Used 2012 GMC Canyon

2012 GMC Canyon
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2012 GMC Canyon

Pros

  • Affordable
  • composed on- and off-road handling
  • varied engine choices.

Cons

  • Base engine lacks power
  • spartan seat comfort
  • subpar build quality
  • aging design
  • disappointing crash test scores.

Used 2012 GMC Canyon for Sale

GMC Canyon 2012 Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.9L 4cyl 4A)
138,476 miles
Used 2012
GMC Canyon
Work Truck
List$8,700
Est.Loan: $163/mo
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$239 Below Market
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GMC Canyon 2012 Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.9L 4cyl 4A)
161,079 miles
Used 2012
GMC Canyon
Work Truck
Auto Land Inc.
48.1 mi away
List$6,450
Est.Loan: $121/mo
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$177 Below Market
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EXTENEND CAB , LADR RACK
GMC Canyon 2012 SLE-1 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.9L 4cyl 4A)
67,551 miles
Used 2012
GMC Canyon
SLE-1
(1)
Reynolds Subaru
63.8 mi away
List$14,438
Est.Loan: $270/mo
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GMC Canyon 2012 SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.7L 5cyl 4A)
88,583 miles
Used 2012
GMC Canyon
SLT
List$20,000
Est.Loan: $364/mo
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$300 Below Market
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***HEATED LEATHER SEATS***CHROME ALLOY WHEELS*** ***4 x 4***BEDLINER***CLEAN CARFAX*** 2012 GMC Canyon SLT 4-Speed Automatic with Overdrive 4WD 5.3L V8 SFI Clean CARFAX. 14/19mpg Red Orange Metallic *Your additional costs are sales tax, tag and title fees for the state in which the vehicle will be registered, any dealer-installed options (if applicable) and a $299 dealer processing fee (not required by law). Prices are subject to change, and prior sales are excluded from these offers. While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions contained on these pages. Please verify any information in question with the dealer.
GMC Canyon 2012 SLE-2 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.7L 5cyl 4A)
58,565 miles
Used 2012
GMC Canyon
SLE-2
List$21,991
Est.Loan: $401/mo
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CARS COST LESS IN PRESTON
GMC Canyon 2012 SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.7L 5cyl 4A)
84,581 miles
Used 2012
GMC Canyon
SLT
(2)
Thompson Toyota
67.8 mi away
ListNot Listed
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Stunning%2521%2521 4 Wheel Drive, never get stuck again%2A This rock-hard 2012 GMC Canyon SLT will have you excited to drive to work, even on Mondays%2A Safety equipment includes%3A ABS, Traction control, Curtain airbags, Passenger Airbag, Front fog/driving lights...Other features include%3A Leather seats, Bluetooth, Power locks, Power windows, Heated seats...
GMC Canyon 2012 SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.7L 5cyl 4A)
102,550 miles
Used 2012
GMC Canyon
SLT
Bareford Buick GMC
83.7 mi away
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2012 GMC Canyon looks sharp and offers good light-duty pickup truck value. But in just about every other area, it doesn't measure up to its competition.

vehicle overview

Buyers looking for a compact or midsize pickup typically want rugged styling, multiple engine and body styles, and optional four-wheel-drive and off-road packages. The 2012 GMC Canyon meets all the criteria, yet is still a truck we hesitate to recommend. It simply lacks the overall refinement and creature comforts of contemporary rivals.

The Canyon's largest obstacles are its aging cabin and subpar materials. We're loath to cynically call the Canyon fleet fodder, but its dated and uninspiring interior makes almost no pretense of trying to compete. Lackluster performance from its base engines, including a five-cylinder that pales against competitive V6s, reinforces our suspicions. Still, the base four-cylinder is competent enough for light around-town duty, and there's also a stout, very capable -- and very thirsty -- V8.

The Canyon does offer a solid build and sharp looks, and if you must have a strapping V8 in a compact package, only the Dodge Dakota comes close. But models like the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma are better in nearly every regard.

Trim levels & features

The 2012 GMC Canyon is a compact/midsize pickup offered in three body styles -- regular cab, extended cab (with small rear access doors) and crew cab (with four regular doors) -- and in three different trim levels: Work Truck, SLE and SLT. Canyon crew cab models come equipped with 5-foot cargo boxes, while other models feature a 6-foot box. Rear-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is available on all models. The SLT is available only with 4WD.

Standard features on Work Trucks include 16-inch wheels, a bedliner, skid plates on 4WD models, a 60/40-split front bench seat, air-conditioning, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, six months complimentary OnStar Directions and Connections service, and an AM/FM stereo.

SLE models add foglights, tinted rear glass, chrome interior accents, power accessories, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, front bucket seats and an AM/FM/CD player with satellite radio and three months complimentary service.

The top-line SLT includes all of the above and adds 17-inch chrome wheels, skid plates, a heavy-duty suspension and heated leather front bucket seats with eight-way adjustment for the driver.

An off-road suspension package, standard on SLE extended cab and SLT models and optional on all but regular cab SLE models, includes 17-inch wheels, beefier components and a locking rear differential.

2012 Highlights

The 2012 GMC Canyon adds front bucket seats to midlevel trims and makes an automatic locking rear differential standard on 4WD and Crew Cab models.

Performance & mpg

The 2012 GMC Canyon offers three engines. A 2.9-liter four-cylinder generating 185 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque is the base engine for Work Truck and SLE-1 models. A 3.7-liter five-cylinder that produces 242 hp and 242 lb-ft of torque comes standard on SLE-2 and SLT models (and is optional on the SLE-1).

A 5.3-liter V8 rated at 300 hp/320 lb-ft is available for SLT and SLE-1 Crew Cab and two-wheel-drive extended cab models. Regular cab Work Trucks get a five-speed manual transmission standard, and a four-speed automatic is available. All other models get the four-speed automatic.

Four-wheel-drive models feature a two-speed transfer case with dash-mounted controls and an automatic locking rear differential (the latter is also standard an all Crew Cab models).

EPA estimated fuel economy ranges from 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway and 21 combined on four-cylinder regular and crew cabs, to 14 mpg city/19 highway and 16 mpg combined on V8 4WD crew cabs with an automatic transmission. A properly equipped V8-powered Canyon can tow up to 6,000 pounds.

Safety

The 2012 GMC Canyon comes standard with the OnStar emergency communications system, antilock brakes, stability control, traction control and head curtain airbags.

In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing, the Canyon extended cab received a top rating of "Good" for frontal-offset collisions, while the crew cab earned a second-best "Acceptable." For side-impact protection, however, the crew cab received the lowest rating of "Poor."

Driving

The 2012 GMC Canyon's cabin is quiet enough around town, but leaks significant wind noise at highway speeds. The four- and five-cylinder engines operate smoothly, but are several lengths behind the V6s offered by competitors. The four-speed automatic offers easy, well-timed shifts.

The 5.3-liter V8 unsurprisingly offers the best power and towing ability, putting the Canyon on par with the brawny V8 Dodge Dakota, but it packs a commensurate thirst as well.

Interior

Although the Canyon looks handsome from the outside, sharing chiseled cues with the full-size Sierra, the cabin is a bit dated. As competitors increasingly refine their interiors, however, the Canyon forges ahead with mediocre cab materials, plenty of hard plastic trim and seating that's short on support or long-haul comfort.

Controls and instruments are arranged in logical fashion, however, with thick, chunky knobs designed to accommodate work-gloved fingers. There's also generous legroom up front. Rear-seat passengers in extended cab models will twist and bend to reach the back row, and once back there won't find a ton of elbow- or legroom.

Outside, the Canyon's removable tailgate can be set partially open, on an equal plane with the tops of the wheelwells, allowing for a flat load area for longer items or 4x8 panels.


Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2012 GMC Canyon.

ONLY small pickup that can be towed.
tompaine1,10/09/2013
Never figgered out why other companies build auto transmissions that CANNOT allow people to tow the vehicle with all four wheels down. And Edminds NEVER mentions it as a HUGE advantage of GM vehicles. There are a BUNCH or RV'ers out there who buy Canyon and Colorado SOLEY due to this characteristic. Otherwise, it is a small pickup. What do you expect ? Since the S-10 got dumped, it's the only game in town.
This is a Great Little Truck
john r. page,04/18/2017
It has its "act together."
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Features & Specs

MPG
16 city / 21 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
242 hp @ 5600 rpm
MPG
16 city / 21 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
242 hp @ 5600 rpm
MPG
18 city / 25 hwy
Seats 6
4-speed automatic
Gas
185 hp @ 5600 rpm
MPG
17 city / 23 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed automatic
Gas
242 hp @ 5600 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover18.5%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Marginal
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2012 GMC Canyon
Used 2012 GMC Canyon Overview

The Used 2012 GMC Canyon is offered in the following submodels: Canyon Crew Cab, Canyon Regular Cab, Canyon Extended Cab. Available styles include SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.7L 5cyl 4A), SLE-2 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.7L 5cyl 4A), SLE-1 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.9L 4cyl 4A), Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab SB (2.9L 4cyl 5M), SLE-2 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (3.7L 5cyl 4A), SLE-1 4dr Crew Cab SB (2.9L 4cyl 4A), Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.9L 4cyl 4A), Work Truck 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.9L 4cyl 4A), SLE-1 2dr Regular Cab SB (2.9L 4cyl 4A), SLE-1 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (2.9L 4cyl 4A), Work Truck 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB (2.9L 4cyl 4A), SLE-2 4dr Crew Cab SB (3.7L 5cyl 4A), SLE-1 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.7L 5cyl 4A), and SLE-1 2dr Regular Cab 4WD SB (3.7L 5cyl 4A).

What's a good price on a Used 2012 GMC Canyon?

Save up to $300 on one of 5 Used 2012 GMC Canyon for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $6,450 as of10/15/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from3 to 5 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 2012 GMC Canyon trim styles:

  • The Used 2012 GMC Canyon Work Truck is priced between $6,450 and$8,700 with odometer readings between 138476 and161079 miles.
  • The Used 2012 GMC Canyon SLE-1 is priced between $14,438 and$14,438 with odometer readings between 67551 and67551 miles.
  • The Used 2012 GMC Canyon SLE-2 is priced between $21,991 and$21,991 with odometer readings between 58565 and58565 miles.
  • The Used 2012 GMC Canyon SLT is priced between $20,000 and$20,000 with odometer readings between 88583 and88583 miles.

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