2018 GMC Canyon

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$21,100–$43,600 MSRP range

Key Specs

of the 2018 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

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

Notable Features of 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

2018 GMC Canyon Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

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.


Latest 2018 Canyon Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

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

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Fun truck to drive

by Trich22 from Hillsdale, NJ on May 19, 2018

Great mid size truck. Amazing performance for its size nice power. The Truck drives nice. Looks like a real truck. Just needs a lift kit and bigger tires. Read full review

(5.0)

Hit over 33 MPG HWY!

by Tim on May 15, 2018

I am doing better than the EPA ratings! I average 27-33 mpg hwy with a gentle foot. I even hit over 33! I get compliments on my truck. The jump seats are handy with two teenagers. The cargo bed has ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 GMC Canyon currently has 0 recalls

IIHS 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

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Headlights
poor
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
poor
Restraints and dummy kinematics
acceptable
Small overlap front
acceptable
Structure and safety cage
acceptable
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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