Intro: The 2012 GMC Canyon offers rugged durability and capability worthy of the GMC nameplate, but in a mid-size package that is more nimble than its full-size brethren. Trims for the 2012 Canyon include the base Work Truck, SEL1, SEL2 and the rang-topping SLT.
Features: The rugged simplicity of this truck is typified by the two-tier payload system that allows for a full sheet of plywood to slide along the bed, creating two storage areas, one of which is protected from the elements.
Performance: There are three engine choices: a 185 horsepower 2.9-liter inline-4, a 242 horsepower 3.7-liter inline 5, and a 300 horsepower 5.3-liter V8. Power is sent through a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission to the rear wheels or available 4-wheel-drive.
Fuel Economy: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
Pricing/Warranty: Base MSRP for the 2012 GMC Canyon is $17,410. A Crew-Cab 4-wheel drive SLT model starts at $31,710. The Canyon is backed by a 5-year, 100,000-mile power train warranty.
Summary: With an innovative load-hauling system, respectable gas mileage and GMC's reputation for tough and sturdy trucks, the 2012 GMC Canyon pickup offers a solid mix of mid-size convenience and full-and capability.