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Midsize trucks were once one of the most misunderstood models of pickup. People looking to use them for commercial purposes found them often too small and underpowered to provide the towing and payload capabilities of larger models. Meanwhile, folks who wanted to buy a pickup for fun found the old midsize pickup trucks neither as rugged nor as roomy as full-size models. That all changed when GMC introduced the Canyon midsize pickup truck in time for the 2003 model year. Unlike other midsize trucks, the GMC Canyon provides riders with a roomy cabin, a rough and ready exterior, and capabilities that are pleasantly surprising for a midsize truck. The 2022 GMC Canyon represents the latest model in the second generation of this great pickup truck.
For the 2022 model year, GMC is offering the Canyon in four different trims as well as an all-new Denali Black Edition that is sure to turn heads as it rolls on down the highway or even off on the trail. In addition, each 2022 Canyon features the GMC Infotainment System on a 7-inch or 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen. This system has a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot so you and your passengers can stay connected no matter where your Canyon may take you. The standard 6-speaker audio system is sure to keep you entertained, with the ability to stream your own music through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Even with all these creature comforts, the GMC Canyon hasn’t forgotten that it is a pickup truck. This is why it has very impressive towing and payload capabilities, no matter which powertrain you choose to equip your Canyon. This is one midsize truck that truly has it all.
The 2022 GMC Canyon is surprisingly affordable for a midsize truck with so much to offer. The entry model Canyon Elevation Standard has a base MSRP of $26,800.* This is followed by the Elevation, which adds LED fog lamps, cruise control, and a remote start. Both of these models are rear-wheel drive standard with available four-wheel drive. Each also rides on 18-inch aluminum wheels fitted with all-season tires. In addition, you can buy the Elevation and Elevation Standard with either a crew cab or an extended cab. The difference is that the crew cab has four full-size doors and more legroom in the rear seat than the extended cab, which has two full-size front doors and two half-size doors in the back.
The Canyon AT4 is the model of choice for folks who love to take their midsize truck off-roading. The AT4 comes standard with a crew cab and 4X4 drivetrain. It has a specialized off-road suspension with red front recovery hooks. The four-wheel drivetrain features an automatic locking rear differential to prevent wheel slippage when on the trail and a 2-speed AutoTrac transfer case to make sure that each axle and wheel gets sufficient power. Its 17-inch aluminum wheels are fitted with 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires to give you exceptional grip no matter which terrain you are traversing in your GMC Canyon AT4.
The top trim of the 2022 Canyon is the Denali. As many folks know, the name Denali denotes the top level of GMC vehicles since it is named for the tallest mountain on the continent. The Canyon Denali has a gorgeous perforated leather and open-pore ash wood interior with heated and ventilated front-row seats. Its GMC Infotainment system has an 8-inch color touchscreen with built-in navigation and a Bose premium sound system that is sure to keep you and your passengers entertained. The Denali comes with a standard crew cab and a choice of rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. It rides on a set of 20-inch Diamond-Cut machined aluminum wheels.
GMC also offers the all-new Canyon Denali Black Edition. This takes the Denali trim and does it up in various shades of ebony, with 20-inch low-gloss black wheels, a GMC gloss black exhaust tip, and black assist steps. The gloss black exterior paint job on the 2022 GMC Canyon Denali Black Edition completes the package.
One thing that sets trucks apart from each other is the engine options offered by manufacturers. GMC doesn’t disappoint with a choice of three great engines on the 2022 GMC Canyon. The standard engine on the Canyon Elevation Standard and Elevation models is a 2.5-liter I-4 gas engine. This engine features direct fuel injection and variable valve timing to improve performance and efficiency. The valves are arranged in a dual overhead camshaft design, and it is capable of 200 horsepower at 6300 rpm and 191 lb-ft of torque at 4400 rpm.
There is also an available 3.6-liter V6 gas engine that comes standard on the AT4 and Denali models. This also features a dual overhead camshaft design with direct fuel injection and variable valve timing to provide exceptional performance and engine efficiency. This V6 engine can produce 308 horsepower at 6800 rpm and 275 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm.
Finally, GMC offers a 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel I-4 engine on the 2022 Canyon. This engine utilizes a turbocharger to boost engine performance and features direct injection and an exhaust brake. This diesel engine is capable of 181 horsepower at 3400 rpm and 369 lb-ft of torque at 2000 rpm.
The 2.5-liter I-4 gas engine and the available 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel I-4 on the 2022 GMC Canyon are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. However, GMC has paired the available 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission. This transmission features tow/haul mode for greater acceleration when the Canyon is towing or carrying a heavy load and enhanced downshifting to help slow the truck when braking. There is also powertrain grade braking that will help reduce speed when you are driving your GMC Canyon downhill.
The GMC Canyon has exceptional fuel economy for a midsize truck, no matter which engine you choose. The true champion here is the available 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel. If you choose one with rear-wheel drive, you can expect to get 20 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway, while opting for four-wheel drive will reduce fuel economy slightly to 19 miles per gallon in city driving and 28 miles per gallon on the highway.
The two gas engines on the 2022 Canyon also provide solid fuel economy numbers. The 2.5-liter I-4 is slightly better than the available 3.6-liter V6. Drivers who go with the base I-4 engine will get approximately 19 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway with rear-wheel drive, while rear-wheel drive Canyon models with the optional V6 will deliver 18 miles per gallon in city driving and 25 miles per gallon on the highway. Choosing either engine with four-wheel drive will reduce fuel economy by about one mile per gallon.
Each model of the 2022 GMC Canyon features electric power-assist steering, so handling shouldn’t be a problem. The Canyon has a 140.5-inch wheelbase making cornering easy. Finally, the Canyon is surprisingly quick, especially if you choose the optional 3.6-liter V6 gas engine. Trucks with this engine can go from 0-60 miles per hour in just 6.9 seconds with a top speed of 98 miles per hour.
The 8.1-inch ground clearance will come in handy, especially if you choose the Canyon AT4 model for off-roading. Choosing a Canyon with four-wheel drive will give you greater traction than one with rear-wheel drive. In addition, the specially tuned off-road suspension on the AT4 will be better able to handle any bumps and potholes you encounter while driving your Canyon than the standard suspension on the other models of the 2022 Canyon.
The 2022 GMC Canyon is like a mighty mite when it comes to towing. Models with the standard 2.5-liter I-4 gas engine can provide you with up to 3,500 pounds of conventional towing. While this is impressive, it is actually surpassed by both of the optional engines available on the Canyon. If you choose to equip your Canyon with the available 3.6-liter V6 gas engine, you can tow up to 7,000 pounds. However, the clear choice here if you plan to use your 2022 Canyon for trailering is the available 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel I-4 engine. Canyon pickup trucks with the Turbo-Diesel can tow up to an incredibly impressive 7,700 pounds.
One reason many folks want a midsize truck is the ability it gives to carry more stuff than an SUV or a sedan. Nothing can match a truck’s bed for hauling your stuff when you are comparing similar vehicle types based on size. GMC offers the 2022 Canyon with a choice of a 61.7-inch short box that can fit up to 41.3 cubic feet of cargo and a 74-inch long box that increases payload capacity to 49.9 cubic feet. Just like trailering, the amount of weight your Canyon can carry will depend on the engine you choose. If you get a 2022 Canyon with the standard 2.5-liter I-4 gas engine, your truck will be able to carry 1,460 pounds of cargo. The available 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel will give you slightly more strength with a maximum cargo capacity of 1,470 pounds. But when it comes to hauling cargo, the Canyon with the available 3.6-liter V6 gets top honors with the ability to carry up to 1,570 pounds of cargo.