2015 GMC Canyon

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What's New for 2015:
  • Redesigned midsize pickup truck, smaller than Sierra
  • Extended cab or crew cab body styles
  • 4-cylinder or V-6 engine
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel or 4-wheel drive
  • SL, Standard, SLE, and SLT trim levels

The 2015 GMC Canyon is a midsize, light-duty pickup truck that is smaller and less expensive than a GMC Sierra 1500. It is designed to compete with the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma, as well as the next-generation version of the Honda Ridgeline.

Models and Features
GMC calls the least expensive version of the Canyon extended cab the SL model, and it is stripped of the carpeting, floor mats, and rear seats that are included in the standard Canyon.

For more equipment than is included for the standard model, try the Canyon SLE. On the outside, it has body-color exterior trim, power mirrors with a blind-spot mirror for the driver's side, an EZ Lift and Lower tailgate, fog lights, and 17-in. aluminum wheels. Inside, the Canyon SLE contains soft-touch cabin surfaces, aluminum trim, and upgraded displays and lighting. GMC's IntelliLink infotainment system is also standard for the SLE, adding an 8-in. color touch-screen display, smartphone integration, Bluetooth streaming audio, satellite radio, and access to Internet radio. Additionally, the Canyon SLE includes a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot connection, additional USB ports, tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, remote keyless entry, rear window defroster, auto-dimming rearview mirror, theft-deterrent system, and more.

The Canyon SLT features chrome exterior trim, heated outside mirrors, and 18-in. aluminum wheels. This version also adds leather seats, power lumbar support for the front seats, heated front seats, single-zone automatic climate control, and remote engine starting.

Available options include an All-Terrain package with an off-road suspension, unique 17-in. aluminum wheels, hill-descent control, body-color rear bumper, and special interior detailing. Add this package to the 2-wheel-drive (2WD) model and it includes an automatic-locking rear differential, while 4-wheel-drive (4WD) versions gain a skid plate for the transfer case.

Under the Hood
A 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard equipment for extended cab Canyons, making 200 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 191 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm. A 6-speed manual transmission is included only with 2WD. All other versions come with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

A 3.6-liter V-6 engine is standard equipment for crew cab models, and is optional for the Canyon extended cab. This larger motor generates 305 horsepower at 6,950 rpm and 269 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm.

Preliminarily, GMC says that a 2015 Canyon with the V-6 engine can haul up to 1,450 lbs. of payload and tow up to 6,700 lbs. of trailer, depending on configuration. However, the mechanically identical Chevrolet Colorado is advertised by General Motors as offering 7,000 lbs. of trailer-towing capability combined with more than 1,600 lbs. of payload capacity, so GMC's initial figures appear to be conservative.

Both versions of the Canyon include free scheduled maintenance for the first 2 years or 24,000 miles of ownership. Also, note that for the 2016 model year, the Canyon will be available with a 2.8-liter diesel engine, adding torque while improving fuel economy.

Fuel Economy
Official EPA fuel-economy estimates are still being finalized as this overview is written, but GM predicts that the V-6 engine will deliver 26 mpg on the highway.

Safety and Technology
The Canyon's 8-in. IntelliLink touch-screen infotainment system, standard for SLE and SLT trim levels, includes Bluetooth connectivity and music streaming, Internet radio, and a 4G LTE high-speed Internet connection that turns the truck into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. GMC includes 3 months or 3 gigabytes of data usage, whichever comes first, as standard equipment.

Additionally, a reversing camera is standard, and the Canyon SLE is equipped with 6 free months of OnStar services, including automatic crash response, which helps to speed rescue following a collision. A forward-collision warning system and a lane-departure warning system are optional.


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