If you're searching for a pickup that's easier to park than the typical full-size pickup but still want a lot of capability, you'll want to check out the 2017 GMC Canyon. A more upscale sibling of the Chevrolet Colorado, the Canyon can be configured to tow up to 7,700 pounds and carry up to 1,620 pounds in the cargo bed, so it's certainly got the muscle for heavy jobs. With an array of available upscale features and a roomy cab, it's also more luxurious and comfortable than its rivals.
As is the case with many pickup trucks, the Canyon comes in a wide variety of versions. The SL is a stripped-down work truck, available only with an extended cab, no rear seat and no options. The next model up — the actual base model — offers access to more options but is still aimed at commercial or small-business owners. Most individual buyers will probably prefer the midrange SLE, though GMC also offers the SLT and range-topping Denali should you want the most out of your midsize truck.
The base engine is a 2.5 liter four-cylinder that generates out 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. You can upgrade to a 3.6-liter V6, which offers 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. An intriguing alternative unique to the Canyon (and Colorado) is an optional turbocharged 2.8-liter diesel four-cylinder, which develops 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. That's the engine you'll need if you want the full 7,700 pounds of maximum towing capacity; the V6 tops out at 7,000 pounds and the gas four-cylinder at 3,500 pounds.
The base four-cylinder engine comes with a manual transmission; an automatic is optional and is standard equipment on the V6 and the diesel. EPA fuel economy estimates range from a low of 19 mpg combined (17 city/24 highway) for the V6 4WD to a high of 25 mpg combined (22 city/30 highway) for the RWD diesel.
We don't expect a glass-smooth ride from any pickup, but the Canyon is pretty well settled, especially with a load in the bed, and it's much easier to park and maneuver than a full-size pickup. We are also impressed by the comfort and refinement the Canyon provides. The cab's controls are organized well, and the seats are comfortable enough for all-day comfort.
There are a few other choices for a midsize pickup, but the 2017 GMC Canyon could be the one for you. Use Edmunds to do further research and locate the perfect one.
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