View Local Inventory
Save

2009 GMC Canyon

Change year or vehicle
$5,043 — $16,003 USED
3
Photos
Truck
3-6 Seats
18-21 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
 — 
Compare 6 trims

Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.2) 9 reviews

The Good

  • V-8 power, sound
  • Responsive steering for a truck
  • Comfy front bucket seats
  • Low ride height with ZQ8 suspension makes accessing the cargo box easier
  • V-8 towing capacity

The Bad

  • Uncomfortable rear bench seat (crew cab)
  • Interior showing its age
  • Small cargo box (crew cab)
  • V-8 gas mileage

What to Know

about the 2009 GMC Canyon
  • Optional 300-hp V-8
  • Optional ZQ8 sport suspension
  • Standard stability system
  • Three cab styles
  • RWD or 4WD

We’re looking for the best deals on a GMC near you…

Are you looking for more listings?

Change location

Please enter a valid 5-digit ZIP code.

Search Again

— OR —

Sign up for listing notifications

Sign Up

2009 GMC Canyon Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
The GMC Canyon is a twin to the Chevrolet Colorado. The GMC versions are priced slightly higher than the Chevys, and that gets buyers more-contemporary styling and a refined interior. Mechanically, and in terms of feature availability, there are no differences between the two trucks. It’s all in the appearance and perception. The Canyon returns with three cab styles and three trim levels: WT, SLE and SLT.

New for 2009
The big announcement is the availability of a powerful 300-horsepower V-8. Not that the 3.7-liter inline-five-cylinder engine isn’t a strong performer, but all other compact trucks — with the exception of the Ford Ranger — offer strong V-6 engines, and the midsize Dakota has a 4.7-liter V-8.

The Canyon generally caters to an upscale audience, so the V-8 may make up a greater percentage of Canyon sales than it does of Colorado sales. The V-8 can also be had with the slick-handling ZQ8 suspension, which returns for 2009. The ZQ8 lowers the truck about an inch and comes with revised steering and suspension tuning, performance tires, and unique 18-inch wheels to provide more aggressive handling. The Z71 suspension is designed for offroad use, while the Z85 suspension is standard.

Also for 2009, Chevy beefed up the brake system and now includes electronic stability control and XM Satellite Radio on all models.

Exterior
The Canyon is saddled with an angular headlight brow, borrowed from the Colorado, that forces a more trapezoidal execution...

Vehicle Overview
The GMC Canyon is a twin to the Chevrolet Colorado. The GMC versions are priced slightly higher than the Chevys, and that gets buyers more-contemporary styling and a refined interior. Mechanically, and in terms of feature availability, there are no differences between the two trucks. It’s all in the appearance and perception. The Canyon returns with three cab styles and three trim levels: WT, SLE and SLT.

New for 2009
The big announcement is the availability of a powerful 300-horsepower V-8. Not that the 3.7-liter inline-five-cylinder engine isn’t a strong performer, but all other compact trucks — with the exception of the Ford Ranger — offer strong V-6 engines, and the midsize Dakota has a 4.7-liter V-8.

The Canyon generally caters to an upscale audience, so the V-8 may make up a greater percentage of Canyon sales than it does of Colorado sales. The V-8 can also be had with the slick-handling ZQ8 suspension, which returns for 2009. The ZQ8 lowers the truck about an inch and comes with revised steering and suspension tuning, performance tires, and unique 18-inch wheels to provide more aggressive handling. The Z71 suspension is designed for offroad use, while the Z85 suspension is standard.

Also for 2009, Chevy beefed up the brake system and now includes electronic stability control and XM Satellite Radio on all models.

Exterior
The Canyon is saddled with an angular headlight brow, borrowed from the Colorado, that forces a more trapezoidal execution of the grille than do standard GMC truck front ends. Other GMC trucks, including the updated Sierra, have the more familiar rectangular-oval grille.

The Canyon still sports a very athletic silhouette that has been cleaned up for 2009. Latest changes include additional body-colored moldings, bezels and surrounds to add a more sporty appearance to some trim levels.

  • New 17-inch wheels for Z71
  • Z71 suspension has taller ride height than previous models
  • New wheel designs for SLE and SLT
  • New colors include Navy Blue and Aqua Blue Metallic

Interior
The Canyon has a hint of cosmopolitan features inside, but the overall ambience suffers from a plastic hangover. All the gauges and controls are in the right place, as the truck shines in the utility and function categories. Wide, comfortable front seats fit nicely in the spacious cab, but the rear jump seats in the extended cab are for kids only.

  • Available under-seat storage
  • Leather seating in crew cab SLT
  • Available moonroof in crew cab, extended cab
  • Available sliding rear window

Under the Hood

  • 185-horsepower, 2.9-liter inline-four-cylinder with aluminum block and cylinder head, dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and 190 pounds-feet of torque
  • 242-hp, 3.7-liter inline-five-cylinder with aluminum block and cylinder head, dual overhead camshafts and 242 pounds-feet of torque
  • 300-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 with aluminum block and cylinder head, two valves per cylinder and 320 pounds-feet of torque
  • Five-speed manual (standard on four-cylinder models)
  • Four-speed automatic (standard on five-cylinder and V-8 Canyons, optional on four-cylinder models)

Safety
GM continues to beef up the safety features for its compact truck, but side curtain airbags remain optional. Stability and traction control are now standard.

  • Crash sensor sends GPS signal
  • Front-seat pretensioners

Of Interest to Truck Owners

  • Maximum gross vehicle weight rating: 5,500 pounds (extended cab and crew cab), 5,500 pounds (5.3-liter and Z71 or Z85 4×4)
  • Maximum payload capacity: 1,422 pounds (4×2 regular cab)
  • Maximum towing capacity: 6,000 pounds (extended cab and crew cab V-8)
  • Axle ratio: 3.73:1 (all five-speed manual, four- and five-cylinder engines); 3.42:1, 3.73:1, 4.10:1 (V-8)
  • 4×2 minimum ground clearance: 7.7 inches (Z85), 6.6 inches (ZQ8), 11.4 inches (Z71)
  • 4×4 minimum ground clearance: 10.4 inches (Z85), 11.4 inches (Z71)
  • Cargo floor length: 72.8 inches (regular and extended cab), 61.1 inches (crew cab)
  • Cargo floor width: 57.2 inches
  • Cargo floor width at wheel well: 42.6 inches
  • Cargo bed depth: 18.6 inches

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.2
9 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.1)
Comfort
(4.4)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.4)
(5.0)

ONE OF THE FEW VEHICLES I'VE TRULY LIKED SO MUCH.

by Bill Harding from Evans, Georgia on November 30, 2018

I'm six-four, 212 pounds, and the truck fits me ideally. The ride is smooth and quiet, and the performance is quite good. Mine has the in-line five-cylinder "Atlas" engine and four-speed automatic. ... Read full review

(4.0)

nice truck

by Gary from Tomah, WI on May 23, 2018

The only thing I have against this vehicle is the seat, it makes it hard to see other if they are in your blind spot while driving. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2009 GMC Canyon currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2009 GMC Canyon has not been tested.

Latest 2009 Canyon Stories

Change Year or Vehicle

0 / 0 0 Photos
0 / 0

Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Canyon received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker

What's your location?

To find the best deals near you, please enter your ZIP code.