Power175 @ 5,600 rpm
Transmission5-spd man w/OD
MPG21 City / 27 HWY
Market Price (Fair)$5,450 - $6,575
WarrantyGM TOTAL Warranty 36 months/36,000 miles
parts made in the USA
Final Assembly Point: Shreveport, LA
2005 GMC Canyon SLE w/Z71 High Stance Off-Road 4x2 Regular Cab 6 ft. box 111.3 in. WB OverviewThe GMC Canyon belongs to a new breed of pickups.Though designed for buyers who don't need or don't want a full-size truck such as the GMC Sierra, this newest generation of pickups is bigger than past models.Called compact pickups in the past, the latest models have arguably outgrown that label.Automakers are beginning to call them mid-size pickups, though the government holds on to the old label.Call them what you want, they boast roomier cabins than the old compact pickups.The latest crew cab models offer back seats that are actually suitable for human beings.
The Canyon last year was launched as an all-new truck with an all-new nameplate.Canyon is longer and taller than the Sonoma pickup it replaced, and it looks tougher and more truck-like, with aggressive styling that represents a major departure from the smooth-sided Sonoma.And although the Sonoma's long-bed option is gone, Canyon's standard beds are deeper, for more volume; and Canyon's chassis is rated for higher payloads.
As the first all-new GMC truck in its class for more than a decade, the Canyon is significantly improved over the Sonoma, with a stronger frame and a suspension that's friendlier to the fanny.Canyon is roomy and comfortable inside and has a nice, quiet ride.Even the Z71, the serious off-road model, seems remarkably civilized.On the highway, the Canyon feels solid and stable.Yet this a true pickup, with a unique frame not shared with any SUV (although it is shared by Chevrolet's mid-size pickup, the Colorado).
Canyon's towing capacity is considerably less than the old Sonoma's because GM designed it to do what mid-size pickups do most: Carry people and, occasionally, haul heavy loads in the bed.So Canyon is tuned for ride comfort rather than brute trailer-slogging strength.If you and your buddy Ben need to schlep four Arabians to the chariot races, then GMC can sell you a full-size Sierra pickup instead.
Canyon is available with a choice of two engines, both all-new last year and more powerful than the corresponding offerings in the Sonoma.Both have an inline configuration, one with four cylinders and the other with five.The five-cylinder delivers good performance, better than some competing V6 engines.
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