Okay, it’s probably no surprise to read that the 2015 GMC Canyon offers best-in-class marks for payload, since the Canyon is a brand-new truck packed with next-gen technologies and the rest of the midsize pickup class—the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma—is made of decidedly old-school entries. So, as a result, the 2015 GMC Canyon also scores best-in-class grades for fuel economy, and it claims to be the first in its segment with safety features like lane-departure warning and forward-collision alert, too.
Also “best in class” are the 2015 GMC Canyon ratings for horsepower and towing, while the truck’s OnStar mobile wi-fi capability and 4G LTE connectivity are touted as breakthroughs as well.
But as any Chevy enthusiast can tell you, the 2015 GMC Canyon actually shares all of those accolades with its corporate cousin, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado—except for the payload prize. Because the 2015 GMC wears a set of lighter-weight alloy wheels as standard equipment, it has a slightly lower curb weight and a correspondingly higher payload rating. It’s a 40-lb. difference in most configurations, with 2015 GMC Canyon extended-cab, long-box, rear-wheel-drive models setting the pace as follows:
- Four-cylinder engine, manual transmission—1,450 lbs.
- Four-cylinder engine, automatic transmission—1,490 lbs.
- V6, automatic transmission—1,620 lbs.
The 2015 GMC Canyon—sole owner of the payload title in the midsize pickup segment—will be at dealers any minute now with an MSRP that starts at $26,725.