2018 GMC Canyon

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2018 GMC Canyon Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: March 17, 2021

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The mid-size pickup truck segment has seen a resurgence, and now there are few players in this rarified field. The 2018 GMC Canyon is a corporate cousin of Chevy Colorado and hence gets the same massive towing capacity, a powerful 3.6L V6, and a 2.8L turbo-diesel engine option, and is practically identical except for the design language. 

With a starting price of $28,195 for the Crew Cab model and the prices going upwards of $40,000 for the top-spec Denali trim, which is marginally more than the Colorado, there are loads of customization and selections available on all the trims of the Canyon and can match any and all the needs of the average American truck buyer.

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Pros

Tows like a full-size pickup

Powerful gas V6

Torquey Turbo Diesel

Excellent ride and handling

Cons

Active safety feature list is unimpressive

Marginal off-roading capability

Higher trims are pricey

What's New?

New Grille

New Rear Diffuser

Electric Wind deflector

Upgraded Hi-end Features


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$27200

bodystyle

3dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity

5

top speed

120 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

150 cu.in.

horsepower

200 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

191 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

128.3 in.

length

212.4 in.

width

74.3 in.

height

70.7 in.

curb weight

3997 lbs.

ground clearance

8.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

39.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

7000 lbs.

payload capacity

1471 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/22/26 mpg

highway range

501.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

6 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos

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Videos
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Trims

Base $27,200 onwards

200 hp @ 6300 rpm | 2.5 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • Cloth Seat Trim

SLE $30,400 onwards

200 hp @ 6300 rpm | 2.5 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 17" X 7" Silver Painted Aluminum Wheels
  • 2 - 1st Row LCD Monitor
  • All door remote Keyless Entry
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Heated Mirrors
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, Seek-Scan Radio

SLT $34,800 onwards

308 hp @ 6800 rpm | 3.6 L | V-6 | Regular unleaded

  • 18" Polished Aluminum Wheels
  • Automatic Front Air Conditioning
  • Driver Lumbar Support
  • Leather Seat trim

All Terrain $37,500 onwards

308 hp @ 6800 rpm | 3.6 L | V-6 | Regular unleaded

  • 17" Machined w/Painted Accents Aluminum Wheels

Denali $39,000 onwards

308 hp @ 6800 rpm | 3.6 L | V-6 | Regular unleaded

  • 20" Machined w/Painted Accents Aluminum Wheels
  • Navigation System
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Colors and Styles

2018 GMC Canyon in Cardinal Red color 2018 GMC Canyon in Dark Slate Metallic color 2018 GMC Canyon in Marine Blue Metallic color 2018 GMC Canyon in Quicksilver Metallic color 2018 GMC Canyon in Summit White color
Cardinal Red

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

8.8

Engine And Performance

8.1

Fuel Economy

7.6

Interior

6.8

Exterior

8.1

Safety

7.4

Competition

8.5

Final Verdict

4.8

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OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


The Canyon more than makes up for its slightly higher asking price with a more upscale cabin and plenty of available features. However, the Canyon disappoints when it comes to available safety features. And if you really want to go on an adventure, the indestructible and hugely capable Toyota Tacoma TRD is a better pick. That said, most will find the Canyon a great truck for puttering about in the city and hauling goods on the highways.


8.8/10
Pricing and Features

8.1/10
Engine and Performance

7.6/10
Fuel Economy

6.8/10
Interior

8.1/10
Exterior

7.4/10
Safety

8.5/10
Competition

4.8/10
Final Verdict


2018 GMC Canyon Pricing and Features

8.8/10

The 2018 GMC Canyon comes in two cab styles - an Extended Cab and a Crew Cab. The Short Box is only not available in the Extended Cab. The base 2018 GMC canyon SL is only available with Extended Cab and starts at $22,095. Apart from the base 2.5L I4 and 3.6L V6 gas engines, a 2.8L Turbo Diesel is also available, albeit at a steep price of $5,000.

Trims

Canyon SL

Canyon

SLE

All-Terrain Cloth

SLT

All-Terrain Leather-Appointed

Denali

MSRP

$22,095

$28,195

$31,395

$35,795

$35,795

$36,695

$40,595

Features

Rear Vision Camera

7″ diagonal GMC Infotainment System

8″ diagonal GMC Infotainment System

Off-road suspension

Off-road suspension

20″ ultra-bright machined aluminum wheels

 
 

4-way power driver's seat

16″ cast-aluminum wheels

4G Wi-Fi Hotspot

Hill Descent Control

Jet Black/Cobalt leather-appointed front seating

8″ diagonal GMC Infotainment System with Navigation

 
 

DURALIFE brake rotors

Projector headlamps with LED signature

4 USB ports

Transfer case shield

Hill Descent Control

Bose Premium 7-Speaker Audio system

 
 

CornerStep rear bumper

CornerStep rear bumper

17″ cast-aluminum wheels

Unique 17″ Dark Argent metallic cast-aluminum wheels with painted accents

Unique 17″ Dark Argent metallic cast-aluminum wheels with painted accents

Center console with wireless charging mat

 
 

Vinyl floor covering

 

Automatic locking rear differential (4WD models)

Body-color bumpers and grille surround

Transfer case shield

Spray-on bed liner with Denali logo

 
 

Rear seat delete

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

Carbon-fiber-inspired interior accents

17″ All-terrain Blackwall Tires

Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel

 
     

Aluminum interior trim

All-Terrain exclusive contrasting red stitching

All Terrain specific black grille center

Polished exhaust tip (V6 engine only)

 
     

Tilt/telescoping steering column

 

Body-color outside mirrors

   
     

EZ Lift and a Lower locking tailgate

       

2018 GMC Canyon Engine and Performance

8.1/10

The GMC Canyon comes with three engine options. Out of all, we will advise staying away from the base 2.5L naturally aspirated Inline-4, which produces 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. It feels anemic in such a large vehicle and even some sedans can tow more than it. Next up is the throaty 3.6L V6. Its 308 bhp power output and 275 lb-ft torque make the Canyon one of the quickest trucks on the market. Transmission duties are done either by a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic, depending on the engine and buying choices.

Models

GMC Canyon

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

Nissan Frontier

MSRP

$21,800

 

$21,195

 

$25,200

 

$18,990

Engine

2.5L Inline-4 DI DOHC engine

 

2.5L Inline-4

 

2.7L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed automatic

5-speed manual

Power

200 hp @ 6,300 rpm

 

200 hp @ 6,300 rpm

 

159 hp @ 5,200 rpm

 

152 hp @ 5,200 rpm

Torque

191 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

 

191 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

 

180 lb-ft 3,800 rpm

 

171 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

The GMC-Chevy twins offer the best power and torque figures in the base trims and are also the most affordable offerings. The Nissan Frontier has the least power and torque output, while the Toyota Tacoma offers a slightly better output.

What is the 2018 Infiniti Q60 Coupe's 0-60 mph Acceleration Performance?

The Canyon with the base 2.5L inline-4 does 0-60 in a yawningly slow 9.0 seconds. However, upgrade to the GMC Canyon 3.6L V6 with 308 hp, and you will be rocketing to 60 mph from rest in a mere 6.3 seconds. The quarter-mile also takes a sluggish 17.1 seconds, and it doesn’t even manage to hit triple-digit speeds at all. 

Models

GMC Canyon

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

Nissan Frontier

0-60 mph

9.0 sec

 

9.1 sec

 

9.8 sec

 

7.6 sec

Quarter mile

17.1 sec

 

16.2 sec

 

15.2 sec

 

15.8 sec

Engine

2.5L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.7L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

Top Speed

99 mph

 

99 mph

 

109 mph

 

112 mph

The Colorado performs quite better than its sibling for some reason in the quarter-mile and is placed third right behind the Frontier as the pack is led by the Tacoma. The Frontier is the fastest to 60 mph and also has the highest top speed.

What is the 2018 GMC Canyon Crew Cab's Braking Performance?

The GMC Canyon gets 12.2-inch brakes on the front wheels and 12.7-inch brakes on the rear wheels. These brakes can haul the close to 4000 pounds Canyon from 60 to 0 in 121 feet. Considering the size and hefty weight of the pickup truck, the performance is commendable and gives strong competition to the rivals in the segment.

Model

GMC Canyon

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

Nissan Frontier

Brake Front (in)

12.2

 

12.2

 

10.8

 

11.1

Brake Rear (in)

12.7

 

12.8

 

10.0

 

11.3

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,943

 

3,986

 

4,425

 

3,785

60-0 mph (ft)

121

 

123

 

119

 

125

Despite being the heaviest of the lot, the Tacoma is the quickest to stop, while the Frontier, which is the lightest truck here, travels the farthest. The GMC and Chevy twins offer a similar brake setup but travel a couple of feet more than the Canyon.

Ride and Handling

Despite being a ladder frame chassis-based truck with a rigid rear axle and leaf spring rear suspension, Canyon rides with surprising compliance. That does not mean it's softly sprung because the Canyon can handle off-road roads without bottoming out. Even fast turns are executed flat despite the high ride height of this midsize truck.

The lighter and more direct steering than many of its rivals makes it an absolute joy to maneuver in city traffic and tight parking spots while the bump absorption is truly top-notch. Once you load up the cargo bed or hitch a trailer, the ride settles further with the additional weight behind the truck and is a comfortable truck regardless of the situation.

What is the 2018 GMC Canyon Crew Cab's Towing Capacity and Payload Capacity

When it comes to hauling, this GMC midsize truck is right up with some full-size pickups. When equipped with the torquey 2.8L turbo diesel belting out 369 pounds-feet of torque, the Canyon can tow 7,700 pounds. That's up with the full-size trucks and better than all other competitors except its corporate cousin - the Chevy Colorado.

Model

GMC Canyon

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

Nissan Frontier

Drive Train

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Towing Capacity (lbs)

7,700

7,700

 

6,800

 

6,710

Payload Capacity (lbs)

1,316

 

1,228

 

1,175

 

1,496

The Chevy and GMC siblings offer the best in class towing capacities as the Frontier can tow around 1,000 lbs less than them. The Tacoma too can tow only marginally more than the Frontier but has the least payload capacity. The Frontier can haul a maximum amount of cargo in its bed. 

2018 GMC Canyon Fuel Economy

7.6/10

Canyon with the base 2.5L inline-4 gas engine delivers 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The far more capable and recommended 3.6L V6 delivers 17 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway. Then comes the torquey turbo diesel delivering an impressive 20 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. However, the large 21-gallon gas tank means that you do not need to stop frequently to refuel and can drive long distances on the highway. 

Model

GMC Canyon

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

Nissan Frontier

MPG City

20

20

20

17

MPG Highway

26

26

23

22

MPG Combined

22

22

21

19

Fuel Tank Capacity (gal)

21

21

21.1

21.1

Range (City / Highway / Combined) (miles)

420 / 546 / 462

420 / 546 / 462

422 / 485 / 443

359 / 464 / 401

The 2.5-liter engine under the hood of the GMC and Chevy trucks offers the best fuel economy figures despite generating more power from their Japanese counterparts. The Nissan Frontier is the least efficient of the lot, whereas the Tacoma manages marginally lower fuel efficiency figures. 

2018 GMC Canyon Interior

6.8/10

The GMC Canyon interior is more upscale than the Chevy Colorado with good quality materials and plenty of soft-touch surfaces. The front seats are large and supportive, but since it's a mid-size truck, it's not as spacious as a full-size pickup. The rear seatbacks are too upright in the Crew Cab models. There is plenty of in-cab storage space for stowing away laptops and bottles. Cabin quality is premium, with softer touch materials while the noise insulation is just as good. 

Model

GMC Canyon

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

Nissan Frontier

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

41.4 / 57.5 / 45.0

41.4 / 57.5 / 45.0

39.7 / 58.3 / 42.9

39.9 / 58.3 / 42.4

Rear Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

38.3 / 56.2 / 35.8

38.3 / 56.2 / 35.8

38.3 / 58.9 / 32.6

36.6 / 58.3 / 33.6

The Canyon and the Colorado offer the best cabin space, and the Japanese rivals don’t even come close to them in terms of interior space. The Frontier offers a better cabin space and thus the Tacoma is the most compact of them all. Few key interior features include-

  • 4-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Front bucket seats with powered lumbar support
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Automatic climate control

How is the 2018 Infiniti Q60 Coupe’s infotainment system?

All configurations of the 2018 GMC Canyon come equipped with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. While the base 2018 GMC Canyon SL gets a 4.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system, larger 8-inch touchscreen infotainment is available from Canyon SLE onwards. The top-end Canyon Denali also gets 2D and 3D GPS navigation and a booming Bose 7-speaker audio system. There is nothing fancy in terms of technology but has everything that one might need in their midsize pickup truck. Some major infotainment features include-

  • 8-inch touchscreen GMC infotainment
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 3-month All Access trial subscription
  • Bose premium 7-speaker audio system
  • GMC 4G LTE built-in Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Wireless Charging pad
  • Bluetooth and voice-activated technology

2018 GMC Canyon Exterior

8.1/10

The 2018 GMC Canyon resembles the full-size GMC Sierra pickup with the same chunky exterior lines and similar imposing grille. However, this being a mid-size truck is far more manageable within the city. You can spice up the exteriors with large wheels, plenty of dark or chrome accents, all-season tires, and more. Corner step makes accessing the bed a breeze, and spray-on bed-liners are available an option.

Model

GMC Canyon

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

Nissan Frontier

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,943

 

3,986

 

4,425

 

3,785

Length (in)

212.4

212.4

212.3

205.5

Width (in)

74.3

74.3

74.4

72.8

Height (in)

70.4

70.4

70.6

68.7

Ground Clearance (in)

8.4

8.4

9.1

8.7

Wheelbase (in)

128.3

128.3

127.4

125.9

Track width (in) F/R

62.4 / 62.4

62.4 / 62.4

63.0 / 63.2

61.8 / 61.8

The Toyota Tacoma is the heaviest truck in this comparison while the Nissan Frontier is the lightest owing to its compact footprint as compared to the others. The Tacoma also offers the highest ground clearance while the GMC-Chevy trucks have the longest wheelbases of the lot. Also, the GM twins offer the least ground clearance on the block.

2018 GMC Canyon Safety

7.4/10

The 2018 GMC Canyon has scored a 4-star safety rating in NHTSA crash tests. The result is similar to other mid-size pickup trucks like the Toyota Tacoma.While the 2018 GMC Canyon comes standard with basic safety features, active safety features like forward collision warning and lane-departure warning are only available with Driver Alert Package in Canyon SLE and Canyon SLT. The GMC Canyon Denali gets them as standard. Apart from these, the 2018 GMC Sierra comes with the following safety features:

  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
  • All-speed traction control
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • 6 airbags
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Teen Driver
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

2018 GMC Canyon Competition

8.5/10

2018 GMC Canyon Crew Cab vs Chevy Colorado

The Chevy Colorado is the corporate cousin of the GMC Canyon and hence is similar mechanically. This means both trucks share the same tow rating and deliver similar performance on the road. However, there is a difference. The Canyon moves upscale as it's from the GMC brand with better interior materials and appointments. Also, a hardcore off-roader like the Colorado ZR2 is not offered by the GMC.

2018 GMC Canyon Crew Cab vs. Toyota Tacoma

The Tacoma is surpassed by other mid-size trucks in terms of interior comfort, towing capacity, and fuel efficiency. However, if you need an off-roader, few can match the all-terrain prowess of the Tacoma equipped with the TRD package. Add Toyota's bulletproof reliability and strength to the mix, and you have a truck that you can trust when crossing Martian terrain.

2018 GMC Canyon Crew Cab vs Nissan Frontier

The 2018 Nissan Frontier is outclassed by most rivals. Whatever you decide to compare - towing capacity, payload rating, comfort, fuel efficiency, or on-road performance, all other mid-size trucks trump it. A low price tag and high predicted reliability rating do not do much to make this Nissan mid-size truck a viable alternative.

2018 GMC Canyon Final Verdict

4.8/10

The GMC Canyon hits a sweet spot combining the capability of a full-size truck in a far more manageable dimension that's easy to move about and park within the city. Over this, the Canyon boasts a comfortable, well built and luxuriously appointed interior, and a compliant ride. It does lack a few active safety features, and there is no hardcore off-road-ready version on offer either. Moreover, the torquey 2.8L Turbo Diesel costs a chunky $5,000. Still, if you don't need the massive capability of a full-size pickup, the Canyon is highly recommended as it will save you lots of dollars and parking lot hassles.

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