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2015 GMC Canyon

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/27/2014 Christian Seabaugh

Vehicle Overview

After a brief hiatus, the Canyon is back. The 2015 GMC Canyon is all-new this year, with it (and the related 2015 Chevrolet Colorado) looking to completely revamp the stale midsize pickup segment. The GMC Canyon aims to bring innovative features for "lifestyle" pickup drivers. Available with three engines, rear- or four-wheel drive, two cab styles, and two bed lengths, the 2015 Canyon looks to have something for everyone.

The 2015 GMC Canyon's base engine is a 2.5-liter I-4 producing 193 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Optional is a 3.6-liter V-6 making 302 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. In 2016, GMC will offer a segment-exclusive 2.8-liter, turbodiesel I-4, which is expected to produce 185 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque and improve both towing performance and fuel economy. A six-speed manual will be available, though most Canyons will come with a six-speed automatic transmission. The GMC Canyon will feature extended and crew cab configurations, with either a 5- or 6-foot bed.

While the Chevrolet Colorado looks to be more of a lifestyle truck compared with the GMC, the Canyon will likely focus on those who need a truck for work, but don't need a Sierra. The Canyon sports mini-Sierra styling with LED running lights, slab-styling, and a chrome grille. Inside the Canyon offers GMC's latest infotainment system, and leather seats are available.

The NHTSA gave the 2015 Canyon Extended Cab a four-star overall safety rating (out of a possible five stars; Crew Cab models have not yet been crash tested). In IIHS evaluations, the truck received a good score in the moderate overlap front crash test (Good is the highest possible score).

New for 2015

Loosely based on the global Chevrolet Colorado, the 2015 GMC Canyon is all-new this year. Unlike the old Canyon, the new one looks to lead the segment thanks to its big V-6 engine and an optional turbodiesel I-4. The Canyon also sports a full-boxed ladder frame for durability, optional four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case, and a variety of ways to outfit the bed.

You'll Like

  • Available diesel engine
  • An all-new midsize truck on the market -- say what?

You Won't Like

  • Styling makes the Canyon look almost identical to the Sierra
  • Diesel isn't available until 2016
  • The base 2.5-liter I-4 doesn't look promising

Key Competitors

  • Chevrolet Colorado
  • Nissan Frontier
  • Toyota Tacoma

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