- New for 2015 (last sold in the US in 2012)
- Midsize pickup truck with two cab options
- Flexible bed with CornerStep cutouts in the rear bumper
Returning for 2015, the new GMC Canyon fills a blank spot in the GMC lineup and offers a more practically sized truck for many consumers.
Debuting along with the closely related Chevrolet Colorado, the Canyon was last sold in the United States in 2012. But with the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier representing the only real midsize pickup competition, GM is jumping back into the fray with two feet and with good reason – there seems to be many new car buyers who would love the utility of a pickup truck, but don’t need a full-size behemoth.
The Canyon looks similar to other vehicles in the GMC lineup, with a three-bar front grille similar to the one found on the Acadia SUV. It is a muscular, sculpted design with prominent fenders and squared off headlight clusters. 16-inch wheels are standard, with larger 17- and 18-inch wheels available. Two cab sizes are offered (Extended and Crew) with Crew Cab models offering a choice between a short or long box.
Under the hood, the 2015 Canyon offers two engine options. The base engine is a 205-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder that makes 191 pounds-feet of torque. A more powerful 305-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 making 269 pounds-feet of torque is optional. Both come mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Maximum payload capacity is 1,620 pounds, while trailering tops out at 7,000 pounds when properly equipped. Two-wheel drive is standard, with four-wheel drive optional.
Inside, the Canyon is more upscale than the Colorado, offering slightly better materials and fit/finish. The dashboard echoes the exterior design; it’s minimalist and functional, but there’s also some intriguing technology available as well. Standard features include a 4.2-inch screen for the audio system, air conditioning, power windows/locks, a power driver’s seat, and cloth seating. Also available are Bluetooth connectivity, extra USB charging ports in the rear of the center console, a navigation system with an 8-inch screen, IntelliLink infotainment, and a Bose premium sound system. A new feature on GM vehicles for 2015 is also optional, Wi-Fi hotspot capability over a 4G LTE connection via OnStar.
Standard safety features include a rearview camera, six airbags, antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system.