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2006 GMC Canyon Truck - Overview

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$14,730 – $23,205 MSRP

$13,920 – $21,697 Invoice

18 / 23 MPG City/Hwy


2006 GMC Canyon Truck

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What's New
In a move to increase passenger safety, GMC has made its Passenger Sensing System standard across the Canyon model line. It detects when the front passenger seat is either unoccupied or contains a small passenger, and automatically turns off the air bag. A new ZQ8 sport suspension and a new premium SLT package are available on select models.

GMC, the truck division of General Motors, introduced the midsize Canyon pickup as a replacement for the compact Sonoma in calendar year 2003 as a 2004 model. The Canyon, which is nearly identical to its GM cousin, the Chevrolet Colorado, is offered in three cabin configurations: Regular (two-door); Extended (two full-size and two smaller doors); and Crew (four full-size doors). Both two- and four-wheel drive (4WD) are available.

By intent, the Canyon is more car-like than some of its competitors in terms of comfort, handling, and fuel economy. For that reason it offers a maximum tow rating of 4,000 pounds and a payload capacity that is restricted to 1,801 pounds. Heavy-duty jobs are better served by GMC's bigger and more powerful Sierra line of pickups. The Canyon comes standard with a 175-hp, four-cylinder engine on all but one model; the 4WD Crew Cab comes standard with a 220-hp, five-cylinder engine-the largest powerplant GMC offers in the Canyon line. Both engines come standard with five-speed manual transmissions, but a four-speed automatic is available.

GMC offers a Z71 High Stance off-road package that increases ground clearance by about three inches, comes with a locking rear differential, on-/off-road tires, and larger color-coordinated fender flares. On the other end of the spectrum, the new ZQ8 sport suspension lowers ride height by about three inches for improved sporty on-road performance. It features quick-ratio steering, high-pressure shocks, special jounce bumpers, an anti-roll bar on the rear axle, and larger wheels.

The Competition
Trucks in the Midsize Pickup segment provide a viable alternative to their full-size counterparts for customers who have occasional hauling needs, tow lightweight trailers, and/or want a truck with better fuel economy.

As a segment, Midsize Pickups sold 724,986 units in 2005, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report.SM The GMC Canyon accounted for 34,845 of them. Leading the segment in sales is the Toyota Tacoma (168,831 units sold in 2005), followed by the Chevrolet Colorado (128,359)-the Canyon's nearly identical twin. The segment also includes the Ford Ranger, Dodge Dakota, Nissan Frontier, Honda Ridgeline, Ford Explorer Sport Trac, Subaru Baja, Mazda B-Series, Mitsubishi Raider, and Isuzu I-Series.

Available Trims for the 2006 GMC Canyon Truck

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Work Truck 5 speed manual $14,730 175-hp / 2.8L 4-cyl 20/27
SL 5 speed manual $15,330 175-hp / 2.8L 4-cyl 20/27
SLE1 5 speed manual $16,010 175-hp / 2.8L 4-cyl 20/27
SLT 5 speed manual $18,610 175-hp / 2.8L 4-cyl 20/27

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    $14,450–$26,670 Base MSRP

    $13,854–$24,418 Invoice

    16/19 MPG City/Hwy

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    $27,700–$34,640 Base MSRP

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    $22,495–$27,495 Base MSRP

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