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Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 8.3
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2015 GMC Canyon Review

The 2015 GMC Canyon packs a lot into its compact frame. It has the capability to tow and haul heavy loads, plus the engine power and upscale interior to be a good daily driver.

Pros & Cons


  • Powerful engines
  • Premium interior
  • Class-leading towing capacity



  • Rivals are less expensive


2015 GMC Canyon Overview

Is the 2015 GMC Canyon a Good Used Truck?

The 2015 Canyon’s well-appointed interior, strong performance, and class-leading towing capacity make it a solid choice for a compact pickup truck. With a choice of two engines, two transmissions, and two cab configurations, the Canyon affords you plenty of options.

Used 2015 GMC Canyon Performance and Interior

The GMC Canyon was redesigned for the 2015 model year. It comes with a 200-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. A 305-horsepower V6 and a six-speed automatic transmission are available. The base engine has ample power for day-to-day driving, and the V6 is plenty strong for towing and hauling. The automatic transmission shifts smoothly.

Fuel economy in the Canyon is impressive: the base model earns 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, while the V6 earns 18 mpg in the city and 25 on the highway.

Rear-wheel drive is standard in the Canyon and four-wheel drive is available. The Canyon has a comfortable and composed ride, and steering is responsive. It can tow up to 7,000 pounds.

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The Canyon is available in two cab configurations: a two-door Extended Cab and a four-door Crew Cab. Depending on the cab style, the Canyon seats either two, four, or five people on standard vinyl upholstery. Cloth and leather upholstery, a four-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and heated front seats are available.

The front seats are very supportive, but the rear seats in Extended Cab models are not big enough for adults to ride comfortably. The Crew Cab’s seats offer plenty of space for adults. Extended Cab models feature two lower anchors and three upper tethers for securing child seats. In Crew Cab models, there are two lower anchors but only one upper tether.  

Standard features include a 4.2-inch display, a USB port, and a six-speaker sound system. Available features include a Bose seven-speaker sound system, keyless entry, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and GMC's Intellilink infotainment system, which includes an 8-inch touch screen, voice control, smartphone integration, Bluetooth, and satellite radio.

The touch screen works well thanks to its familiar smartphone-style operation. Additional dashboard controls are within the driver’s reach and logically arranged, with good separation between audio and climate control buttons.

A 6-foot-2-inch cargo bed is standard in the 2015 Canyon. Crew Cab models come with a 5-foot-2-inch bed. GMC's built-in CornerStep and EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate make it easy to load and unload cargo.

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Used 2015 GMC Canyon Prices

The average price of a 2015 GMC Canyon ranges from about $18,395 for a base model to about $32,900 for a top-of-the-line model.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 GMC Canyon?

The 2015 GMC Canyon has a predicted reliability score of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates, which is slightly above average.

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How Safe Is the Canyon?

The Canyon received an overall safety rating of four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The truck also earned the highest score of Good in its lone Insurance Institute for Highway Safety test: the moderate overlap front crash.

Standard safety features include a rearview camera and Stabilitrak with trailer sway control, which helps improve stability by detecting and reducing traction loss. Available safety features include forward collision alert and lane departure warning.

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Should I Consider Another Used Canyon?

The fully redesigned 2015 Canyon is the first model year of the truck's second generation, which includes the 2017 model. A new turbodiesel engine became available for the 2016 model year. Several changes were made for 2017, including the addition of a new touch screen and a new Denali trim. Still, choosing a 2015 model will get you a largely similar vehicle for less money.

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Which Used GMC Canyon Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Canyon comes in four trims: base Canyon, SL, SLE, and SLT. For the best combination of features and value, go with the SLE model. It comes standard with an infotainment system and offers many available features, including forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and an off-road suspension package.

For more peace of mind, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned Canyon. For all of its CPO models, GMC extends its original new-car limited powertrain warranty to six years or 100,000 miles and provides a one-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. GMC CPO vehicles must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read GMC’s warranty page carefully.

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2015 GMC Canyon and Other Trucks to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 GMC Canyon or 2015 Chevrolet Colorado?

The Chevrolet Colorado is another GM truck. It has many similarities to the Canyon, like a high-quality interior, strong fuel economy, and spacious rear seats in Crew Cab models. Both trucks' standard and available engines produce the same horsepower, and both have a comfortable ride with composed handling. The Colorado and Canyon can each tow up to 7,000 pounds. These trucks are almost identical, but the Colorado won our 2015 Best Compact Truck for the Money award.

Which Is Better: 2015 GMC Canyon or 2015 Toyota Tacoma?

The Toyota Tacoma has a lower predicted cost of ownership and great off-roading skills, but its lackluster interior and decade-old design don't measure up to the Canyon’s offerings. Additionally, the Tacoma's engines don't produce as much power as the Canyon’s, though its V6 has plenty of power for towing. The Tacoma also has better maneuverability in crowded parking lots and city streets. If you're looking for a no-frills workhorse that will last, go with the Tacoma.

Which Is Better: 2015 GMC Canyon or 2015 GMC Sierra 1500?

The GMC Sierra 1500 is a full size pickup truck with powerful V8 engines, responsive steering, and a classy interior. It offers seating for up to six and plenty of room for passengers – even in the rear. It can also tow more than the Canyon – up to 12,000 pounds when outfitted with the available 6.2-liter V8 engine, which is one of three offered. All the engines produce sufficient power, with the most powerful V8 making 420 horsepower. The Sierra 1500 has a comfortable drive, and an available adaptive suspension system adjusts the truck's ride to the road's changing conditions. Overall, the Sierra 1500 is a better truck, but the Canyon has a lower price.

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