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2018 GMC Canyon Crew Cab

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in Compact pickup trucks
2018 MODEL

$26,910 - $43,370

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Overview

The mid-size pickup truck segment has seen a resurgence and now there are few players in this rarified field. The 2018 GMC Canyon is a corporate cousin of Chevy Colorado and hence gets the same massive towing capacity, a powerful 3.6L V6, and a 2.8L turbodiesel engine option. With a starting price of $28,195 for Crew Cab model and $22,095 for Extended Cab model, it's slightly pricier than Colorado.

But the Canyon more than makes up for its slightly higher asking price with more upscale cabin and plenty of available features. However, the Canyon disappoints when it comes to available safety feature. And if you really want to go on an adventure, the indestructible and hugely capable Toyota Tacoma TRD is a better pick. That said, most will find the Canyon a great truck for puttering about in city

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Pros

Tows like a full-size pickup

Powerful gas V6

Torquey Turbo Diesel

Excellent ride and handling

Cons

Active safety feature list is unimpressive

Marginal off-roading capability

Higher trims are pricey

What's New?

No major changes


Features

Engine

i4 cyl

2.5 disp

MPG

16 city

26 hwy

Power

200 hp

191 torq

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

towing capacity

7000 LBS

transmission

Automatic

warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.



Styles

 2018 GMC Canyon Crew Cab in Summit White color  2018 GMC Canyon Crew Cab in Satin Steel Metallic color  2018 GMC Canyon Crew Cab in Red Quartz Tintcoat color  2018 GMC Canyon Crew Cab in Quicksilver Metallic color  2018 GMC Canyon Crew Cab in Onyx Black color  2018 GMC Canyon Crew Cab in Mineral Metallic color  2018 GMC Canyon Crew Cab in Marine Blue Metallic color  2018 GMC Canyon Crew Cab in Dark Slate Metallic color
Summit White

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Ratings

Features

8.8

Engine

8.1

Fuel Economy

7.6

Interior

6.8

Exterior

8.1

Safety

7.4

Driving

8.5

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 GMC Canyon Crew Cab 4dr Crew Cab SB

4dr Crew Cab SB

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$26,910

Configurations
4dr Crew Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (20/22/26)
Torque: 191 lbs.-ft. @ 4,400 rpm

 2018 GMC Canyon Crew Cab 4dr Crew Cab LB

4dr Crew Cab LB

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$28,580

Configurations
4dr Crew Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (18/20/25)
Torque: 275 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

 2018 GMC Canyon Crew Cab SLE

SLE

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$30,200 - $35,785

Configurations
SLE 4dr Crew Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (20/22/26)
Torque: 191 lbs.-ft. @ 4,400 rpm
SLE 4dr Crew Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (18/20/25)
Torque: 275 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
SLE 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: 4WD MPG: (17/19/24)
Torque: 275 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
SLE 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: 4WD MPG: (17/19/24)
Torque: 275 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

 2018 GMC Canyon Crew Cab SLT

SLT

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$34,505 - $38,565

Configurations
SLT 4dr Crew Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (18/20/25)
Torque: 275 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
SLT 4dr Crew Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (18/20/25)
Torque: 275 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: 4WD MPG: (17/19/24)
Torque: 275 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: 4WD MPG: (17/19/24)
Torque: 275 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

 2018 GMC Canyon Crew Cab All Terrain

All Terrain

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$37,250 - $37,550

Configurations
All Terrain 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: 4WD MPG: (17/19/24)
Torque: 275 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
All Terrain w/Cloth 4dr Crew Cab (3.6L 6cyl 8AM)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 8AM
MPG: (17//24) Torque: 275 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
All Terrain 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: 4WD MPG: (17/19/24)
Torque: 275 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

 2018 GMC Canyon Crew Cab Denali

Denali

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 5

$39,305 - $43,370

Configurations
Denali 4dr Crew Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (18/20/25)
Torque: 275 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
Denali 4dr Crew Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: RWD MPG: (18/20/25)
Torque: 275 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
Denali 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: 4WD MPG: (17/19/24)
Torque: 275 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm
Denali 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A)
Engine: V-6 Transmission: 8A
Drivetrain: 4WD MPG: (17/19/24)
Torque: 275 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm

Expert Review


carhp editor October 10, 2018

7.9

Overall Rating


8.8/10
Features

 

8.1/10
Engine

 

7.6/10
Fuel Economy

 

6.8/10
Interior

 

8.1/10
Exterior

 

7.4/10
Safety

 
 
 

The mid-size pickup truck segment has seen a resurgence and now there are few players in this rarified field. The 2018 GMC Canyon is a corporate cousin of Chevy Colorado and hence gets the same massive towing capacity, a powerful 3.6L V6, and a 2.8L turbodiesel engine option. With a starting price of $28,195 for Crew Cab model and $22,095 for Extended Cab model, it’s slightly pricier than Colorado.

Features

8.8/10

The 2018 GMC Canyon comes in two cab styles – an Extended Cab and a Crew Cab. The Short Box is only not available in the Extended Cab. The base 2018 GMC canyon SL is only available with Extended Cab and starts at $22,095. Apart from the base 2.5L I4 and 3.6L V6 gas engines, a 2.8L Turbo Diesel is also available albeit at a steep price of $5,000.

Trims Canyon SL Canyon SLE All-Terrain Cloth SLT All-Terrain Leather-Appointed Denali
MSRP $22,095 $28,195 $31,395 $35,795 $35,795 $36,695 $40,595
Features
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • 4-way power driver’s seat
  • DURALIFE brake rotors
  • CornerStep rear bumper
  • Vinyl floor covering
  • Rear seat delete
  • 7″ diagonal GMC Infotainment System
  • 16″ cast aluminum wheels
  • Projector headlamps with LED signature
  • CornerStep rear bumper
  • 8″ diagonal GMC Infotainment System
  • 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • 4 USB ports
  • 17″ cast aluminum wheels
  • Automatic locking rear differential (4WD models)
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Aluminum interior trim
  • Tilt/telescoping steering column
  • EZ Lift and Lower locking tailgate
  • Off-road suspension
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Transfer case shield
  • Unique 17″ Dark Argent metallic cast-aluminum wheels with painted accents
  • Body-color bumpers and grille surround
  • Carbon-fiber-inspired interior accents
  • All-Terrain exclusive contrasting red stitching
  • Off-road suspension
  • Jet Black/Cobalt leather-appointed front seating
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Unique 17″ Dark Argent metallic cast-aluminum wheels with painted accents
  • Transfer case shield
  • 17″ All-terrain Blackwall Tires
  • All Terrain specific black grille center
  • Body-color outside mirrors
  • 20″ ultra-bright machined aluminum wheels
  • 8″ diagonal GMC Infotainment System with Navigation
  • Bose Premium 7-Speaker Audio system
  • Center console with wireless charging mat
  • Spray-on bed liner with Denali logo
  • Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Polished exhaust tip (V6 engine only)

Too many to choose from? We help you find the best trim

Of all, we think the GMC Canyon SLE ($31,395) is the best value as it equipped with features like 8-inch touchscreen infotainment, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Moreover, you can also option plenty of off-road goodies and advanced active safety features.

Engine

8.1/10

The GMC Canyon comes with three engine options. Out of all, we will advise staying away from the base 181 hp 2.5L naturally aspirated I4. It feels anemic in such a large vehicle and even some sedans can tow more than it. Next up is the throaty 3.6L V6. Its 308 bhp power output and 275 lb-ft torque make the Canyon one of the quickest truck in the market.

Models GMC Canyon Chevrolet Colorado Toyota Tacoma Nissan Frontier
MSRP $21,800 $21,195 $25,200 $18,990
Engine 2.5L I4 DI DOHC engine 2.5L DI 4-cylinder engine 2.7L I4 DOHC

16-valve 4-cylinder engine

2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine
Transmission 6-speed manual 6-speed manual 6-speed automatic 5-speed manual
Power 200 hp @ 6300 rpm 200 hp @ 6300 rpm 159 hp @ 5200 rpm 152 hp @ 5,200 rpm
Torque 191 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm 191 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm 180 lb-ft 3800 rpm 171 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

For most of us, the V6 will fit the bill perfectly. However, if you want to use your GMC truck as a truck, a 2.8L Turbo Diesel inline-4 engine churning out 181 hp and an impressive 369 lb-ft of torque is on the menu.

While the base 2.5L gas engine comes mated to a 6-speed manual, the V6 is equipped with either a 6-speed automatic or an 8-speed automatic. For mud pluggers, 4-wheel drive with locking differentials is on offer. However, if you are serious about escaping apocalypse, check out the hardcore Chevy Colorado ZR2.

Acceleration

The Canyon with the base 2.5L inline-4 does 0-60 in a yawningly slow 9.0 seconds. However, upgrade to the GMC Canyon 3.6L V6 with 308 hp and you will be rocketing to 60 mph from rest in a mere 6.3 seconds. It’s properly fast for such a large vehicle.

Models GMC Canyon Chevrolet Colorado Toyota Tacoma Nissan Frontier
0-60 MPH 9.0 sec 8.1 sec 9.8 sec 7.5 sec
Quarter mile 17.1 sec @ 82.4 mph 16.2 sec @ 84 mph 14.7 sec @ 91 mph 16.5 sec @ 90 mph
Engine 2.5L 2.5L 2.7L 2.5L
Emission

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

8.1 8.1 8.4 8.4

Ride and Handling

Despite being a ladder frame truck with rigid rear axle and leaf spring rear suspension, Canyon rides with surprising compliance. That does not mean it’s softly sprung because the Canyon can handle off-road roads without bottoming out. Even fast turns are executed flat despite the high ride height of this midsize truck.

Braking

The GMC Canyon gets 12.2-inch brakes on the front wheels and 12.7-inch brakes on the rear wheels. These brakes can haul the close to 4000 pounds Canyon from 60 to 0 in 121 feet. That’s second only to the Toyota Tacoma which can stop from 60 in 119 feet.

Model GMC Canyon Chevrolet Colorado Toyota Tacoma Nissan Frontier
Brake – front (in) 12.2 12.2 10.8 11.10
Brake Rear (in) 12.7 12.8 10.0 11.30
Curb Weight (lbs) 3943 3986 4425 3785
60-0 MPH (ft.) 121 123 119 125

Towing Capacity

When it comes to hauling, this GMC midsize truck is right up with some full-size pickups. When equipped with the torquey 2.8L turbo diesel belting out 369 pounds-feet of torque, the Canyon can tow 7700 pounds. That’s up with the full-size trucks and better than all other competitors except its corporate cousin – the Chevy Colorado.

Model GMC Canyon Chevrolet Colorado Toyota Tacoma Nissan Frontier
Drive Train RWD RWD RWD RWD
Power Train 2.8L 3.6L 3.5L 4.0L
Weight (lbs) 7700 7700 6800 6710

Fuel Economy

7.6/10

The Canyon with the base 2.5L inline-4 gas engine delivers 20 mpg in city and 26 mpg on the highway. The far more capable and recommended 3.6L V6 delivers 17 mpg in city and 24 on highway. Then comes the torquey turbo diesel delivering an impressive 20 mpg in city and 28 mpg on highway. However, you also have to factor in the $5000 premium you have to pay for the diesel at the dealer.

“A diesel 2.8-liter that’s EPA-rated at 28 mpg highway highlights a triumvirate of fuel-efficient engines available in the Canyon. In our real-world tests, the diesel was a match for its EPA rating, but the gasoline-powered version fell short of its rating by 2 mpg.” – Car and Driver

Model GMC Canyon Chevrolet Colorado Toyota Tacoma Nissan Frontier
Mpg city mpg 20 20 20 17
Mpg highway mpg 26 26 23 22
Mpg combine mpg 22 22 21 21

Interior

6.8/10

“The 2018 GMC Canyon’s interior is a fine blend of modern style with truck practicality. The wide seats are big-body friendly and most of the functions are in a big center stack, with large knobs that should be easily operated by gloved hands. There’s ample center-console storage, and the Crew Cab handles four adults comfortably and five in a pinch.”  – Kelley Blue Book

Seating and Comfort

The GMC Canyon interior is more upscale than the Chevy Colorado with good quality materials and plenty of soft-touch surfaces. The front seats are large and supportive but since it’s a mid-size truck, it’s not as spacious as a full-size pickup. The rear seat backs are too upright in the Crew Cab models. There are plenty of in-cab storage space for stowing away laptops and bottles.

Model GMC Canyon Chevrolet Colorado Toyota Tacoma Nissan Frontier
Passenger capacity 2 2 4 4
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

41.4/57.5/45.0 41.4/57.5/45.0 39.7/58.3/42.9 39.7/58.3/42.4
Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.3/56.2/35.8 38.3/56.2/35.8 34.9/56.5/24.6 38.3/54.9/25.4

Infotainment System

All configurations of 2018 GMC Canyon comes equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. While the base 2018 GMC Canyon SL gets a 7-inch touchscreen infotainments system, a larger 8-inch touchscreen infotainment is available from Canyon SLE onwards. The top end Canyon Denali also gets 2D and 3D GPS navigation and a booming Bose 7-speaker audio system.

Exterior

8.1/10

“2018 GMC Canyon looks like a scaled-down version of GMC’s own Sierra full-sizer, and that’s all right with us. We’ve given it a point each for its chunky exterior and its car-like interior” – Carconnection

The 2018 GMC Canyon resembles the Full-size GMC Sierra pickup with same chunky exterior lines and similar imposing grille. However, this being a mid-size truck is far more manageable within the city. You can spice up the exteriors with large wheels, plenty of dark or chrome accents, all season tires and more. Corner Step makes accessing the bed a breeze and spray-on bed-liners are an option.

Model GMC Canyon Chevrolet Colorado Toyota Tacoma Nissan Frontier
Curb Weight (lbs) 3943 3986 4425 3785
Length(in) 212.4 212.7 212.3 205.5
Width(in) 74.3 74.3 74.4 72.8
Height(in) 70.4 70.4 70.6 68.7
Ground clearance(in) 8.4 8.4 9.1 8.7
Wheel base(in) 128.3 128.3 127.4 125.9
Track width(in) F/R 62.4/62.4 62.4/62.4 63.0/63.2 61.8/61.8

Payload Capacity

The GMC Canyon comes with two bed sizes – the short bed and the long bed. The short bed measures 61.7 inches in length and is available only with Crew Cab. The long bed measures 74 inches and is available in both Crew Cab and Extended Cab. The GMC Canyon has a payload rating of 1316 pounds. That’s second only to the Nissan Frontier.

Model GMC Canyon Chevrolet Colorado Toyota Tacoma Nissan Frontier
Capacity (lbs) 1316 1228 1175 1496

Safety

7.4/10

While the 2018 GMC Canyon comes standard with basic safety features, active safety features like forward collision warning and lane-departure warning are only available with Driver Alert Package in Canyon SLE and Canyon SLT. The GMC Canyon Denali gets them as standard. Apart from these, the 2018 GMC Sierra comes with following safety features:

  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
  • All-speed traction control
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • 6 airbags
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Teen Driver
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

NHTSA Safety Rating

The 2018 GMC Sierra has scored 4-star safety rating in NHTSA crash tests. The result is similar to other mid-size pickup trucks like the Toyota Tacoma.

Overall Rating 4-Star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver 4-Star
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger 4-Star
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating Front Seat 5-Star
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating Rear Seat 5-Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver 5-Star
Side Barrier Rating Rear Passenger 5-Star
Rollover 3-Star

IIHS Safety rating

The 2018 GMC Canyon has not received Top Safety Pick rating from IISH. Still, it has performed well in the crash tests as can be seen in the following table.

Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front passenger side Not Rated
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good

Competition

2018 GMC Canyon Crew Cab vs.Chevy Colorado

The Chevy Colorado is the corporate cousin of the GMC Canyon and hence is similar mechanically. This means both trucks share same tow rating and deliver similar performance on the road. However, there is a difference. The Canyon moves upscale as it’s from the GMC brand with better interior materials and appointments. Also, a hardcore off-roader like the Colorado ZR2 is not offered by the GMC.

2018 GMC Canyon Crew Cab vs. Toyota Tacoma

The Tacoma is surpassed by other mid-size trucks in terms of interior comfort, towing capacity and fuel efficiency. However, if you need an off-roader, few can match the all-terrain prowess of the Tacoma equipped with the TRD package. Add Toyota’s bulletproof reliability and strength to the mix and you have a truck that you can trust when crossing Martian terrain.

2018 GMC Canyon Crew Cab vs Nissan Frontier

The 2018 Nissan Frontier is outclassed by most rivals. Whatever you decide to compare – towing capacity, payload rating, comfort, fuel efficiency or on-road performance, all other mid-size trucks trump it. A low price tag and high predicted reliability rating do not do much to make this Nissan Mid-size truck a viable alternative.

Final Verdict

The GMC Canyon hits a sweet spot combining the capability of a full-size truck in a far more manageable dimension that’s easy to putter about and park within the city. Over this, the Sierra boasts a comfortable, well built and luxuriously appointed interior and a compliant ride.

It does lack a few active safety features and there is no hardcore off-road ready version on offer either. Moreover, the torquey 2.8L Turbo Diesel costs a chunky $5,000. Still, if you don’t need the massive capability of a full-size pickup, the Canyon is highly recommended as it will save you lots of dollars and parking lot hassles.

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