ABS standard. Head protection air bags standard from 2010. ESC standard from 2009.
Since the Canyon and its twin, the Chevrolet Colorado, arrived, competitors have surpassed these two trucks in just about all categories. The unrefined five-cylinder engine lacks punch and doesn't offer a fuel-economy advantage over competing V6s. The older 3.5-liter version had to work hard to power our tested crew cab. Handling is sound but unexceptional. The ride is unsettled and the body constantly quivers. The huge 48-foot turning circle makes parking a chore. A 5.3-liter V8 is available and electronic stability control is standard. 2010 brings curtain air bags.