Height (in / mm): 78.7 / 1998 (2WD incl. antenna)
78.9 / 2005 (4WD incl. antenna)
78.7 / 1998 (2WD incl. antenna)
78.9 / 2005 (4WD incl. antenna)
78.7 / 1998 (2WD incl. antenna)
78.9 / 2005 (4WD incl. antenna)
Width (in / mm): 74.3 / 1886 74.3 / 1886 74.3 / 1886
Front track (in / mm) 61.8 / 1570 (2WD)
62.4 / 1586 (4WD)
61.8 / 1570 (2WD)
62.4 / 1586 (4WD)
61.8 / 1570 (2WD)
62.4 / 1586 (4WD)
Rear track (in / mm): 61.8 / 1570 (2WD)
62.4 / 1586 (4WD)
61.8 / 1570 (2WD)
62.4 / 1586 (4WD)
61.8 / 1570 (2WD)
62.4 / 1586 (4WD)


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The Canyon’s interior is much improved over the last generation. Much of the design is taken straight from the full-size Sierra, including the eight-inch infotainment screen. Similar toggle switches reside below and upscale materials making the GMC look high class.

The two trim levels dictate what options come standard and which are available. Cloth seats are the norm and leather is available. A smaller 3.4-inch infotainment screen without navigation is standard of SLE trim levels.

Regardless of trim, all crew cab Canyons gets a swanky, new rear bench seat. The unit’s seat bottoms fold up, revealing a large storage cubby, while the seatbacks fold forward, revealing a large spot for big boxes and such. All trucks comes with a console-mounted shifter, with automatics getting a manual shift gate. A redesigned gauge cluster shows important information in a concise area.

Interior Specifications

Front headroom (in /mm): 40 / 1016 40 / 1016 40 / 1016
Rear headroom (in / mm): 36.7 / 932 38.3 / 973 38.3 / 973
Front legroom (in / mm): 41.7 / 1059 41.7 / 1059 41.7 / 1059
Rear legroom (in / mm): 28.6 / 726 35.8 / 909 35.8 / 909
Front hip room (in / mm): 55 / 1397 55 / 1397 55 / 1397
Rear hip room (in / mm): 52.2 / 1326 53.3 / 1354 53.3 / 1354


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Under the Canyon’s new hood lies two engine options: a standard 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder and an optional 3.6-liter V-6. Both engines are variations on current GM engines that are optimized for truck duty. They feature direct fuel injection, variable valve timing, and an oil-jet cooling cooling system that squirts oil on the underside of the pistons, helping keep temperatures of the aluminum engine blocks in check.

Outputs for both engines are respectable; the 2.5-liter I-4 puts out 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque, while the 3.6-liter V-6 pumps out 305 horses and 269 pound-feet. Both engines come with the six-speed automatic transmission, though the four-cylinder is available with the optional six-speed manual transmission.

Fuel efficiency for the Canyon is even more surprising. The 2.4-liter I-4 earns an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined when mated to the six-speed automatic in the extended cab configuration. By ordering a Canyon with four-wheel-drive, the EPA numbers only sink to 19 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined — a minimal loss considering the heavy equipment associated with turning the front wheels.

Even with its sedan-like EPA numbers, the Canyon is fully capable of doing work. The truck is rated to tow 7,000 pounds on its hitch and haul 1,620 pounds in its bed, when properly equipped with the V-6 in to-wheel-drive guise. Of course, those max numbers cannot be reached at the same time.

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For those looking for even more power, a 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel inline four-cylinder will be offered for the 2016 model year. While General Motors hasn’t released any other information regarding the oil-burner, the globally available version of the engine produces 197 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. We can expect slightly lower output numbers here in the States, thanks to emissions equipment. We’ll likely see around 185 horsepower and 360 pound-feet of torque.

Speculation suggests the diesel could net the Canyon an EPA rating close to 35 mpg highway, especially considering the Ram 1500 equipped with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 achieves 28 mpg highway.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine Type: 2.5L DOHC I-4 3.6L V-6 VVT DI
Displacement (cu in / cc): 150 / 2457 217 / 3564
Block material: cast aluminum aluminum
Cylinder head material: cast aluminum cast aluminum
Valvetrain: DOHC with four valves per cylinder; continuously variable valve timing DOHC with four valves per cylinder; continuously variable valve timing
Fuel delivery: high-pressure direct injection and electronic throtle control high-pressure direct injection and electronic throttle control
Compression ratio: 11.3:1 11.5:1
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 200 / 149 @ 6300 306 / 227 @ 6800
Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm @ rpm): 191 @ 4400 269 / 365 @ 4000
Recommended fuel: regular unleaded regular unleaded
Transmission six-speed manual/automatic six-speed automatic


Fuel Economy

Drivetrain Drive City Combined Highway
2.5L, 6-speed Automatic 2WD 20 22 27
2.5L 6-speed Automatic 4X4 19 21 25
2.5L 6-Speed Manual 2WD 19 22 26
3.6L 6-Speed Automatic 2WD 18 21 26
3.6L 6-Speed Automatic 4X4 17 20 24

Suspension and Brakes

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Holding the GMC off the ground is the standard truck setup. An independent suspension with coil-over shocks and an anti-sway bar reside up front, while a live axle and leaf springs with twin-tube shocks reside out back.

Aluminum knuckles on the front suspension lower unsprung weight, while disc brakes at all for corners do the stopping. Depending on trim level, customers can choose between 16-, 17-, and 18-inch aluminum wheels. GM’s AutoTrac four-wheel-drive system allows the truck to shift on the fly from two- to four-wheel-drive. A low range is available for lower-speed, high torque jobs.

Chassis & Suspension Specifications

Front suspension: 2WD and 4WD: independent coil-over-shock; twin-tube shocks
Rear suspension: solid axle with semi-elliptic two-stage multi-leaf springs; twin-tube shocks
Locking axle: G80 automatic-locking axle std. on All Terrain, avail. on SLE and SLT
Wheel sizes: 16 x 7-in., 17 x 8-in and 18 x 8.5-in.
Tire sizes: 265/70R16, 255/65R17 and 265/60R18
Steering type: electrically-assisted power rack-and-pinion steering with variable assist
Stability control: standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control including hill start assist
Brakes: power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes with Duralife™ long-life brake rotors; standard ABS; hill descent control available


Model Price
Canyon 2WD $27,650
Canyon SLE 2WD $30,980
Canyon SLT 2WD $34,345
Canyon SLE 4X4 $35,235
Canyon SLT 4X4 $38,175


Nissan Frontier

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The current-generation Nissan Frontier has been on the market since 2004, so a new generation should be just around the corner. Until that happens, customers will have to stick with the current one that received a mild facelift in 2009.

The model is offered with a choice of two engines: a 2.5-liter, in-line four-cylinder engine with 152 horsepower and a 4.0-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 261 horsepower.

Toyota Tacoma

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Tacoma is definitely not the best truck on the market, but it surely is one of the trucks that will fit the needs of anyone that would consider the Canyon. The best part is that it is priced from $17,875.

Tacoma has the advantage of offering three engines, starting with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder with 159 horsepower. From there is moves into a 4.0 liter, V-6 engine with 236 horsepower and a 4.0-liter supercharged V-6 with an 296 horsepower.


The 2015 GMC Canyon represents a massive leap forward in the midsize truck category — a segment that hasn’t seen any real change in a decade. With a trio of new engines, a sharp-looking exterior design, a clean-cut interior, and tons of available options, the Canyon and its Chevrolet twin will make huge waves in the segment.

While it’s expected those who need a full-size truck will stick with their Silverado, Sierra, F-150, Ram, Tundra, or Titan, the Canyon and Colorado will likely earn many conquest buyers looking to enter the truck lifestyle without sacrificing fuel economy or drivability.

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Press Release

GMC revealed the 2015 Canyon today, an all-new midsize truck that redefines the segment and raises the bar for everything from horsepower and efficiency to quietness and refinement.

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When it goes on sale this year, the all-new Canyon will give GMC one of the only three-truck lineups in the industry. It is expected to deliver class-leading capabilities with the brand’s signature refinement – all in an efficiently sized, maneuverable package for customers who want the cargo-hauling and trailering versatility of a truck without the size of a full-size pickup.

“The all-new 2015 Canyon completes GMC’s three-truck family, which started with the redesigned 2014 Sierra 1500 and 2015 Sierra HD,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of GMC Marketing. “It rounds out a lineup that offers the broadest range of capabilities in the industry, giving truck customers more choices to find the vehicle that meets their professional, personal and lifestyle needs.”

Based on a proven global architecture and engineered for the unique demands and driving conditions of North American drivers, the new Canyon is expected to deliver:

The segment’s best horsepower – an estimated 193 horsepower (146 kW) from a standard 2.5L I-4 and an estimated 302 horsepower (224 kW) from an available 3.6L V-6
The segment’s best payload of at least 1,450 pounds (657 kg)
The segment’s best maximum trailering rating (when properly equipped) of at least 6,700 pounds (3,039 kg)
Even greater capability with a powerful and efficient Duramax 2.8L turbodiesel engine coming in 2016 model year

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“Not everyone needs full-size capability, but they still deserve strength and true-truck attributes that come in larger models. The Canyon will offer all the capability with confidence – and GMC’s signature refinement that complements active lifestyles,” said DiSalle. “It also delivers the technology customers want with more standard features.”

Canyon’s customer-focused technologies include available OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot and expected segment-first available driver alert features such as forward collision alert, lane departure warning and a standard rear-vision camera.

Additionally, RemoteLink Key Fob Services allow owners to lock and unlock their vehicle, flash the lights and honk the horn, and, on equipped models, even remotely start the engine using the RemoteLink smartphone app. The service is free for five years. Additional OnStar services and data plans will be available with a paid subscription.

GMC’s ProGrade protection program for two years/24,000 miles – whichever comes first – of scheduled maintenance, is standard and covers four oil changes, tire rotations and 27-point inspections. It complements the three-year/36,000-mile – whichever comes first – bumper-to-bumper limited vehicle warranty and five-year/100,000-mile – whichever comes first – powertrain limited warranty.

Designed for capability, comfort and refinement

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Inside and out, the 2015 Canyon is pure GMC, with a quiet, refined interior distinguished by premium materials and a commanding exterior presence that emulates the technology-infused design aesthetic introduced on the 2014 Sierra 1500 and 2015 Sierra HD models.

Bold front-end styling incorporates the segment’s only standard projector beam headlamps and GMC’s signature C-shaped LED daytime running lamps on all models. Three body configurations are offered: An extended cab model with a six-foot bed, a crew cab with a five-foot bed and a crew cab with a six-foot bed. With the tailgate down, the six-foot bed allows eight-foot-long items to be hauled within the vehicle.

Canyon is offered in base, SLE and SLT models, in 2WD and 4WD models, and with an aggressively styled All-Terrain package offered on SLE models. It includes 17-inch painted aluminum wheels covered by all-terrain tires, a body-color grille surround with horizontal chrome bars and specific suspension tuning.

From a refinement standpoint, the Canyon features triple-sealed doors inlaid in the body sides, like the 2014 Sierra, for improved aerodynamic performance and a quieter interior. And to help keep overall mass down and improve the front-to-rear weight balance, the Canyon features an all-new aluminum hood.

It also features the segment’s only active aero grille shutters, which close at certain highway speeds to enhance efficiency through improved aerodynamics.

Additional exterior features include:

Segment-first CornerStep rear bumper design, pioneered on the 2014 Sierra, is standard
Available segment-first EZ Lift-and-Lower locking tailgate that uses an internal torsion bar to make raising the tailgate easier with one hand, and a damper for more-controlled lowering
Standard two-tier loading that allows a platform to effectively split the bed into upper and lower sections, making it easier to haul, store and conceal items such as tools
Thirteen reconfigurable and four stationary tie-down locations throughout the bed for use with available, removable cargo tie-down rings
Standard bed rail and tailgate protectors
Available factory-installed spray-in bed liner
Range of 16-, 17- and 18-inch aluminum wheels

A diverse collection of work- and lifestyle-supporting accessories will be offered including everything from a bed liner and innovative cargo management system to a custom tonneau cover, removable cargo rings, tool box and more.

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Comfortable and connected cabin

The interior of the 2015 Canyon is designed to be comfortable, heavily equipped and well connected. A bold, upright instrument panel with large instruments and a central driver information center is similar to Sierra. A center console-mounted shifter is similar to those found in midsize cars and crossovers.

The Canyon’s cabin boasts exceptional attention to detail and premium appointments, including a sculpted headliner that enhances headroom, halo lighting on key controls for easier viewing and an open area at the front of the center console for easier phone charging.

Additional interior details include:

Sculpted door panels that make it easier to enter and exit the vehicle
Upper-instrument panel storage bin – when not equipped with the uplevel audio system – and large glove box volume
Standard center console with room to store a tablet
Rear under-seat storage

Canyon’s seats are designed for long-haul comfort and wear, too. They use dual-firmness foam for greater comfort on long drives and high-wear, stain-resistant cloth seating trim. A power-adjustable driver’s seat is standard, and heated leather seats are standard on SLT. The All-Terrain package features exclusive color and trim details, including embossed seatbacks and unique contrast stitching.

Comfort is enhanced with technologies, connectivity and other features that support owners’ daily and recreational lives including a standard 4.2-inch-diagonal color driver information screen in the instrument cluster

Also available:

Eight-inch-diagonal color touch screen and multiple USB ports
OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi hot spot

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Next-generation OnStar and IntelliLink enhancements with gesture recognition and natural language voice recognition
Siri Eyes Free Mode for iPhone users
Teen Driver feature
GMC AppShop

Teen Driver is a new, configurable IntelliLink feature that allows parents to set a radio volume limit, establish a speed warning set between 40 and 70 mph, and set a speed limiter. It also automatically mutes the radio when the driver or front passenger safety belt is not fastened and a “report card” that records mileage, wide-open throttle events, ABS events, maximum speed and other data. The custom features are locked by a PIN, which is set by the parent.

Canyon models with an eight-inch IntelliLink screen will also feature a new in-car app marketplace: GMC AppShop. It allows customers to download apps directly to their IntelliLink system and organize, update or delete them throughout the life of the vehicle. Available apps will connect drivers to music, news, weather, travel information, vehicle data and more.

Segment-best power and efficiency

GMC expects Canyon to be the most powerful and efficient truck in the segment, allowing owners to haul and tow more while being efficient. A 2.5L I-4 is standard, and a 3.6L V-6 is available. They are based on award-winning engine families and tuned to deliver the low-rpm torque customers depend on for hauling and towing.

The 2.5L four is estimated at 193 horsepower (146 kW) and 184 lb-ft of torque (253 Nm), with approximately 90 percent of the peak torque available from 2,000 rpm to 6,200 rpm. The 3.6L engine is estimated at 302 horsepower (224 kW) and 270 lb-ft of torque (366 Nm). SAE certification of the power ratings is pending.

Both engines feature direct injection and variable valve timing to make the most of power and efficiency. An aluminum block, forged-steel crankshaft, dual-overhead camshafts and jet-spray piston cooling are featured on both engines. The 2.5L incorporates a two-stage variable-displacement oil pump, for greater efficiency, as well as a balance shaft located in the oil pan, for greater refinement.

All models are matched with a six-speed automatic transmission that complements the truck-tuned engines with features that make hauling and trailering easier and more comfortable, including auto grade braking and a tow/haul mode. A six-speed manual transmission is also available with the 2.5L engine in base extended cab/2WD models.

Class-leading capabilities and superior ride quality

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The Canyon delivers the capability expected of a GMC truck, including expected segment-leading payload and trailering. Like the full-size Sierra, Canyon is built on a fully boxed perimeter frame, which provides the strength to support its capabilities, and a ride expected to be smooth and quiet.

A coil-over-type front suspension features aluminum knuckles that are low in mass and high in strength contributing to a more responsive, immediate feel to driver inputs, as well as efficiency. The 2015 Canyon also features the segment’s first application of electric power steering, which enhances efficiency because it is not driven by the engine.

Additionally, the Canyon has a tight turning radius of only about 41 feet (12.6 meters), making it easier to maneuver when parking or backing into tight spots, such as garages or campsites.

Four-wheel disc brakes, with four-piston front calipers, are standard and feature segment-exclusive Duralife™ brake rotors – also pioneered on the 2014 Sierra. They can offer up to double the service life, which can help lower ownership costs.

Canyon is available with an automatic locking rear differential known by its G80 option code. Introduced by General Motors more than 40 years ago, it gives drivers a traction advantage when needed and everyday comfort when it’s not. It is available on SLE and SLT, and standard with the All-Terrain package.

AutoTrac automatic four-wheel drive is also a segment-first feature, which employs an electronically controlled transfer case that allows the driver to shift from 2WD to 4WD. The driver can select four modes, 2WD, Auto, 4WD HI, or 4WD Lo. By selecting ‘Auto’ mode, the transfer case will operate in 2WD and will automatically apply traction to the front wheels (4WD) when the vehicle senses wheel slippage.

Safety features

With 360 degrees of available active and passive safety technologies, Canyon is designed to help keep occupants safe on the road, with standard features including:

Six air bags, including head curtain side air bags that can also reduce the risk of occupant ejection
Large rearview mirrors and rear-vision camera system for greater visibility
StabiliTrak stability control system with rollover mitigation technology, trailer sway control, hill start assist and hill descent control (All Terrain).

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Available safety features include:

Segment-first forward collision alert
Segment-first lane departure warning

The Canyon will be assembled at GM’s Wentzville, Mo., assembly plant. GMC will continue to work on and develop the Canyon until the start of production in fall 2014. The content of this release is based on current GM testing and is subject to change.

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