What Is It?
2015 GMC Canyon
What's New About This Model?
The 2015 GMC Canyon is an all-new midsize pickup truck. GMC's previous Canyon was a midsize pickup sold from 2004-'12. The new Canyon is larger, has new four- and six-cylinder engines and a totally new design that takes cues from GMC's full-size pickup line.
When Does It Go on Sale?
GMC dealers are scheduled to have the 2015 Canyon in showrooms this fall.
How Much Does It Cost?
No official pricing has been released yet, but expect the Canyon to be priced similar to current midsize trucks which range from $19,000 to $30,000.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The 2015 GMC Canyon is available in two body styles: extended cab and crew cab. Extended-cab models are available only with a 6-foot cargo bed. Crew-cab models offer a choice of either a 5- or 6-foot bed.
There are three trim levels: base, SLE and SLT. The base Canyon will keep options and price to a minimum, but don't expect a lot of extras. The midlevel SLE is the most common trim you'll see on dealer lots, as it offers the most flexible options and price levels; the SLE also is the trim you need to buy if you want the off-pavement-oriented All-Terrain package.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
· 2.5-liter, inline four-cylinder, estimated 193 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque
· 3.6-liter V6, 302 hp, 270 lb-ft of torque
· Six-speed automatic transmission standard across the board — except for the extended cab four-cylinder/two-wheel-drive base Canyon, which can be had with a six-speed manual transmission.
· Can tow up to 6,700 pounds
· A 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engine is slated for the 2016 model year
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
Four-wheel-drive models have an automatic mode that engages four-wheel-drive only when it's needed. The 2015 Canyon has thoughtful utility enhancers such as a step integrated into the rear bumper and an optional "EZ Lift-and-Lower" tailgate that makes for one-handed closing and no-bang opening of the tailgate. There is an optional factory-installed spray-in bedliner.
New-to-midsize-pickups technology includes 4G LTE cellular connectivity that also makes the 2015 GMC Canyon a Wi-Fi hotspot. GMC's latest IntelliLink infotainment system enables gesture recognition and "natural" voice recognition, plus an all-new Teen Driver feature that allows parents to set and monitor numerous driving parameters.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
All Canyon models will come standard with six airbags, electronic stability control and traction control and a rear-vision camera. Optional equipment includes forward-collision alert, a lane departure warning system and smart cruise control.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Honda Ridgeline: Your only other option for a midsize pickup, the Ridgeline is available only as a crew cab with a 5-foot bed. Its maximum tow rating is just 5,000 pounds and its only available engine is a 3.5-liter V6.
Nissan Frontier: Like the Tacoma, the Frontier has not been redesigned in some time. The Frontier has similar utility, but also lacks the Canyon's technological features.
Toyota Tacoma: The best-selling midsize pickup, but the Tacoma hasn't been significantly updated in years. Similar combination of size and power, but doesn't offer the 2015 GMC Canyon's cutting-edge technology and safety features.
Should You Wait for It?
If you're shopping for a midsize truck with the latest technology and features, it's worth it to wait for the 2015 GMC Canyon. If your main desire is for a smaller-footprint pickup that does what a pickup's designed to do, the current crop of midsize pickups has similar capabilities that make them worth considering.