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Starting at
$34,280
EPA - est City/Hwy
18/26
Engine
3.6L V6
Seats
5
Power
305 hp




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2016 GMC Canyon Overview

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The recently redesigned GMC Canyon returns for 2016 with a highly desirable diesel engine option. The 2016 GMC Canyon's new diesel-fueled four-cylinder engine more torque than the gasoline V6 and has higher tow ratings. Along with the new diesel engine, the 2016 GMC Canyon offers Apple CarPlay smartphone integration in trucks with the IntelliLink 8-inch touchscreen interface.

It was big news when the GMC Canyon returned to the market last year. Compared with older rivals in the midsize truck class, this handsome new Canyon was quicker, more fuel-efficient, easier to drive and roomier on the inside. For diesel fans, the 2016 GMC Canyon should be even more compelling, as it's the first modern midsize pickup (along with its twin, the Chevrolet Colorado) to offer an optional turbocharged diesel engine. For 2016, GMC Canyon crew cabs can be equipped with a diesel engine that surpasses the V6 in both mpg and towing capacity. Given the hefty price tag on this diesel option, you might not be wowed by the specs. After all, this 2.8-liter four-cylinder engine makes all of 181 horsepower. But it's the 369 pound-feet of torque that tells the story here. That's far more torque than you get with the gasoline V6, and not only does the diesel GMC Canyon have a higher tow rating, you can also bet it'll feel stronger and smoother pulling your trailer up highway grades. In normal driving situations, the diesel engine also gives the Canyon a more relaxed character. Because of the enhanced low-end grunt, the standard six-speed automatic transmission doesn't have to change gears as often. For now, GMC is offering the diesel only on crew cabs. Another notable change for the 2016 Canyon is the arrival of Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, which should make this truck that much more appealing for buyers who crave uninterrupted connectivity. It's included in any Canyon equipped with the available 8-inch IntelliLink touchscreen interface. It's worth noting, though, that the full-size Sierra 1500 also gets Apple CarPlay for 2016, and the larger truck's satisfying 5.3-liter V8 isn't that much thirstier than the Colorado's optional V6. Moreover, the price difference may be less significant than you think. If you're sold on a midsize truck, you'll definitely want to try the perennial sales champ: the redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma. With its higher ground clearance and superior approach angle, the Tacoma can tackle terrain that would be too much for the street-biased GMC, and its cabin design and technology are much improved. The aged Nissan Frontier ranks a distant third in most categories, but it's likely to be the most affordable entry point into midsize truck ownership. If you're interested in the diesel, it's worth your time to look at the full-size Ram 1500, which offers a diesel V6 in a broad range of cab styles. Nevertheless, the vast majority of midsize truck buyers should be pleased with the 2016 GMC Canyon's diverse collection of talents.

If you're looking for a midsize truck with strong engines and a civilized demeanor, the 2016 GMC Canyon is tough to beat, especially if you're drawn to the fuel economy and towing potential of the new diesel engine.

For 2016, GMC Canyon crew cabs get an optional diesel four-cylinder engine. The available IntelliLink touchscreen interface now supports Apple CarPlay smartphone integration.



2016 GMC Canyon Problems




2016 GMC Canyon Reviews From Owners (33 Reviews)

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By Paul

on Mar/08/16 04:31 AM (UTC)

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Great over all truck

Good fuel milage between 20 and 27
Great turning radius
Comfortable
A enjoyably ride overall
Was involved in a accident where hit in passenger front tire and flipped on it side and was totaled
My son in passenger front seat and I both walked away with minor injuries
Thankfully
Onstar great to have

By Michael Larson Cheney WA.

on Feb/22/17 12:23 PM (UTC)

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Gm messed it up agine

The truck is to high . I can't reach the bottom of the bed. My wife can't get in it with out a stool .I had to add a receiver hitch and a 6" drop ball mount because the bumper is 5" higher then my old truck. This is replacing my 92 gmc Sonoma it was just the right size. When closed the back doors are to wide and the handle hits me in the back every time I get in. The cruse control doesn't work and the right turn signal doesn't cancel after a turn. It left the factory this way It gets terrible gas mileage at 70 mph. They made a unheard of bolt pattern 6 lug on 4.72" so my snow wheels won't fit or any other past wheel . We don't need 16" wheels on a small truck. Gm also made the brakes to big so you can't buy after market 15" snow wheels. I bought the 4cly with a 6 speed auto thought I'd get better mileage then my 92's 4.3v6 and 4 speed auto but it's the same with less power. My biggest complaint is the height

By DJ

on Feb/19/17 08:57 PM (UTC)

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I got a $29k truck for $22k....

I was looking for a crew cab small truck for around $20k. Unfortunately, these days you don't have many options for $20k. Honda Ridgeline was way over priced, scarce to find a low trim model as most of the left Ridgeline was over $40k, Tacoma was also way over priced and the driving experience was horrible. I was left with a used Frontier which is a great small truck until my local GMC dealer had a couple of left over 2016 over stock Canyons that they knock off $7k. So I got a new $29k Canyon for $22k. For the a low trim, it is nicely equipped like electric seat, back up camera, and OnStar. No complain so far.

By Gerald Schmidt

on Feb/11/17 05:47 PM (UTC)

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At least 1 problem

In really cold weather, I have had my power steering quit working. It happened to me twice. I shut the vehicle off, went in the store to purchase a few items, came back and started the vehicle. The steering was almost impossible, it also had a message to have the power steering serviced. I shut the vehicle off, restarted, and it was fine again. Kind of frightening to think if your steering went out while driving at high speed, eh? One more thing; I was getting 26mpg, but when cold weather hit, it dropped to 19mpg, which really sucks....

By SICK

on Feb/05/17 04:43 PM (UTC)

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Trashtruckforthemoney

I bought 2016gmccanyon transmissionunreliable don't know what to exspeat next dealer cant fix gm said they didn't know how to either as they were not concern cant talk get alawyer most unreliable vehicle I ever owned sorry I ever thought about this vehicle

By Mike Butchart

on Jan/23/17 09:48 PM (UTC)

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2016 GMC Canyon


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Why I don't want to keep the truck I bought!

I a the owner of a 2016 GMC Canyon pickup truck. It is a quite loaded SLT model and was purchased after the 2015 model I ordered was lost. The warrantees and maintenance payment policies for GM vehicles changed between 2015 and 2016 . I mentioned this to General Motors explaining my displeasure with this . They had indicated that they would honor this with me but phone calls to them got me nowhere. I had to bring the vehicle back to the dealer five times as the key was left in the mission and would not come out. Communication with General Motors about this was poor as they never answer their phone offered an extended warranty but would not give anything in writing. I am attempting to sell this vehicle at this point and do not feel that this vehicle is a reasonable for my 2004 Chevy Colorado.

By Dave Brown

on Jan/21/17 11:11 AM (UTC)

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2016 GMC Canyon


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Nice Truck for the Money

Nice truck handles well. Priced right so far so good

By Bryan

on Jan/14/17 08:51 AM (UTC)

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2016 GMC Canyon


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Duramax is the way to go

I have had the Canyon for just a few weeks now. I purchased the 2016 model year since there was minimal changes to the 2017 model. I wasn't really looking for a diesel, but the more research I did made me realize it was the right choice. Major factor for me was the reduced pricing (was able to buy for 37K + fees) -would not have bought the diesel if it was over 40k. At that price would have gone with the Sierra. Here are the things I really like so far: Parking is so much easier than full size truck, fits in the garage, crew cab has plenty of room for family of 4, fuel mileage, cosmetically pleasing exterior - it actually looks like a smaller version of the Sierra. The leather interior, infotainment system and back up camera are all nice features. I love the purr of the duramax and can't wait to tow something or go up in the mountains. Here are my complaints: drivers seat does not have enough adjustments and not comfortable on longer drives (I bought a cushion at Costco for extra padding) I am average build, so was surprised abought the comfort level of the seating. The cubbies in the doors are completely useless and hard plastic feels cheap.

By Dave

on Dec/21/16 01:03 PM (UTC)

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Great Purchase so Far

Purchased October, 2015, 20k miles. 3 recalls, oil changes and tire rotations, have been my only trips to the dealer. My first truck, surprisingly comfortable and tows my 2,000lb boat much better than my SUV. Besides the funky shifting of the transmission when accelerating from 20-30MPH it has been a super vehicle. I AVG 22MPG on my work commute, and have gotten 28MPG @ 60 MPH cruising the coast.

By Marcin Filip

on Aug/14/16 02:18 PM (UTC)

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2016 GMC Canyon


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Good small truck

Great small truck. 2.8 diesel is something to consider.

By Brett McIndoe

on Feb/18/16 09:06 AM (UTC)

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2016 GMC Canyon


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First Pickup and It's Great!

I'm a little over 1,000 miles in on my 2016 SLE w/ All Terrain and am really enjoying the truck. Remote start is awesome, although I am overusing it a bit so it did ding the gas mileage. Overall I'm in the 19s, on highway only trips it gets around 21/22. All Terrain tires probably does not help. I had experience with a Ford Ranger in the 90s and as expected this is light years beyond. In some ways it exceeds the interior of the Mercedes I traded in, although the Mercedes did have some bells and whistles this does not, such as dual zone climate control. While some reviewers do not like the infotainment, I think it works quite well and like it better than the Mercedes, and the voice activation is really easy to use. I did notice on some hilly highway driving it had to downshift to keep up at 65/70 mph, but otherwise have had no problem with power or acceleration. I'm coming from Xenon headlights versus the Halogen that comes standard here and I will probably look into brighter lights at some point. Overall, I love the look, comfort and capability of this truck, very happy with the purchase.

By Love The Style

on Nov/29/16 07:51 AM (UTC)

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Nice truck

test driving the Canyon Denali this week. I like the truck very much, but couldn't find a comfortable driving position. The power seat is lack of adjustment and the front of the seat is too tall. I decided not to purchase it. Besides that, it's a nice truck. This is a Denali, but the seat is suck.

By Jim

on Oct/27/16 03:49 PM (UTC)

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2016 GMC Canyon


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Torquey little gem

Most surprising for this 2.8L diesel was just how fun the trans/engine combo is to drive! Really. In town driving requires little more then a feather touch on the gas pedal. The engine just pulls you along strong and the trans gets the gears right without any busy shifting. The interior is very quiet and a smooth ride. Fuel economy is a real world 27 in the city driving and 31 on the highway (I drive 77mph.... at 70 I get 33). I do get a little "wind flutter" from the factory toneau covered bed above 55mph but you only notice it if your listening for it, which I was. I like the style of this truck. Just the right size for my retirement lifestyle. Glad I put up the extra bucks for the diesel option. PS your review form does not offer the Longbox crew cab trim option with a diesel engine.

By Jorge McKie

on Sep/30/16 07:58 AM (UTC)

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2016 GMC Canyon


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Too Tall Truck

The best improvement they could make would be to lower the body by at least 3 inches. I really doubt anyone needs the clearance it has. I drive graveled and dirt back roads and go some rough places and don't need the height. That makes it difficult for many [I have a bad leg] to get in and out easily. AT the risk of voiding my warranty I'm seriously considering lowering it myself. I test drove one with a step and it really didn't help much. Other than that it is an excellent buy. More than one friend has said that it rides better than most cars. Even my wife is jealous of the ride.

By Richard Kirkley

on Feb/29/16 02:22 PM (UTC)

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2016 GMC Canyon


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Canyon lover

Pay the extra for the Canyon over the Chevy Colorado, you won't be sorry.

By T Duffy

on Jan/31/17 01:07 PM (UTC)

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2016 GMC Canyon


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Needs a V8

I have had trucks, suv's for over 25 years, this is a looker but the engine is so sluggish going up the hills of Western, Pa. I can't believe how terrible the power is. It rides nice over 55 and overall nice space, front seats not real comfortable. Bose audio just ok, got a speaker rattle with anything in a decent loudness. It's a company truck so I'm can't complain but really needs a V8 for how heavy this truck is. Do not like the break assist while going down hill, i think I know how to break.

By Philip

on Sep/07/16 10:30 PM (UTC)

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2016 GMC Canyon


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New truck with some issues

Transmission shifts rough. Poor fit and finish, cheap plastic, two parts broke first week , one on the first day. Finally got them replaced. Oil indicator is messed up, had 53% life with 250 miles, now has 850 miles and only 40% now. Either not reset at the factory correctly or the electronics are messed up. The truck looks great, is fairly comfortable, just rough over bumps, but it is a truck. I have read a lot of horror stories today about GM's customer service and that frightens me. This is first $40,000 vehicle I have ever owned and now that I am retired I had hoped to have a good truck that would last for a long time. I hope it does and that I don't have to deal much with customer service. I will speak with the customer satisfaction representative tomorrow at Linus GMC and see if he can get me some help with the oil indicator issue. I still like the truck, just hope nothing else crops up.

By Mike L.

on Jul/02/16 01:32 PM (UTC)

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2016 GMC Canyon


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Mine is a Duramax Diesel that wasn't on the list

I have a Loaded SLT long bed 4X4 with the new Duramax Diesel engine. I love this truck!! It has great power once the turbo spools up. It takes a second for this to happen so there is a slight hesitation upon sudden acceleration but for the size of this motor it pulls really well. I paid $42,100 before tax and license which is a bit much but better than 60 grand for a full size diesel truck. The canyon is no small truck. It has a 6'2" bed (long bed) that is large enough for most loads and it still fits in my garage. I get 23mpg around town and 28 highway witch isn't bad at all. The technology is amazing. You can send or receive text messages without ever taking you hands off the wheel or eyes off the road and the bose stereo sounds great! The exhaust brake (jake brake) is a nice little feature that will extend brake life too! I highly recommend this truck to anyone looking for a midsize truck they can fit in their garage and still handle all the tasks the average light duty truck owner has. Its not cheap but far better than the toyota tacoma or nissan frontier. I am sold on this little diesel engine.

By Dean Kano

on Jan/15/16 11:15 AM (UTC)

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2016 GMC Canyon


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It's a truck

Wanted a SLT CC LB 2WD. Unfortunately for some reason the two local dealers decided that anyone wanting a LB would get it in white and the cloth seats of a SLE trim. A 6' bed isn't what I would call a long bed but definitely better than a 5' bed. Again only in white so that was that and ended up with a SB. Ride isn't the greatest but will wait till 5K miles when everything is broken in before upgrading to Bilsteins and those brake pads need to go as I can't be rinsing down the rims everytime I drive the truck due to that black residual dust. For me I just wanted out of a full sized truck and didn't care for the Toyota leaving the only other options a Canyon or a Colorado.

By Primus

on Oct/27/16 07:18 AM (UTC)

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Nice Ride - No Fatigue

I have previously owned 2 first gen Toyota Tundra's. I was skeptical in going American but this was the only truck in the size range I wanted or that would fit between my narrow garage doors. I purchased the Canyon over the Colorado because some of its features cannot be had on the Colorado (look at the instrument cluster) and the dealership prices for each were basically the same. I have the All Terr edition which I highly recommend and also have 4 wd as I live in CO. I drive up and down a lot of hills and get combined driving MPG of about 23.7. My old Tundra's got 16. The MPG drops significantly when motoring over 80 mph, but the truck feels fine at that speed. The fit and finish have been fine and I have had truck for 8 months and have not yet been to the dealership. The two issues I am changing on the truck are a. low front end which I have raised with an aftermarket kit and b. shift points of the transmission drive me nuts when going up small hills and again have gone with an aftermarket computer override. I know that GM in 2017 is changing the engine (adding 3 HP and a little torque) and transmission but I can't imagine an 8 spd transmission will be well programmed for this truck. I guess we will have to wait and see. I did not opt for the diesel because it was so much more expensive and I do not trust GM with such a new engine for this market.

By D.R. Steele

on Aug/09/16 12:55 PM (UTC)

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Most comfottable velicle I've ever owned!

2016 Models do not have a CD/MP3 player. I listen to a lot of books on CD. Now I have to convert to a thumb drive to listen. However, that is not to say that I don't love this truck. I travel extensively on business and hate airports - so...if it's less that 12 hours, I drive. I've owned Ford Tauruses in the past and I always thought they were a comfortable ride, until the Canyon. No fatigue, and I could drive it a long way without having a sore butt! Even my wife says it is more comfortable than her 2015 Buick Enclave! I'm sold on this truck, even though I had wished that Ford had a mid-size! Ford's loss!

By Robert Dowens

on Dec/29/15 12:45 PM (UTC)

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2016 GMC Canyon


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Love My Canyon!

Very comfortable ride, just like being in a car. Not "trucky" at all. Great visibility a joy to own!

By Dan

on Sep/05/16 07:51 PM (UTC)

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2016 GMC Canyon


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Last GMC I'll ever buy!

TO; GMAC 8-2-2016
RE; 2015 Canyon Pick up
Dear Sirs,
Having previous good experience with GMC I returned to your brand for my new purchases. My last GMC was a 2003 and I put nearly a quarter of a million miles on it before it was destroyed by a reckless driver. I bought the new Canyon pick-up in the winter it was running and worm when I took it for the test-drive. Which turned out to be a huge mistake on my part.

I also looked at important specifications, and window sticker nomenclature.

(1) The ability to tow up to 7000 LBS

This I do not believe can be done. I pull a small 8x10 trailer including cargo of just 350 lbs. I figure it was about 2500 lbs. it’s like pulling a house down the road at 7 MPG. Not just handling the power plant was over rot trying to keep the rig at highway speeds without even attempting to pass ( wouldn’t even consider it with the way the motor was behaving) A fifteen minute drive took nearly a quarter of a tank in gas I’ve never seen anything like that EVER.

(2) Gas mileage is just bad! 7-8 MPG with trailer!

I may as well be driving the bigger rig this is not saving me a dime.

(3) The on board computer is very slow – very, very slow.

In today’s computing world this is so frustrating having to wait long periods of time more than (30) seconds to boot - to have the tools and information to proceed on a trip. It’s not covered under warranty yet runs the entire truck so if it quits. Well that’s a problem. now the screen keeps blacking out even after being in for repair on this issue.

(4) Acceleration letting off the gas on a freeway ramp or navigating traffic and re-pressing the gas to find the motor (missing) no power!

This happens allot and it’s a terrible issue. The shop said (“they are aware of that, it’s within spec”)
The motor behaves like it’s stalling when the gas is re-applied – so, frustrating and a little scary when trying to get on a highway.

(5) Maps that are way out of date.

I travel daily and find that the navigation does not include neighborhood’s that have been established for 5 or more years.

(6) Under-powered

Granted I’m used to a V8 but was told that “THIS HAS ALL THE POWER OF AN OLD V8” in your nomenclature and advertising.

In short; I do not believe that you’re advertising, window sticker, sales team or nomenclature was truthful about what I could expect from this (Professional grade) truck. I’ve had it in the shop 4 times in 10,000 miles. I’m a self-employed and this was a major deal for me – Now being told the truck is running at specification. I’m really stuck. Tried to trade out of it only to be told I would get less than 3/4 its value so that’s a no go -- to be that upside-down. I do not know where to turn, this unit is not anything like what I was told it could do. There are other nuisances, what were you thinking - things that I could live with, but the power and towing is unacceptable! I have talked to other people what have the exact same experience- issues I’m having with this new truck!

By Rich Pruckler

on Aug/28/16 06:37 AM (UTC)

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Read this

First of all, I need to ding edmunds for not even listing the model with a Diesel engine. The engine is great. Love the vehicle but I am outraged that the first gravel road I went on, gravel blasted the protruding portion of the rear wheel area. Vehicle should have had mud flaps on the front. You should demand flaps be put on by your dealer. At least recommended. I will bash GMC on reviews on this everywhere I can. Major oversight on GMCs part.

By ARE-NJ

on Aug/20/16 08:41 AM (UTC)

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2.8l Diesel- sweet!

I just got this puppy a month ago and it's been a great drive so far. Got the hard to get 2.8l diesel at a fantastic price and then got up sold the extended warranty which I'm not so sure I need .. Did it because the 2.8l diesel is new in the USA ( tho not new in Asia apparently).. Truck accelerates good enough for highway but does even better passing over 50 because of torque . Going up hill the truck doesn't sweat it. Gas mileage is great which really hooked me. But we will see how diesel prices out I've the years and whether it was a good decision vs getting the regular gas v6 .. Slt vs Denali? I say save your money and stick with the slt..

By Parker

on Mar/10/16 06:13 PM (UTC)

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Almost purchased, but decided to wai

I drove this car once and was so excited about buying it. Then drove it again, and decided to wait and maybe buy it in the future. I was looking at the crew cab, short box, sle with all-terrain. First-off, let's talk $36-39k for a mid-size truck. For nearly 40k, I expect some level of awesomeness. The front power seats don't have a tilt adjustment, and in the SLE (leather trimmed, cloth middle) they are just a tad on the firm side. Rear sliding window is manual. No manual locker on the All-terrain pkg (though it does have a type of locking differential). Short bed is very short: cannot put a bicycle length-wise standing up with both wheels on without the gate down. Stereo was great, interior styling excellent. No push button start (personally I prefer a key). The V6 is good, but noisy when stepping on the gas hard and really the 265 lb-ft of torque isn't enough for something that weighs 4000+ pounds. If this truck was $28k, I'd buy it now. But I think the prices will drop. For $38k you can get a very nice full-size truck (though don't many of us want something smaller?) that probably weighs about the same and has a much more powerful engine. If they could have tuned the gasoline v6 to a bit more torque and improved the seats to the level of the Sierra, I would think this truck could be a $38k vehicle. I plan on waiting a year and buying one when the prices drop or buying one used. Just not a good value as priced. The engine noise/torque were the main detractors. I did test the vehicle off-road and it performed well and the hill-descent feature was nice.

By Bob

on Oct/19/16 05:45 AM (UTC)

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2016 GMC Canyon



Great mid sized pickup with a more formal design

I've had my GMC Canyon almost 2 months and so far I am very happy with it. I start out with the Cons; at higher road speeds wind noise develops around the front windshield. However below 60mph the cab remains very quiet. Speech recognition for the navigation addresses runs about 60%, manual entry is needed more often then it should be. Otherwise this thing is great. I'm getting older and the backup camera / assistance really helps me not have to crank my neck around constantly when I backup. The truck maintains it's stable feel when pulling my pontoon boat. The interior is great and innovative; the rear seats fold down forming additional storage in the rear; we actually use it for a nice space for our dog when we go anywhere. If you're an older guy like me you'll like the more refined, formal look of the interior. Overall I am very satisfied with this truck; my wife enjoys driving it also.

By Tim Franzen

on Jun/06/16 04:24 PM (UTC)

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2016 GMC Canyon


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By Grahamwoz

on May/01/16 08:56 AM (UTC)

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2016 GMC Canyon


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Canyon 2.8L Duramax SLE With All Terrain Package

Needed something with more room and better carrying capability than the Jeep I was driving. Walked in to the dealer and saw they had 2 of the new Canyons with the 2.8L Duramax engine. Was an expensive up grade from the 3.6L gas BUT having owned it a month totally worth it:

1. Around town/highway getting 25 mpg avg
2. On a recent drive from Portland OR to San Francisco it did it on one tank of diesel (it must hold more than 21 gallons when topped off) and with it showing 30 mpg at highway speeds all the way (plus its 4WD)
3. Fully loaded with 5 adults and 5 sets of camping gear in the Mountains you would think it was hauling just me, the engine and gear box are fantasic.

My wife did not like the ride or roughness of the Jeep so when I bought this I did not tell her it was a diesel, it was only a week later, having riden in it a number of times, she was stood next to it when I used the remote start that she said "your engine is making a funny noise"

Over all car like ride on the open road, pick up truck for carrying loads (same length but slightly narrow than a full size truck) and an engine that as all the power I need and then more but makes me smile when I see the price of diesel is $0.50 lower than gas where I live.

By Andy

on Apr/25/16 09:21 AM (UTC)

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2016 GMC Canyon


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Great mid size truck

Great ride ,very quiet cabin, good fuel economy for a truck, 6 cylinder has plenty of power. A pleasure to drive, you would not think you were driving a truck. A lot of tech features if you like that kind of stuff.

By Chuck

on Mar/14/16 08:33 AM (UTC)

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2016 GMC Canyon


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Base Model Canyon 4X4 Extended Cab 6cyl 300+HP

What a great little truck!
The interior is excellent and the exterior is stylish!
I ordered the Base Model with vinyl seats (no extra charge) V-6 and 4WD.
I also have the basic radio and no carpeting.
It's a truck! It hauls, pulls and handles great on or off road.
Great value if you stick to the basics!
No on star, no computer screen, no crappy cloth seats and no carpet.
If you are looking for a TRUCK, build your own using the GMC build your own tool.
You'll be surprised what the base model has to offer!
2 YRS free maintenance + 5 YR / 100,000 MI extended warranty.
All of this for UNDER $30,000!
Compare with Tacoma, Frontier and Colorado, the Canyon has way more options and is not over priced.

By Fred Sanchez

on Mar/18/16 09:13 AM (UTC)

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2016 GMC Canyon


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Love the driveability. Quiet cabin. Great ride.

So far so great. Driving this for the past month had exceeded my expectations for this truck

I've been getting so many compliments on the looks of this truck. It's a mid size truck but the front end looks so nice. It's just the right size for maneuvering and also hauls wel

I really recommend test driving the canyon/Colorado before thinking about the Tacoma.

I test drove the Tacoma vs the GMs several times. As far as driveability there was no doubt I had to go with the Canyon.

Noise- for a mid size segment this is second to none in noise and quiet cabin. Everyone I've driven this in has made comments about how nice it drives and comfortable it is for a truck

(Note. I plan to update this review later )

By Volley

on Jan/06/16 08:52 AM (UTC)

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2016 GMC Canyon


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High-end SUV with a bed

This is a really nice truck. Exceptional ride, handling and interior comfort with a very quiet cab. Fit and finish is excellent and the 8-inch color touchscreen is remarkable. Full-size trucks are too big for my needs and although the Canyon is large, it drives like a mid-sized car Gas mileage is around 22 mpg mixed city/hwy and 25 mpg pure hwy. The Canyon is a great alternative to a full-size truck or SUV.
UPDATE - Have now had the truck for 6 months and 4200 miles. Still love it. Best 50 mile trip mpg is 28.5 mpg. Especially like the Android Auto feature - no need for factory navigation. I feel like I should list some negatives, but there are so few. Front seats could be a bit wider, would like built in Homelink and rear parking sensors. Overall = A+


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Exterior Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions

  • WHEELBASE
    140.5 Inches
  • OVERALL LENGTH
    224.6 Inches
  • WIDTH, MAX W/O MIRRORS
    83.9 Inches
  • OVERALL HEIGHT
    70.6 Inches
  • MIN GROUND CLEARANCE
    8.1 Inches
  • BASE CURB WEIGHT
    4310 pounds


Interior Dimensions

Interior Dimensions

  • Passenger Capacity
    5
  • Front Leg Room
    45.0 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room
    57.5 Inches
  • Second Leg Room
    35.8 Inches
  • Second Shoulder Room
    56.2 Inches


Transmission

Transmission

  • Transmission Type
    AUTOMATIC
  • Final Drive Ratio
    3.42 Inches
  • Driven Wheels
    rear wheel drive


Suspension

Suspension

  • Front Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Rear Spring Type
    Leaf Springs
  • Independent Suspension
    Front
  • Rear Suspension Classification
    Solid Axle
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
    Yes
  • Front Spring Type
    Coil Springs


Wheels

Wheels

  • Tire Type
    All Season
  • Rear Tire Width
    265
  • Rear Tire Profile
    60



Safety

Safety

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System:
    Yes
  • Head Airbags
    Front And Rear
  • Passenger Airbag Deactivation
    Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Side Airbags
    Dual Front


Entertainment

Entertainment

  • Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
    Yes
  • Total Number Of Speakers
    6
  • Digital Audio Input
    Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Radio
    AM/FM


Exterior

Exterior Features

  • Exterior Mirror Adjustment
    Power
  • Heated Exterior Mirrors
    Yes


Interior

Interior Features

  • Sun Sensor
    Yes
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones
    Single
  • Front Air Conditioning
    Automatic Climate Control


Mechanical

Mechanical

  • Engine
    3.6L V6 24 Valve Gas Regular Unleaded
  • Front Suspension
    independent
  • Rear Suspension
    solid axle
  • Fuel Capacity
    21.0 galons
  • Rear Brake Type
    Disc
  • Front Brake Type
    Ventilated Disc

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True Market Value

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edmunds The TMV® shows how much a car could be traded in for at the dealership. The TMV® price shown is always based on the style of the vehicle selected. Options and color adjustments are not taken into consideration. *

  • Trade In Price
    $25,947
  • Private Seller Price
    $27,793
  • Dealer Price
    $29,185
  • Original MSRP
    $34,280


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INITIAL QUALITY STUDY

The Initial Quality Study (IQS) examines issues experienced within the first 90 days of new-vehicle ownership. This study measures car quality by analyzing problems reported in the mechanical quality and design of areas such as powertrain, body and interior, and features and accessories.


  • OVERALL QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • POWERTRAIN QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • BODY & INTERIOR QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • FEATURES & ACCESSORIES QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • OVERALL QUALITY - DESIGN
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  • FEATURES & ACCESSORIES QUALITY - DESIGN

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Fuel Efficiency

  • CITY
    18 mpg
  • HIGHWAY
    26 mpg
  • EMISSIONS STANDARD
    Federal Tier 2 Bin 4
  • GREEN HOUSE GAS SCORE
    6
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2016 GMC Canyon Key Factors: Current Warranty

Warranty Terms Are Listed In Years/miles. Listed Details Represent Standard Offers. Programs May Vary By Model.


TYPE OF COVERAGE
REMAINING
  • BASIC
    3 years / 36,000 miles
    2 years
  • POWERTRAIN
    5 years / 100,000 miles
    4 years
  • CORROSION
    6 years / 100,000 miles
    5 years
  • ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
    5 years / 100,000 miles
    4 years

2016 GMC Canyon Key Factors

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Pros

  • Maneuverable size.
  • Comfortable ride
  • Many available high-tech features
  • Torque-rich and fuel-efficient diesel engine

Cons

  • Gasoline V6's disappointing real-world fuel economy.
  • Low-hanging front airdam limits off-road potential


2016 GMC Canyon True Cost Of Ownership

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The TCO® is the total five-year costs of owing a vehicle. Seven cost categories make up the TCO® (depreciation, insurance, financing, taxes & fees, fuel, maintenance and repairs), also take into account any applicable federal tax credit.

ITEMS YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3 YEAR 4 YEAR 5 5 YEAR TOTAL
Insurance$1,275$1,320 $1,366$1,414 $1,463$6,838
Maintenance$68$491 $807$1,551 $1,700$4,617
Repairs$0$0 $141$335 $490$966
Taxes & Fees$2,912$209 $194$180 $169$3,664
Financing$1,001$794 $579$357 $128$2,859
Depreciation$5,472$2,312 $2,034$1,803 $1,617$13,238
Fuel$2,149$2,214 $2,280$2,348 $2,419$11,410
True Cost To Own ®$12,877$7,340 $7,401$7,988 $7,986$43,592

*Warranty’s Cover 75% Of Anticipated Maintenance And Repairs.

**Prices provided by Edmunds True Cost to Own® (TCO®)



2016 GMC Canyon NHTSA Service Bulletins

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Date Complaint Filed: 01/21/2016

Component(s): STEERING

Crash: YesFire: NoNumber of Injured: 1Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Faulty electric power steering caused vehicle veer off the rode hitting a concrete wall, concrete mail box and telephone. vehicle was totaled. the vehicle was north bound a two black top road at a slight right hand turn.


Date Complaint Filed: 02/05/2016

Component(s): UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

After starting my truck and driving until the engine warms up, i turn on just the fan and the a/c light comes on. according to the manual that is only supposed to happen if the auto defog is activated. it does not turn on when i start the truck if the engine is warm. also, the radio/usb port will randomly turn on by itself when i start the truck or sometimes after i end a phone call. once the entire touch screen system was completely inoperable. i then could not turn the radio volume up or down, change stations, or use any features of the touch screen.


Date Complaint Filed: 03/23/2016

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

I have a friend who has a 2016 gmc canyon where the radio/onstar/rear view camera etc cuts out after a short operation time -- my friend has taken it to the dealer with no results. my fiend is elderly and does not have a computer that is why i am doing this for him. the back-up camera does not operate when the radio/onstar/camera cuts out. the operation of the vehicle is stationary, in motion, on a city street or a highway, turning


Date Complaint Filed: 05/31/2016

Component(s): STEERING

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 gmc canyon. the contact received notification of nhtsa campaign number: 16v054000 (steering) however, the part to do the repair was unavailable. the contact stated that the manufacturer exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair. the manufacturer was notified of the issue. the contact had not experienced a failure. parts distribution disconnect.


Date Complaint Filed: 07/03/2016

Component(s): STEERING

Crash: YesFire: NoNumber of Injured: 1Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

On 12/29.2015 at approximately 8:00 am on a clear bright day i was driving near my my home returning from and errand. i was approximately 90% through a slight right turn when the electronic power steering went out causing the vehicle to leave the road, continue down a ditch hitting a concrete drive, concrete mail box and a power pole. the vehicle was totaled and i had soft tissue bruising, cuts and abrasions.


Date Complaint Filed: 09/08/2016

Component(s): FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Truck seems to be missing when cruising, then hesitation when accelerating. seems to be not getting enough fuel frequently when just accelerating. dealer says they can't find anything wrong. told them the problem is 90% reduced when using premium fuel. still no idea.


Date Complaint Filed: 10/02/2016

Component(s): ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL | STEERING

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 gmc canyon. while driving approximately 35 mph, the power steering and stability control warning indicators illuminated. the vehicle began to jerk, the speed reduced, and the power steering failed. the contact had to turn off and restart the vehicle in order for the power steering and speed control to function correctly. the failure recurred. the vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. the manufacturer was made aware of the failure. the approximate failure mileage was 1,300.


Date Complaint Filed: 10/01/2016

Component(s): FUEL/PROPULSION SYSTEM | POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

I bought a brand new 2016 canyon, test drive went well, although i admit it probably wasn't long enough. purchased on sunday, and during the next week driving i began noticing the transmission was not shifting at the proper times. like most people on here, the transmission appears to be very confused , especially when decelerating into the 20-35 mpg range and attempting to re-accelerate back up. it will misfire or be very unresponsive, and then clunk and jerk you forward once it decides to change gears. it also does something that i think is even more dangerous when you are going around 30-40 mpg and then simply let off the accelerator. in this instance, i feel like it down shifts instantly and it feels like the truck is being pulled back (instead of simply coasting like i would want), and then at some point it "releases" from this and the truck actually stops decelerating and speeds up a bit, even though the gas had been released many seconds ago. this is particularly dangerous in stop and go city traffic. i think the overarching problem here is the shift points that the ecm has determined (or been programmed with). you can tell this when accelerating from a stop, my truck gets to third gear by 15 miles per hour and never goes above 2k rpm's??? i admit i am a bit light-footed on driving, which compounds the problem because i eventually am giving a small amount of acceleration to a truck in 4th gear only going 20 mph, which suck. i have also read this was a common problem on 15 canyon (obviously read after purchase), and gmc eventually came out with a few fixes, including ecm patch updates or lower valve replacement. i imagine that many of the 2016's were already off the line by the time these '15 fixes came out (in april 15 i believe), but the dealerships have not received any of these for the 2016.


Date Complaint Filed: 09/27/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

The transmission does not downshift from a high gear (5 or 6) to a lower gear when slowing down from 45 mph to 20 mph (or lower). when the accelerator is depressed to accelerate the engine bucks, vibrates, and does not accelerate. the engine rpm drops to 1,000 rpm or lower. if the accelerator is quickly floored the transmission downshifts several gears lower and jerks forward. this condition happens primarily on secondary roads while driving along the road and when pulling from one road into traffic on another road. the situation when pulling into traffic is dangerous because the truck does not accelerate as it should.


Date Complaint Filed: 10/06/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Transmission hesitates dramatically between some shifts..long periods where transmission seems to be in neutral. typically happens in lower gears, such as between 2 and 3 gears. pressing accelerator them causes a clunk into gear. also, on higher speeds, downshifts are slow to occur but then several gears seem to be skipped when the downshift finally occurs, with screaming engine rpms. this is a 4 cylinder model with 6 speed automatic trans.


Date Complaint Filed: 10/13/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Vehicle bogs and misfires at rpms below 2000 causing a significant safety problem. vehicle refuses to accelerate at low rpm unless it downshifts. research on the internet finds multiple complaints for the same issue. i test drove a 2017 gmc canyon and it exhibited the same issues.


Date Complaint Filed: 11/22/2016

Component(s): AIR BAGS

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

We recently purchased a 2016 canyon truck for about 45k with the new small diesel engine. on 10-19-16 we took it in to dealership for routine service and a major loud vibration rattling under the dash in the passenger air bag area. when we picked vehicle up we were told that they did not have a fix for noise coming from under dash air bag area and others canyons have been in for the same problem and that they are dealership waiting on procedure from gmc for fix? we have a concern that this could be a safety issue, since noise is coming from air bag area and would like your expeditious attention regarding this matter.






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2016 GMC Canyon Review

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The recently redesigned GMC Canyon returns for 2016 with a highly desirable diesel engine option. The 2016 GMC Canyon's new diesel-fueled four-cylinder engine more torque than the gasoline V6 and has higher tow ratings. Along with the new diesel engine, the 2016 GMC Canyon offers Apple CarPlay smartphone integration in trucks with the IntelliLink 8-inch touchscreen interface.

It was big news when the GMC Canyon returned to the market last year. Compared with older rivals in the midsize truck class, this handsome new Canyon was quicker, more fuel-efficient, easier to drive and roomier on the inside. For diesel fans, the 2016 GMC Canyon should be even more compelling, as it's the first modern midsize pickup (along with its twin, the Chevrolet Colorado) to offer an optional turbocharged diesel engine.

For 2016, GMC Canyon crew cabs can be equipped with a diesel engine that surpasses the V6 in both mpg and towing capacity.

Given the hefty price tag on this diesel option, you might not be wowed by the specs. After all, this 2.8-liter four-cylinder engine makes all of 181 horsepower. But it's the 369 pound-feet of torque that tells the story here. That's far more torque than you get with the gasoline V6, and not only does the diesel GMC Canyon have a higher tow rating, you can also bet it'll feel stronger and smoother pulling your trailer up highway grades. In normal driving situations, the diesel engine also gives the Canyon a more relaxed character. Because of the enhanced low-end grunt, the standard six-speed automatic transmission doesn't have to change gears as often. For now, GMC is offering the diesel only on crew cabs.

Another notable change for the 2016 Canyon is the arrival of Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, which should make this truck that much more appealing for buyers who crave uninterrupted connectivity. It's included in any Canyon equipped with the available 8-inch IntelliLink touchscreen interface. It's worth noting, though, that the full-size Sierra 1500 also gets Apple CarPlay for 2016, and the larger truck's satisfying 5.3-liter V8 isn't that much thirstier than the Colorado's optional V6. Moreover, the price difference may be less significant than you think.

If you're sold on a midsize truck, you'll definitely want to try the perennial sales champ: the redesigned 2016 Toyota Tacoma. With its higher ground clearance and superior approach angle, the Tacoma can tackle terrain that would be too much for the street-biased GMC, and its cabin design and technology are much improved. The aged Nissan Frontier ranks a distant third in most categories, but it's likely to be the most affordable entry point into midsize truck ownership. If you're interested in the diesel, it's worth your time to look at the full-size Ram 1500, which offers a diesel V6 in a broad range of cab styles. Nevertheless, the vast majority of midsize truck buyers should be pleased with the 2016 GMC Canyon's diverse collection of talents.

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