We had been driving the 2015 GMC Canyon pickup around town and on the freeway for two or three days when Barbara said, ?I don?t feel like I?m in a truck!?
Mostly that was because the GMC Canyon SLT interior is nicer and more comfortable inside than many of the cars we get to drive and partly because the Canyon wasn?t one of the humongous full-size pickups.
New mid-size versions of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon debuted last fall as 2015 models ? they had been dropped from the GM lineup a couple of years earlier. The new trucks are not just a rehash of old models, instead GM designers and engineers learned from the global truck market and designed new GM trucks that are more rugged, efficient, stylish, quiet and innovative.
Bill drove the Canyon with the optional 305-hp, 3.6-liter DOHC V-6 engine and standard six-speed automatic transmission at the introduction last September and found it to be significantly more powerful, less noisy under full throttle acceleration and equally quiet on the highway. The V-6 engine also has a 3,500-lb. towing capacity, but it increases to 7,000 pounds when equipped with the Z82 trailering package. Fuel economy is 18/26 mpg for the two-wheel drive and 17/24 mpg for the FWD.
Engineers have designed in several aerodynamic features to help improve fuel economy including active aero shutters behind the grille to send air flowing around the truck when it?s not needed for cooling. They also included a deep front air dam, which can be easily removed for off road driving. There are several other air flow tweaks around the wheels, on the rear tailgate and in body gaps.
The GMC pricing currently starts at $26,725 for the two-wheel drive Crew Cab Canyon base trim and goes to nearly $41,000 for a fully-loaded SLT 4WD, plus there is a long list of available dealer-installed accessories to customize the Canyon. And if someone wants the ultimate in plush pickups, there?s a Denali version in the works.