2016 GMC Canyon

2016 GMC Canyon

2016 GMC Canyon


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 19 mpg City, 26 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.5L Gas I4, 200 HP
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 2
  • Doors: 2

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  • Basic Warranty: 3 Years / 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 3 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2016 GMC Canyon

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • StabiliTrak, stability control system
    • Traction control, electronic
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • Air bags, dual-stage frontal and side-impact, driver and front passenger and head-curtain and seat-mounted side-impact, front and rear outboard seating positions with Passenger Sensing System (Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
    • Rear Vision Camera with dynamic guide lines
    • Tire Pressure Monitor System
  • Entertainment Features
    • Audio system, 4.2" Diagonal Color Display, AM/FM stereo with USB port and auxiliary jack
    • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
    • Audio system feature, USB port, located on instrument panel
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels, 16" x 7" (40.6 cm x 17.8 cm) Ultra Silver Metallic cast aluminum
    • Tires, P265/70R16 all-season, blackwall
    • Pickup box
    • Tire, compact spare T175/80R18, blackwall
    • Wheel, compact spare, 18" x 4.5" (45.7 cm x 11.4 cm) Black cast aluminum
    • Bumper, rear Chrome
    • CornerStep, rear bumper
    • Moldings, Black beltline
    • Headlamps, projector-type with LED signature
    • Cargo box light, back of Cab
    • Mirrors, outside manual-folding, Black
    • Glass, windshield shade band
    • Door handles, Black
    • Tailgate, locking
    • Tailgate handle, Black
  • Interior Features
    • Seats, front bucket
    • Seat adjuster, driver 4-way power with manual recline
    • Seat adjuster, passenger 2-way manual, fore/aft with manual recline
    • Seat delete, rear
    • Console, floor, front compartment, custom
    • Floor covering, full-length Black vinyl
    • Steering wheel, urethane
    • Steering column, tilt, manual
    • Display, driver instrument information enhanced, one color
    • Door locks, power
    • Windows, power with driver Express-Up and Down
    • Theft-deterrent system, immobilization
    • Air conditioning, single-zone manual climate control
    • Handles, door release, front and rear, Jet Black
    • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
    • Visors, driver and front passenger with passenger covered vanity mirror
    • Lighting, interior, center dome
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine, 2.5L I4, DI, DOHC, VVT (200 hp [149.0 kW] @ 6300 rpm, 191 lb-ft of torque [259 N-m] @ 4400 rpm)
    • Transmission, 6-speed manual
    • Rear axle, 4.10 ratio
    • GVWR, 5400 lbs. (2449 kg)
    • Rear wheel drive
    • Frame, fully-boxed
    • Steering, electric power-assist
    • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - Pwr
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.2 x 1.0
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.8 x 0.7
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in) - 74.00
    • Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in) - 57.80
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - 44.40
    • Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - - TBD -
    • Tailgate Width (in) - - TBD -
    • Cargo Volume (ft³) - 49.90
    • Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³) - - TBD -
  • Cooling System Features
    • Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - 14.8
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - - TBD -
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - - TBD -
    • Maximum Alternator Watts - - TBD -
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - LCV
    • Engine Type - Gas I4
    • Displacement - 2.5L/- TBD -
    • Fuel System - Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 200 @ 6300
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 191 @ 4400
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 128.30
    • Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in) - 212.40
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 74.30
    • Height, Overall (in) - 70.40
    • Overhang, Front (in) - 36.90
    • Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in) - 47.20
    • Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in) - - TBD -
    • Cab to Axle (in) - 35.60
    • Cab to End of Frame (in) - - TBD -
    • Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) - 34.20
    • Ground to Top of Frame (in) - - TBD -
    • Frame Width, Rear (in) - - TBD -
    • Ground Clearance, Front (in) - 8.40
    • Ground Clearance, Rear (in) - 8.40
  • Frame Features
    • Frame Type - - TBD -
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 21
    • Fuel Tank Location - - TBD -
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 2
    • Front Head Room (in) - 41.40
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 45.00
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 57.50
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 55.00
    • Second Head Room (in) - 36.70
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 28.60
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 57.30
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 52.20
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 22
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 19
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 26
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Pwr
    • Steering Ratio (:1), On Center - - TBD -
    • Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock - - TBD -
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 41.3
    • Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - - TBD -
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - GMC Canyon
    • Body Style - Extended Cab Pickup
    • Body Code - E63
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Independent
    • Suspension Type - Rear - 2-Stage Multi-Leaf
    • Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Axle Type - Front - - TBD -
    • Axle Type - Rear - - TBD -
    • Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear - 4.10
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - - TBD -
    • Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - - TBD -
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - QJJ
    • Rear Tire Order Code - QJJ
    • Spare Tire Order Code - QDC
    • Front Tire Size - P265/70R16
    • Rear Tire Size - P265/70R16
    • Spare Tire Size - T175/80R18
    • Front Tire Capacity (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front - - TBD -
    • Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear - - TBD -
    • Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare - - TBD -
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - - TBD -
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - N8D
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.47
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.46
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.47
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.00
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.85
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.73
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 4.03
    • Transfer Case Model - N/A
  • Vehicle Features
    • Number of Passenger Doors - 2
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 8.0
  • Weight Information Features
    • Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) - 2900
    • Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) - 3300
    • Curb Weight - Front (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) - - TBD -
    • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) - 5400
    • Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) - - TBD -
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 16 x 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 16 x 7
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - 18 x 4.5
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Aluminum

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  • Onyx Black Quicksilver Metallic Summit White
  • Onyx Black
  • Quicksilver Metallic
  • Summit White

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The GMC Canyon is a midsize pickup truck that provides multi-purpose utility. As with all midsize trucks, its towing capacity and payload fall short of a full-size pickup but its capabilities are often more than sufficient for buyers who want a smaller truck. Compared with the full-size trucks, the midsize pickups are more fuel-efficient, are more agile and take up less parking space.

The GMC Canyon is virtually a twin to the Chevrolet Colorado. Canyon and Colorado were redesigned for 2015, and became the class of the field. They carried over to the 2016 model year mostly unchanged.

The 2016 GMC Canyon is updated with an enhanced IntelliLink system that features Apple CarPlay capability. Also, a sliding rear window is standard on the 2016 GMC Canyon SLT. A new turbodiesel engine is expected to be available for 2016 Canyon models later in the model year.

With its rugged aura, the GMC Canyon suggests strong capabilities. Overall, the Canyon looks more squared off than does the Chevrolet Colorado, and we lean toward the GMC approach. An unusual side-window design incorporates a shoulder line that sweeps upward near the rear pillar.

The GMC Canyon offers a choice of 200-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder or 305-hp 3.6-liter V6. The four-cylinder offers a choice of manual gearbox or automatic. The 3.6-liter V6 comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models are available. The four-wheel-drive system includes an automatic mode. A locking rear differential is available. Chevrolet Colorado offers a more traditional four-wheel-drive system with a low range.

Fabric and vinyl seat upholstery are available, with leather standard in the top-level SLT edition. SLE and SLT models can have an optional All-Terrain off-roading group that includes 17-inch all-terrain tires on aluminum wheels, off-road suspension, and power front seats. Available options also include an E-Z Lift-and-Lower tailgate, CornerStep back bumper, OnStar 4G LTE with wi-fi hot spot, and Siri Eyes Free Mode for iPhone. Forward collision alert and a lane-departure warning also are offered.

Few pickups compete in this midsize category, and the primary ones, the Nissan Frontier is outdated. Canyon and Colorado trounce the Frontier in terms of road manners, as well as economy and performance. They also trounce the outgoing 2015 Toyota Tacoma. An all-new Toyota Tacoma debuts as a 2016 model, replacing a decade-old version.

Six airbags are standard, including side curtains. So are trailer sway control and hill-descent control, along with GM’s StabiliTrak system, a rearview camera, and large side mirrors. Options include lane-departure warning and forward collision alert. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the extended-cab Canyon a four-star overall rating, though the side-impact test was rated five-star.


The 2016 GMC Canyon comes in three trim levels: base, SLE, SLT. Canyon ($26,725) has cloth (or vinyl) upholstery, air conditioning, a rearview camera, power windows, tilt steering column, power driver’s seat, and AM/FM radio with USB port. Canyon SLE ($30,055) adds cruise control, SiriusXM satellite radio, additional USB ports, touchscreen radio with IntelliLink infotainment interface.

Canyon SLT ($33,420) upgrades with leather upholstery, automatic climate control, heated power front seats with lumbar adjustment, sliding rear window, and remote start. Navigation and Bose audio are optional.


The GMC Canyon looks traditional and familiar. Nearly all the body lines are crisply horizontal, complementing flared, squared-off wheel arches. We think it is the better-looking truck. The Chevrolet Colorado is designed to appeal to a global audience.

Extended-cab models have rear-hinged doors and the six-foot two-inch cargo bed. Four-door crew cabs have front-hinged back doors, with either cargo bed.

Canyon pickup beds can be just over six feet (74 inches) or just over five feet (62 inches). Many accessories are available for both cargo beds, including bedliners and tie-downs. A soft-drop tailgate and bed step are standard.


Influences from the full-size GMC Sierra are evident inside the GMC Canyon cab, with its hefty steering wheel and a gauge pod right ahead of the driver. The gearshift lever is on the center console. Overall, the Canyon’s cab conveys a down-to-business image.

Well-shaped front seats are nicely bolstered, and the interior nicely detailed, especially compared to the Nissan Frontier or the 2015 Toyota Tacoma. Canyon is a lot more comfortable, too, with a higher hip point and greater headroom. The driving position is more natural than in some competitors. Canyon SLE and SLT models have stitched soft-touch fabrics, complemented by aluminum trim.

As expected, extended-cab models have little space in the rear. Anyone who carries more than two adults or teenagers might be happier with a crew cab, which has considerably more leg space for two occupants. Unfortunately, those back seats have steadfastly upright backrests that fall well short on comfort.

Open and covered bins provide abundant storage. Fit/finish is pretty good considering the price of a Canyon, especially set against the Frontier or 2015 Tacoma.

Driving Impressions

Though relatively economical, Canyons qualify as capable workhorses. Mating with the rapid-shifting automatic transmission, the four-cylinder is wholly satisfactory for most drivers.

Despite smooth, largely quiet operation, however, the four-cylinder struggles at times. Power is sufficient on the highway, but this engine is more at home around town. There, the four-cylinder Canyon feels fairly spirited.

For more power, the V6 is the way to go. With the V6, a Canyon can tow up to 7,000 pounds, twice the capacity with a four-cylinder. The 6-speed automatic offers a Tow/Haul mode.

Performance with the V6 tops that of some bigger V8 trucks, accelerating briskly while yielding fuel economy not too far removed from the four.

Fuel efficiency is EPA-estimated at: 20/27 mpg City/Highway for the 2.5-liter 2WD automatic; 4WD drops the figures to 19/25 mpg. The 4WD V6 is estimated at 17/24 mpg.

Electric power steering is neatly weighted. Though it’s not so much smaller than GMC’s Sierra, Canyon drives like a more compact pickup.

Despite traditional rear leaf springs, the ride is largely composed. Although the suspension transmits some road commotion into the cabin, it’s generally capably compliant, able to absorb quite a few bumps.

Canyons use a different 4WD system than Chevy’s Colorado. Canyon drivers can choose 4WD manually, or use Auto mode.

Parents who favor safety over privacy can select a Teen Driver system, which lets them set speed and radio volume limit. It can also deliver a driving-behavior report.


For anyone who needs a pickup-truck bed, and especially those who lack the space to park a big pickup, the GMC Canyon may be the answer. Keep in mind Canyon prices, if numerous options are added, can exceed those of a lower-end Sierra.

Driving impressions by Bengt Halvorson, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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Other 2016 GMC Canyon styles
2016 GMC Canyon 2WD Crew Cab 128.3"
2016 GMC Canyon 2WD Crew Cab 128.3" SLE
2016 GMC Canyon 2WD Crew Cab 128.3" SLT
2016 GMC Canyon 2WD Crew Cab 140.5"
2016 GMC Canyon 2WD Crew Cab 140.5" SLE
2016 GMC Canyon 2WD Crew Cab 140.5" SLT
2016 GMC Canyon 2WD Ext Cab 128.3"
2016 GMC Canyon 2WD Ext Cab 128.3" SLE
2016 GMC Canyon 2WD Ext Cab 128.3" SLT
2016 GMC Canyon 4WD Crew Cab 128.3" SLE
2016 GMC Canyon 4WD Crew Cab 128.3" SLT
2016 GMC Canyon 4WD Crew Cab 140.5" SLE
2016 GMC Canyon 4WD Crew Cab 140.5" SLT
2016 GMC Canyon 4WD Ext Cab 128.3"
2016 GMC Canyon 4WD Ext Cab 128.3" SLE
2016 GMC Canyon 4WD Ext Cab 128.3" SLT

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