2018 GMC Canyon: What's Changed

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By Rick Popely

  • Most significant changes: No major changes for 2018
  • Price change: Base SL Canyon models are $250 more expensive, SLE models are $160 higher, and the SLT and Denali are $100 higher; pricing for the All Terrain X versions with leather interiors are not yet confirmed; the destination charge for all models is unchanged at $995
  • On sale: Now
  • Which should you buy, 2017 or 2018? The 2017. With minimal changes for 2018, dealers should be willing to discount leftover 2017 models.

GMC's mid-size Canyon pickup truck returns for 2018 with minimal changes and modest price increases. The only changes are a newly standard washer-fluid level monitor and newly available black leather front seats with red stitching for the All Terrain version.

The Canyon is a dressier version of the Chevrolet Colorado that emphasizes upscale appointments. Like the Colorado, it comes in extended-cab and crew-cab configurations. The latter has four regular doors while the extended-cab truck has rear-hinged rear doors.

GMC also gives shoppers a choice of what goes under the hood. The base engine is a gas 2.5-liter four-cylinder, while a gas 3.6-liter V-6 and a turbo-diesel 2.8-liter four-cylinder are available. The gas four-cylinder comes with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, the diesel only with the six-speed automatic and the V-6 with an eight-speed automatic.

The Colorado and Toyota Tacoma are the biggest players in the mid-size pickup market, and the Canyon is the slowest seller in the segment. Its main differences from the Colorado are more standard features, nicer furnishings and slightly higher prices. The top-shelf Denali models, however, start around $40,000, including destination.

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Comments

I wouldn't've changed anything, the Canyon does very well at not selling.

Those are good looking trucks.

Nice looking truck!!!

Wish they had a 4.3L in them!

Hey GMSRGREAT

How about they bring back the cyclone! That would be marvelous!!

@ TNTGMC:

Agreed!

GM never changes anything, hence the current sales slump. Ugly truck, I threw up my lunch on that first pic....yuk

IIRC the Canyon won the last PUTC eval of midsizers, right? Just checking

The only thing that should have changed is the old Super Duty looking headlights and grille. New Acadia headlights and grille would look much better.

WHAT A GREAT LOOKING TRUCK, SO MUCH NICER THAN ANYTHING GARBAGE MOTORS ( AKA FORD ) MAKES. THINK THIS WILL BE MY NEXT TRUCK.
I LOVE IT.

GM would have added something new if they were serious about this truck. GM is waiting for Ford to unveil the Ranger in January. Then GM will make s reactionary move. Ford is the truck leader.

GM will make s reactionary move. Ford is the truck leader

@Greg Baird

You can't be serious! Ford does not even have a mid size. You talk about reaction! Let's see what Ford actually brings to the game before you knock the GM twins.

@papa, the twins are the joke here, Greg is right, the reason they dont change is because they wait for others (Ford) to do it first, then follow years later. When the Ranger comes in and spanks GM again, then in 2025 they will update to the 2019 standards Ford put out, happens all the time....This article was not needed, everyone knows they wont change until the leader comes into play.

@Nitro

Your circular logic deserves no response.

You say Ford is best because you believe it, I'm sure. It's your honest answer but it's way wrong.

Ford has no midsize truck. They're not in the game at all. If Ford's unhappy stockholders don't start seeing some daylight at the end of the tunnel very soon it could all change---a lot.

Papa, I knew you were going to say that. No need to wait. The writing is on the wall and I will voice my opinion to the fake news GMers now no matter how much they try to defend GM. Ford has always had a mid size, just not always here. GMs days are numbered. As you know, 4 years in GM is still not able to dominate the segment. This is due to the Toyota, which brags on having the more attractive offerings. Things are about to get worse for GM in 2018 as Ford is about to unveil the Ranger. As you know GM did have to get out vans to get these midsizers done and GM allowed the aluminum advantage to go to Ford. Seeing that the F-150 has successfully left the Silverado and its dust, Ford may replicate the success of the large pickup truck in the midsize scene through the Ranger. Stay tuned and sorry you have to defend the GM twins.

Ford does have a midsize truck. It's just not available here yet. GM knows the current Ranger beats the pants off them and the next gen will do even better. GM is in limbo right now. They don't know what to do. So no changes on Colorado. And the next gen Silverado gets over shadowed by the Ranger unveiling and bc the F150 already has aluminum, twin turbo V6, and a man step.

Very true. It can't be stated enough that GM held back on updating it's full size vans and pickups so they could update the Colorado. GM said they didn't need aluminum because they had Colorado. Now has taken over the full size scene and GM wants more aluminum. Ford will take over midsize like they did full-size and even more frustration at GM will set in.

It's pretty sad that Ford left the midsize Market the GM and GM still couldn't take out Toyota. GM is clearly holding back on the mid-cycle refresh and is rattled. I believe Ford will capitalize on this.

@papajim--Sorry you have to defend the lack of updates and the stale and boring GM twins.

Ford clowns talking bout their make believe 2020 model trash Ranger LOL!!!!!!!!! I guess when your jealous and not in the market place, you gotta make up stuff to make your feel better HAHAHAHAHA!

Great looking truck GM! Keep making them profits. While trashy Ford's keep falling, and their fan g1rl5 keep dreaming for a nonexistent junk ranger.

papajim: Ford's been producing a very successful mid-size pickup since 2011.

@papa. They should just kill it. It sells worse than the Ridgeline. They had a chance to make a good truck but failed. Isn't this your logic for the Ridgeline?

GM would have added something new if they were serious about this truck. GM is waiting for Ford to unveil the Ranger in January. Then GM will make s reactionary move. Ford is the truck leader.

Posted by: Greg Baird | Aug 16, 2017 2:39:49 PM

Remember, Ford is the one that said they didn't need a midsize truck. They're the ones reacting to a market they said didn't exist. The twins are already entering their 4th year on that market and Ford still doesn't have a horse in the race.

And since the twins are entering year 4... it's fairly likely that GM is already developing a 3rd gen Colorado at this very moment. Poor Ford is so late to the game that by the time the Ranger finally lands in the US market, GM might steal all their thunder with an all-new Colorado/Canyon.

The GMC Canyon truck is one of the best looking out there, and the only mid size with a real engine for truck duties, 2.8L Duramax. 2 of my employees have these with the diesel and it is surprising how well it will tow a trailer, all the while getting twice the fuel economy of most trucks we use. So far extremely reliable too. I used to tease them about their little trucks, but after towing a few trailers with one i will be getting 2 with the diesel( the gas engine under performed for towing and was too hard on fuel.) Will use them for our smaller trailers we deliver ( up to 7600 lbs). This truck will save us a good chunk of money in fuel costs.


We have one of these in a long box crew cab with the diesel. A great truck in many ways. If you want 30 plus MPG s a daily driver and the a truck to pull your travel trailer or boat, i highly recommend it.

They should just kill it. It sells worse than the Ridgeline. They had a chance to make a good truck but failed. Isn't this your logic for the Ridgeline?
Posted by: Smokin' a 6.2 | Aug 16, 2017 4:36:10 PM

The development costs are shared across two vehicles produced on one assembly line. One of the biggest expenses is the powertrain development, and since both trucks share identical chassis and drivetrains, it's really a non-issue to make two "different" trucks. GM sold 146,174 Colorado's and Canyons last year, 37,449 of those being Canyons. The only added cost of a 2nd truck is the tooling for making a Canyon body panels and some parts sourcing for GMC badges, trim pieces, wheels, etc.

The Honda doesn't get to spread the Ridgeline's development costs between two trucks.

Nice truck. I prefer the looks of the Colorado but this is a nice looking truck. As for Ford the earliest we will see a Ranger on the market is sometime in 2019 so lets wait to pass judgement on what is the best truck. My guess is both the Ranger and the Colorado/Canyon will be good and both will be far ahead of the Tacoma and the Frontier unless Nissan comes out with a newer Frontier.

Why are we even talking about the Ranger? Its not offered here yet, and all you @$$ half Ford clowns have no right talking about something that isn't even released yet. You all are as bright as a bunt out lightbulb. Unbelievable. Whiny little babies.

Remember, Ford is the one that said they didn't need a midsize truck.


Posted by: Brick | Aug 16, 2017 4:36:46

Ford remembers when the small truck market was 1 million and they were selling 400,000 Rangers. Times have changed. But they did say the midsize segment has been perhaps more successful than they thought it would be. Customers seem to be trading off capability for a higher trim level or garage-ability. Ford said they are always evaluating what the opportunity is. Given how conservative Toyota and GM have been, this segment needs to be shaken up and Ford owners can count on Ford to innovate in the space.

WHAT A GREAT LOOKING TRUCK, SO MUCH NICER THAN ANYTHING GARBAGE MOTORS ( AKA FORD ) MAKES. THINK THIS WILL BE MY NEXT TRUCK.
I LOVE IT.

Posted by: Chingon | Aug 16, 2017 2:37:01 PM

Chingon
Make sure you ask your daddy first.

@ Brick. No it didn't get to spread it against 2 trucks it spread it against 3. The RL shares its powertrain with both the Pilot and MDX. The platform is a stretched variation of the Pilot's which is a stretched version of the MDX platform developed back in 2010. You should know what you are talking about before you post back to someone who was never asking for your input

That Canyon might not be to bad if it toned down those huge fender openings! Never mind square. Those openings make up 25% of the trucks sheet metal, looks stupid!!

People are talking about the Ranger because there's no changes to the Canyon and GM has nothing planned. I expect Ford will use the 2.7 L twin turbo V6 in the Ranger an engine that currently at least GM has no answer for. Ford also offers the F-150 with the cloth interior and few options to keep the base price low I expect they'll do the same with a smaller truck and offered the regular cab which nobody else offers the base price will include all the built for tough upgrades and more and luxury features than GM offers and better styling and a rust proof bidy. Canyon will not be able to compete and should be discontinued.

Pure junk.

I know all the Garbage Motors fan girlies are butt hurt and I like that. That's mean all my comments are hurting them when I write something about Garbag Motors aka (GM). Very funny now I have a mom hahaha ha well this is your daddy.

Garbage Motors aka (GM)
Garbage Motors aka (GM)

MEMORIES THAT, AND I KNOW IS THE LITTLE FELLA BY THE NAME OF JONNY QUIERTO WHO IS POSTING FOR ME BY USING MY USERNAME SO BE CAREFUL WITH THAT GUY HE IS A GARBAGE MOTORS FAN LOVER AND SHE I MEAN HE'S ALL BUT HURT BECAUSE I HURT HIS FEELINGS BY POSTING ALL THIS COMMENTS ABOUT GARBAGE MOTORS.HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Ford will use the 2.7 L twin turbo V6 in the Ranger an engine that currently at least GM has no answer for.
Posted by: Dave | Aug 16, 2017 6:37:43 PM

Wrong GM has turbo gas engines dummy.

@ Johnny dope. not in a truck.

The RL shares its powertrain with both the Pilot and MDX. The platform is a stretched variation of the Pilot's which is a stretched version of the MDX platform developed back in 2010. You should know what you are talking about before you post back to someone who was never asking for your input
Posted by: Smokin' a 6.2 | Aug 16, 2017 5:38:15 PM

The platform was heavily modified for the Ridgeline. A significant portion of the structure was redesigned specifically for the Ridgeline:

"Despite these similarities, a spokesman from Honda R&D Americas stated that 50% of the Honda Pilot's chassis components had to be changed or strengthened for use in the second generation Ridgeline.[15] The C-pillar and rear sub-frame mounts had to be strengthened as well giving the second generation Ridgeline 28% more torsional rigidity over the first generation Ridgeline.[17][29] According to one of the Ridgeline’s body development engineers, "Utilizing fully boxed frame members for the body sides and rear tailgate frame, the truss-style rear inner construction contributes to the new Ridgeline’s more conventional three-box design profile allowing for the elimination of the buttress-style body structure" of the first generation Ridgeline.[29]"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_Ridgeline#Design_2

That's a lot of additional engineering costs, plus LOTS of RL-specific components Honda had to design and source out. Costs that aren't shared with other vehicles.

The Colorado and Canyon share the same frame, suspension components, engines, transmissions, transfer case, fuel system, HVAC components, cooling system, steering, axles, electrical systems, most interior components, etc. All GM literally had to do was make a new set of dies to stamp GMC body panels, and order different trim pieces, badges, seats, etc.

@ Brick. That info is from Wikipedia. Lol. The subframe in the rear is not a part of the shared chassis. The subframe is what all the suspension components are bolted to. The unibody frame is in fact a stretched variation of the original MDX. The upper body is different from the back of the front door to the C pillar. The front is all Pilot. The front doors are Pilot. The hood is Pilot. The front fenders are Pilot. The drive train is the lower trim Pilot. Don't believe everything u read on the internet

I went into the Honda showroom and opened the hood of both the Ridgeline and Odyssey and from what I remember, I kept thinking the Ridgeline front end is more similar to the Odyssey than the Pilot. Kind of hard to know who to believe on these blogs. I didn't get underneath though.

Garbage Motors aka (Ford)
Garbage Motors aka (Ford)

MEMORIES THAT, AND I KNOW IS THE LITTLE FELLA BY THE NAME OF Chin Hoe WHO IS POSTING FOR ME BY USING MY USERNAME SO BE CAREFUL WITH THAT GUY HE IS A GARBAGE MOTORS FAN LOVER AND HE'S ALL BUT HURT BECAUSE I HURT HIS FEELINGS BY POSTING ALL THIS COMMENTS ABOUT GARBAGE MOTORS.HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

OK so Wiki says Pilot is FWD, so maybe I was just fooled by the drastically different front end body panels between Pilot and Ridgeline. I was always under impression that the Pilot was a rear wheel drive.

@ Angelo. The Engin bay of the MDX Pilot RL and Oddy are all the same less a few bracket changes. The frame is completely different. The shared engine bay is part of the cost sharing effort Honda is doing since all 4 have the same basic drivetrain.

Chingon. Are you shipping from the bottle all day or what.

Thanks, Smokin'a6.2
Chingon, Oops should of spelt it sipping.
I don't think using capital letters in your posts increases their intelligence content. Just saying.

2014 Acura MDX 2016 Honda Pilot 2017 Honda Ridgeline 2018 Honda Odyssey all share the same Honda Light Truck platform.
The platform was designed for the 2nd Gen Ridgeline but it was 3rd in vehicle line to get redesign.

@RL owner. That is incorrect. The platform was developed for the MDX. The 12MY RL FMC was cancelled but the platform it would have been on is a modified version your RL is on. The new platform developed for and applied to the 13 MDX.

I love the canyon i have a 2006 one it loaded it has moonroof, the new has no moonroof if it a denali it be loaded have toys as half ton denali, plus should back the v 8 motor 5.3 in the truck

I would buy the denali canyon if it cam with tan leather. Just me but i hate black leather.

@ ANGELO CULO PRIETO Y A TI QUE TE INPORTA. NO TE PREOCUPES POR MI.



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