The 2018 GMC Canyon

The 2018 GMC Canyon parked illegally.

The 2018 GMC Canyon

For a few years, the GMC Canyon has been billed as the first premium midsize truck. And the 2018 GMC Canyon is poised to continue defending that legacy. The current generation of Canyon/Colorado began in 2006. That means we will soon see a complete redesign. It also means, with the Canyon nearing the end of its life, the changes for 2018 are minimal. But that’s not such a bad thing. GMC has included a few styling tweaks including new mirrors and two new colours: Marine Blue and Satin Steel. But let’s be honest, it looks better than the Colorado in any colour. However, drivers will be more interested in what’s under the hood.

Engines:

The base engine in the 2018 GMC Canyon is still the 2.5L 4-cylinder. It delivers 200 horsepower, 191 lb.-ft. of torque, and max trailering of 3,500 pounds. It’s capable and definitely fuel efficient for a pickup. But it’s the 2018 Canyon’s other two engines that will steal the show.

Next, is the 3.6L V6. It gets 308 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque. GMC has also included Active Fuel Management to reduce the number of cylinders in use when performance demands are low. That means as you pull out of your driveway, or cruise at low speeds, you aren’t wasting fuel with full 6-cylinder operation.

Last, is a Duramax 2.8L I-4 Turbo Diesel. The engine cranks out 181 horsepower and a stunning 369 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The diesel engine is available on SLE models and up.

Canyon

Notably for 2018, a 7” IntelliLink Screen is replacing the standard 4.2” model. That’s a welcome adjustment that defeats the need for eye strain. And you can use it for the Rear Vision Camera that’s standard across the lineup. Obviously, it makes parking, and reversing in general, much easier. That’s particularly welcome with the Canyon being such a big small truck. All 2018 Canyons also come with projector-type LED signature headlamps. LEDs are both brighter and longer-lasting than traditional bulbs.

Canyon SLE

The 2018 Canyon SE elevates the standard of comfort and style quite quickly. Upgrades to the aluminum interior trim and soft-touch instrument panel. The Steering wheel is leather-wrapped. And Remote Keyless Entry. The SLE’s infotainment screen is 8”. It works in accordance with the 4.2” Driver Information Center. Other standard equipment includes:

  • Fog lamps
  • EZ-lift tailgate
  • 17” Blade Silver Wheels
  • Auto-dimming mirror

Canyon SLT

It also comes standard with the 3.6L engine, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The shorter distance between gears results in smoother acceleration and improved fuel economy. The 2018 GMC Canyon SLT also comes with:

  • Standard Remote Start
  • Front heated seats
  • Chrome folding heated mirrors
  • 18” Polished Aluminum Wheels

Canyon Denali

GMC Denali is the peak of professional grade. As you probably expect, the Canyon Denali will feature custom stitching and badging as well as premium interior materials. You also heated/ventilated leather seats, heated steering wheel, and burnished aluminum trims. The Canyon Denali comes with the latest safety technology, too. Lane Departure Warning keeps you centered while driving and Forward Collision Alert helps avert some life-threatening collisions by using sensors at the front of your truck. Other Denali equipment includes:

  • Standard trailering package
  • 20” Ultra-Bright Aluminum Wheels
  • Spray-on bedliner
  • Bose Premium Surround Sound

The 2018 GMC Canyon will be arriving fall 2017. Visit here for more information

 

GMC Like a Pro

GMC Like A Pro

The age of professional grade is (mostly) dead. GMC has decided to rejuvenate its primary slogan. Like A Pro carries a more conversational tone and bridges the gap between the weekend warrior and those who need a work truck to for hard work. But the ostensible justification for keeping Chevy and GMC distinct was the existence of that gap. So, it will be interesting to see if the new image encroaches upon the market space of Chevrolet with whom GMC share platforms.

Per GMC, “‘Like A Pro’ celebrates GMC vehicles and customers — people who passionately live life to a higher standard. The Like A Pro campaign illustrates the core values of ‘We Are Professional Grade’ and shows the emotional connection customers have with their GMC trucks and SUV models.” Of course, the product is at the heart of any campaign. So, let’s take a look at the range of Like A Pro vehicles. In the interest of space, we’ll have to ignore GMC’s SUV lineup for now.

Sierra

GMC’s full-sized pickup has been a staple in Canada, going up against the Chevy Silverado, Ram 1500, and Ford F-150. But what does it mean to Sierra like a pro? Well, the Sierra is probably GMC’s flagship vehicle. That’s because of its power, dependability, and style. The 2017 model comes with a standard 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 engine capable of delivering 285 horsepower. GMC have also taken an industry lead by offering Active Fuel Management as a standard feature. Active Fuel Management disables half of the engine’s available cylinders when the performance demands are low. Obviously, that saves you money at the pump. More remarkable features include:

  • Available 6.2L V8 EcoTec3 With Eight-Speed Automatic
  • Available OnStar 4G LTE WiFi
  • Standard Chrome CornerStep Bumper
  • Standard Hill Start Assist

Canyon

The GMC Sierra’s younger brother is billed as the world’s first smart-sized luxury pickup. While that might sound like a confusing amalgamation of properties, for many drivers, the Canyon ticks all the boxes. The two gasoline engines are a 2.5L 4-cylinder and a 3.6L V6. They get 200 and 308 horsepower, respectively. But, for those who want extra performance, GMC also offers the legendary Duramax V8. The 2.8L Diesel engine delivers 181 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. Whichever engine you choose, you get a winning combination of power and flexibility. Other standout features include:

  • Standard Rear Vision Camera
  • Standard CornerStep Bumper
  • Available OnStar 4G LTE WiFi
  • Available 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel

To check out GMC’s formerly professional-grade inventory hit the link below. And, as a bonus, here’s some rich guy buying his son a matching Power Wheels Sierra. I never had a Power Wheels as a child, so I guess my father is an amateur.

New 2017 Canyon Diesel

For good reason, most Canadians are stigmatized against Diesel engines right now. After Volkswagen’s diesel emissions scandal, Fiat Chrysler (manufacturers of the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel) has now been accused of installing undisclosed devices that release diesel emissions exceeding what is permitted under the Clean Air Act. Despite the rule breakers, you shouldn’t swear off diesel engines altogether. Especially now that the GMC Canyon Diesel has arrived.

New 2017 Canyon Diesel

The 2017 GMC Canyon diesel offers a 2.8L Duramax. Its 10.8 L/100 km city and 7.9 L/100 km hwy are the best fuel economy numbers in its class. And, while its 181 horsepower might sound underpowered, it makes full use of each one. With a payload of 1508 pounds and conventional trailering of 7700 pounds, the Canyon has power belying its frame. That frame, by the way, also ensures GMC small pickup is maneuverable. Combined with the standard Rear Vision Camera, the Canyon is surprisingly easy to parallel park.

Auto Trader also mentions that the Canyon is especially quiet for a diesel: “There is a thick blanket of insulation under the hood, and GM has added damping materials to the valve covers and oil pan. […] You can tell that it’s a diesel at idle and while accelerating, but during steady in-town or highway driving the engine is nearly silent.” Additionally, GMC has used an inlaid door design with triple seals. Noise is a factor that mars the driving experience in many diesel vehicles. But, because the Canyon is billed as the first smart-sized luxury pickup, ensuring peace and quiet is vital. And the fact that GMC has managed to do it with a diesel engine is all the more impressive.

More than Diesel

To further the Canyon’s signature luxury, GMC have included a number of first-class features. Those features include projector-beam headlamps with signature LEDs, CornerStep rear bumper, and the available Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. Of course, there are countless other features that set the Canyon apart. You can check them out for yourself, but the most important thing is to know the Canyon is unmatched among urban trucks that pack functionality when you need it.

But Auto Trader puts it best. They conclude that the Canyon “is a bit of a surprise. It’s a smaller truck that can do almost everything the big ones can. It can haul, it can tow, it can go off-road, and it can take five people to get a double-double.” And, if we’re being honest, that last point is probably the most important for Canadian pickup drivers. You can check out more of the 2017 Canyon’s features by following the link below.

The 5 Best Midsize Trucks

GMC Canyon: The Best Midsize Truck
Looking for a midsize pickup? Here are several options that continue to gain traction in the market place.

Who Built the Best Midsize Truck?

The only premium midsize truck, has also been named the Best Midsize Truck of 2016 overall by Cars.com. To determine their winner, Cars editors ran five pickups through their paces to test an array of attributes. The vehicles they tested were the 2016 GMC Canyon, 2016 Chevrolet Colorado, 2017 Honda Ridgeline, 2016 Toyota Tacoma and 2016 Nissan Frontier. As you can see in the chart below, despite not winning the most categories, the Canyon won the most points overall. 

2016 ModelsCategory WinsOverall Points
1. GMC Canyon42,509
2. Honda Ridgeline92,490
3. Chevrolet Colorado22,462
4. Toyota Tacoma32,390
5. Nissan Frontier42,307

Cars editors named the Canyon the lightest of the trucks tested. At the same time, it had the largest maximum payload and tow rating. Despite the power and the light frame, the Canyon remains comfortable and quiet. “The GMC’s low road and wind noise rivals the Honda and is more impressive considering the Canyon is a traditional body-on-frame truck,” said Joe Bruzek, senior road test editor.

Consistently Good

Despite not winning the most categories, the Canyon earned the most overall points. Consequently, Cars named it the Best Midsize Truck. That’s because it performed generally well in every tested category. The Ridgeline, on the other hand, won an impressive number of categories, but it lost a few categories badly. Some drivers might prefer specific strengths and weaknesses. But, when you think about it, most drivers of midsize trucks need good balance. Fuel economy and maneuverability are paramount, but so is towing power. That’s not a natural combination of traits, so midsize pickups must be flexible. Therefore, most drivers will gravitate toward one that performs well in every situation.

Bottom Line

The GMC Canyon has a standard 4-cylinder gasoline engine that can be upgraded to Duramax 2.8L turbo diesel 4-cylinder engine. It also comes with Tow/Haul Mode, Hill Start Assist, and StabiliTrak® with Traction Control. While the result would make the Canyon sound like any half-ton workhorse, that’s not really the case. GMC’s midsize combines power with impressive maneuverability and luxury details. Being the first smart-sized luxury pickup, means you get both power, comfort, and maneuverability: no compromise.