2018 GMC Canyon

2018 MODEL
$26,910 - $43,370 See Inventory Prices

7.8

Overall Rating

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2018 GMC Canyon Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

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.

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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

vehicle bio

base price

$26910

bodystyle

4dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity

6

top speed

99 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

262

horsepower

285 hp @ 5300 rpm

torque

191 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6/13

dimensions

wheelbase

143.5 in.

length

229.5 in.

width

80 in.

height

74.2 in.

curb weight

5036 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

cargo volume

49.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

9400 lbs.

payload capacity

1471 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.4 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/20/24 mpg

ev range

420 mi.

highway range

624 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

5 yr./ 60000 mi.


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Styles

 2018 GMC Canyon in Cardinal Red color  2018 GMC Canyon in Dark Slate Metallic color  2018 GMC Canyon in Marine Blue Metallic color  2018 GMC Canyon in Mineral Metallic color  2018 GMC Canyon in Onyx Black color  2018 GMC Canyon in Quicksilver Metallic color  2018 GMC Canyon in Red Quartz Tintcoat color  2018 GMC Canyon in Satin Steel Metallic color
Cardinal Red

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Ratings

Features

8.8

Engine

8.1

Fuel Economy

7.6

Interior

6.8

Exterior

8.1

Safety

7.4

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 GMC Canyon Base

Base

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

$26,910 - $28,580


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Crew Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $28,580 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 $26,910 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

 2018 GMC Canyon SLE

SLE

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

$30,200 - $35,785


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLE 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $35,785 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 $35,485 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 $31,870 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 $30,200 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

 2018 GMC Canyon SLT

SLT

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

$34,505 - $38,565


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $38,565 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 $38,265 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 $35,075 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 $34,505 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

 2018 GMC Canyon All Terrain

All Terrain

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

$37,250 - $37,550


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
All Terrain 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $37,550 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
All Terrain 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $37,250 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

 2018 GMC Canyon Denali

Denali

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

$39,305 - $43,370


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Denali 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $43,370 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 $43,070 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 $39,880 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 $39,305 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

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 21, 2018

7.8

Overall Rating


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.


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

 
 
 

2018 GMC Canyon 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 7″ diagonal GMC Infotainment System 8″ diagonal GMC Infotainment System Off-road suspension Off-road suspension 20″ ultra-bright machined aluminum wheels  
  4-way power driver’s seat 16″ cast aluminum wheels 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot Hill Descent Control Jet Black/Cobalt leather-appointed front seating 8″ diagonal GMC Infotainment System with Navigation  
  DURALIFE brake rotors Projector headlamps with LED signature 4 USB ports Transfer case shield Hill Descent Control Bose Premium 7-Speaker Audio system  
  CornerStep rear bumper CornerStep rear bumper 17″ cast aluminum wheels Unique 17″ Dark Argent metallic cast-aluminum wheels with painted accents Unique 17″ Dark Argent metallic cast-aluminum wheels with painted accents Center console with wireless charging mat  
  Vinyl floor covering   Automatic locking rear differential (4WD models) Body-color bumpers and grille surround Transfer case shield Spray-on bed liner with Denali logo  
  Rear seat delete   Leather-wrapped steering wheel Carbon-fiber-inspired interior accents 17″ All-terrain Blackwall Tires Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel  
      Aluminum interior trim All-Terrain exclusive contrasting red stitching All Terrain specific black grille center Polished exhaust tip (V6 engine only)  
      Tilt/telescoping steering column   Body-color outside mirrors    
      EZ Lift and Lower locking tailgate        

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.

2018 GMC Canyon 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

2018 GMC Canyon 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

2018 GMC Canyon 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.

2018 GMC Canyon 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

2018 GMC Canyon 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

2018 GMC Canyon 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.

2018 GMC Canyon 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.