GMC Canyon: Autoweek Best Truck


Remember the World Series?  What about the post-game interviews?  Chevrolet had a representative, clearly very nervous, who made an announcement about their latest Chevrolet Colorado.  Well, meet the cousin, the GMC Canyon.

Like the Colorado, the Canyon is full of #technologyandstuff.

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"“It’s truly a truck in the most honest sense…but refuses to forego the requirements a modern buyer has in a vehicle: refinement, modern conveniences and amenities, high-quality build, practicality and style,” said Autoweek’s editors, who also noted the Canyon is “brimming with a near-luxury experience.”"

Autoweek’s annual Best of the Best awards are based on the evaluations of eight vehicle finalists selected for their performance, design, build quality, value and significance. A three-day test session at Michigan International Speedway by the editors determined the awards, which include one car and one truck.

Canyon starts at $21,880 and is available in base, SLE and SLT models, and in extended cab and crew cab body styles. It offers the segment’s best horsepower and EPA-estimated fuel economy: 200 horsepower (149 kW) and 27 mpg highway (2WD) from a standard 2.5L I-4; and 305 horsepower (227 kW) and 26 mpg (2WD) from an available 3.6L V-6.

The V-6 engine enables a segment-leading 7,000-pound trailering rating.

Canyon is the only truck in the segment to offer AutoTrac automatic four-wheel drive, which allows the driver to select manual or automatic 4WD engagement. It also offers the G80 locking rear differential, for sure-footed traction in slippery conditions and when trailering.

Additionally, OnStar with 4G LTE and its standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot is on whenever the vehicle is on and comes with a three-month/three-gigabyte data trial, whichever comes first.

With that many features and versatility, it’s hard to not give the GMC Canyon a look.  With 27mpg out of the 2WD model and 200 horsepower, it may be enough to lure people away from mid-size sedans.

After all, it has Wi-Fi.

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