ABS standard. Head protection air bags available from 2004, standard from 2010. ESC standard from 2009.
The Canyon and its twin, the Chevrolet Colorado, are surpassed by their competitors. The unrefined five-cylinder engine lacks punch and doesn't offer a fuel-economy advantage over competing V6s. It had to work hard to power the crew-cab we tested. Handling is unexceptional. The ride is unsettled, and the body constantly quivers. Despite the truck's relatively small dimensions, the 48-foot turning circle is huge. ESC is standard, and a 5.3-liter V8 is available. Curtain air bags are standard, but the IIHS side-crash result is poor.