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2018 GMC Canyon

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$21,100 — $43,600 MSRP
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Extended Cab Pickup
2-5 Seats
19-22 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Can be pricey
  • Limited gearing options
  • Standard off-road capabilities
  • Disappointing manual transmission
2018 GMC Canyon exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 GMC Canyon
  • Four-cylinder and V-6 gas engines
  • Turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine available
  • Eight-speed automatic with V-6
  • Denali version available
  • 7,700-pound maximum trailering capacity
  • Forward collision warning available

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What it is: The Canyon mid-size pickup truck is a corporate twin of the Chevrolet Colorado. The Canyon comes in two cab styles — extended and crew cab — and in two wheelbase lengths: 128 and 140 inches. Extended-cab models have rear-hinged rear doors and a 6-foot-2-inch cargo bed. The crew cab has four regular doors and a choice of bed lengths: 5-foot-2 or 6-foot-2. Engine choices include a gas four-cylinder or V-6 and a turbocharged four-cylinder diesel.

Competitors include the Honda Ridgeline, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma.

New for 2018

Black leather front seats with red stitching are newly available for the All Terrain model, and a washer-fluid-level sensor is now standard on all models.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
53 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

consumer

by the great Donaldo from Odessa,FL on December 11, 2018

this truck is a perfect fit has all the options and will make my ride to work more enjoyable with the Sirius radio and hands free phone Read full review

(5.0)

very nice looking truck.

by albert from wellington on December 10, 2018

so far so good. only put on 300 miles so far. added a couple aftermarket things to improve looks . have received a number of positive comments from total strangers. nice feeling. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 GMC Canyon currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 GMC Canyon SL

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

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
poor

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
acceptable
Overall Side
acceptable
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
marginal
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
poor
Overall Evaluation
acceptable
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable
poor
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by GMC

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 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

    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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