For 2011 the GMC Canyon is now available with OnStar Gen 9.0, which features a six-month subscription to the service’s Directions and Connections plan. A revised front headrest design has been developed for the Canyon’s seats, there’s a new color choice called Aqua Blue Metallic, and a new chrome package is also available featuring a chrome fuel door and exhaust tip.
Few changes have been made to the GMC Canyon for 2011. The latter vehicle did get one big change; the add-on of a 5.3 Liter V-8 engine with 300 horsepower under the hood of the Extended/Crew cab permutations. The Canyon comes in a standard cab base model as well. Newer features in the 2011 model are few; the Canyon comes with connectivity options like OnStar and Bluetooth, gorgeous chrome elements, and a front seat headrest.
The trims one will find include the Work truck, the SLT, and the SLE. The choice of engines includes the 2.4 Liter Inline-four the V-8, or the 3.7 Liter Inline-five. The latter engines are mated to a 4-speed manual or 5-speed auto tranny, all of which depend on the permutation the consumer chooses. The Canyon comes with two-wheel or four-wheel drive in all trims, and the vehicle buyer can opt for a five or six foot truck bed. Those with the V-8 engine are capable of towing 6000 pounds in all. You can get the Canyon with ZQ8 or Z71 off road packages too.
The 2011 GMC Canyon’s face features a bold, slatted grille with the GMC badge proudly displayed, flanked by a unique, two-tiered headlamp setup. The Canyon’s look is also highlighted by exaggerated fender flares designed to lend it a masculine look.
The Canyon’s interior could use an update and offers little in the way of standard features, but the truck does have several available options including power leather bucket seats on SLT and SLE trims, a power convenience package, sunroof, and a stereo with CD/MP3 player, and the revised headrests.
The 2011 Canyon offers three Vortec engines. The base 2.9-liter I-4 with 185 horsepower musters 20 mpg combined. The 3.7-liter I-5 is rated at 242 horsepower, and the big (and thirsty) V-8 outputs 300 horsepower. All engines are mated to either aging four speed auto or five-speed manual transmissions. The Canyon’s heavy duty, sport and off-road suspensions offer prospective buyers flexibility depending on need.
The Canyon recently got safer thanks to the addition of standard head curtain side air bags across the range, augmenting the frontal air bags with sensing system. The Canyon also comes standard with StabilTrak stability control and OnStar.
Engines: 2.9L I-4; 3.7L I-5; 5.3L V-8
Transmissions: 4-speed automatic, 5-speed manual
Models: Regular Cab, Extended Cab, Crew Cab
EPA Fuel Economy
Canyon 2WD (2.9L): 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway
Canyon 2WD (3.7L): 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway
Canyon 2WD (5.3L): 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway
Canyon 4WD (2.9L): 18 mpg city/24 mpg highway
Canyon 4WD (3.7L): 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway
Canyon 4WD (5.3L): 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway