• (3.7) 3 reviews
  • Available Prices: $7,332–$22,432
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 18-21
  • Engine: 185-hp, 2.9-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 3,000 lbs.
2011 GMC Canyon

Our Take on the Latest Model 2011 GMC Canyon

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • 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 Reviews

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 

 

Consumer Reviews

(3.7)

Average based on 3 reviews

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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.

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14 Trims Available

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Wondering which configuration is right for you?
Our 2011 GMC Canyon trim comparison will help you decide.
 

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2011 GMC Canyon Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

Recalls

There are currently 5 recalls for this car.


Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,900 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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