Since their reintroduction in 2014, the GMC Canyon and also the Chevrolet Coloradohave revitalized a market for mid-size pick-ups that lots of sector onlookers had actually concluded was dead. U.S. truck purchasers, they stated, had little interest in pickups in anything less than size XL-- or larger.
Some might claim that, at 212.4 inches in size and also riding on a wheelbase more than 10 feet long, the short-box crew-cab Canyon is quite big in its own right. (And that's not the long-bed version, which is a foot much longer still.) However in spite of its size, from behind the wheel this GMC feels a lot more wieldy compared to a full-size truck. Peering via the windshield, one keeps an eye out over a lot less hood, and also the truck also is considerably narrower than a GMC Sierra, that makes putting it in web traffic much easier. Perfectly heavy steering aids, as well.
The optional 3.6-liter V-6 that powered our examination truck is one of the most powerful engine in the Canyon schedule as well as rests over a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four and also a turbo-diesel 2.8-liter four. The V-6 is brand-new for 2017, which could not be immediately apparent because this set displaces the same 3.6 litres as its precursor. Output is barely altered, inching up by 3 horse power to 308 as well as 6 lb-ft of torque to 275. Extra dramatically, the automatic transmission it's attached to gains 2 ahead equipments for a total amount of eight.
With its brand-new powertrain, our four-wheel-drive Canyon rushed to 60 miles per hour in 6.3 seconds, 1.2 secs quicker compared to a similar 2015 version with the old V-6 as well as six-speed vehicle. The brand-new combination similarly cut the quarter-mile time by 1.1 secs, to 14.9, while the catch rate rose from 87 to 94 mph. That performance edges out the Honda Ridgeline, although the GMC's business relative, the Chevy Colorado, has actually been quicker still in our screening, at 6.1 seconds to 60 miles per hour and 14.8 via the quarter. The hoarse groan of the 3.6-liter V-6 is uninspiring, yet the brand-new eight-speed automated is adept at serving up the optimal ratio.
The extra gears, however, really did not relocate the needle when it concerns sustain economic situation. The EPA rates this truck at 17 mpg city and 24 highway, same as the previous version. We recorded 22 mpg on our 200-mile, 75-mph highway cruise, and also we averaged a distressingly full-size-truck-like 16 mpg on the whole. That disappointed the 17 mpg we saw in a Canyon with the old powertrain, as well as it tracks much behind the impressive 28 mpg that the Ridgeline managed on our freeway fuel-economy test.
Braking from 70 mph took a lengthy 185 feet, although that's no even worse than average for vehicles of this type and also much better compared to a lot of full-size pick-ups. The skidpad number was better: 0.80 g, matching the Honda on top of the segment. The Denali's conventional wheels were covered in generous 255/55R -20 rubber with high sidewalls that effectively tolerated damaged sidewalk. Yet the tight, leaf-sprung rear suspension implied that larger bumps had this pickup jumping and avoiding about when there was nothing in the bed to bear down its tail. On the whole, the Ridgeline provides a much more certified trip and also composed disposition during daily-driver duties.
Our examination vehicle was the Denali trim level, the chrome-clad pinnacle of the GMC line as well as a model that is seemingly one action past exactly what's offered in an otherwise identical Chevrolet Colorado. With a base cost under $44,000, it would appear to be accessibly valued for a max-glitz pick-up, but this Denali isn't really as extravagant as some other GMCs wearing that badge. The Yukon Denali, as an example, extends Cadillac Escalade levels of finery, yet this Canyon's listing of services had some remarkable noninclusions, including easy entrance and push-button ignition, a 360-degree camera, blind-spot tracking, and back cross-traffic alert. As well as its cabin does not come close to the hedonism of the fanciest full-size gears, fitted only with a number of pieces of plasti-wood and also some shady faux-metal trim that fail to make much of an impact.
Functionally, however, there's little to fault. The pole positions fit, and the easy dash style proves rather logical. The central touchscreen could be unimpressive in dimension and also graphic discussion, yet it's easy to use, as well as there are a lot of redundant physical buttons and also knobs for the stereo and also for all climate-control functions. Holiday accommodations in the rear seats are adequate for a six-footer, but do not expect the expansive, stretch-out area one discovers in a full-size team taxicab. A narrow rear-door opening likewise means it takes some contortion for passengers to string themselves back there. As is common amongst four-door pick-ups, the back seat folds 2 means (back-rest flopping ahead or seat bottom turning upward) making means for cargo you 'd like to transport inside the cab.
One Denali product that we discovered especially frustrating was the chrome-finished step plates. Also as a four-by-four, this vehicle isn't boosted sufficient that lots of people would require them, so they're not truly essential to alleviate the climb aboard. But they forecast out much sufficient that you're certain to unclean your pant leg as you attempt to step over them. If this were our truck, we 'd unbolt them on the first day and also toss 'em right into the garage.
With that achieved, the Canyon becomes a very comfortable pickup-- a lot more than its bigger brethren, provided your cargo-hauling requirements typically aren't extralarge in size.