If you are looking for a midsize truck that offers a civilized appeal, strong engines, a smooth and serene ride, and a hard-to-beat demeanor, the new 2017 GMC Canyon should undoubtedly be your number one priority. Its release date should be expected mid this year.
Some of the 2017 highlights include a maneuverable size, a comfortable ride, high-tech feature galore, and a fuel-efficient and torque-rich diesel engine. Also, we should expect to see an optional four-cylinder engine, smartphone app integration, and an IntelliLink touchscreen interface.
The GMC made news when it returned to the market last year. This handsome and well-designed Canyon in comparison to other older models in its class, was more fuel-efficient, quicker, roomier, and easier to drive.
Diesel fans have another reason why they should buy the Canyon, as it comes with an optional turbocharged diesel engine. However, the unfavorable price tag might dissuade you from opting from one. You still have the 2.8L four-cylinder engine, after all, which offers an impressive 181 hp and 369 pounds of torque.
See, the torque number is what makes the whole thing interesting, as it even dwarfs those of the gasoline V6. Aside from that, the Canyon also feels smoother, stronger and relaxed character when driven.
Another noticeable change for 2017 is the smartphone app integration system. This makes it possible for a seamless connectivity especially for tech savvy users. Much can be said about the new Canyon, but the bottom line remains: the Canyon is a truly appealing workaholic that gets things done.
Available Trims – GMC Canyon
The new 2017 GMC Canyon is available in four trims: base SL, base Canyon, SLE, and SLT. All trims are offered in two bed lengths and a choice of either five-seat crew cab or two-and four-seat extended-cab body styles. The Denali is reviewed separately.
2017 GMC Canyon Exterior Colors & Interior Review
Available accessories for the entry-level SL include a four-way power driver seat, 16” alloy wheels, a 4.2” touchscreen interface, air-conditioning, automatic projector-style headlights, floor covering, a rearview camera, auxiliary audio jack, USB ports, a tilt-only adjustable steering wheel, daytime running lights, power windows, front bucket seats, vinyl upholstery, and six-speaker FM/AM audio system.
Next up is the base Canyon model that comes equipped with carpeting and floor mats, fold-up rear jump seats, and cloth upholstery. Other optional features include a theft-deterrent system, voice controls, Pandora internet radio, automatic rear differential, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, remote keyless entry, a rear defroster, cruise control, and an EZ-Lift tailgate.
Picking the SLE gets you additional body-color trim, 17” alloy wheels, an overhead console, Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, a leather wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, an upgraded version of the IntelliLink interface, foglights, an 8” touchscreen interface, four USB ports, satellite radio, steering wheel controls, upgraded soft-touch interior trim materials, and power side mirrors.
Opting for the SLE trim gets you 17” dark-tinted alloy wheels, a body-color rear bumper, power front lumbar adjustments, remote ignition, sliding rear window, distinctive cloth upholstery, cloth upholstery, rear locking differential, an all-terrain tires, power front lumbar adjustments, and automatic climate control.
Springing for the top-of-the range 2017 GMC Canyon SLT gest you a leather upholstery, 18” alloy wheels, door handles, chrome mirror covers and doors, and front seating upgrades.
The Driver Alert package available for the SLE and SLT trims comes fitted with lane-departure warning systems, frontal collision warning, and blind-spot monitoring. Other extras include an 8” IntelliLink interface, dual-mode sport exhaust, a navigation system, and a Bose audio system.
Engine Specs – 2017 GMC Canyon
A base 2.5L inline four-cylinder engine rated at 200 horsepower and 191 pounds of torque is the standard engine. It comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission system and a two-wheel drive.
Next up is a 3.6L V6 engine good for 305 hp and 269 pounds of torque. EPA ratings for the V6 stand at 18/26/21 mpg in the city/highway/combined for the two-wheel-drive, and 17/24/20 mpg for the all-wheel-drive. When properly equipped, expect the V6-powered models to tow a maximum of 7,000 pounds.
Finally, the SLT and SLE crew cabs come with a 2.8L turbocharged four-cylinder engine rated at 181 horsepower and 369 pounds of torque.
Price & Release Date – 2017 GMC Canyon
Expect to pay an MSRP starting from $25,505 for the Canyon Crew Cab, and $20,955 for the Canyon Extended Cab. As for the release date, expect the vehicle mid this year.