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2018 GMC Canyon Extended Cab

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2018 MODEL

$20,885 - $35,700

7.9

Overall Rating

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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.

2018 GMC Canyon has received minor changes over the 2018 GMC Canyon. A washer fluid level sensor is standard on all models.

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Pros

Feels capable as a full grown pick-up

Torquey Turbo Diesel

Good ride and handling characteristics

Cons

Active safety could be better

Trims get pricier

Mediocre off-roading cred

What's New?

2018 GMC Canyon has received minor cosmetic changes over the 2018 GMC Canyon. On equipment level the truck is largely unchanged.


Features

Power

200 hp

191 lb-ft

MPG

19 city

24 hwy

Engine

i4 cyl

2.5 l

carbon footprint

8.4

transmission

6A

drivetrain

4WD

warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

towing capacity

7000lbs

0 to 60

9.0 sec



Styles

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

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Ratings

Exterior

8.1

Engine

8.1

Interior

6.8

Safety

7.4

Fuel Economy

7.6

Driving

8.5

Features

8.8

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 GMC Canyon Extended Cab SL

SL

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 4

$20,885

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

 2018 GMC Canyon Extended Cab 4dr Extended Cab SB

4dr Extended Cab SB

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 4

$24,355

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

 2018 GMC Canyon Extended Cab SLE

SLE

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 4

$28,260 - $32,470

Configurations
SLE 4dr Extended 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 Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: 4WD MPG: (19/21/24)
Torque: 191 lbs.-ft. @ 4,400 rpm

 2018 GMC Canyon Extended Cab 4dr Extended Cab

4dr Extended Cab

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 4

$29,300

Configurations
4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: 4WD MPG: (19/21/24)
Torque: 191 lbs.-ft. @ 4,400 rpm

 2018 GMC Canyon Extended Cab All Terrain

All Terrain

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Automatic, Seats: 4

$34,520 - $35,700

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

Expert Review


carhp editor Last updated 18 days ago

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

 
 
 

Canyon feels more upscale and classier than the outgoing model now. However, the Canyon disappoints when it comes to available safety feature. And if you really want to go on off-road adventure, the old reliable 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.

Features

8.8/10

The 2018 GMC Canyon comes in two cab styles – an Extended Cab and a Crew Cab. The Short Box is 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

$25,595

$28,195

$31,395

$35,795

$35,795

$36,695

$40,595

Features

All the features of SL and:

All the features of Canyon and:

All the features of SLE and:

All the features of All-Terrain Cloth and:

All the features of SLT and:

All the features of the last trim and:

Rear Vision Camera

7" diagonal GMC Infotainment System

8" diagonal GMC Infotainment System

Off-road suspension

Heated leather-appointed front seats

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

18" polished aluminum wheels

Jet Black/Cobalt leather-appointed front seating

 

DURALIFE brake rotors

Projector headlamps with LED signature

4 USB ports

Transfer case shield

Remote vehicle starter system

Hill Descent Control

8" diagonal GMC Infotainment System with Navigation

CornerStep rear bumper

Vinyl floor covering

CornerStep rear bumper

17" cast aluminum wheels

Unique 17" Dark Argent metallic cast-aluminum wheels with painted accents

Power passenger seat

Unique 17" Dark Argent metallic cast-aluminum wheels with painted accents

Bose Premium 7-Speaker Audio system

Rear seat delete

Automatic locking rear differential (4WD models)

Body-color bumpers and grille surround

Heated, power outside mirrors

Transfer case shield

Center console with wireless charging mat

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Carbon-fiber-inspired interior accents

308 HP 3.6L Direct Injected V6

17" All-terrain Blackwall Tires

Spray-on bed liner with Denali logo

Aluminum interior trim

All-Terrain exclusive contrasting red stitching

8-speed automatic transmission

All Terrain specific black grille center

Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel

Tilt/telescoping steering column

 

Single-zone automatic climate control

Body-color outside mirrors

Polished exhaust tip (V6 engine only)

   

EZ Lift and Lower locking tailgate

       

We Recommend

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

$25,595

$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 lovers, 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 very slow 9.0 seconds. However, upgrade to the GMC Canyon 3.6L V6 with 308 hp and you will be 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.

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

4

4

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 long bed measures 74 inches is offered in 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

Competition

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.

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.

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.

Extended cab helps Canyon be a good family but for all the other stuff it’s still capable. 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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