The 2018 GMC Canyon
Encouraged by the relatively low price of oil, breakthroughs in the efficiency of combustion engines, and lightweight construction materials, automakers have continued to invest tons of resources in trucks and SUVs. For roughly the same reasons, customers have been abandoning cars in favour of bigger vehicles. And for those that think full-size pickups are too big, the choice has been an easy one. The 2018 GMC Canyon is handily the best mid-size pickup. That’s a bold claim, so let’s try to back it up.
The 2018 GMC Canyon gives you the choice of three fantastic engines.
- 2.8L Duramax Turbo Diesel: 181 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque
- 3.6L VVT V6 with 308-horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque
- 2.5L 4-cylinder with 200 horsepower and 191 lb.-ft. of torque
Those that want to prioritise towing and fuel economy will choose the Duramax Turbo Diesel, and the four-cylinder delivers some good bang-for-buck. But the star of the powertrain lineup is definitely the 3.6L V6. It comes with standard Active Fuel Management which reduces the number of cylinders in use when driving at low speeds to drastically improve fuel economy. It’s even paired with a refined 8-speed automatic transmission. Shorter space between the gears results in better fuel economy and improved acceleration.
While the GMC Canyon is technically a mid-size pickup, it never feels too small. Inside, you get plenty of headroom and legroom, making it highly liveable. For rear passengers, the extended cab variant is a little tight, but the crew cab model offers a pretty comfortable ride. However, when it comes to trucks, the space offered in cargo areas is invariably more important to the average driver.
And you don’t have to worry there, because the Canyon offers plenty of space for equipment. At 1,879.6 mm, the Canyon’s long box is longer than the Sierra’s short box (1,760.98 mm) and only 12cm shorter than its standard box. However, even the 2018 Canyon with the short box offers plenty of room.
2018 Canyon Denali
A Denali is the greatest realisation of professional-grade performance and luxury, and will never be mistaken for anything else on the road. That’s why the exterior of the 2018 Canyon Denali is comprised of all things bright and shiny like 20” Ultra-Bright Aluminum wheels, 5” chrome side steps, and LED signature headlights. LED in the cargo box which turns it into a mobile workstation. Of course, these features are as much for looking like a boss as they are for performance.
The interior is polished and refined, too. Up front, you get heated and ventilated leather seats as well as a heated steering wheel. There’s a standard 8” infotainment system with onboard navigation and a standard Bose premium seven-speaker audio system. Your favourite music and audiobooks will sound even better thanks to the fact that you have Bose Active Noise Cancellation cutting out the sound of the road and the wind.
Who Should Drive the 2018 GMC Canyon?
The 2018 Canyon is the perfect vehicle for pickup owners who need a maneuverable vehicle for the city, but also need occasional extreme capability. If you need to haul a trailer on the weekends, or find yourself doing some occasional hauling, you can perform those tasks with confidence without making major sacrifices in terms of fuel economy and convenience that larger trucks guarantee.