Since its rebirth, the GMC Canyon has always been offered with a V6 powerplant. Though, it was always the same 3.6-liter LFX V6 engine you may find in a handful of other General Motors vehicles. For 2017, GMC decided to tweak the six-cylinder arranged in a V formation, and it has a new codename: LGZ.
The 3.6-liter LGZ V6 is exclusive to the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, and Car and Driver recently had a go with the reworked powertrain. Not only does 2017 usher in the “new” V6, but it’s also paired to an eight-speed automatic. And while two extra cogs, three additional horsepower and six more pound-feet of torque don’t seem like much, it made for a very different animal regarding acceleration.
C/D reports the 2017 Canyon 4×4 was able to hustle from 0-60 in 6.3 seconds. That’s 1.2 seconds quicker than the previously tested 2015 model. However, the eight-speed auto did no favors with respect to fuel economy.
The EPA rates the 2017 Canyon 4×4 at 17 MPG city and 24 MPG highway. Observed fuel economy fell short of those estimates, returning 16 MPG in the city and just 22 MPG on the highway, while the not-so body on frame Honda Ridgeline managed 28 MPG on the highway.
Of course, there are other options outside of the V6. GMC still offers a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and the 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel provides all of the torque a midsize pickup will ever need.