2017 GMC Canyon

#4
in Compact pickup trucks
2017 MODEL
$26,660 - $43,270 See Inventory Prices

7.7

Overall Rating

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“Bigger the better” said a wise man once. But this is 2017 and our cities and roads are crowded. The need of the hour is ‘compact', and the GMC Canyon is just that. This pickup truck makes more sense for the buyer who is looking for a pickup truck which is neither too big nor too small and just gets the job.The 2017 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 $20,885, its value for money in its base trims.

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Pros

7700-pound towing capacity

Powerful gas V6

Torquey Turbo Diesel

Excellent ride and handling

Cons

No blind spot warning

Auto emergency braking missing

Higher trims are pricey

Marginal off-roading capability

What's New?

Denali trim

Refined V6 engine

Teen driver technology

Eight-speed automatic


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26660

bodystyle

4dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity

5

top speed

99 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

150 cu. in.

horsepower

200 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

191 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front short and long arm suspension

suspension rear

rigid axle rear leaf suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.7 in. ventilated front disc/12.2 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

128.3 in.

length

212.4 in.

width

74.3 in.

height

70.7 in.

curb weight

3996 lbs.

ground clearance

8.3 in.

capacity

towing capacity

9500 lbs.

payload capacity

1471 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/22/26 mpg

highway range

546 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 GMC Canyon in Cardinal Red color  2017 GMC Canyon in Red Quartz Tintcoat color  2017 GMC Canyon in Summit White color  2017 GMC Canyon in Onyx Black color  2017 GMC Canyon in Quicksilver Metallic color
Cardinal Red

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Safety

6.0

Exterior

8.3

Engine

8.1

Interior

7.0

Fuel Economy

7.8

Features

8.4

Comfort

7.5

Driving

8.1

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 GMC Canyon Base

Base

power
308 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$26,660 - $28,330


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Crew Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $28,330 MSRP (18/20/25) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5
4dr Crew Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $26,660 MSRP (20/22/26) 200 hp @ 6300 rpm2.5I4regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5

 2017 GMC Canyon SLE

SLE

power
308 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$30,040 - $35,625


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLE 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $35,625 MSRP (17/19/24) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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8-speed automatic four wheel drive 5
SLE 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $35,325 MSRP (17/19/24) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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8-speed automatic four wheel drive 5
SLE 4dr Crew Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $31,710 MSRP (18/20/25) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5
SLE 4dr Crew Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $30,040 MSRP (20/22/26) 200 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, I4, regular unleaded
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6-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5

 2017 GMC Canyon SLT

SLT

power
308 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$34,405 - $38,465


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $38,465 MSRP (17/19/24) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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8-speed automatic four wheel drive 5
SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $38,165 MSRP (17/19/24) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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8-speed automatic four wheel drive 5
SLT 4dr Crew Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $34,975 MSRP (18/20/25) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5
SLT 4dr Crew Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $34,405 MSRP (18/20/25) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5

 2017 GMC Canyon Denali

Denali

power
308 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$39,205 - $43,270


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Denali 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $43,270 MSRP (17/19/24) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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8-speed automatic four wheel drive 5
Denali 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $42,970 MSRP (17/19/24) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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8-speed automatic four wheel drive 5
Denali 4dr Crew Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $39,780 MSRP (18/20/25) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5
Denali 4dr Crew Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $39,205 MSRP (18/20/25) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V6, regular unleaded
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5

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MPG: 22 combined

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MPG: 18 combined

2017 GMC Yukon XL SUV
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MPG: 19 combined

2017 GMC Canyon Extended Cab
7.9/10

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MPG: 22 combined

2019 GMC Acadia
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2018 GMC Canyon
7.8/10

Engine: 200 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L I4

MPG: 22 combined

2018 GMC Canyon Extended Cab
7.8/10

Engine: 200 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L I4

MPG: 22 combined

2017 GMC Sierra 2500HD Regular Cab
8.0/10

Engine: 360 hp @ 5400 rpm, 6 L V8


Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 26, 2018

7.7

Overall Rating


6.0/10
Safety

 

8.3/10
Exterior

 

8.1/10
Engine

 

7.0/10
Interior

 

7.8/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.4/10
Features

 
 
 

The Canyon more than makes up for its slightly higher asking price in top trims 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 the city.

2017 GMC Canyon Safety

6.0/10

Safety and Reliability

It's clear that the Canyon doesn't score well on the safety front. The overall safety rating of this car is 4 star. Mainly due to the reason that its roll-over NHSTA rating is just 3-stars. If you are concerned about the safety the Toyota Tacoma must be your pick of the lot. The 2017 Canyon has not yet been rated by the IHSTA.

NHSTA Rating

Overall Rating 4
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver 4
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger 4
Overall Side Crash Rating 5
Side Barrier Rating overall 5
Side Barrier Rating Driver/passenger 5
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat 5
Rollover 3

IHSTA Rating

Small overlap front driver side NA
Small overlap front passenger side NA
Moderate overlap front NA
Side NA
Roof strength NA
Head restraints & seats NA
Front crash prevention NA
Headlights NA
Child seat anchors (LATCH) ease of use NA

Safety features

Standard safety features list does not justify its $40,000 price tag. As you don't get features like blind spot warning and auto emergency braking. However, what you do get as standard includes:

  • Six-airbags
  • Head curtain side airbags
  • A rearview camera
  • Oversized side mirrors for enhanced rearward visibility.
  • Forward collision warning system
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Trailer sway control system
  • Hill descent control system (on all Terrain versions)
  • Six-airbags
  • Head curtain side airbags
  • A rearview camera
  • Oversized side mirrors for enhanced rearward visibility.
  • Forward collision warning system
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Trailer sway control system
  • Hill descent control system (on all Terrain versions)

2017 GMC Canyon Exterior

8.3/10

"The Canyon boasts a ruggedly burly look that implies capability. The front fascia is styled in a familiar, traditional way, with crisp lines and an almost universally horizontal set of lines."-thecarconnection

Dimension and weight

The Canyon in its 2017 avatar looks muscular and imposing. The large grill upfront with GMC logo reminds you of the larger GMC Sierra. Squared wheel-arches fits neatly into the design. The chrome skid plate and large bumper do justice with its macho character. As a whole, the design looks modern and upmarket.

Model GMC Canyon Chevrolet Colorado Toyota Tacoma(SR) Nissan Frontier(S)
curb weight(lbs) 3943 3985 4425 3785
Lenght(in) 212.4 212.7 212.3 20.5
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
Wheelbase(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

Exterior Features

Exterior Features

The 2017 exterior features include:

  • 20-inch chrome wheels
  • Spray-in bed liner
  • Integrated corner stepper in the bumper
  • Large chrome grill
  • 20-inch chrome wheels
  • Spray-in bed liner
  • Integrated corner stepper in the bumper

Payload capacity

In terms of payload capacity, 2017 GMC Canyon comes close second to the Nissan Frontier, but it wins the battle again when we take towing capacity into consideration.

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

2017 GMC Canyon Engine

8.1/10

"The optional 3.6-liter V-6 that powered our test truck is the most powerful engine in the Canyon lineup and sits above a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four and a turbo-diesel 2.8-liter four."-CarandDriver

Engine & Transmission

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.

The optional 2.8-liter turbodiesel 4-cylinder engine is good enough, to say the least for regular towing and hauling. It produces 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque and is mated with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Engine and transmission Chevrolet Colorado (Mini Truck) vs competitors

Models GMC Canyon(SL) Chevrolet Colorado(base) Toyota Tacoma(SR) Nissan Frontier(S)
MSRP $20.885 $20,995 $24,575 $18,390
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

 

Off-Roading Capabilities

As mentioned before, off-roading is just not the strength of this car. The Toyota Tacoma is best in class when it comes to off-roading capabilities. Canyon's cousin the Chevy Colorado with is multimatic suspension and larger wheels is also a capable off-roader.

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's 3.6L V6 with 308 hp and you will be rocketing to 60 mph from standstill in just 6.3 seconds. It's properly fast for such a large vehicle.

Models GMC Canyon Chevrolet Colorado(Base) Toyota Tacoma(SR) Nissan Frontier(S)
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/year of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

8.1 8.1 8.4 8.4

Braking and Handling

The 2017 GMC Canyon handles surprisingly well for a car of its size. The weight on the steering is adequate which inspires confidence in the corners. The truck despite its length feels planted on most occasions. Grip from the all-terrain tires is sufficient all times.

When it comes to braking, the Toyota Tacoma simply outclasses its rivals. The braking performance of the Canyon can be a reason to worry for potential customers. The brake pad feels firm, and sometimes it fades out which is a bit unnerving.

Model GMC Canyon Chevrolet Colorado(Base) Toyota Tacoma(SR) Nissan Frontier(S)
Brake pads-front(in) 12.2 12.2 10.8 11.10
Brake pads 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

Towing is the forte of this pickup truck. With 7700 lbs towing capacity, the Canyon is not the most capable puller of the lot but also the most fuel-efficient pickup truck.

Model GMC Canyon (All Terrain) Chevrolet Colorado(ZR2) Toyota Tacoma(TRD) Nissan Frontier(SL)
Drive Train AWD AWD AWD AWD
Power Train 2.8L 3.6L 3.5L 4.0L
Weight (lbs) 7700 7700 6800 6710

2017 GMC Canyon Interior

7.0/10

"Though there are some plastics that aren't exactly class-leading, the Canyon has a likable and well-organized cabin overall. The optional infotainment system is highly functional, and the Denali's interior features some appealing creature comforts, including ventilated seats."-Edmunds

Interior 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 is plenty of in-cab storage space for stowing away laptops and bottles.

Other Seating options include:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated and ventilated front seat
  • Heated steering wheel
  • 8inch touchscreen infotainment
  • Seven-speaker BOSE audio system
  • Android Auto and Apple carplay
  • Power-adjustable passenger seat
Model GMC Canyon(SL) Chevrolet Colorado(BASE) Toyota Tacoma(SR) Nissan Frontier(S)
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.)

N/A N/A 34.9/56.5/24.6 38.3/54.9/25.4

Infotainment

The Canyon comes with a 7inch or 8inch touchscreen depending on the trim you choose. You can also go for an upgraded seven-speaker Bose audio system and a navigation system (an enhancement of the standard 8-inch IntelliLink interface). The SL and Base variants miss out on the touchscreen but they do get a normal radio with 4.2 color screen.

Other infotainment features include:

  • Apple carplay and Android auto
  • BOSE 7-speaker sound system
  • Navigation
  • Satellite radio
  • Apple carplay and Android auto
  • BOSE 7-speaker sound system
  • Navigation
  • Satellite radio

2017 GMC Canyon Fuel Economy

7.8/10

The Canyon-Colorado twins are the most fuel-efficient pickups in the class with the base 2.5L inline-4 gas engine delivers 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The far more capable and recommended 3.6L V6 delivers 17 mpg in city and 24 on the highway. Then comes the torquey turbo diesel delivering an impressive 20 mpg in city and 28 mpg on the highway.

Model GMC Canyon Chevrolet Colorado(Base) Toyota Tacoma(SR) Nissan Frontier(S)
Mpg city mpg 20 20 20 17
Mpg highway mpg 26 26 23 22
Mpg combined mpg 22 22 21 21

 

2017 GMC Canyon Features

8.4/10

The 2017 GMC Canyon comes two- and four-seat extended-cab and five-seat crew-cab body styles. There are two-bed lengths and five trim levels to choose from: SL, base Canyon, SLE, SLT and the top-of-the-line Denali. .Apart from the base 2.5L I4 and 3.6L V6 gas engines, a 2.8L Turbo Diesel is also available.

Trims SL Base SLE SLT Denali
MSRP $20,885 $24,895 $28,890 $33,275 $39,995
Features
  • 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine (200 hp
  • And 191lb-ft)
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • 16-inch wheels
  • Air-conditioning
  • Four-way power driver seat
  • Rearview camera
  • Six-speaker audio system with a 4.2-inch color display.
  • 3.6-liter V6 engine (308 hp and 275 lb-ft)
  • Six-speed automatic
  • MyLink system with Bluetooth connectivity
  • 7-inch display screen, voice controls
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • OnStar telematics
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hot-spot connectivity.
  • 2017 SLE models include all Base features plus:
  • 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engine (181 hp and 369 lb-ft)
  • 17-inch wheels
  • Power side mirrors
  • Upgraded interior trim materials
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Satellite radio
  • Voice & steering wheel controls
  • Four USB ports
  • 2017 SLT gets SLE's equipment plus:
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Leather upholstery
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Seven-speaker Bose audio system
  • Navigation system
  • The Denali gets the SLT's equipment plus:
  • Driver Alert package
  • Bose audio system
  • 20-inch chrome wheels
  • Cargo lamps
  • Spray-in bed liner
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Wireless charging for compatible mobiles
  • Heated steering wheel.

Of all, we think the GMC Canyon SLE ($28,890) is the best value as it equipped with features like 8-inch touchscreen infotainment, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Moreover, you can also choose upgrades such as the All-Terrain package that adds an off-road-oriented suspension, a rear locking differential, hill descent control and heated seats. On top of that it can be have any engine as one please.

2017 GMC Canyon Competition

GMC Canyon Vs Toyota Tacoma

The Tacoma can handle any terrain with ease and is the most capable off-roader in the class. As we have discussed earlier that the Canyon did not impress us with the safety features whereas the Tacoma offers great safety scores with added features like Siri Eyes Free and GoPro camera mount. However, Canyon is nearly $3500 cheaper than the Tacoma. If you are looking for a serious off-roader go with the Tacoma otherwise, Canyon is a great value for money.

Chevrolet Colorado Vs GMC Canyon

Engines same, towing capacity almost identical, pricing \u2013 not much difference, so what's the major difference between the two cousins? It's the cabin quality, Colorado's interior is value for money but Canyon offers more refinement and plush design, especially in the Denali trim. So, it is up to you to decide which badge you want to see in your driveway.

GMC Canyon Vs Nissan Frontier

Nissan Frontier feels outdated and outclassed in many areas when compared to its rivals. There are no modern engine options and it also lacks the latest safety assist which is found on the Chevy Colorado, Toyota Tacoma and the GMC Canyon. The Frontier is also the shortest of the lot so space is also a concern. However, its towing and payload capacity is impressive and it outclasses the Tacoma and Canyon in carrying weight. Being the cheapest in class it can sure be a good choice considering its strength.

2017 GMC Canyon Final Verdict

The GMC Canyon gracefully draws a middle ground between looking too car-like and being too truck-ish. This GMC is going to fulfill all your city driving duties and at the same time fill-in for the suburbs needs. With plush interiors, long list of comfort features and powerful yet fuel-efficient engines the Canyon makes a strong case for itself.

However, the safety ratings of the truck are disheartening. But when you consider it as a whole it ticks all the right boxes. So if you can move over Toyota's safety and reliability, The Canyon-Colorado twins are definitely worth standing in your driveway.