2016 GMC Canyon

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2016 GMC Canyon
2016 GMC Canyon

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Refined ride quality
  • Minimal interior noise
  • Tech features
  • V-6 refinement
  • Big truck looks

The bad:

  • Pricey
  • Limited gearing options
  • Standard off-road capabilities
  • Disappointing manual transmission

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2016 GMC Canyon trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Four- or six-cylinder gas engines
  • Turbo-diesel engine available late in model year
  • Multiple four-wheel-drive systems
  • 7,000-pound maximum towing capacity
  • Collision warning available
  • Extended or crew cab

2016 GMC Canyon review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2016 GMC Canyon?

The 2016 GMC Canyon is a mid-size pickup truck that seats two, four or five depending on cab style. Competitors include the Nissan Frontier, Honda Ridgeline, Chevrolet Colorado and Toyota Tacoma. Trim levels include SL, Base, SLE and SLT. The SL is available only as a 4×2, while all other trims are available with rear- or four-wheel drive.

What's New on the 2016 GMC Canyon?

For 2016, the GMC Canyon added an optional 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engine. Additionally, a sliding rear window became standard on SLT models and available in the SLE Convenience Package.

How Does the 2016 GMC Canyon Compare to Other Pickup Trucks?

The 2016 GMC Canyon is available with some amenities that are unusual for a mid-size truck – such as an upgraded Bose audio system and a 4G LTE wireless hotspot (subscription required) – and its price reflects that. While its optional features come at a premium, they also propel the Canyon ahead of many of its rivals in terms of high-tech features.

More importantly, the Canyon offers a level of driving refinement that's rare for a mid-size pickup. This, combined with its high-end tech options, makes it no surprise that it beat out competitors like the Colorado, Tacoma, Frontier and Ridgeline in Pickuptruck.com's 2016 Midsize Pickup Challenge.

What Features in the 2016 GMC Canyon Are Most Important?

The 2016 GMC Canyon comes standard with a 200-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Notable standard features include an Extended Cab body, 6-foot bed, fully boxed frame, four-wheel disc brakes, backup camera and four-way power-adjustable driver's seat with manual recline. As is required in every new vehicle, the Canyon also comes equipped with antilock brakes, front airbags and an electronic stability system.

The 2016 Canyon is available with a 305-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 or a 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that offers 181 hp and 369 pounds-feet of torque; both engines pair with a six-speed automatic transmission. Notable available features include a Crew Cab, 5-foot bed, factory-installed spray-in bedliner, 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth connectivity, IntelliLink multimedia system with 8-inch touchscreen, forward collision warning and lane departure warning. 

When properly equipped, the 2016 Canyon can tow up to 3,500 pounds with the four-cylinder gas engine, up to 7,000 pounds with the V-6 and up to 7,700 pounds with the four-cylinder diesel engine.

Should I Buy the 2016 GMC Canyon?

The 2016 GMC Canyon is head and shoulders above many of its competitors in terms of ride quality and available tech features, but its price is higher, as well. It offers a surprisingly refined ride and a quiet interior, too. That refinement comes with certain sacrifices: The Canyon's off-road capability is standard at best, and gearing options are limited.

Taken as a whole, the GMC Canyon can be had with a level of opulence far ahead of other models in its class, and it's quite capable, too, making it a fine choice for those who want a mid-size pickup truck that's as capable as it is feature-rich.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value for the money 4.1
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.2

Most recent consumer reviews

3.0

problematic

It's fairly good fuel mileage, around 20 avg. 4 cylinder engine is gutless, not enough power. 4wd still not working correctly after spending $1500 on it. Steve Landers Toyota sold it to me without servicing it as they should've. So I ended up buying a broke truck and still spending money on it .

4.7

Great midsized truck

So far I love it. The interior could use some more storage options, but otherwise it's fantastic. The two-tone leather is beautiful. Good power for a midsize truck. With a K&N cold air intake I should be over 300hp which is plenty for my needs. I'm 6'3" and the cab is comfortable for me with an extra 3-4 inches of headroom. I'm very happy about the factory berliner, too. Great looking exterior. Overall a great truck.

5.0

From a Toyota to GMC Canyon

I wanted to support our country so bought a GMC Canyon new in 2016 and have never regretted it. I have owned 3 Toyota trucks over the years. (All purchased new) and have been great truck's. But I'm supporting US made products from 2016 on. My GMC Canyon is the 4 door with Vinyl seats you would swear are leather and a 4 cyl engine 6 speed automatic transmission. It has never been in the shop for one problem. It has plenty of power for me even occasionally pulling my farm tractor 6,000 lbs on a flatbed trailer. I averaged 25 mpg driving empty on average. Very comfortable seats and very quiet smooth ride. Love the body style. I highly recommend this 4 cyl automatic configuration to anyone needing a truck that wants economy and not trying to kill it by over working it. But it will do everything I need it too do.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by GMC
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
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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