Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Meantime, driving the GMC Canyon is so comfortable, so easy, it makes one question why we all but abandoned the segment in the first place. I say that not just as a former compact pickup owner (though I really did love my Ford Ranger), but because full-size trucks have bloated to such comical proportions that it’s curious we still flock to them in such numbers. Seriously, for every compact pickup sold last year in the U.S. (mostly Toyota Tacomas, but with some Nissan Frontiers and a few dozen carryover GM compacts), almost eight people made space in their driveway for a Ford F-series, Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra, Toyota Tundra, Ram or Nissan Titan.According to auto journalists, the 2015 GMC Canyon's interior is one of the most luxurious in the class, with first-rate materials that are attractive, yet sturdy enough for use in a truck. They say the crew cab has ample rear-seat space for adults to sit comfortably and that the cabin is very quiet.
And seeing as they can’t all be construction site managers or farmers, that makes for a heckuva lot of suburbanites trying to squeeze their King Ranches between the Toyota Priuses populating most suburban parking lots. 

Well, there’s price. Compare this loaded Canyon with a $27,000 base Sierra and the first impulse is to super-size things. But that’s not a fair comparison. A 4WD Sierra 1500 with a comparable set of options -- SLE package, bed liner, the works -- stickers for close to $49,000. Fuel economy is nearly equivalent if you opt for the V6 (but honestly, who does that?).
Select that 5.3-liter V8, an extra $1,100, and you’ll be able to haul and tow more than you will in a Canyon. When it comes to capacities and capabilities, the full-sizers are going to win out every time.

But you chase raw capability at your own peril -- especially in an era when full-size trucks have more potential than any would-be Tom Silva can ever hope to tap. It’s nice to have the biggest, baddest truck on the block -- provided you don’t have to park it every day (Natalie breaks down the specs nicely). I’ve said similar things about the Colorado, but there’s a case to be made for paying a relative premium for the convenience a smaller truck, especially once you realize a stationary Silverado or a Sierra can render your driveway impassable.

Though I don’t think GM is doing its new midsized trucks any favors by pricing them to within spitting distance of its full-sizers, and it’s hard to make the case when it comes to fuel economy, I do think there is a market for the Canyon and Colorado among those who want the refinement and comfort of today’s big trucks, while remaining realistic about how often they’re actually going to be towing a flatbed of cinder blocks. At the very least, you should try this before you dive into a Sierra. 

2015 GMC Canyon SLE Crew Cab Short Box interior 
The interior of the 2015 GMC Canyon SLE Crew Cab Short Box is well thought-out and well assembled.

Options: All-terrain package including Z71 off-road suspension package, hill descent control, all-terrain blackwall tires, 17”x8” dark argent metallic wheels, rear bumper body color, transfer case shield, jet black and cobalt red interior, heated driver and passenger front seats, four-way power adjustable front passenger seat, power lumbar front seats ($1,190); RVP 3-inch step bars ($745); SLE convenience package including remote vehicle start, automatic air conditioning ($500); premium Bose audio system ($500); color touch with navigation and IntelliLink 8-inch diagonal screen ($495); CGN spray in bed liner ($475); trailering equipment package ($250)

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