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How Much Does a GMC Canyon Cost?

GMC Canyon Car Prices


The GMC Canyon joined the General Motors fleet in 2004 when it replaced the Sonoma. It competes in the midsize truck segment against perennial heavyweights from Nissan (Frontier) and Toyota (Tacoma). While it lacks refinement the GMC Canyon is appealing to many buyers for its affordable price, choice of fuel-efficient engines, and available suspension packages that make it competent on and off-road.

2011 GMC Canyon MSRP
Work Truck 2.9L 4-cylinder $17,045
SLE 2.9L 4-cylinder $18,240
SLT 3.7L 5-cylinder $25,690


The 2011 GMC Canyon is available in a number of different configurations that mix and match drive trains (2WD or 4WD), body styles (regular cab, extended cab or crew cab), trim level (Work Truck, SLE and SLT), bed sizes (6-foot bed or 5-foot cargo box), and engine sizes (2.9-liter, 185 horsepower four-cylinder, 3.7-liter, 242 hp inline-5, and 5.3-liter, 300 hp V8).

Body Styles and Trim Levels

The cheapest Canyon model you can buy is a regular-cab Work Truck. This model comes equipped with rear-wheel drive, a four-cylinder engine, a five-speed manual transmission, air-conditioning, AM/FM stereo, a bedliner, cruise control, OnStar with one year of Safe and Sound plan, Bluetooth-connectivity, all-season tires, two 12-volt power outlets, a 60/40 split bench front bench, StabiliTrack (traction control), tilt-steering, a theft-deterrent system, and more. The most expensive Canyon model, the crew-cab (4-door), comes standard with features that include a 5-cylinder engine, a 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, a CD/MP3 stereo system, Solar-Ray tinted glass, an automatic locking rear differential, power-adjustable front bucket leather seats, a heavy-duty suspension, and a sliding rear window. Other options, available on most Canyon models, include bigger wheels (17 and 18 inch compared to the standard 16), keyless entry, running boards, foglights, the Z71 off-road package, and the ZQ8 sport suspension package.


The exterior styling of the Canyon is plain but it gains some points for its bold grille, featuring two-tiered headlights, and prominent fender flares. This is partially compensated for by simple, intuitive controls and gauges.


The relatively small power trains actually make for a pleasant driving experience. The four and five cylinder engines in particular are smooth and quiet, and the Canyon has a refined ride. The standard suspension makes the truck smooth on pavement, and while the Z71 and ZQ8 suspension packages respectively provide excellent off-road and cornering performance.


The compact pick-up class is not generally known for safety, but the Canyon comes with a respectable package of features, most notably OnStar. Other standard safety features include antilock brakes, stability and traction control, and head curtain airbags.

Those buyers who need a powerful, heavy-duty truck are advised to explore other options. The 2011 GMC Canyon is best suited for those who need the versatility of a truck without all the bells and whistles. It's cheap to purchase and operate and should hold its resale value fairly well. With expendable income being what it is these days, those reasons should be enough to make the Canyon worth a look.

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