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8.2

Overall

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Critics' Rating: 9.4
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 8.3
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2016 GMC Canyon Review

The 2016 GMC Canyon offers three robust engines and an upscale interior. However, the front seats could use more side support.

Pros & Cons

  • Good power and acceleration
  • High-quality interior materials
  • User-friendly tech features
  • Inadequate front-seat support
  • Cramped rear seats in Extended Cab

2016 GMC Canyon Overview

Is the 2016 GMC Canyon a Good Used SUV?

The 2016 GMC Canyon is a good used truck. There are two- and four-seat Extended Cab models as well as five-seat Crew Cab models. The Canyon combines a quality interior, good hauling and towing capability, and user-friendly technology, making it an appealing compact pickup truck for urban cowboys and real cowboys alike.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 23 professional evaluations for this 2016 GMC Canyon review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2016 GMC Canyon?

Our site has about 570 listings for the 2016 GMC Canyon. Prices range $22,700 to $36,000, with an average list price of $29,700. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's set-up, condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 GMC Canyon Cost to Own?

Estimated five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2016 Canyon are $25,086, which is about average for the class. By way of comparison, these same five-year costs for the 2016 Tacoma are about $25,500. The 2016 Nissan Frontier’s costs amount to $26,300.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Canyon?

The 2018 GMC Canyon starts at $21,100 and includes several standard features you won’t get in the 2016 model. For example, you get the IntelliLink infotainment system (with a 7-inch touch screen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay) and a feature that enables parents to review how their teens drive. Also, the 2018 is the better buy if you’re shopping for a base model. However, the 2018 Canyon tops out at $43,600. If you’re looking for a higher-end model, the 2016 Canyon is likely the more affordable option.

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Notably, the 2018 Chevy Colorado has about the same price range as the 2018 Canyon. Both are great choices. These corporate cousins share many of the same features and have about the same towing and hauling capacities.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 GMC Canyon?

The 2016 GMC Canyon has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power, which is about average compared to other 2016 vehicles.

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2016 GMC Canyon Recalls

As of this writing, there are three open recalls on the 2016 GMC Canyon. Two address air bags that may not properly inflate. The third involves a console compartment door that could come open during a crash and cause injury. Make sure these recalls have been addressed before purchasing this vehicle.

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Which Model Year of the GMC Canyon Is Best?

The 2016 GMC Canyon is part of a generation that began with the 2015 model. A 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine became available for 2016, but there were no other changes. The 2015 is a better choice because it will likely save you money without sacrificing features.

Off-roaders should consider the 2017 Canyon. It adds an All Terrain X off-road package, a new-for-2017 eight-speed automatic transmission, and an improved V6 engine. Also, the teen driver mode became standard. That said, the 2017 model has a higher average price than the 2016 by about $1,300.

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Which Used GMC Canyon Model Is Right for Me?

The GMC Canyon comes in four trims: SL, Canyon, SLE, and SLT. The SLT is the most upscale trim level, but go with the SLE trim if you can live without leather upholstery and other extras. When choosing a used Canyon, you’ll also need to consider cabin size and bed length. Deciding on the bed length comes down to what you'll be hauling. As for cabin size, opt for the Crew Cab if you plan to carry more than two people on a regular basis.

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Certified Pre-Owned GMC Canyon Warranty

There are some peace-of-mind benefits to buying a certified pre-owned Canyon. For its certified pre-owned 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. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

GMC has one of the better CPO programs among non-luxury carmakers, according to our analysis. It provides a more robust program than Toyota, Ram, or Ford.

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How Safe Is the Canyon?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Canyon five out of five stars in the side crash test, four stars in the frontal crash test, and three stars in the rollover test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Canyon Crew Cab model the highest rating of Good in its crash tests. The Canyon Extended Cab received similar scores, except for the side crash test (it scored the second-highest rating of Acceptable).

A rearview camera is the only standard driver assistance feature. Cruise control, lane departure warning, and forward collision alert are available.

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2016 GMC Canyon Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 GMC Canyon or 2016 Toyota Tacoma?

Check out the 2016 Toyota Tacoma for a compact pickup with maximum off-roading capability. The TRD Off-Road trim makes the Tacoma one of the best off-road performers in the class, thanks to its rugged suspension and Multi-Terrain Select system. The Tacoma gets decent power from its available V6 engine, and its sharp steering leaves you feeling in control at all times. The Tacoma's Entune infotainment system works well and is easy to use. More adventurous types may enjoy the built-in windshield mount for a GoPro camera, which no other truck in the class offers. For those who spend most of their time on the road, however, the Canyon is a better truck.

Which Is Better: 2016 GMC Canyon or 2016 Chevrolet Colorado?

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado is the Canyon's virtually identical twin. Here are the significant differences: the Canyon has a slightly higher maximum payload capacity and is a little more upscale. The engines are all the same, as are the cab and bed configuration choices. If you like one, you'll like the other. Still, the Canyon may be better by a slim margin because of its slightly higher reliability rating.

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2016 Canyon Performance

How Does the 2016 GMC Canyon Drive?

The Canyon provides a smooth ride that outpaces other vehicles in the class. It has adept maneuverability and precise steering, as well as reactive brakes.

A 200-horsepower four-cylinder engine is standard in the 2016 Canyon. A 305-horsepower V6 engine is available, as is a 181-horsepower four-cylinder turbodiesel engine. Both the four-cylinder and V6 engines provide ample power and good acceleration, but the V6 with its added muscle is best for towing.

A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a six-speed automatic is available. The automatic transmission is responsive and willingly shifts to supply power on hills. Rear-wheel drive is standard in the 2016 GMC Canyon, and four-wheel drive is available.

Does the 2016 GMC Canyon Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base Canyon with the six-speed manual transmission gets an EPA-estimated 19/26 mpg city/highway, which is as good as or better than class rivals. Turbodiesel models get 22/30 mpg city/highway, which is terrific for the class.

2016 GMC Canyon Towing Capacity

The 2016 Canyon has a maximum towing capacity of 7,700 pounds when equipped with the turbodiesel four-cylinder engine and available trailering package. The V6-equipped Canyon offers a maximum payload capacity of 1,620 pounds.

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2016 Canyon Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Canyon Seat?

The base 2016 GMC Canyon comes with a two-seat or four-seat Extended Cab. A five-seat Crew Cab is available as well. Vinyl upholstery and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are standard. Cloth and leather upholsteries, a power-adjustable passenger seat, and heated front seats are also available. The seats are mostly comfortable, although they offer inadequate support on longer drives. The rear seats in the Extended Cab models are cramped, but adults can fit comfortably in the rear seats of Crew Cab models.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 GMC Canyon?

In models with rear seats, the Canyon has complete sets of LATCH hardware in the outward seats. There’s also a middle-seat tether anchor when equipped with the available five-seat layout.

2016 GMC Canyon Features

The 2016 Canyon’s standard features include a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, and a 4.2-inch display screen. Available features include automatic climate control, remote start, Bluetooth, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, and GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Siri Eyes Free and Apple CarPlay. OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot is also available. The climate and audio controls are easy to reach and clearly labeled. The IntelliLink is more modern than the infotainment systems in class rivals, although some may find it requires too many steps to perform some audio functions.

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2016 GMC Canyon Dimensions

GMC Canyon Cargo Space

The 2016 GMC Canyon features a 6-foot-2-inch bed with either cab configuration. Crew Cab models are available with a 5-foot-2-inch bed.

The Canyon also features an available EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate designed to be raised and lowered with one hand. With the tailgate down, 8-foot items can be carried in 6-foot-2-inch beds without hanging off the back of the truck.

2016 Canyon Length and Weight

The 2016 Canyon Extended Cab model with the 6-foot-2-inch bed and the Canyon Crew Cab model with the 5-foot-2-inch bed are both 17.7 feet long. The Crew Cab model with the 6-foot-2-inch bed is 18.7 feet long.

The Canyon Extended Cab model with the 6-foot-2-inch bed has a curb weight ranging from 3,920 pounds up to 4,280 pounds and a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) that ranges from 5,400 to 5,900 pounds. The Canyon Crew Cab with the 5-foot-2-inch bed has a curb weight that varies from 3,980 to 4,698 pounds and a GVWR from 5,500 to 6,200 pounds. The Crew Cab model with the 6-foot-2-inch bed has a curb weight that ranges from 4,200 pounds to 4,748 pounds with a GVWR from 5,800 to 6,200 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 GMC Canyon Built?

The 2016 Canyon was built at GM’s Missouri plant, along with the 2016 Chevy Colorado.

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