Chevrolet and GMC can be partially credited with bringing life back to the midsize truck segment. With the launch of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, consumers found new reasons to fall in love with a truck again.
But, the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier never left. They stuck around while Detroit abandoned the segment. Naturally, it was time for a comparison test. Off-Road gathered the Tacoma, Frontier and Canyon for a midsize truck shootout to see which would come out on top.
The 2016 GMC Canyon represented here was equipped with the new 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine, good for 181 hp and a whopping 369 lb-ft of torque. The two competitors arrived with gasoline powered V6 engines. Judges loved the refinement found in the Duramax diesel over the Toyota’s new V6, but the Nissan found love for its truck-like, brash characteristics in its old 4.0-liter V6, too.
When it came to towing and suspension, the GMC also surpassed with its diesel engine. A tad like comparing apples to oranges, we’d say. But, the GMC is no winner here. Nope, because of its price. The Toyota was seen as a greater value proposition here. Fair enough, but there’s a Chevrolet Colorado to do the same work at the Tacoma’s price point.