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  • (4.8) 4 reviews
  • MSRP: $5,263–$11,375
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 19-24
  • Engine: 175-hp, 2.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 1,700 lbs.
2004 GMC Canyon

Our Take on the Latest Model 2004 GMC Canyon

What We Don't Like

  • Ride comfort in city
  • Rear-seat passenger space
  • Resale value of regular cab

Notable Features

  • 175- or 220-hp engine
  • Three cab configurations
  • Two suspension choices
  • Optional side-curtain airbags
  • Available high-stance offroad model

2004 GMC Canyon Reviews

Vehicle Overview
Known for its “professional grade” trucks, GMC is introducing a new pickup for the 2004 model year. Brand-new and designed from the ground up, the Canyon will be similar to Chevrolet’s new Colorado pickup. Both are larger than the previous compact models they replace — the GMC Sonoma and Chevrolet S-10, respectively.

GMC aims to provide greater power, space and functionality in the Canyon than with that offered in the Sonoma. Two new inline engines are based on the Vortec 4.2-liter six-cylinder that was introduced in GMC’s Envoy sport utility vehicle. “Inline technology produces an engine with exceptional power, smoothness and world-class fuel efficiency,” said Product Manager Jerome Thiebaud.

The Canyon is offered with two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive and in regular-cab, extended-cab and crew-cab forms. The Canyon lineup includes two-wheel-drive high rider and crew-cab models. Two suspension packages are available: standard heavy-duty and high rider off-road. Production on the Canyon began in the fourth quarter of 2003.

A distinctive front end that features a prominently displayed red GMC logo on the grille gives the Canyon a strong family resemblance to other GMC products. The grille has a chrome surround and dark smoke-gray crossbars.

The Canyon is built on a new ladder-type frame and comes equipped with rack-and-pinion steering. Rear-wheel-drive models have an independent front suspension and a live rear axle, while four-wheel-drive and high rider off-road models use a torsion bar suspension.

Even though a 6-foot cargo box is standard, crew-cab models get a 5-foot box. A locking tailgate with a provision for two-tier loading is installed. Aluminum wheels hold 15-inch tires, and fog lamps are optional.

Regular-cab pickups contain a standard, 60/40-split bench seat upholstered in cloth or vinyl, but reclining bucket seats are available. Four-door extended-cab trucks have two forward-facing rear seats with under-seat storage and a flat load floor. Crew-cab models contain front bucket seats upholstered in cloth or leather, along with a 60/40-split, flat-folding backseat that holds three adults.

A driver information center includes system readouts. Options include heated leather front bucket seats, an in-dash six-CD changer, an electrochromatic inside mirror with a compass and an outside temperature gauge. GM’s OnStar communication system and XM Satellite Radio are available.

Under the Hood
The standard Canyon engine is a 2.8-liter Vortec inline-four-cylinder that produces 175 horsepower and 185 pounds-feet of torque. Buyers can choose an optional 3.5-liter inline-five-cylinder (the first use of that configuration in a consumer-marketed pickup) that generates 220 hp and 225 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines operate with electronic throttle control, variable valve timing and coil-on-plug ignition.

A new five-speed-manual gearbox is standard, and a four-speed Hydra-Matic 4L60-E automatic transmission is optional. Canyons equipped with four-wheel drive get a new transfer case and offer electronic shift-on-the-fly capability by using a dashboard-mounted switch. Full-function traction control and a locking differential are available. Canyons come with a choice of two rear-axle ratios.

Four-wheel antilock brakes and dual-stage front airbags are standard, and side curtain-type airbags are offered as an option.

Consumer Reviews


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Exactly what I was wanting

by Arnie7x from on June 26, 2017

When I was looking for a vehicle to purchase this met everything I was looking for. The truck has served me well for six years now. It handles like a dream and provides plenty of legroom (I am 6'5"). ... Read Full Review

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2004 GMC Canyon Safety Ratings

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There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,800 per year.

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Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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