2016 GMC Canyon

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Key Specs

of the 2016 GMC Canyon. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2016 GMC Canyon

  • 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

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 4x2, 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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2016 GMC Canyon Overview

by Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

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2016 Canyon Video

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Latest 2016 Canyon Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.3)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Satisifed

by Gracie from Rocky point NC on August 18, 2018

We have a 2017 canyon . We?ve only had it little over a month made one payment. I love it! But a little upset now it?s brand new it?s now being worked on for Torque converter ? as for the ride and ... Read full review

(5.0)

Mid size truck with big boy attitude.

by emilar on August 13, 2018

This truck acts like an SUV. Plenty of comfort, legroom, perks. The only thing missing is the tv for the backseat. It's size makes it easy to navigate around town and the all terrain feature I wouldn'... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 GMC Canyon currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 GMC Canyon SL

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Front
good
Restraints
acceptable
Right Leg/Foot
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by GMC

Program Benefits

Two Factory-Backed Warranties, CPO Scheduled Maintenance Program, Vehicle Inspection & Reconditioning, 3-Day/150-Mile Vehicle Exchange Program, 24/7 Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation, OnStar & SiriusXM Satellite Radio Trial Offers, and a Carfax Vehicle History Report

  • Limited Warranty

    Two Factory-Backed Warranties

    6-Year/100,000-Mile, Powertrain Limited Warranty and a 12- Month/12,000-Miles, Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, both with $0 deductible
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172-Point Vehicle Inspection and Reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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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