GM updated their mid-size pickup trucks a while ago. Unfortunately, it looks like they decided to keep the new 2018 GMC Canyon mostly unchanged from its predecessor. This is understandable considering the truck is not all that old. However, it still lacks some features over its predecessor and it might hurt its sales in the long run. Because 2018 is basically the same as the 2017 model year, it remains one of the least impressive trucks out there. For now, the sales have been great. However, the Canyon is worse in terms of fuel consumption than most other trucks on the market. On top of that, it can’t really match some of its competitors when it comes to cabin space or comfort.
2018 GMC Canyon Review
Just like before, the new model is still based on a ladder-frame with a steel body bolted on top of it. This type of construction is the norm for most trucks.
However, some manufacturers decided to stay away from this type of design and it looks like they did the right choice. Even so, the aging design of the Canyon is plenty considering it still sells like hot-cakes. One of its strongest selling points has to be the car’s great towing capability.
The truck is able to safely tow up to 7,700 pounds which is mighty impressive for its class. However, in order to be able to take advantage of this, there are a few optional packages.
There is an obvious resemblance between it and its sibling, the Colorado. However, this is to be expected considering the two trucks share many body panels. Even so, the GMC does have a few unique features to it. The front end is far more similar to the Sierra which makes it quite impressive to look at.
The rectangular grille and headlights, as well as the truck’s forward angled position, make it seem like a really aggressive vehicle. The higher-end models, such as the Denali, impress with the chrome and massive wheels. Unfortunately, a higher performance version with a more aggressive look is not really available.
Even so, the base model should still suffice for many. As a novelty for the 2018 GMC Canyon, GM is now offering a Black Out Exterior Trim package which will delete all the chrome on the truck.
It still comes with most needed features as standard. However, in order to get a well-appointed vehicle, the buyer will have to pay quite a bit more than the standard fare.
The mid-range versions get things like an 8-inch infotainment screen, automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 4G LTE connectivity as well as leather-appointed front seats.
All of these can be had for under $30,000 which is actually quite good considering its rivals. Unfortunately, this is pretty much it when it comes to changes over the older truck.
Engine and Specs
The base model of the 2018 GMC Canyon still gets a 2.5 liter naturally aspirated inline-four engine. With 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque, this is not all that bad. A short while ago GM also released the 2.8-liter turbocharged inline-four diesel.
|2018 GMC Canyon||Short Specs|
|Body Style||Extended Cab Pickup|
|Gas Mileage||20/26 mpg City/Hwy|
With up to 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, this is the perfect companion for towing. Its only real drawback has to be the lack of performance on the road. Both of these come as standard with a 6 speed automatic and either rear or all-wheel drive.
The range-topping versions stick with the same 3.6 liters naturally aspirated V6. With 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque, this makes the Canyon the fastest in its class. It also manages to be quite refined which is mostly thanks to the new 8 speed automatic.
2018 GMC Canyon Release and Price
The new 2018 GMC Canyon is actually already available for sale in most states in the US. GM revealed it a while ago and they will start delivering them soon enough.
The price didn’t change all that much over the older truck. The base model still starts around $22,000 which is a steal for how capable it is.
However, a relatively well-equipped truck with the four-door cab will set you back north of $36,000 while the range-topping models will go north of $40,000. Unfortunately for GM, for the price, there are far better deals out there.
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