The Canyon is a mid-sized pickup truck produced by the GMC division of General Motors. Like the GMC Sonoma before it, the Canyon is slotted below the GMC Sierra full-size pickup truck, with its appeal being a relatively inexpensive MSRP and a smaller size that promotes better maneuvering and parking. The Canyon is available in a different number of body styles and configurations with an abundance of options available.
Power for the Canyon comes from a 2.9-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 185 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 190 pound feet of torque at a relatively low 2800 rpm. An optional 3.7-liter 5-cylinder engine is also available, producing 242 horsepower at 5600 rpm and 242 pound feet of torque at 4600 rpm. The top engine offering is a 5.3-liter V8 engine, producing 300 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 320 pound feet of torque at 4000 rpm. All three engines are available with a 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, with a 5-speed manual transmission available as standard equipment for the 4-cylinder. Additional equipment includes an engine block heater, automatic locking rear differential and a factory-installed trailer hitch with 7-pin trailer wiring connector.
The GMC Canyon and the mechanically identical Chevrolet Colorado replaced the Sonoma and S-10 compact pickups, respectively. Japanese car and commercial truck maker Isuzu helped design the mid-sized pickups and released it's own pickup based on the Canyon. The Canyon's platform was also used by the Hummer H3.
The Canyon is available in three different cab styles: a regular cab configuration, an extended cab that increases space behind the front seating area and a crew cab configuration that offers true 5 to 6-person seating, at the expense of bed size. The regular and extended cab Canyon features a 72.8 inch truck bed with 44 cubic feet of cargo volume. The crew cab uses a shorter 61.4 inch bed with 37 cubic feet of cargo volume. All three configurations are available with either two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Options include remote keyless entry, power adjustable mirrors, auto-dimming rear mirror with compass and temperature display and 16-inch chrome clad wheels.
The Canyon's price starts out at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of over $17,000 for the most basic model, reaching up to $30,000 when all options are installed. The fuel economy figures for the GMC Canyon vary depending on the configuration chosen. EPA estimates range from 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway for the two-wheel drive regular cab model with the 4-cylinder to 14 mpg city and 19 mpg highway for four-wheel drive models fitted with the optional V8 engine.
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