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GM's small pickups, the Canyon and its Chevrolet Colorado twin, are more maneuverable than full-sized trucks and are better equipped than their Nissan and Toyota competitors. In our tests, the V6 version got 18 mpg overall and the four-cylinder diesel bumped fuel economy to 24 mpg.
V6 versions feature a tow-haul mode. A four-cylinder gasoline engine is also available. The ride is rather choppy, but handling is responsive. Rear- and four-wheel-drive versions are available. These small trucks offer optional forward collision warning and lane departure warning but not automatic emergency braking or blind spot warning. Updates for the 2020 model year include a new infotainment system and an available locking tailgate.
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2015-2019
2015 Redesign Year
This version of the Canyon represented the first redesign of the model in 11 years. While it drew lots of praise upon introduction, the reality of the situation is the truck stands out because its competitors are so weak.
Ride quality is choppy and jostling, while interior quality is low. If you plan to tow a trailer, save yourself some money and look for one with the trailering package already fitted. Updates for 2016 include Apple CarPlay and an available 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine.
$18,125 - $39,500
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$16,975 - $38,200
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$16,125 - $35,575
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$14,525 - $28,950
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$13,325 - $25,675
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2004-2012
2004 Redesign Year
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.
$7,525 - $14,400
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$6,425 - $13,250
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$5,575 - $11,575
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$4,725 - $11,075
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$4,575 - $10,475
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$3,400 - $9,450
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$3,125 - $8,650
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$2,875 - $7,575
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$2,875 - $6,900
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