The Canyon gets a power boost for 2007 with two larger-displacement engines; last year's 2.8-liter 4-cylinder and 3.5-liter 5-cylinder engines are replaced with more powerful 2.9-liter and 3.7-liter engines. The new powerplants feature variable valve timing and dual overhead camshafts. Other notable changes include updated interior treatment, a new chrome-finish 15-inch 5-spoke wheel, and a standard tire-pressure-monitoring system.
GMC produced the Canyon as a replacement for the Sonoma back in 2004. In the process, it helped put the nails in the coffin of the compact truck segment while simultaneously playing a key role in launching a new class of midsize pickups that would provide superior power, space, and overall functionality.
For 2007 the Canyon strengthens its power advantage even more with the arrival of the new, 185-hp 2.9-liter and 242-hp 3.7-liter engines. Respectively, they offer power increases of 10 and 22 hp over their predecessors. The 4-cylinder 2.9-liter is standard in all models except the four-wheel-drive Crew Cab, which comes standard with the 5-cylinder 3.7-liter. The 3.7-liter is optional on all other models. A 5-speed manual transmission is standard with the 4-cylinder engine, while an automatic 4-speed transmission comes standard with the 5-cylinder engine and is optional with the 4-cylinder. For 2007, a new transmission input speed sensor helps improve shift quality.
Customers are granted a wide selection of Canyons to choose from. The lineup includes Regular Cab, Extended Cab, and Crew Cab body styles in four trim levels: Work Truck, SL, SLE, and SLT. A specially-outfitted ZQ8 sport model and a Z71 Off Road package are also offered-each with unique suspension systems. Two bed lengths-5-foot 1-inch and 6-foot 1-inch-are available. One of the truck's handy features is that the tailgate can be positioned at the same height as the top of the rear wheel wells to allow transporting of 4x8-foot panels.
The GMC Canyon competes in the Midsize Pickup segment, which consists of 11 models. Buyers in this segment look for reliability, quality, and performance, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Toyota Tacoma (178,351 units sold), Chevrolet Colorado (93,876), and Ford Ranger (92,420). The GMC Canyon sold 23,979 units in 2006, a decrease of 31.2 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Midsize Pickup segment include the Nissan Frontier, Dodge Dakota,Honda Ridgeline, Ford Explorer Sport Trac, and Mitsubishi Raider.
|Work Truck||5 speed manual||$14,235||185-hp / 2.9L 4-cyl||20/26|
|SL||5 speed manual||$14,485||185-hp / 2.9L 4-cyl||20/26|
|SLE1||5 speed manual||$15,165||185-hp / 2.9L 4-cyl||20/26|
|SLT||5 speed manual||$17,590||185-hp / 2.9L 4-cyl||20/26|