- Bodystyles: Truck
- Engines: 2.9L/185-hp/190-lb-ft DOHC 16-valve I-4; 3.7L/242-hp/242-lb-ft DOHC 20-valve I-5; 5.3L/300-hp/320-lb-ft OHV 16-valve V-8
- Transmissions: 4-speed automatic, 5-speed manual
- Models: Regular Cab, Extended Cab, Crew Cab
For 2011 the GMC Canyon is now available with OnStar Gen 9.0, which features a six-month subscription to the service's Directions and Connections plan. A revised front headrest design has been developed for the Canyon's seats, there's a new color choice called Aqua Blue Metallic, and a new chrome package is also available featuring a chrome fuel door and exhaust tip.
The 2011 GMC Canyon's face features a bold, slatted grille with the GMC badge proudly displayed, flanked by a unique, two-tiered headlamp setup. The Canyon's look is also highlighted by exaggerated fender flares designed to lend it a masculine look.
The Canyon's interior could use an update and offers little in the way of standard features, but the truck does have several available options including power leather bucket seats on SLT and SLE trims, a power convenience package, sunroof, and a stereo with CD/MP3 player, and the revised headrests.
Performance & Handling
The 2011 Canyon offers three Vortec engines. The base 2.9-liter I-4 with 185 horsepower musters 20 mpg combined. The 3.7-liter I-5 is rated at 242 horsepower, and the big (and thirsty) V-8 outputs 300 horsepower. All engines are mated to either aging four speed auto or five-speed manual transmissions. The Canyon's heavy duty, sport and off-road suspensions offer prospective buyers flexibility depending on need.
The Canyon recently got safer thanks to the addition of standard head curtain side air bags across the range, augmenting the frontal air bags with sensing system. The Canyon also comes standard with StabilTrak stability control and OnStar.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Canyon 2WD (18 city/25 highway 2.9L auto/manual; 17 city/25 highway 3.7L; 14 city/20 highway 5.3L) Canyon 4WD (18 city/24 highway 2.9L auto, 17 city/23 highway 2.9L auto manual; 17 city/23 highway 3.7L; 14 city/19 highway 5.3L)
- Multiple engine options
- OnStar 9.0
- Solid warranty
You Won't Like
- Sub-par interior
- Average MPG
- Lacks top-tier technology
- Aging transmissions
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In need of a substantial update