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Pros & Cons

  • Powerful available V8 engine
  • Good handling dynamics
  • Low-rent interior
  • Less towing capability than rivals

New for 2009

  • V8 engine became available
  • Electronic stability control became standard




Critics' Rating: 6.5
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 7.6
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2009 GMC Canyon Overview

With a new V8 engine option for 2009, the Canyon offers more power than most of its rivals. While reviewers were pleased with the added power, some didn’t think it makes the Canyon a better truck. Certain test drivers said that the base four- and available five-cylinder engines offer enough power for most drivers, and that the V8 model has few advantages over the full-size GMC Sierra with the same engine. Still, most reviewers said the Canyon’s strengths include a fairly refined ride that stays composed over rough roads, as well as steering that provides decent feedback. The Canyon can tow up to 6,000 pounds, which is less than a V6-powered Nissan Frontier can tow. Rear- and four-wheel drive are available. The Canyon achieves up to 18/24 mpg city/highway with the four-cylinder engine, which is a bit less than the fuel economy of comparably-equipped trucks in the class.

The Canyon comes in regular, extended and crew cab configurations, which can seat between two and six people. Most reviewers were displeased with the overall cabin quality, noting an abundance of low-rent materials. Still, some said that the controls are fairly straightforward and that the front seats are comfortable. Reviewers mentioned that the rear jump seats in extended cab models are very cramped, and that the crew cab is the best choice if you plan to carry multiple passengers frequently. When it was new, the Canyon came standard with features like cruise control and satellite radio. Features that were optional or available on upper trims include power windows, locks and mirrors, front bucket seats, heated power-adjustable front seats and leather upholstery.

The Canyon’s safety score is below-average for the class.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2009 Chevrolet Colorado is very similar to the Canyon, with the same available engines, cab styles and features. If you’re shopping for a Canyon, including the Colorado in your search may help you find a better deal.

Reviewers acknowledged the 2009 Toyota Tacoma as one of the best-rounded offerings in the class. It doesn’t have an available V8, but the Tacoma has a higher towing capacity than the Canyon. It also has a better safety rating, and reviewers liked its functional, high-quality interior.

Compare the Canyon to the Colorado and Tacoma »

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