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

 

Meet the 2018 GMC Sierra: Arriving This Fall

The 2018 GMC Sierra

The 2018 GMC Sierra is coming soon and it’s bound to shatter even the most optimistic expectations for the next generation of professional grade.

The chrome belt moulding makes a strong first impression. And that impression isn’t disappointed by the features that follow. An aggressive wheel lineup, bold grilles with top cutouts, and signature LEDs combine to create the most distinctive Sierra yet. And with practical features like the CornerStep rear bumper and integrated handholds, GMC flagship backs up its good looks.

Lighting

LED is more than the hot buzzword in automotive lighting. First off, LED lights can last over 20 years. LEDs also use more than 80% of the energy consumed toward generating light. Meanwhile, halogens waste 80% on producing heat. Finally the pure white light of LEDs penetrate fog and the dark much better than yellow halogens. The point is, you’ll be glad that GMC has is offering LED fog lamps, signatures, tail lamps, and box lights on the 2018 Sierra. Oh, and you can get IntelliBeam technology that automatically switches your high beams off when detecting oncoming traffic.

Interior

In spite of the power, the 2018 GMC Sierra cabin is remarkably quiet. The doors are triple sealed and both the engine and body are hydraulic mounted to reduce vibrations. Finally, the available Bose Active Noise Cancellation emits negative waves to shut out unwanted sounds from the road and engine. The combination of all these engineering feats is the quietest Sierra cabin ever – where you can focus on the rest of the interior improvements.

You’ll find premium materials on the seats, steering wheel, and available soft-touch instrument panel. You can get heated/ventilated seats and a heated steering wheel. There’s also an available aluminum trim accents for a first-class finish. Wireless charging pad and OnStar 4G LTE are also available. That means you can stay connected and be productive on the job site or the road.

Performance

People buy pickups to do work. That’s why, when it comes to buying one, performance is the most important factor. The base engine is a 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 with 285 horsepower and 305 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine provides the perfect balance of power and fuel savings for urban drivers. Plus, every engine comes with Active Fuel Management. AFM reduces the number of cylinders in use when performance demands are low in order to save you money on fuel.

New for the 2018 GMC Sierra is a 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 eAsssist. The engine is a small hybrid setup. A fuel cell delivers extra torque and acceleration while allowing the engine to run longer in four-cylinder mode. The battery recharges itself using regenerative braking and should increase fuel economy in general. While it’s a small first step, the hybrid powertrain could hint at what GMC has in store for the future.

All 2018 GMC Sierra Engines

  • 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 – 285 HP + 305 lb.-ft of torque
  • 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 – 355 HP + 383 lb.-ft of torque
  • 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 – 420 HP + 460 lb.-ft of torque
  • 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 eAssist – 355 HP + 383 lb.-ft of torque

Whichever engine you choose, you get the  confidence and peace of mind reserved only for professional grade drivers. Keep your eyes open for the 2018 GMC Sierra arriving at the beginning of fall, 2017.

 

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.

The Ultimate Guide to Buying GMC Used Trucks in Regina

It's the used trucks buying guide.

Used Trucks in Regina

The streets of Regina (increasingly those in international markets) firmly belong to trucks. Why? First, Saskatchewan drivers work hard. Whether it’s construction, farming, or something else, you need a vehicle that can keep up with you. Second, drivers in Saskatchewan need to conquer some tough road conditions. Black ice, potholes, and a couple feet of snow are just a few of the things you might run into on a given day. So, for safety and comfort on the road, you need something versatile and rugged. Finally, given the volatile price of gasoline, and the increasing emissions standards, you need fuel-efficient used trucks, too. Is it even possible to get everything? In short, yes – and even on sale.

Trucks Work Hard

Obviously, performance comes first for most buyers of used trucks. Knowing that, automakers are continuously building trucks that are lighter, stronger, and more fuel-efficient, year after year. Even with adequate horsepower and torque, hauling or towing can be dangerous jobs. So, to avoid hazards, you need to be confident your truck can maintain its grip and balance. That’s why 4X4 is basically a necessity for most pickup drivers. In Canada, it’s even more important. Four-wheel drive is an effective tool against ice that coats our roads for nearly half of the year, preventing slippage when it matters. Also, it’s essential for any driver who likes to take their truck off-road.

Understanding the Cab

The smallest available cab is the regular cab. It comes with two or three seats in the front row. Regular cabs feature no second row of seating, making it good as a raw workhorse, and not much else. Above the regular cab, is the extended cab, or double cab. These have small rear-seat benches accessed usually through reverse-hinged doors. For drivers planning on carrying more than one passenger on a regular basis, the extended cab isn’t the most practical solution. Quite simply, passengers in the second row won’t find much comfort. The biggest format for most pickups is the crew cab. Crew cabs feature roomier second-row seating accessed through standard, front-hinged doors. Obviously, the extra cabin space makes a crew cab more practical as a daily driver. But, buyers should understand the extra space will cut into the length of the bed.

Premium Features

Buyers of used trucks have traditionally needed to sacrifice some level of comfort. But, with the rising popularity of luxury vehicles, and luxury trims, many truck drivers are opting for an elevated pickup experience. Heated, leather seats; large aluminum rims, and a full suite of infotainment technology are just a few of the things you’ll find in the average truck on today’s roads. Further, with the wealth of available safety technology in modern trucks, additional comfort can be found in peace-of-mind. Features like collision alert, and lane-keeping assistance are quietly revolutionizing the way we drive. And, one of the best advocates of that revolution is GMC.

GMC

GMC offers two primary consumer trucks: the full-size Sierra and the mid-size Canyon. The Sierra is powered by a standard 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 engine. That engine delivers 285 horsepower and 305 lb.-ft. of torque. Customization options are pretty broad Drivers who want a little more power can upgrade to the 5.3L or 6.2L EcoTec3 V8. Those engines bring 355 and 420 horsepower, respectively. The base model Sierra comes with a starting MSRP of $31,070. Of course, if you’re buying pre-owned, you can get it for much less. As the flagship of GMC’s “Like a Pro” mantra, the Sierra is built for performance above all else.

GMC Canyon

Meanwhile, the GMC Canyon, which touts itself as the only premium midsize pickup, offers a bit more flexibility. The Canyon is powered by a 200-horsepower, 2.5L 4-cylinder engine. Drivers with also have the option of upgrading to a 3.6L V6 with Active Fuel Management. Active Fuel Management automatically switches the engine from six to three cylinder operation when performance demands are low. Consequently, your engine will consume a lot less fuel. Finally, there’s also a 2,8L Duramax Turbo Diesel for Diesel enthusiasts. But the Canyon’s appeal doesn’t really shine on the spec sheet.

Instead, most drivers will appreciate how the Canyon blends the practicality and power of a truck with convenient size. It’s as comfortable towing a boat as it is parallel parking downtown. And, with a standard rear vision camera, available forward collision alert, and lane-departure warning, the Canyon is fairly civilized. Not only can the Canyon fit into the city, but it can fit into a budget, too. With a starting MSRP of $22,930, the price matches the truck’s size. Of course, pre-owned buyers could pay even less to experience “the first smart-sized luxury pickup”. But, how can you make sure you’re buying a quality used truck?

Assessing Condition

Arguably, buyers of used trucks should be more cautious than buyers of other vehicles. Pickups are normally driven pretty hard. Towing a boat, driving off-road, or hauling construction materials will age a vehicle quicker than placid commuting. Those hard kms won’t be reflected on the odometer. So, how do you tell if a used truck is still in good condition? Well, here are a few inspection tips to get you started.

Exterior

When you check out the exterior used trucks, look for any scratches or ding on the body panels. Look for any overlapping or misaligned panels at the places where they meet. That would suggest the truck had been in an accident and had panels replaced. Of course, you should be able to learn about any major accidents from a service like CarProof that provides vehicle history reports. But inspecting the rest of a vehicle can be a bit more demanding.

Engine

However, you can inspect under the hood without being a mechanic. Look for signs of fluid or corrosion where they shouldn’t be. This indicates leaks which can lead to a host of other problems. Even if you can’t see fluid, you should inspect any visible hoses for damage. At the same time check the belts. They should be flexible and display no undue signs of wear. If they are brittle or cracked, they will need to be replaced before catastrophic engine failure arises.

Tires

Having a worn set of tires isn’t the worst expense a prospective vehicle owner could incur. However, you’ll want to make sure you factor the state of the rubber into any negotiation. Stick a toonie into the treads. If the tread extends into the gold ring in the center, then at least half of the tread life is remaining. Most importantly, you should consider the pattern of wear on the tires. If most of the visible wear is present only on a single side of the tires, it could indicate a more serious problem like a bad wheel alignment.

Obviously, the best way to assess the condition of used trucks is to let a professional inspect them. Most mechanics offer relatively inexpensive pre-purchase inspection. Compared to the amount of money your new truck could cost you, it’s a small investment. And it can help steer you away from vehicles that are in bad condition.

How do you shop for a pre-owned truck? Any tips we missed. Leave us a comment.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

One Million Denalis Sold

GMC recently announced that they’ve sold one million Denalis. The number is made all the more impressive by the fact it took the company less than 20 years to do it.

One million Denalis have been sold since 1997.

One Million Denalis

The Denali trim is available on the Terrain, Acadia, Yukon, Canyon, Sierra, and Sierra HD. Your comfort is guaranteed in leather-appointed, heated front seats with French-stitched details. Outside, LED lighting arrays guide the way, bolstered by chrome accents and aluminum wheels. Inside, 4G LTE, and automatic liftgates create a refined driving experience. The latest comprehensive safety suite completes the Denali experience. That includes Following Distance indicator, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Front Pedestrian Braking and more.

More than Professional Grade

At the North American International Auto Show in 1997, GMC showed off a new concept, the Yukon Denali. At the time, sturdy and practical performance vehicles dominated the SUV market. An SUV was an unattractive option, similar to the minivan. But GMC flipped that stereotype over. Among other upgrades, it introduced a new front clip and polished chrome wheels. Per Rich Latek, marketing director for GMC, Denali forced the company “to commit to excellence; commit to perfecting every last detail from start to finish – but the result; the longevity and success of the Denali line, more than speaks for itself.”

The positive reception from the NAIAS crowd prompted GMC to introduce the Yukon Denali to full production the following year. With its success, GMC continued to expand the lineup. The Sierra 1500 was the second to receive the Denali treatment, followed by the envoy, Sierra HD, and Terrain. With six vehicles now in the Denali stable, driver’s with a wide range of performance needs can get the same high standard of craftsmanship and design. Even as the GMC lineup adapts to the quickly evolving automotive landscape, it seems that Denali will remain a fixture.

The GMC Snow Tank

GMC Snow Tank in action.

Recently, Kia’s been running a commercial called “The Kia Chairlift.” The ad shows a Sportage driving some skiers up a relatively tame incline in place of a chairlift. Don’t get me wrong: that’s impressive. I’m reasonably sure my FWD would be alternately spinning itself into ruts and sliding into ravines. However, a Sportage can’t really be considered a terrain-conquering beast. And it certainly couldn’t make it to the top of the Flute Bowl.

What’s a Flute Bowl?

I’m glad you asked. The Flute Bowl is a remote area on Whistler Mountain not accessible by chairlift. To reach its peak, skiers need to walk nearly 45 minutes uphill. And nothing’s more fun than interrupting a day of skiing to haul your gear up a mountain like a 19th-century surveyor. Whistler Blackcomb was looking for a better solution, so they asked their partner GMC. GMC was already providing “a fleet of Professional Grade trucks and SUVs on the mountain,” but this task demanded something special.

All Mountain Sierra HD 2.0 (GMC Snow Tank)

The GMC All Mountain Sierra HD 2.0 (which I would have named the GMC Snow Tank) is nothing if not special. Based on the All-Terrain X, it has little trouble climbing even the steepest surfaces. A 6.6L Duramax Diesel with 910lb-ft of torque is just the beginning of its ridiculous spec sheet. The All-Mountain’s most obvious upgrades are the 18-inch 175 Series Mattracks that guarantee traction in the snow. To accommodate those triangular tank treads, GMC needed to install a 12-inch lift kit. But that’s not all. Other modifications include:

  • Fox Shocks
  • Winches
  • 360-Degree Lighting
  • Whistler Blackcomb Custom Wrap

The GMC Snow Tank also hangs on to the standard (“standard” in the sense the same way that Rolls Royce mixes real diamonds in their paint) features of GMC’s All-Terrain series. Those features include:

  • Underbody Shield
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Black Sport Side Steps
  • All Terrain Grille Insert With Chrome Grille Surround

Check out the GMC Snow Tank in action below. And, visit our website to build your own Snow Tank.

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.