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Review of the 2012 GMC Canyon
IntroductionGMC Canyon is a compact pickup truck sharing a basic design with the Chevrolet Colorado. The Canyon is a nice vehicle for those whose towing needs are not extremely heavy; yet, it can more than fill the purpose of a mid-size truck. The 2012 GMC Canyon pickup is available with 2WD or 4WD configuration in three body styles: 3-passenger regular cab, 5-passenger extended cab and 6-passenger crew cab (Work Truck, SLE-1 and SLT). OnStar 9.0 with six months of Directions and Connections service, Aqua Blue Metallic exterior color, front-seat headrest design, Bluetooth for hands-free calling and Chrome package with chrome fuel door and chrome exhaust tip are new for 2012.
Exterior Design and Special FeaturesThe 2012 Canyon is offered in a wide variety of body styles and trim configurations. The two-door Regular Cab seats up to three passengers. Extended Cabs have rear-hinged back doors and seat up to five with two rear jump seats. Crew Cabs have four conventional doors and seat up to six with a folding rear bench. Chrome bumpers, daytime running lamps, fog lamps, solar-ray deep tinted glass, and pickup box are standard exterior features across the board. The interior facilities include front manual air conditioning, cruise control, driver information center, leather wrapped steering wheel, and AM/FM stereo system. Power adjustable, heated leather appointed bucket seats; a power convenience package; and a sunroof are some available optional convenience features.
EngineThe 2012 GMC Canyon has three powerful engine options including a V8 engine. A 2.9-liter, inline, four-cylinder engine produces 185-horsepower; and the more powerful 3.7-liter, inline, five-cylinder engine delivers 242-horsepower. A 300-hp 5.3-liter V8 engine (Flexi fuel) is available on Extended and Crew Cab models. The transmission choice comprises a five-speed manual with overdrive and a four-speed automatic transmission, electronically controlled with overdrive. A pair of suspension choices is available: the rugged standard Z85 suspension and the Z71 off-road suspension, available in 2WD and 4WD.
SafetyDual stage front and head curtain side airbags are standard on the Canyon, while head protecting curtain airbags are available. The other safety features include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, energy-absorbing steel structure LATCH, daytime running lights and ignition disable. The Canyon is covered by a five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and three years/36,000 miles for non-powertrain components - the best coverage in America.