2016 GMC Canyon


As an affordable option for a diesel truck, the 2016 GMC Canyon is a fully equipped work truck with large hauling capabilities and room on the inside for passengers or cargo. A comfortable ride, a powerful diesel engine and a few neat technology features are among the best traits of the new Canyon. As the only domestic alternative to a full size work truck, drivers can expect a fairly similar vehicle to last year’s model with a few minor upgrades.

What's New?

New this year, Canyon crew cabs have the option of a four-cylinder diesel engine. While handling and braking were found to be about the same as previous versions, improved gas mileage is one benefit of the 2016 GMC Canyon most reviewers were happy about. Poor acceleration was one of the biggest complaints from reviewers while the quietness of the diesel engine was a welcome surprise. New technology features include GMC’s IntelliLink touch screen and Apple CarPlay for Smartphone.

Exterior Features

With its rugged and outdoorsy features, the 2016 Canyon’s appearance reflects its desire to be a work truck. The front end is standard for all GMC trucks with a horizontal set of lines and the GMC logo front and center on the grill. Although the bed of the truck is rectangle, exterior corners are rounded off nicely so as not to give the truck a square appearance. The size of the bed ranges from six foot two inches and five foot two inches with a standard tailgate that can accommodate a drop-in or a spray-in liner.

Interior Features

Comfortable front seats with additional padding in the legs and on the seat belt covers made for a smooth ride in the mid-size truck. Reviewers noted they were able to drive for long periods of time without feeling sore. The extended and crew cabs were roomy in the back and offered decent room for storage and passengers. Although not exactly luxurious, the interior of the vehicle was noted to be stylish enough for a work truck.

Car and Driver
 Car and Driver


One key technology feature contributed to the upgrade of the otherwise same old Canyon. This included the addition of Apple CarPlay to GMC’s IntelliLink information system, allowing driver’s to link the contents of their Smartphone to the vehicle on its dashboard touch screen. Drivers who opt for the OnStar subscription will gain Wi-Fi access to their phone for easy phone use while driving. Reviewers were pleased with the large touch screen buttons to make operating the touch screen easy while driving.

Engine/Fuel Efficiency

Standard Canyon’s offer a 3.6 liter engine with three hundred and five horsepower and two hundred and sixty nine pound-feet of torque. While previous versions of the Canyon provided only seventeen or eighteen combined miles per gallon, the 2016 Canyon was estimated at twenty two miles per gallon.

With its twenty one gallon tank, the 2016 Canyon will make it six hundred miles on a highway road trip before needing fuel. Topping out at a seventy seven hundred pound tow rating, the 2016 Canyon is perfect for hauling a large boat, a two-horse trailer or a camper.


Onstar is the biggest safety feature in the 2016 Canyon, which will deploy airbags and alert authorities when it senses a collision. The only drawback is the need for an active subscription to receive the safety perk. Other optional safety features include a front collision warning system, lane-departure warning, and large side mirrors to see around blind spots. Extended car models earned a three star rollover rating on both two wheel drive and four wheel drive options.