2015 GMC Canyon 2WD EXT Cab Pickup Review

Photography by: ©2015 Toni Avery

GMC Canyon front

What do you think of when you see the word “truck?” Utility, storage space, built to last? Now you can add this word to your vocabulary: Good-looking. Yes, the word “good-looking” and “truck” don’t usually fall in the same sentence, but now with the 2015 GMC Canyon, they do.

GMC Canyon engine

This Canyon is equipped with a 2.5 L 4-cylinder engine producing 200 HP and 191 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed manual transmission and is two-wheel drive.

As far as power goes, this truck’s 2.5 L engine could use a lot more torque. It seems to take forever for the engine to respond when asking for more, but downshifting to the next lowest gear helps with that. A big plus for me with this engine is the standard six-speed manual transmission. It wasn’t sports car tight or quick and it wasn’t always smooth, but it took the worry out of controlling such a large vehicle. Handing was smooth and there wasn’t a bump in the road that resulted in anything more than a slight thud.

GMC Canyon shifter

When it comes to braking, we unfortunately can’t always try out systems like ABS on a closed and safe course. As is common with congested Los Angles freeways, other drivers decide to slow down or stop for whatever reason, leaving you little to no time to avoid a collision. Luckily for me, the brakes and ABS system on the Canyon work great. I was able to avoid a potential collision from sudden slowing cars ahead thanks to the trucks power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes with Duralife rotors and standard ABS. It may be a large vehicle, but never underestimate its stopping power.

Another plus was the great gas mileage I got while driving the Canyon. Driving at least 250 miles during my week with it, the gauge didn’t even reach ¼ tank.

GMC Canyon rear

The exterior of this truck is one of the best looking on the road. Finished in a Bronze Alloy Metallic, the Canyon fit in wherever it was parked whether it was a fancy restaurant or the local farm fruit stand. Although, it could do with larger tires, helping to fill in the large space between the wheel-well and the tire.

GMC Canyon interior

GMC Canyon gauges

Inside, the Canyon features a sea of plastic, understandably due to its utilitarian nature. Keeping the cars sticker price in mind, the plastic didn’t bother me as much as a constant creaking inside the cabin. The tall center console sort of got in the way of shifting at times.

The rear seats, meant for small children, provided very little storage room. You’ll get more bang for your buck storing item in the bed. In fact, during my week with the Canyon, I picked up my new upright boxing bag, as tall as my 5’ 6” self, which fit perfectly in the bed.

The stereo system worked well for long drives in the Canyon while having an integrated navigation system would have made for a more complete interior space. While the rearview camera was a huge help when backing out of parking spaces, having parking sensors would have been another added benefit.

boxing bag in bed

Overall, the 2015 GMC Canyon 2WD EXT Cab Pickup proved to be good fit for long distance driving and throwing just about anything in the bed. For the killer price of $24,915 (with options including the bed liner spray on) it would be tough to find another tuck with this much use and good looks for less.

GMC Canyon badge 2

2015 GMC Canyon 2WD EXT Cab Pickup:

Base Price: $22,650

Options: Convenience Package, Bed Liner Spray On, Audio System 4.2″ Diagonal

Price with Options: $23,990

Destination Charge: $925

Total Price: $24,915

Fuel Economy: 19 City, 26 Highway, 22 Combined

GirlsDriveFastToo gives the 2015 GMC Canyon 2WD EXT Cab Pickup an overall rating of (out of 5 total):

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2 comments to “2015 GMC Canyon 2WD EXT Cab Pickup Review”
  1. I’m about 5’7 and I’ve been thinking about ordering a 2WD Colorado w/ the 6-Spd M/T but my concern is if the bed is still a bit high to reach over like the 4WD versions are.

    Did you find that reaching into the bed of this truck still a bit of a stretch in the 4×2? The local dealers near me seem to only have the higher standing 4×4’s. I will be comparing to the 4×2 5-Spd Nissan Frontier which seems ideal in height but lacking in overall features for a daily driver.

    • Truck beds are typically high for me to reach over, but that’s the nice thing about having one is that you can climb in making access easy.

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