When built-like-a-tank pickups and mid-size functionality intersects, out pops the versatile GMC Canyon. 

Known by many as the Chevrolet Colorado, as they are essentially the same thing, the GMC Canyon is one of the best mid-size pickups on the markets for drivers who are looking for something with the same power, yet a bit more fuel-efficient. 

The Introduction of the GMC Canyon

The GMC Canyon was introduced to the American market back in 2004 as a replacement for the GMC S-15 and Sonoma compact pickup trucks. GMC noticed a void in their lineup between large, bulky pickup trucks and compact bodies. The GMC Canyon was made to fill that gap.

Performance On All Terrains – The GMC Canyon

The 2019 GMC Canyon comes with an array of engine choices. The base engine is the 2.5L four-cylinder engine, though we would recommend heading towards the 3.6L V-6 engine with 308 horsepower if you are looking for a bit more in terms of performance. Each is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Lastly, there is a 2.8L diesel four-cylinder engine that has the best towing proficiency, with the ability to tow up to 7,000 pounds.

There is an All-Terrain mode onboard that allows the suspension to stay relaxed, even when on bumpy grounds. The interior has an upright instrument panel layout and a premium feel. There is an attractive and intuitive 8.0” touchscreen infotainment system with a 4G LTE mobile hotspot. Drivers can also upgrade to a Bose premium audio system. Some of the top driver-assistance features include forward-collision warning and available rear parking sensors.

The Evolution of the GMC Canyon

  • First Generation GMC Canyon (2003-2012)

The first-generation GMC Canyon came with both automatic and manual transmission choices, as well as the option between rear or four-wheel-drive. The base models came with a 2.8L inline-four engine.  A ZQ8 edition was made available with sport suspension. In 2007, the trucks were given facelifts with brand new 2.9L inline-four engines. 

  • Second Generation GMC Canyon (2012-Present)

The second-generation GMC Canyon is available in three different styles, including regular cab, extended cab, and crew cab, with a choice between rear and four-wheel-drive. The front grille was updated to match the GMC Sierra and a base model 2.5L inline-four engine with six-speed manual transmission.

The GMC Canyon In the News

In recent GMC news, the GMC Canyon AT4 will be hitting the market within the near future. They expect that the Canyon AT4 will come with many of the same features as the Sierra AT4, which includes a two-inch lift kit, all-terrain tires, a locking rear differential, monotube shock absorbers, and much, much more.

Celebrity Endorsements of the GMC Canyon

Unfortunately, we have been unable to find any celebrity endorsements of the GMC Canyon.

Best GMC Canyon Groups

One of the best groups on the Internet for meeting and interacting with GMC Canyon owners and enthusiasts is the Colorado Fans website. While it is called the Colorado Fans group, it is just as much dedicated to the Canyon identical twin brother than it is to the Chevrolet Colorado. There are a little bit over 70,000 members at this time with over one-million posts.

The GMC Canyon – GMC’s Small Pickup Truck

Not everyone who wants to buy a pickup truck also wants to roll down the street in a tank. For many people, having a truck that big just doesn’t make sense, especially if most of your time is spent in the city or suburbs. This is where the GMC Canyon comes in. While the name might sound big, it is a surprisingly compact pickup truck for those who need pure performance without the overbearing size.