• (4.2) 9 reviews
  • MSRP: $10,913–$25,933
  • 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 Latest Model 2012 GMC Canyon

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

2012 GMC Canyon Reviews

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

 

Consumer Reviews

4.2

Average based on 9 reviews

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With a few minor things, exactly what I needed!

by Foxwalker from Fairfax, VA on July 15, 2016

My wife and I were longing to return to owning a truck again, but living in Norther Virginia and having to drive into DC, and park in Garages kinda crushed the idea of a 2500 diesel. I must say, for ... Read Full Review

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14 Trims Available

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Our 2012 GMC Canyon trim comparison will help you decide.
 

GMC Canyon Articles

2012 GMC Canyon Safety Ratings

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.

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.

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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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