While Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, and Toyota have bantered back and forth in national commercials, each attempting to gain the role of best truck, GMC – debatably America’s most historically trusty pickup – has been sitting in the shadows, plotting. And now it’s all coming to fruition, with the announcement of the all-new 2015 Canyon, which figures to set a new benchmark for midsize trucks.
Of course, any self-respecting pickup driver is primarily concerned with towing and hauling, so let’s start there. The engine of the base Canyon is simple: a 2.5L DOHC I-4 that makes 193 hp and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s plenty for some, but not for others; thankfully there’s also a 3.6L V-6 VVT DI that pumps out 302 hp and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. Add that all up and you have the segment’s best payload (1,450 lbs) and trailer rating (6,700 lbs). In addition, you can get that practicality however suits you best: in a five or six-foot crew cab, or a six-foot extended cab.
In other words, the all-new Canyon has endless options, which makes it perfect for the current truck market. Every truck owner is carrying different things and towing different things of different shapes, sizes, and weights. They need different things in the cab and different things in the bed. This cutting edge performance mixed with numerous options fits the market perfectly.
Of course, the new features aren’t too bad either. Perhaps the most impressive of them all is a configurable IntelliLink feature called “Teen Driver,” which allows you to set audio and speed limits for your son or daughter, while also receiving a report card dictating how fast they drove, what mileage they got, and multiple other things.
To that end, GMC put an added emphasis on safety when constructing the Canyon. The stability control, rear-view cameras, and six air-bags are standard, while the optional collision alert and lane departure warning put the Canyon in a class entirely of its own. Add in an all-new interior with dual-firmness foam seats, added storage space, and features such as Wi-Fi hotspots and an eight-inch touch screen, and you have a truck built for the person headed to the work site, headed on the camping trip, or headed to their kid’s football game.
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