While many people need a truck, not all of them need a full-size truck. Fortunately, GMC has a solution for these truck buyers in the new 2015 Canyon. The only mid-size American pickup truck offers the capability most truck buyers need in a more reasonably sized package. As vice president of GMC sales and marketing Duncan Aldred noted: “With its smaller size and associated nimble nature, Canyon provides pickup capability and exceptional comfort in an efficient and more manageable package.”
At 212.7 inches long, the Canyon short bed crew cab is a good 16.8 inches smaller than a full-size GMC Sierra short bed crew cab truck. It’s also 5.7 inches narrower, making it easier to maneuver in tight parking lots and narrow side streets. The Canyon’s resulting turning circle of 41 feet is only one foot greater than that of the GMC Terrain SUV, a car that’s over two-feet shorter than the Canyon.
Despite the Canyon’s smaller size, the truck shouldn’t be wanting for power. According to the order guide the Canyon’s base 4-cylinder engine will make 200-horsepower with the bigger 3.6-liter V6 making a cool 305 horses, along with a diesel engine inbound for the 2016 model-year. The newest entry in the mid-size pickup segment, the Canyon (and its Chevrolet Colorado sibling) will have to do battle against similarly-sized competitors from Toyota and Nissan. We’ll find out how the Canyon stacks up to the competition when it goes on sale this fall.