Canyon Conquers Mountain Commute
By Wayne Dear on
Vehicle2009 GMC Canyon SLE 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.9L 4cyl 5M)
ReviewI drive 120 miles round trip uphill both ways. The 3.7L I5 4sp auto has lots of power even with a full load. Got 24.9 mpg on the first fill up. 17" tires, high clearance good for off road, truck tracks steady in 4wd on snow and ice. CPU broke down in mountains; OnStar emergency towing and GMC warranty worked fine. Plenty of storage behind front seats but no room to sit there 'cept for babies. Middle seat belt a joke so I disconnected it. Friends commented on rugged good looks and awesome metalic blue paint job. Overall, a smart, affordable "small" 4wd truck.
Best FeaturesThe 4wd system, easy 4wd shifting, automatic hubs, locking rear differential, fully reclining seats, fully illuminating hi-low beams and fog lamps. Fantastic voice-command OnStar no-hands phone works in the mountains and desert where no cell coverage exists. Ditto for the XM/Sirius satellite radio.
Worst FeaturesMove shifter from steering column to floor, add bucket seats and console and add compression braking for steep descents.
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