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2012 GMC Canyon Overview (See Available Styles)

With a low, entry-level price, the 2012 GMC Canyon midsize pickup truck is a capable option with plenty of power and possibilities.

There aren’t many changes to the 2012 Canyon except for some new packages. Choose between a large variety of trim levels, including Work Truck, SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT, and Z71 (off-road specialist) as well as three distinct cab configurations (regular, extended, and crew). The Canyon is virtually identical to the Chevrolet Colorado.

Power options for the 2012 GMC Canyon include a base 185-horsepower, 2.9-liter four-cylinder that generates 190 pounds-feet of torque and is paired with a five-speed manual transmission. A 242-horsepower, 3.7-liter inline-five-cylinder engine makes 242 pounds-feet of torque , while a 300-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 cranks-out 320 pounds-feet of torque. The five-cylinder and V-8 engines are mated to a four-speed automatic, which is optional for the four-cylinder engine. For enhanced off-road capability, a Z71 suspension adds ride height to help clear obstacles.

The 2012 GMC Canyon has plenty of room for up to six people and a 6-foot-1-inch bed on regular- and extended-cab models, while the crew-cab has a 5-foot-1-inch bed. The Canyon boasts a maximum payload capacity of 1,422 pounds and a 6,000-pound towing capacity. A chassis-cab configuration 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.

A leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, and OnStar 9.0 satellite communications are standard equipment, while heated, power, leather-appointed front bucket seats, leather upholstery and a sliding rear window are optional.

The 2012 GMC Canyon isn’t just big, it’s safe as well. The StabiliTrak stability control system applies brake pressure to individual wheels and may adjust engine speed to help prevent the Canyon from rolling over. Side curtain airbags and antilock brakes also come standard.

You don’t have to go all-out at the point of purchase to go all-out at the worksite with the affordable, yet capable 2012 GMC Canyon midsize pickup.

EPA Fuel Economy

  • City: 16 - 18 MPG
  • Highway: 21 - 25 MPG

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Vehicle safety data is provided by IIHS, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an independent, nonprofit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries on the nation's highways.

Safety Rating

  • Front Safety: Acceptable - Good
  • Side Safety: Poor
  • Rear Safety: Marginal

Consumer Reviews Summary

Overall Rating:

9 of 9 (100%) consumers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.

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