• (4.2) 9 reviews
  • MSRP: $10,942$25,966
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 18-21
  • Engine: 185-hp, 2.9-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 3,000 lbs.
2012 GMC Canyon

Our Take on the 2012 GMC Canyon

Our Take

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 c... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • 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

Reviews

Consumer Reviews

4.2

Average based on 9 reviews

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GMC Canyon 2012 Very Reliable Truck

by gymmy2012 from Pacific Grove, CA on January 29, 2012

Most reliable truck for me I've owned GMC Canyon 2012. Good millege, cabin, looks nice and drive smooth.

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Safety

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on GMC Canyon SLE1

Head Restraints and Seats
M
Moderate overlap front
A
Roof Strength
M
Side
P

IIHS Ratings

Based on GMC Canyon SLE1

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
M
Overall Rear
M
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
G

Moderate overlap front

Chest
G
Head/Neck
G
Left Leg/Foot
M
Overall Front
A
Restraints
G
Right Leg/Foot
G
Structure/safety cage
M

Other

Roof Strength
M

Side

Driver Head Protection
M
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
P
Driver Torso
P
Overall Side
P
Rear Passenger Head Protection
M
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
A
Structure/safety cage
P
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on GMC Canyon SLE1

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on GMC Canyon SLE1

Overall Rollover Rating
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 2 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: $3,000 per year.

Save on maintenance costs and do your own repairs on your 2012 GMC Canyon

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.

Learn More About Warranties

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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