About the 2015 GMC Canyon:
The GMC Canyon returns for 2015, sharing a platform and powertrains with the Chevrolet Colorado but boasting more strongly differentiated design.
GMC offers the 2015 Canyon in extended cab and crew cab body styles, and in base, SLE, and SLT trim levels. All Canyons come with LED running lights, aluminum wheels, a chrome rear CornerStep bumper, and aluminum wheels.
Choose the Canyon SLE for an IntelliLink infotainment system, OnStar with 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, an EZ Lift & Lower tailgate, fog lights, and larger 17-inch wheels. The Canyon SLT upgrades the truck with leather seats, heated front seats, heated side mirrors, automatic climate control, and remote engine starting.
If you’re planning to go off-roading, you’ll want the Canyon SLE with the All-Terrain Package. It adds special suspension tuning, an automatic locking rear differential, a Hill Descent Control system, and when paired with 4-wheel drive, a skid plate for the transfer case. You can tell the All-Terrain model apart by its unique aluminum wheels.
Engines and Transmissions:
Choose a Canyon extended cab or a crew cab model with 2-wheel drive and a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard, one making an even 200 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 191 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm. Most Canyons will likely have the available 3.6-liter V-6 engine, which is good for 305 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 269 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm.
A 6-speed manual transmission is available only for the base Canyon extended cab with a 4-cylinder engine and 2WD. All other Canyons get a 6-speed automatic transmission.
According to GMC, when the Canyon is properly equipped, it can tow up to 7,000 pounds and haul up to 1,620 lbs. of payload.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
In combined driving, a GMC Canyon with a 4-cylinder engine and 2WD returns 22 mpg no matter which transmission the owner has selected. Add 4WD, and this figure drops to 21 mpg.
The optional V-6 engine also gets 21 mpg, but that’s with 2WD. Pair it with a 4WD system, and the rating falls to 20 mpg in combined driving.
Neither the NHTSA nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) had performed crash tests on the 2015 Canyon as this summary was written. GMC does install useful safety features, though, starting with the OnStar Automatic Crash Response system that activates if the truck’s airbags deploy in a collision in order to help speed rescue personnel to the scene.
Additional safety technologies for the new Canyon include a standard reversing camera, an available lane departure warning system, and an optional forward collision warning system. Unfortunately, the most useful of modern safety systems, a blind spot warning system, is not offered for the 2015 Canyon.
A Wi-Fi hotspot is standard, though. You need to pay for service after a short initial grace period, but it definitely transforms this truck into a mobile office. GMC also supplies its IntelliLink touchscreen infotainment technology with text-messaging support and Siri Eyes Free compatibility, as well as OnStar Remote Keyfob Services.
Written by Christian Wardlaw
October 10, 2014
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