2015 GMC Canyon

The 2015 GMC Canyon is reappearing at a prime time, especially since the midsize pickup truck segment has needed some new blood.

2015 GMC Canyon

2015 GMC Canyon

The Canyon, on the other hand, strikes a really good balance between delivering those things car buyers really want in a vehicle and making happy those with genuine trucky needs. It boasts a really smooth ride; it doesn’t suffer from that jumpiness most unladen pickups are prone to, requiring a couple hundred pounds of payload to smooth over.

2015 GMC Canyon

2015 GMC Canyon

The 2.5-liter four-cylinder that was the focus of my First Drive of the Colorado is the standard engine for the Canyon as well, but the truck I drove was equipped with the far punchier (and thirstier at 17 miles per gallon city, 24 highway) 3.6-liter V6. Not only does the six make a healthy 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque.

2015 GMC Canyon

2015 GMC Canyon

GMC sells the 2015 Canyon as an extended-cab truck, with little room in the back for anything but child safety seats and randomly sized cargo, or a true crew cab, with four front-hinged doors and reasonable seating for four adults.

2015 GMC Canyon interior

2015 GMC Canyon interior

The base $23,575 2015 GMC Canyon comes with AM/FM sound with a USB port; air conditioning; power windows; a power driver seat; and tilt steering. The $27,520 Canyon SLE adds more USB ports, satellite radio, a color touchscreen radio with GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment interface, and cruise control. The ritzy $30,655 Canyon SLT pulls perilously close to Sierra build combinations, with its standard automatic climate control, remote start, power front seats, and optional navigation.

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