GMC Canyon 2.5L Automatic 4x4 Extended Cab, need more juice or more cylinders

2015-04-29 11:57:34
GMC Canyon 2.5L Automatic 4x4 Extended Cab, need more juice or more cylinders
GMC Canyon 2.5L Automatic 4x4 Extended Cab, need more juice or more cylinders

When we went through the different configuration available for the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado and found out that the recently introduced, highly expected mid-size pickup twins needed six cylinders. The tested 2015 GMC Canyon had just four-cylinders and the vehicle is not the weekend warriors appeasing full-size truck replacement that GM think it has replaced. 

GM would tell that the Canyon with the regular 2.5 Liter four-cylinder configuration would offer the best fuel economy rate among the mid-size pickup trucks with 20/27mpg in city and highway as per EPA ratings.   You can consider it as great until you check its competitive set of vehicles that are a decade old. We also expect the arrival of Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma and also a second generation Honda Ridgeline. Thing could get worse when you  opt for the  four-wheel-drive, like the one we had in the test vehicle, and the fuel economy figures significantly drop to 19/25mpg. This is only 2mpg better average than the 6-cylinder 4x4 pickup with more power, but certainly not a great deal above the most economical Chevrolet Silverado full-size and GMC Sierra 4x4 that offer 17/22mpg for city and highway with a 6-cylinder base engine to be counted as a worthy choice.

The test vehicle with the 2.5 Liter offered 18mpg while it fought many obstacles such as the dead weight of 4258 pounds, and the six-speed automatic transmission grabbed the highest possible gear as it is its lifeline.  The horse power and the thrust figures of 200hp and 191 lb-ft are too closed knitted to redline to be of any benefit. When you compare this with the Chevy Silverado crew cab 4x4 we tested in the near past offered 16 mpg and we observed 17mpg with the V-6 Canyon 4x4. These pickups also reached the 0-60mph mark 1.5 and 1.7 seconds quicker than the Canyon. They also had very useful backseats.

 You shall need to downshift once or twice to keep 75mph speed while cruising and    when facing a small grade and the engine produces a coarse sound as if it not pleased with the input. If you latch the pickup to a trailer, the Canyon with the V-6 can haul up to 7000 pounds where as the Silverado/Sierra six-cylinder can tow up to 7600 pounds. Taking in to account that the four-cylinder test truck pulls 3600 pounds, sacrifice of one or two mpg looks a better with the pulling capacity of other trucks.

One baffling thing is why GMC sees it appropriate to offer the four-cylinder version at all when the price band of the brand practically pleads customers to immediately upgrade to the 3.6 Liter V-6 offering 305-hp, which incidentally is an optional  choice for all other Canyons except the base SL model.

2015 GMC Canyon is a four-passenger four-door truck with four-wheel-drive. It has been designed with front engine layout and it carries a base price of $28,860 while the test truck cost $30,200. With 2457cc displacement the engine generates 200 hp at 6300rpm and 191lb-ft of thrust at 4400 rpm. The six speed automatic with manual shift is the only transmission available with the truck.

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