• (4.2) 14 reviews
  • MSRP: $4,478–$15,090
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 20-23
  • Engine: 175-hp, 2.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 1,600 lbs.
2006 GMC Canyon

Our Take on the Latest Model 2006 GMC Canyon

What We Don't Like

  • Ride comfort in city
  • Rear-seat passenger space
  • Resale value of regular-cab 2WD models

Notable Features

  • 175- or 220-hp engine
  • Three cab configurations
  • Available sport-tuned suspension
  • Optional side-curtain airbags
  • Available High-Stance Off-Road model

2006 GMC Canyon Reviews

Vehicle Overview
GMC introduced the Canyon pickup truck for the 2004 model year. Designed from the ground up, the Canyon is similar to Chevrolet's Colorado pickup. Both were larger than the previous compact models they replaced — the GMC Sonoma and Chevrolet S-10.

GMC's intent with the Canyon was to provide greater power, space and functionality than the Sonoma offered. Two inline engines are based on the Vortec 4.2-liter six-cylinder that was introduced in the company's Envoy sport utility vehicle. "Inline technology produces an engine with exceptional power, smoothness and world-class fuel efficiency," said product manager Jerome Thiebaud.

For 2006, a new optional sport suspension features 17-inch wheels. The CD player also gains MP3 capability, and box side steps are available on regular- and extended-cab models. A sunroof is optional, and a leather package is offered on extended-cab trucks. General Motors' Passenger Sensing System airbag technology is now standard.

Available with rear- or four-wheel drive, Canyons come in regular-cab, extended-cab and Crew Cab body styles. Two additional suspension packages are available: heavy-duty and off-road.


Exterior
A distinctive front end that features a prominent 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. Overhangs are short, and GMC promotes the body's "chiseled" appearance.

Built on a ladder-type frame, the Canyon uses rack-and-pinion steering. Rear-drive models have an independent front suspension and a live rear axle, while four-wheel-drive and High-Stance Off-Road models use a torsion bar front suspension. All Canyons have front stabilizer bars. An optional ZQ8 sport suspension features a rear stabilizer bar, sport-tuned shocks and quick-ratio power steering. Canyons with the ZQ8 package also have 17-inch aluminum wheels and a 2-inch-lower ride height. A 6-foot cargo box is standard, but Crew Cab models get a 5-foot box. Fifteen-inch aluminum wheels are standard, and fog lamps are optional.


Interior
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. Crew Cab models contain front bucket seats upholstered in cloth or leather and a 60/40-split flat-folding backseat that holds three adults.

Options include heated leather front bucket seats, an in-dash six-CD changer, and 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 Canyon can be equipped with a 2.8-liter Vortec four-cylinder that produces 175 horsepower and 185 pounds-feet of torque or a 3.5-liter inline-five-cylinder that generates 220 hp and 225 pounds-feet of torque. A five-speed-manual gearbox or a four-speed-automatic transmission is available. Both engines operate with electronic throttle control, variable valve timing and coil-on-plug ignition.

Canyons equipped with four-wheel drive offer electronic shift-on-the-fly capability via a dashboard-mounted switch. On two-wheel-drive models, a standard traction control system includes a locking differential; this feature is optional on four-wheel-drive versions. Canyons come with a choice of three rear axle ratios.


Safety
Four-wheel antilock brakes and dual-stage front airbags with a passenger-side occupancy sensor are standard. Side curtain-type airbags are optional. All seating positions have three-point safety belts.

Consumer Reviews

4.2

Average based on 14 reviews

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Best balance with engine and transmission

by Don Watson from Chicago il on October 7, 2017

Only only fault is long turning radius. The 5 cylinder engine has lots of torque and mileage around 20 mpg in around town. Wish new trucks were this size. 200000 miles without any major issues.

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Recalls

There are currently 4 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,400 per year.

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Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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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