• (4.8) 4 reviews
  • MSRP: $4,891–$18,511
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 17-21
  • Engine: 185-hp, 2.9-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 2,200 lbs.
2008 GMC Canyon

Our Take on the Latest Model 2008 GMC Canyon

What We Don't Like

  • Ride comfort in city
  • Rear-seat occupant space

Notable Features

  • 185- or 242-hp engine
  • Three cab configurations
  • Available sport-tuned suspension
  • Optional side curtain airbags
  • Available High-Stance Off-Road model

2008 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. Competitors include the Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma.

Available with rear- or four-wheel drive, Canyons come in regular cab, extended cab and Crew Cab body styles. After an increase in engine size and power for 2007, GMC has made few changes to the Canyon for 2008. Three new colors are offered, and all models have standard fog lamps. GM's OnStar communication system is also standard and comes with one free year of service.


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. A sunroof is optional.

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 a front stabilizer bar.

Heavy-duty and off-road suspension packages are available. 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 18-inch aluminum wheels and a lowered ride height. A 6-foot cargo box is standard, but Crew Cab models get a 5-foot box. Fifteen-inch aluminum wheels are standard.


Interior
For 2007, GM says the Canyon's interior trim was revised to include chrome accents. 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. XM Satellite Radio is available.


Under the Hood
The Canyon can be equipped with a 2.9-liter Vortec four-cylinder that produces 185 horsepower and 190 pounds-feet of torque, or a 3.7-liter inline-five-cylinder that generates 242 hp and 242 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. A traction control system that includes a locking differential is optional. Canyons come with a choice of three rear axle ratios.


Safety
Four-wheel antilock brakes and a tire pressure monitoring system are standard. Side curtain airbags are optional.

Consumer Reviews

4.8

Average based on 4 reviews

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Best looking little truck I ever owned!

by nwmlarry from on February 22, 2017

Showroom shape and looks!! Had this truck since 2013 and it ran super, tows good (3500lb), New tires in fall of 2016. Am selling to get a little bigger truck.

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24 Trims Available

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2008 GMC Canyon Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There are currently 2 recalls for this car.


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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,100 per year.

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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

36mo/36,000mi

Powertrain

60mo/100,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

60mo/100,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

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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