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2015 GMC Canyon SLEGM's new Canyon offers more tech in a little less truck.
[NOISE] It's not often you get a whole new truck on the market but that just happened very recently with Chevy Colorado and this guy, GMC's Canyon. This is kind of the more upscale, more heavily equippable of. The two, so let's get a full taste of what GM's doing in the mid-size truck category, as we drive this 15 Canyon four wheel drive with a V6 [UNKNOWN] [MUSIC] Now, the formula for Chevy's Colorado or GMC's Canyon is basically four fold. First of all, it's 100% truck, just less of one. Efficiency, no V8's available, car-like ride quality appointment and to a fair degree, interior cabin tech. And big boy truck styling. Now, here are the configurations you can get your Canyon in. We've got the crew cab with the shortie. You can also get a crew cab with a long bed, and there's also an extended cab that has a full length bed. And on top of that, you get the choice of two wheel drive. Or four wheel drive. Four wheel drive adds quite a bit as an overall package in the cost. We're gonna focus on that here. Compared to a full sized Sierra with a crew and long bed, the Canyon would be over 14 inches shorter, nearly 6. Six inches narrower, and over three inches lower. [MUSIC] Though inside our Canyon, we've got a Canyon or two to deal with. Lots of these de. Set kinds of wells for the head unit, the lower console, the gauges and the ancillaries are pushed way back. Very sculpted look. Now this is Intelli-link. One of the many flavors of whatever link that General Motors puts out there in their cars. I'm not going to spend too much time on it, we've showed it to you before. It's a pretty good nav system, not that difficult to use. Some folks really don't like this idea of persistent bottom menus, or the way they've kinda tabletized these icons here. I don't find it a bad system at all. But what I don't like is that it's like so many others that stick a bunch of buttons down at the bottom or the edge of the screen, where it's hard to get a finger on them. The little things matter when it comes to interface. Now the Enstar icon brings us to a discussion about 4G in this vehicle. You can get it with the built-in, 4G LTE connection. Primarily, that powers the hotspot in the car. Car, which I find to be kind of half brain dead. Most folks aren't gonna find that all that valuable. Increasingly though, OnStar has just announced they're going to be doing services on the car that are powered by that 4G connection like one that's called At Your Service. that will predictively find things you want, either on your route or toward your destination. Starting to build more smarts into these services. Regardless, OnStar 4G is free for the first 3 months and first 3 gigabytes of data in that time. After that, a gigabyte a month will cost you either $15 or $20 a month depending whether you are or are not an OnStar subscriber overall. Or if you're an AT&T sub you can add the car that has 4G to your mobile data bucket. The mobile share thing they do for 10 bucks, but ten it's eating into your overall bucket. Drive controls in this truck are appropriate to a truck. You've got some paddles back here behind the wheel but those are actually controls for the interface. And notice that the four wheel drive apparatus has been very. So we say, made simple, so you don't deal with a lot of different modes here. Now, you can get your Cannion with a two and a half liter four. But don't do that. Here is a three point six liter V six direct injection. More appropriate for what happens to a truck. This is going to give you a nice 305 horsepower, 269 pound feet of torque. Not overwhelming numbers but serviceable for something that might have a payload in it, right? Which by the way, can be around 1620 pounds, although in all wheel drive, you can only get 1550 as a pay load. Either way, any configuration tows 7000. Your MPG will vary but in the four wheel drive mode it's 17/ 24 and that's regular for gas. You can get a six-speed manual on a four banger but all the V6 trucks have a six-speed automatic. A 2.8 liter diesel is also slated for late 2015 and the 2016 models. [MUSIC] Now as I mentioned at the very beginning of this piece, these are real trucks, and certainly, in this four wheel drive configuration, it handles and drives like one. You've got a very firm suspension that is part of it's real truck roots. And, of course, rather good payload and towing capacity. It does mean that on very. Undulating or bad pavement you feel it. The power train, even though we have the bigger and the more powerful of the engines is uninspiring. There's good power there but it never comes on in a terribly enthusing way. That said. The overall ride quality aside from the stiffness in the suspension is very good. I don't get any wallow this way. I don't get any porpoising this way, which some trucks will do to you. It's tight as a drum, things are ergonomically well done. Big buttons and nobs, you can run everything with your gloves on. And sight lines all around are pretty good. In general, this is a truck that feels like it's got some real capability. You feel like you'll be able to get done pretty much whatever you need to. Unless you're a heavy truck user, and if so, you don't need truck advice from me. And at the same time, you're gonna get a very comfortable vehicle that is not onerous. To get around suburban environments. Now pricing on a Canyon is going to start at thirty five thousand dollars for four wheel drive because it does not come in a super cheap trim level. Four wheel drive needs are going to get a SLE which is a pretty nice trim. We are going to add two things we want and two things we don't. We want driver alert for 400 bucks at forward collision and lane departure. We have to get the convenience package for 500 bucks to get it. We want navigation for 495, and we have to get Bose audio for 500 to get that. Alright, I don't really mind having Bose audio and the price is fair. All in, just shy of 37 grand.