The compact Canyon has an unsettled ride and the body quivers constantly. Handling is sound, but unexceptional, and the 48-foot turning circle makes parking maneuvers a chore. The optional four-wheel-drive system is part-time only. Until 2009, the Canyon offered only crude and noisy four- and five-cylinder engines, when a smooth and powerful V8 was added. Updates for 2009 also included standard electronic stability control, as well as the 300-hp V8. The Canyon was dropped after 2012 -- then re-emerged for the 2015 model year.