The 2009 GMC Canyon is GMC's stylish and brawny mid-sized pickup truck.
The rugged simplicity of this truck is exhibited by the two-tier payload system. Guiders allow for a piece of plywood to slide along the bed, creating two levels of storage area, one of which is protected from the elements.
Engines range from the 185 horsepower 2.9-liter inline-4, to the 242 horsepower 3.7-liter inline 5, up to the 500 horsepower 5.3-liter V8, which is newly available for 2009 models. Power is sent through a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels or available 4-wheel-drive.
Mileage for the Canyon's smaller engines ranges from 15 miles per gallon city with the inline-5, to 24 miles per gallon with the inline-4.
Base MSRP for the 2009 GMC Canyon is $16,180 for the two-wheel drive regular cab work truck. A fully loaded V8 4 wheel drive quad cab will cost close to $34,000. The Canyon is backed by a 5-year, 100,000-mile power train warranty.
Starting at just over $16,000, the GMC Canyon offers solid functionality and good fuel economy in a mid-sized pickup truck.