2012 GMC Canyon

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Key Specs

of the 2012 GMC Canyon. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • 300-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 option
  • Low entry-level price
  • Four available trims suit a variety of needs from work to off-road
  • Full 6-foot bed with taller bed sides

The Bad

  • Interior quality
  • Very small jump seats in extended-cab trucks

Notable Features of the 2012 GMC Canyon

  • Bodyguard Package includes molded splash guards and bed rail protection
  • Available chrome fuel door and exhaust tip
  • Bluetooth connectivity added to stereo
  • Automatic rear locking differential standard on 4WD and crew cabs

2012 GMC Canyon Overview

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Vehicle Overview

The GMC Canyon is almost identical to the Chevrolet Colorado, sharing the same platform but adding some style and trim differences that appeal to those who want a little more flash in their midsize pickup truck.

Available in Work Truck, SLE, SLT and Z71 off-road models, as well as a variety of cab styles, there's a Canyon to fit just about every need. While the Canyon is smaller than its Sierra full-size siblings, it can still seat up to six people in certain configurations. Its cargo capacity is impressive, with a 6-foot-1-inch bed on regular- and extended-cab models and a 5-foot-1-inch bed on crew-cab trucks.

New for 2012
The Canyon sees only some minor changes for 2012. A Bodyguard Package provides bed rail covers and molded splash guards, and an available Chrome Accessory Package includes a chrome exhaust tip and fuel door. For off-road enthusiasts, four-wheel-drive models come with an automatic rear locking differential, which is also standard on crew-cab models.

Exterior
While there's lots of news about the upcoming redesigned Chevy Colorado, the Canyon hasn't strayed from its current platform. The Canyon's exterior still offers more chrome and tasteful accents that distinguish this truck as a premium offering. As of publication, there's no word whether the 2013 Canyon will share the new Colorado's platform, but it's probable, and GMC will likely add additional trim and accents. Exterior features include: 

  • Two-pos...
Vehicle Overview

The GMC Canyon is almost identical to the Chevrolet Colorado, sharing the same platform but adding some style and trim differences that appeal to those who want a little more flash in their midsize pickup truck.

Available in Work Truck, SLE, SLT and Z71 off-road models, as well as a variety of cab styles, there's a Canyon to fit just about every need. While the Canyon is smaller than its Sierra full-size siblings, it can still seat up to six people in certain configurations. Its cargo capacity is impressive, with a 6-foot-1-inch bed on regular- and extended-cab models and a 5-foot-1-inch bed on crew-cab trucks.

New for 2012
The Canyon sees only some minor changes for 2012. A Bodyguard Package provides bed rail covers and molded splash guards, and an available Chrome Accessory Package includes a chrome exhaust tip and fuel door. For off-road enthusiasts, four-wheel-drive models come with an automatic rear locking differential, which is also standard on crew-cab models.

Exterior
While there's lots of news about the upcoming redesigned Chevy Colorado, the Canyon hasn't strayed from its current platform. The Canyon's exterior still offers more chrome and tasteful accents that distinguish this truck as a premium offering. As of publication, there's no word whether the 2013 Canyon will share the new Colorado's platform, but it's probable, and GMC will likely add additional trim and accents. Exterior features include: 

  • Two-position tailgate
  • Sixteen-, 17- or 18-inch wheels

Interior
With a variety of interior packages, the Canyon offers something for everyone. The Work Truck Package isn't all that bland, as it comes standard with chrome door handle bezels, air conditioning and Bluetooth connectivity. Both WT and SLE1 interiors come with cloth seats, but only the SLT offers leather upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a six-way power-adjustable front-passenger seat and front seat heaters.

All models come standard with a tilt steering wheel and a leather-wrapped rim. A rear sliding window is only on SLE2 and SLT trims. Interior features include:

  • Standard cruise control
  • Standard AM/FM stereo; CD stereo available
  • Available satellite radio

Under the Hood
The Canyon is available with a choice of three engines, and rear- and four-wheel-drive versions are available. Mechanical features include:

  • Base 185-horsepower, 2.9-liter four-cylinder makes 190 pounds-feet of torque
  • Available 242-hp, 3.7-liter inline-five-cylinder makes 242 pounds-feet of torque
  • Available 300-hp, 5.3-liter V-8 makes 320 pounds-feet of torque
  • Standard five-speed manual transmission on four-cylinder models
  • Four-speed automatic transmission is standard with the five-cylinder and V-8, and available with the four-cylinder engine

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Side curtain airbags
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(3.7)
Comfort
(4.0)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

I love these trucks.

by Rasmus Kimball from DAYTONA BEACH, florida on October 13, 2018

I've owned both a Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon. Both with the 3.7 Inline 5. They're fun trucks. Very reliable. Can't imagine how fun the V8 model is. Read full review

(4.0)

Loaded 2012 GMC Canyon

by Fixer from Geneva IL on May 28, 2018

Car was loaded with options at last 2012 run. Has a lot of accessories. Has H3 5L engine. Back seats are tight. It came with GMC bed liner. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 GMC Canyon currently has 2 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by GMC
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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