A Look at the 2011 GMC Canyon Crew Cab

January 4th, 2011 by

For some folks, the GMC Sierra is a great truck, but just too much truck. That’s where the GMC Canyon comes in. It has the clean, bold look of the Sierra but comes in a smaller package. The Canyon may be a compact truck, but the price is also compact as well compared to a full-size version. Plus, it gets good gas mileage.  Here’s are some great reviews on the 2011 GMC Canyon:

Driving Impressions

The 2011 GMC Canyon’s greatest improvement over older GMC compact trucks can be found in its chassis and powertrain. The body-on-frame chassis is extremely rigid and you can feel it in the way the Canyon handles, both off-road and while cornering. Even over washboard roads, the Canyon exhibited none of the dash-rattling or squeaks that might be expected, although the rear axle does hop around quite a bit. GMC has created a number of performance and off-road packages to enhance the Canyon’s rugged image. Oddly, despite its short wheelbase, the Canyon exhibits an unusually large turning radius. As for power, the standard in-line four-cylinder is fairly potent for such a small engine. When ordered with the manual transmission, it also offers exceptionally good fuel economy.

Favorite Features:
Tailgate Design
The Canyon’s tailgate can be set at a 55-degree angle that aligns the top of the tailgate with the tops of the wheel housings, thus allowing easy loading and hauling of large, flat panels.
Side-Curtain Airbags
Standard side-curtain airbags are an important safety feature that can protect occupants in the event of a side impact accident. [Source: KBB]

With a capacity to fit 6 and a max trailer weight of 5,000 pounds the GMC Canyon can definitely get tough jobs done.  And as with every GMC vehicle it comes equipped with OnStar so no matter where you go, get directions, diagnostics and emergency help with the push of a button. If you’re in the market for a compact truck, stop by the dealership and test drive one to see if it’s right for you. And if you have any questions or comments about the 2011 GMC Canyon just leave me a comment.

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