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2011 GMC Canyon Review

Needs updates to keep trucking

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In a Nutshell
The 2011 GMC Canyon is an economical light-duty pickup truck with good handling and a wide range of configuration choices, including crew, standard, and extended cab. Propelled by a 2.9 liter I-4, a 3.7 liter I-5, or a 5.3 liter V-8 engine mated to either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission, the GMC Canyon is offered as a two- or four-wheel drive vehicle in all trims.

Coming with either a five or six foot truck bed, the Canyon with the V-8 engine is capable of towing 6,000 pounds. Off-road packages are available as well. The standard safety features on the GMC Canyon are average, as is the fuel economy at 18 mpg city / 24 mpg highway.

New for 2011

For 2011, the GMC Canyon can now be purchased with OnStar Gen 9.0, which features a six-month subscription to the Directions and Connections plan. Also available are a revised front headrest, a new chrome package, and a new color Aqua Blue Metallic.


Engines: 2.9L I-4, 3.7L I-5, 5.3L V-8
Transmissions: 4-speed automatic, 5-speed manual
Body Style: Truck
Trims: Work Truck Regular Cab Pickup, Work Truck Extended Cab Pickup, SLT Crew Cab Pickup, SLT Extended Cab Pickup, SLE Crew Cab Pickup, SLE Extended Cab Pickup, SLE Regular Cab Pickup

On the Outside

The 2011 GMC Canyon features a bold, slatted grille with the GMC badge flanked by a unique, two-tiered head lamp, along with exaggerated fender flares.

From the Inside

The GMC Canyon's interior has several available options, including power leather bucket seats on the SLT and SLE trims, a power convenience package, a sunroof, a stereo with CD/MP3 player, and revised headrests.

Driving Performance

The 2011 GMC Canyon offers three Vortec engines: the 2.9-liter I-4 with 185 horsepower, the 3.7-liter I-5 rated at 242 horsepower, and the V-8 that outputs 300 horsepower. All engines are mated to either a four speed automatic or five-speed manual transmissions.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety features on the GMC Canyon include standard head curtain side air bags, frontal air bags with sensing system, StabilTrak stability control, and OnStar.

Gas Mileage

Canyon 2WD (2.9L): 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway
Canyon 2WD (3.7L): 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway
Canyon 2WD (5.3L): 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway
Canyon 4WD (2.9L): 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway
Canyon 4WD (3.7L): 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway
Canyon 4WD (5.3L): 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway


  • Multiple engines
  • Various configurations
  • Good warranty


  • Sub-par interior
  • Average fuel economy
  • No top-tier technology
  • Older transmissions


Needs updates to keep trucking

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