2011 GMC Canyon Overview
If you’re looking for an inexpensive small work truck with V-8 power, then the 2011 GMC Canyon is the truck for you.
The 2011 GMC Canyon provides something for everyone, available in three trims (WT, SLE, and SLT), three cab configurations (regular, extended, and crew), and three engines. Kicking things off under the hood is a 185-horsepower, 2.9-liter inline-four (190 pounds-feet of torque), followed by a 242-horsepower, 3.7-liter inline-five engine (242 pounds-feet of torque). The final engine option is a powerful 300-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 (320 pounds-feet of torque). These engines are mated to a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission, and power is delivered to a two- or part-time four-wheel drive system with optional locking rear differential. For enhanced off-road capability, a Z71 suspension adds ride height to clear obstacles, while the low-ride height of the ZQ8 Sport Suspension Package improves the Canyon's handling characteristics.
The 2011 GMC Canyon is almost a carbon copy of the Chevrolet Colorado and competes with the Ford Ranger, Nissan Frontier, and Toyota Tacoma. The Canyon boasts a maximum payload capacity of 1,422 pounds and a 6,000-pound towing capacity, while EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings are average at 14-18 mpg in the city and 19-25 mpg on the highway. Because versatility is the name of the game, the 2011 Canyon can be ordered in a chassis-cab configuration that can be upfitted by the dealer with panel van-style or “midbox” storage solutions. A bedliner and 16-inch steel wheels come standard, while fog lamps, recovery hooks, a moonroof, power side mirrors, and 18-inch aluminum wheels are optional.
The 2011 GMC Canyon offers more legroom than the Ranger, Tacoma, and Dodge Dakota in the two-door model. A bench seat for three is joined by power windows and locks, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth® connectivity, and OnStar 9.0 satellite communications as standard equipment. Extended and four-door crew cab models open up a second row of seating and additional interior cargo room. Options include satellite radio, a CD player, remote power door locks, heated power-adjustable front seats, under-seat storage, leather upholstery, and a sliding rear window.
When it comes to safety, the 2011 GMC Canyon features side curtain airbags, an electronic stability system, traction control, front seat belt pretensioners, and antilock brakes as standard equipment.
If you’re looking for a compact truck that can handle any task thrown its way and can also fit a V-8 under the hood, then the 2011 GMC Canyon is the pickup for you.