2011 GMC Canyon

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Key Specs

of the 2011 GMC Canyon. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2011 GMC Canyon

  • OnStar version 9.0 available with improved voice recognition
  • Available Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity
  • Aqua Blue Metallic exterior color replaces Inferno Orange
  • New front-seat head restraint design
  • Chrome package with chrome fuel door and chrome exhaust tip
  • 5.3-liter V-8 available
  • Available ZQ8 Sport Suspension Package
  • Side curtain airbags standard on all models

2011 GMC Canyon Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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.

For businesses and contractors looking for a customized, small work truck, the Canyon can be ordered in a chassis-cab configuration that can be upfitted by the dealer with panel van-style or "midbox" storage solutions.


New for 2011

There are only marginal changes for the 2011 GMC Canyon, including the availability of the latest generation of OnStar — GM's in-truck information and telecommunications service — Bluetooth wireless cell phone integration and redesigned front-seat headrests.

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 truckfront ends. Other GMC trucks, including the updated Sierra, have the more familiar rectangular-oval grille.

The Canyon still sports an athletic silhouette. Changes in recent years include additional body-colored moldings, bezels and surrounds to add a more sporty appearance to some trim levels. A chrome package is also available and includes a chrome fuel door and exhaust tip.

Exterior ...

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.

For businesses and contractors looking for a customized, small work truck, the Canyon can be ordered in a chassis-cab configuration that can be upfitted by the dealer with panel van-style or "midbox" storage solutions.


New for 2011

There are only marginal changes for the 2011 GMC Canyon, including the availability of the latest generation of OnStar — GM's in-truck information and telecommunications service — Bluetooth wireless cell phone integration and redesigned front-seat headrests.

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 truckfront ends. Other GMC trucks, including the updated Sierra, have the more familiar rectangular-oval grille.

The Canyon still sports an athletic silhouette. Changes in recent years include additional body-colored moldings, bezels and surrounds to add a more sporty appearance to some trim levels. A chrome package is also available and includes a chrome fuel door and exhaust tip.

Exterior features include:

  • Z71 suspension has taller ride height than previous models
  • New colors include Merlot Jewel Metallic, Gray Green Metallic and Pure Silver Metallic
  • ZQ8 Sport Suspension Package available on two-wheel-drive extended-cab and crew-cab SLE and SLT

Interior

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

Interior features include:

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

Under the Hood

Mechanical features include:

  • 185-horsepower, 2.9-liter inline-four-cylinder with aluminum block and cylinder head, dual overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder that makes 190 pounds-feet of torque
  • 242-hp, 3.7-liter inline-five-cylinder with aluminum block and cylinder head and dual overhead camshafts that makes 242 pounds-feet of torque
  • 300-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 with aluminum block and cylinder head and two valves per cylinder that makes 320 pounds-feet of torque; variable valve timing is new for 2010, primarily for improved emissions
  • Five-speed manual (standard on four-cylinder models)
  • Four-speed automatic (standard on inline-five-cylinder and V-8, optional on four-cylinder models)

Safety

GM has improved the Canyon's safety credentials with standard side curtain airbags. Stability and traction control are also standard. GM's electronic stability system uses electronic brake controls to help the driver maintain control of the vehicle in certain situations.

Safety features include:

  • Crash sensor sends GPS signal
  • Front seat belt pretensioners

Of Interest to Truck Owners

  • Maximum gross vehicle weight rating: 5,300 pounds (extended cab and crew cab), 5,500 pounds (5.3-liter and Z71 or Z85 4x4)
  • Maximum payload capacity: 1,422 pounds (4x2 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)
  • 4x2 minimum ground clearance: 7.7 inches (Z85), 6.6 inches (ZQ8), 11.4 inches (Z71)
  • 4x4 minimum ground clearance: 10.2 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 

 


Latest 2011 Canyon Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.0)
Reliability
(3.7)
Value For The Money
(3.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Exceptional all terrain truck!

by Czech89 from Yankton, SD on August 15, 2017

The GMC Canyon truck is the right size, offers flexibility for many uses, and is great to maintain. The body style is appealing and it has power too. Read full review

(5.0)

Nice TRUCK

by Bold Moves from SPRING VALLEY, IL on August 15, 2012

THE DEALER WAS GREAT AND HELPFUL. HE GAVE ME THE ALL THE INFORMATION TO MAKE MY CHOICE. NEVER PUSHY OR FELT PRESSURE LIKE YOUR NORMAL SALESMAN THANKS FOR THE NICE TRUCK. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 GMC Canyon currently has 5 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 GMC Canyon has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 100,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)

  • Powertrain warranty

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    172-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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.

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