2011 GMC Canyon Review

Overview
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.

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.

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…. Expand full summary

The Range
Bodystyles: Truck
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

What’s New
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.

Exterior
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.

Interior
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.

Performance & Handling
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.

Safety
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.(taken a automotivecom)

The 2011 GMC Yukon full-size SUV is mostly a carryover from last year’s model that features the base Yukon and the extended wheelbase XL. Opt for the Denali trim and you’ll get more expressive sheetmetal and interior appointments, and you can grab the Hybrid if you want the extra mileage. For 2011 all Yukons get OnStar version 9.0 and two new colors, Mocha Steel Metallic and Carbon Black Metallic, are available.

If the consumer is seeking a spunky, reliable sports-utility-vehicle they can turn to the GMC Yukon for 2011. The Yukon SUV is offered with short and long wheelbase configurations. The Yukon comes with a number of different powertrains; the hybrid delivers 20 miles-per-gallon, and there’s also a Denali trim. In the hybrid, the carmaker has added on a full two-mode hybrid system in order to ensure the SUV offers 50% more miles-per-gallon when compared to gas-operated Yukon configurations.

Yukons are offered with all-wheel-drive or 4-Wheel-Drive, all of which can tow up to 9600 pounds. This SUV is a fully-competent, body-on-frame offering. The Yukon is offered with one of four V-8 motors with horsepower ranging from 325 to 376 hp. The engines are married to a six-speed automatic transmission.

GMC added new body colors to the 2010 models including mocha steel metallic and carbon black. The OnStar 9.0 option was also added. These vehicles have three-rows for seating, and the XL has a wheelbase that is 14-inches larger and offers up plenty of legroom. The Denali trim received improved styling.

The Yukon screams traditional SUV, with GMC’s bold front end (Denali models get the chrome honeycomb grille and monochromatic trim) a commanding, high-riding profile, aggressive fender flares and a large greenhouse. Aluminum rims from 17 to 20 inches are available (22-inchers can also be had) and further augment the package.

Every Yukon has three rows standard and depending upon configuration you could conceivably seat up to nine passengers. The Yukon’s power fold-and-tumble second row seats aid third row access. The Yukon also has a multitude of standard and optional comfort and entertainment amenities, which are ramped-up further if you opt for the Denali trim level.

The 2011 Yukon comes standard with a 5.3-liter V-8, wikth both a 6.0-liter and 6.2-liter V-8s also available. All models are mated to a version of GM’s solid Hydra-Matic six-speed transmission. The Yukon’s fully-boxed frame setup employs a coil-over-shock front design and a rack-and-pinion steering setup. The five-link rear suspension can be augmented with GM’s Autoride real-time damping system (standard on Denali), featuring electronically controlled shocks designed to automatically adjust to changing road conditions.

All Yukon models come with an array of safety technologies including a host of airbags that feature head curtains for all rows. The Yukon’s front-seat belt pretensioners are linked to the vehicle’s sensing system and are designed to reduce the effects of rear-end impacts. GM’s StabiliTrak stability control system with traction control is standard, and four-wheel discs with ABS slow the Yukon down.

Bodystyle: Full-size SUV
Engines: 5.3L V-8, 6.0L V-8, 6.2L V-8
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Models: Yukon, Yukon XL 1500 and Yukon XL 2500, Yukon Denali, Yukon XL Denali, Yukon Hybrid, Yukon Denali Hybrid

EPA Fuel Economy
Yukon, Yukon XL 1500 RWD/4WD: 15 mpg city/21 mpg highway

Price : $38,945 – $61,770