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2004 GMC Canyon

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2004 GMC Canyon Review

Nice size, looks, and features for a compact truck.

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The 2004 GMC Canyon starts new for this model year. It competes with the other newly introduced compact and midsize trucks hitting the market. The Canyon comes well-equipped and offers a powerful look unrivaled in its class. In other words, the Canyon acts like the big dog in the yard when in reality, it’s just a puppy. This compact truck makes a good choice for anyone looking for a smaller truck option with lots of character and good looks. It could certainly be the right choice for a used truck buyer.

The Range

Body Styles: compact truck
Engines: 2.8-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: GMC Canyon Z85 SL, GMC Canyon Z85 SLE, GMC Canyon Z71 SL, GMC Canyon Z71 SLE

What's New

The Canyon provides an all-new compact truck from GMC for the 2004 model year.


The 2004 GMC Canyon has all of the body styles you would expect from a truck. It offers a regular, crew, and extended design. Naturally, that changes the wheelbase and bed length options considerably. On average, the Canyon provides a good-looking compact truck with a lot to offer. It features a distinctive front end and grille sure to offer that strong truck look that most truck lovers adore. With a powerful-looking grille and uniquely designed headlights, the Canyon impresses the most dedicated GMC fans. This truck comes in a wide variety of color choices including Sunburst Orange Metallic, Fire Red, and Indigo Blue Metallic as some of the most popular options.


Even though the Canyon classifies as a truck, GMC makes the cabin as comfortable as possible. GMC equips the compact truck with comfortable cloth seats and convenience and comfort features as well. Cruise control and air-conditioning come standard as well. The front center console offers storage in the cabin and cup holders seem conveniently located too. The tilt-adjustable steering wheel comes covered in leather. A four-speaker sound system completes the comfort accessories in the 2004 GMC Canyon.

Performance & Handling

Though it has been designed to look like a full-size truck, the 2004 GMC Canyon classifies as a compact truck. It can tow, but obviously it doesn’t have the power to compete with full-size models with its 2.8-liter, four-cylinder engine. With this exception, the Canyon offers a fun drive and certainly holds its own when used as light-duty work truck. The four-cylinder engine offers plenty of power for highway and back-road driving. The suspension feels solid and the Canyon proves capable of providing a comfortable ride.


The 2004 GMC Canyon includes several standard safety features. It comes equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, front ventilated disc brakes, and rear drum brakes. It also includes child seat anchors and front airbags. The passenger airbag has a deactivation switch which allows the user to turn off the airbag to prevent it from deploying when no one sits in the passenger seat or if a child sits there. An engine immobilizer and electronic brake force distribution also prove very helpful in the event of an accident. The front seat belts come equipped with an option of pretensioners. The front integrated headrests help protect the heads and necks of the driver and front passenger at all times. Daytime running lights and fog lights also provide safety features.

EPA Fuel Economy

GMC Canyon: 18/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Impressive engine options
  • Nice optional safety features

You Won't Like

  • No V-8 engine option
  • Lacks towing capacity
  • Smaller than some of the competition

Sum Up

Nice size, looks, and features for a compact truck.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • GMC Sonoma
  • Nissan Frontier
  • Toyota Tacoma

See the New 2015 Canyon.


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