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Model Line Up:   GMC Canyon 2WD Regular Cab WT ($14,885); 2WD Regular Cab SL ($15,420); 2WD Extended Cab SL ($17,675); 2WD Extended Cab SLE ($18,420); 2WD Crew Cab SLT ($24,870); 4WD Regular Cab SL ($18,880); 4WD Regular Cab SLE ($19,460); 4WD Extended Cab SL ($21,005); 4WD Extended Cab SLE ($21,520); 4WD Crew Cab SLT ($27,470); 4WD Crew Cab SLT Z71 ($28,550).

Model Tested:   GMC Canyon 4WD Crew Cab SLT Z71 ($28,550).

Options Tested:

leather interior ($795), leather seating discount (-$795); driver/front passenger side airbags ($255); traction control ($175); trunk-mounted six-CD changer ($165); P225/60TRX16 white sidewall tires ($80). XLT premium package ($1230) includes leather seating surfaces, leather-wrapped steering wheel, front door map pockets, overhead console with dual storage bins, front passenger under-seat storage tray, power moonroof with sunshade; Towing package ($350) includes Class II trailer hitch, wiring kit, oil cooler. 5.4-liter V8 engine ($695); Safety Canopy ($580); AdvanceTrac ($795); power folding third-row seat ($455); rear-seat DVD entertainment system ($1,205); climate-controlled seats ($625). side-curtain airbags ($395); XM Satellite Radio ($200) includes first three months subscription: 3.73:1 axle (NC); Trailering equipment ($270) includes hitch with weight-distributing platform and wiring harness.

For 2003, Ford's largest sedan, the Crown Victoria, may look very similar to last year's offering, but there's been plenty of changes under the skin to keep it technically up to date. Key among them is a new, stiffer chassis that includes front frame sections designed to better absorb crash energy. Handling precision is improved via the adoption of more precise rack-and-pinion steering, plus there's been an extensive redesign of its front and rear suspensions.

Once the most common type of automobile on America's highways, Ford's big rear-wheel-drive Crown Victoria is now something of an anomaly. But Ford's biggest sedan still has significant virtues: affordable V8 performance and room for six people (if configured with a three-abreast front bench seat). It almost sounds odd today, but this sort of car and seating arrangement is what most people drove in the 1950s, during the Eisenhower administration.

Crown Vic's interior and trunk volumes compare well against those of an SUV. Indeed the Crown Victoria offers the largest trunk in its class. Its old-fashioned low seat height doesn't afford today's popular elevated-perspective of the road, but climbing in as effortless as settling into your favorite arm chair). This lowness also pays a noticeable dividend in ride quality over tall, hobby horse SUVs. This is why the Crown Vics are so popular as taxi cabs and police cars.

The Crown Victoria is popular for its impressive safety ratings, easy entry/exit, big windows, pleasant ride quality, quiet interior, confusion-free controls, and adjustable pedals.

. The Ford Escape is one of the best of the small, affordable SUVs, assuming that off-road travel isn't a priority. The Escape offers agile handling on paved and unpaved roads. It accelerates briskly when equipped with the optional V6 engine. It rides smoothly and its refined interior seats four people comfortably. Folding down the rear seats reveals a flat, moderately sized cargo area. Best of all, its price is relatively low.

The Escape was an all-new vehicle in 2001. For 2003, all models have upgraded interior materials for better appearance and feel. The seat fabrics, floor mats and door trim are of higher quality and are available in new patterns and hues. The center stack, door bezels and window switches are painted for a two-tone interior effect, and the window switches are illuminated for nighttime convenience.

For 2003, Ford has added an up-market Limited trim level, and a limited-edition option package called Midnight.

. Ford has launched an all-new Expedition. This second-generation model shares almost nothing with last year's model. It's packed with new features, but the biggest improvement is its ride quality, a benefit of a new independent rear suspension.

When I last drove the Expedition, it was for a long comparison test with one of its prime competitors. Not an hour out of town, the Expedition pulled off the flat, straight highway. My fatigued co-tester was eager to trade vehicles with me. Indeed, keeping the giant sport utility, with its darty steering, sloppy suspension and rough ride, on the straight and narrow was tough duty. We made frequent driver swaps during the remainder of the five-hour journey, and, needless to say, the Expedition didn't win the bake-off.

Were we to travel in the new Expedition on same route, the results would be dramatically different. A driver could comfortably stay behind the wheel for the entire trip without fatigue, and the Expedition would have a great shot at beating competitors in a comparison test. That's how much better the 2003 model is over its predecessor. Ride and handling are greatly improved, the steering is more responsive and more stable on the open road.

New features for the 2003 Expedition include a power third-row seat that disappears with the press of a button, leaving a large, perfectly flat cargo area. The interior is all new. A small center seat on the second row slides forward to give front-seat parents access to a small child. Safety is enhanced with a lower front bumper, an optional safety curtain designed to protect occupants in a rollover, adjustable pedals, a tire-pressure monitor, and advanced electronics designed to help the driver maintain control.

The Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator full-size sport utilities were originally introduced as 1997 models for people who needed three rows of seats like a minivan but wanted to trade the soccer-mom image for the rugged, outdoorsy appearance of an SUV. At that time, few competitors existed, primarily the Chevrolet Suburban and other full-size utilities from General Motors. Toyota has since added the Sequoia, and GM has launched additional iterations of its full-size and almost full-size sport utilities.

. The GMC Canyon is a mid-size pickup designed to do what mid-size pickups do most. It's built primarily for carrying people and occasionally hauling heavy loads in the bed.

Three cab styles are available, Regular Cab, Extended Cab, and Crew Cab. We found all offer plenty of room for the driver and front-seat passenger. The Crew Cab has a back seat suitable for adult human beings.

On the highway, the Canyon feels solid and stable, with a smooth, comfortable ride. Yet the GMC Canyon is a serious truck capable of serious duty. Properly equipped, the Canyon is rated to tow 4,000 pounds, enough for transporting ATVs, dirt bikes, personal watercraft, light boats or small camping trailers. If you tow more than that, then you need a full-size truck.

The standard engine is a 2.9-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 185 horsepower and 190 pound-feet of torque. The optional 3.7-liter five-cylinder engine produces 242 horsepower and 242 pound-feet of torque. These engines were introduced during the 2007 model year along with other improvements that included a smoother-shifting automatic transmission, a more powerful 125-amp alternator, a standard tire-pressure monitor, and more bright interior trim.

The Z71 is the off-road model, but it's remarkably civilized. The ZQ8 suspension package emphasizes sporty handling on paved roads.

The Crown Victoria is available in just one body style, the large four-door sedan. Three versions of the Crown Vic are available, the standard model, the more highly equipped LX, and the sport-oriented LX Sport.

Only one engine is offered, a 4.6-liter V8, but it comes in two states of tune: Standard and LX models get the 224-horsepower version, while the LX Sport gets a higher-tune 239-horsepower version.

Crown Victoria ($23,805) comes standard with air conditioning, ABS, power windows, power door locks (including a remote locking), power mirrors, an eight-way adjustable driver's seat, and an AM/FM stereo/cassette sound system.

Crown Victoria LX ($27,175) adds more standard equipment, such as automatic climate control, cruise control, an integrated in-dash CD player, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, power-adjustable pedals, and alloy wheels.

LX Sport ($28,795) gets firmer suspension tuning, beefy P235/55HR17 tires on special five-spoke alloy wheels, a lower-ratio rear axle for quicker acceleration, dual exhausts, leather-trimmed front bucket seats with floor-mounted shifter, an armrest/central storage compartment with twin cup holders, a mini-storage bin below the center of the dash, and a monochrome exterior appearance.

. For 2003, Ford has expanded the Escape model lineup from two trim levels to three. XLS starts at $18,800 with front-wheel drive (2WD) and at $21,895 with four-wheel drive (4WD). XLT begins at $22,335 with 2WD and at $23,960 with 4WD. New for 2003 is the Limited, at $25,460 with 2WD and $26,910 with 4WD.

The base XLS comes with a high level of standard equipment that includes air conditioning, illuminated remote entry, power windows and mirrors, a tilt steering column, center console, 15-inch steel wheels and an AM/FM/CD/cassette audio system with a clock. Power for the XLS comes from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Zetec engine producing 130 horsepower and 135 pound-feet of torque. XLS shifts gears with a standard five-speed manual transmission. A 3.0-liter, 201-horsepower Duratec V6 and four-speed automatic are offered as an option.

XLT comes standard with the Duratec V6 and automatic transmission. XLT also gets four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), premium cloth upholstery, a power driver's seat, privacy glass, a power moonroof, cruise control, a cargo cover and convenience net, fog lights, an in-dash six-CD changer, and white-letter P235/70R16 tires on16-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels.

The Limited comes with premium leather seats, seat heaters, front side-impact air bags, dual front sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated exterior mirrors, Ford's Reverse Sensing System and a MACH Audio in-dash six-CD changer with automatic volume control. From the outside, you can spot a Limited by its monochrome exterior, with body-color cladding, fascias, moldings, door handles and liftgate trim; and by its bright machined 16-inch aluminum wheels.

Option packages are available for each trim level. For example, the XLT Premium Package ($1230) includes leather seating surfaces, leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 60/40 split rear bench seat, front door map pockets, an overhead console with dual storage bins, a front passenger under-seat storage tray, and a power moonroof with sunshade.

New for 2003 is the XLT Appearance Package, which includes glossy Dark Shadow Gray bumper fascias and side cladding, machined bright aluminum 16-inch wheels and Dark Shadow Gray step bars.

Also new is a limited edition XLT called Midnight. The Midnight Escape features gloss black paint on fascias, body cladding and wheel-lip moldings. A unique black trim treatment and ebony Nudo leather-trimmed seats complement the all-black exterior. Midnight comes loaded with side-impact air bags, a MACH MP3 music system, and 16-inch bright, machined aluminum wheels with high-gloss black accents and silver center caps. Midnight options include side-step bars and a trailer-towing package. Ford expects to build no more than 5,000 Midnight Escapes, priced $24,995 for the 2WD version, and $26,445 for the four-wheeler.

. A choice of engines is offered in the Expedition: the standard 4.6-liter V8 rated at 232 horsepower and the 5.4-liter V8 that produces 291 horsepower. Both are paired with the same four-speed automatic transmission.

Two trim levels are available: XLT and Eddie Bauer. The XLT is equipped well.

Eddie Bauer adds front captain's chairs with two tone-leather and 6-way driver power, automatic climate control with rear A/C, a premium sound system, Arizona Beige lower body side cladding, floor console, overhead console, 11 cup holders, fog lights, privacy glass with power flip-open rear windows, satin nickel grille, Homelink, electrochromic mirror, power outside heated mirrors with memory, security approach lamps and integrated turn signals, power adjustable pedals with memory, power driver's seat with memory, reverse sensing system, black non-illuminated running boards.

Expedition prices run a wide range: XLT 2WD ($30,555); XLT 4WD ($33,425); Eddie Bauer 2WD ($37,050); Eddie Bauer 4WD ($41,195). Numerous packages are available for the XLT. A fully loaded Eddie Bauer edition goes for nearly $45,000.

An FX4 off-road package ($4,185) is available on XLT models that features distinctive exterior cues that give it a more rugged appearance, including tubular steel running boards, foglamps, an FX4 badge on the liftgate. Unique 17-inch chromed steel wheels and all-terrain tires complement special shocks tuned for off-road performance.

. The 2008 GMC Canyon is available in Regular Cab, Extended Cab, and Crew Cab configurations. Regular and Extended Cabs come with a six-foot bed. Crew Cabs come with a five-foot bed.

Three suspension packages are offered: The rugged Z85 is the standard setup and is available with two-wheel drive (2WD) or four-wheel drive (4WD). The Z71 off-road suspension is also available with 2WD and 4WD. Appropriately, the low-riding ZQ8 sport suspension is only available with 2WD.

The 2.9-liter four-cylinder engine, rated 185 horsepower, comes standard all Canyons except Crew Cabs with ZQ8, Z71, and/or 4WD. The 3.7-liter, 242-horsepower inline-5 is standard on those Crew Cabs, and optional ($1,000) and/or included in various option packages on all other Canyons.

A five-speed manual transmission is standard with the four-cylinder engine in Regular and Extended Cabs. A four-speed automatic ($1,095) is optional in those models, standard in all Crew Cabs, and mandatory if you order the five-cylinder engine.

The most basic Canyons are the WT (work-truck) models, offered as a Regular Cab 2WD ($14,885), Extended Cab 2WD ($16,995), Regular Cab 4WD ($18,340), and Extended Cab 4WD ($20,245). Seats are vinyl, floors are hose-it-out rubber, and only the base suspension is available. Air conditioning is standard, however, along with tilt steering, cruise control, a basic AM/FM radio, and a 60/40 split bench seat. A tachometer and Driver Information Center are standard as well, along with 205/75R15 tires on 15-inch steel wheels. Carpeting is available, as is cloth upholstery and an upgraded stereo ($450) with CD/MP3 capability.

SL trim ($15,420) makes the cloth seats and carpeting standard, along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and fog lights. SLE ($15,955) adds four-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio, reclining bench seats, OnStar, and chrome interior accents; plus niceties such as assist handles and storage in the front arm rests. Tires upgrade to 225/75R15 on 15-inch aluminum wheels. (Prices quoted are for Regular Cabs with 2WD; other cab styles and/or 4WD are priced proportionately higher.) SLE is also the lowest trim level at which you can choose the Crew Cab ($21,265), which comes with power windows, locks, and mirrors.

A Convenience Package ($500) adds power windows, locks, and mirrors to SLE-level Regular and Extended Cabs. A Preferred Equipment Package, which GMC sometimes calls SLE-2 ($1,630-3,225) includes the Convenience Package and adds the five-cylinder engine, automatic transmission, bucket seats, floor console, XM Satellite Radio, and, on Extended and Crew Cabs, deep-tinted glass and a sliding rear window

SLT trim for Extended ($23,465) and Crew Cabs ($24,870) means heated leather bucket seats, eight-way power adjustment for the driver's seat and six-way power for the passenger, a sliding rear window, a six-speaker stereo, and a self-dimming rearview mirror with compass and temperature readout.

The Z71 off-road suspension increases ground clearance by about an inch and a half, depending on cab style. Ordering Z71 also adds larger color-keyed fender flares, P265/75R15 on/off-road tires, a locking rear differential, and, on 2WD models, traction control. Z71s with 4WD get skid plates and tow hooks, and Z71 Crew Cabs come with brushed aluminum side steps. Z71 requires SLE or SLT trim.

The ZQ8 suspension is designed for improved on-road performance, and lowers the Canyon about an inch relative to the standard suspension. Canyons with ZQ8 ride on a more tightly tuned chassis that includes quick-ratio steering, high-pressure monotube shocks, and rubber/urethane jounce bumpers

Safety features include the mandated front airbags with GM's Passenger Sensing System, which shuts off the right front airbag if the seat is unoccupied or occupied by a child or small adult who might be more injured than protected by an airbag. A light on the dashboard displays the status of the system. GM still recommends buckling children into proper safety seats in the rear compartment of the vehicle. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) come standard on all models. Side-curtain air bags are optional ($395). Optional OnStar enhances safety.

OnStar is now offered on all models, and is standard on SLE and SLT. XM Satellite Radio ($200) is available on all but the WT. A Sun & Sound package ($795) for Crew Cabs bundles a power tilt-and-slide sunroof with XM Satellite Radio. Many other options are available as well, and GMC dealers also offer a range of accessories, including a bed extender, hard and soft tonneau covers, tubular assist steps and splash guards. All can be installed at the time of delivery and can be financed as part of the deal.

The Ford Crown Victoria's appearance requires a conservative taste in automobiles to appreciate, and a very critical taste to dislike. It's big, mostly bland but also oddly admirable in its tasteful restraint. From a distance, its considerable rear overhang marks it as a sedan of the past, but as you approach, you realize that its basic shape is still a pleasant thing, and Ford has kept it that way with just the right nips and tucks.

Crown Vic's formal looks suggest dignified duties: going to work and back, shopping excursions, or maybe an excursion to the theater on Saturday night with another couple. The long hood says power and direction; the traditional chrome-ringed grill denotes an elevated station in life. And there's more than a wink of Lincoln influence in its long, liquid flanks, and its thick vertical C-pillars. Fortunately, bright work has been applied sparingly, letting you see the Crown Victoria's true shape, rather than its ornamentation.

The conservative LX rolls on new alloy wheels while the standard model receives redesigned wheel covers for 2003.

The LX Sport version, with its more aggressive wheels, tires, and monochrome appearance makes a subtle pitch for the hot rod fan out there (with family obligations, apparently). The monochromatic scheme, in a choice of colors, extends to the grille, bumpers, taillights and deck-lid applique. Mechanically, the LX Sport includes dual exhausts (helping to add 15-horsepower to its output), firmer springs, stiffer anti-roll bars, a standard air spring rear suspension (optional on LX), a lower rear axle ratio for quicker acceleration, and special 17-inch wheels and tires.

. The Ford Escape is wider than other compact SUVs, and this gives it a look that is both aggressive and well planted. Ford designers worked to balance the confidence and ruggedness of a big SUV with a sportier image of agility and fun. The Escape's forward-poised stance, large wheel lips, wide body cladding and integrated bumper guard lend a functional appearance, while its short front and rear overhangs add to its sporting appeal. The Escape looks bolder and more aggressive than the Honda CR-V, with a strong family resemblance to Ford's larger Explorer and Expedition.

Being able to see the leading edge of the hood from the driver's seat makes the Escape easier to maneuver in tight places, whether you're deep in the woods or (more likely) in a tight big-city garage. If you are deep in the woods, its 7.8 inches of ground clearance may help clear some obstacles. Outside door handles are easy to grab and feel like they're going to last.

Accessories from Ford Outfitters include a snap-in pet barrier and a system to haul two mountain bikes in the cargo area. Bike racks can also be mounted on the roof; the standard roof rack with crossbars holds up to 100 pounds. We don't like the idea of compromising an SUV's ground clearance with running boards, but Ford claims that the running boards on the Escape do not reduce ground clearance. They are designed to make it easier to lift kayaks, snowboards and other toys onto the roof rack. The rear bumper is also designed to aid roof access.

New for 2003 is an industry-first, dual-loading rack, which Ford calls the No Boundaries Rack System. The No Boundaries Rack System offers a unique sliding rail from the roof that can pull down vertically across the rear of the vehicle and lock into the bumper. This provides two separate loading surfaces: a more traditional one on the roof and an additional one across the rear. When not in use, the sliding rails can be stored within the conventional roof portion of the rack system.

. In spite of all the changes underneath, there is little to visually distinguish the new 2003 Ford Expedition over the 2002 model. A new Expedition owner may be unhappy when the neighbors don't notice they've traded the old one in for the new model. Then again, maybe not. Auto companies have found it doesn't always pay to mess with winning formulas.

With roughly the same overall dimensions as before, the new Expedition looks bigger and bolder than its predecessor. The track has been widened nearly two inches to give it a well-planted stance. The hood is raised four inches for a more towering presence. The standard wheels increased to 17 inches for a bolder look. The roof height is lower. Bumpers are integrated more smoothly into the overall design. Door handles are the full-grip variety, making them easier to grab for occupants, whether left- or right-handed, gloved or not gloved.

. The 2008 GMC Canyon looks very much like it did last year, and the year before. Some new paint colors and standard fog lights (on all but WT) are about the only visible changes for 2008.

The Canyon is aggressively styled with angular wheel arches. Its front end is bright and bold in the GMC tradition and looks mean and menacing, albeit in a classy GMC manner. The black center grille with its floating GMC logo is surrounded by brightwork that extends to either side of the truck. It separates a complex looking array of lights composed of daytime running lamps, turn indicators, and high and low beams. A slight dihedral at the front outer edge of the hood enhances Canyon's aggressive appearance. From the side, Canyon looks sharp and edgy, with boldly angular fender flares that rise toward the rear of the truck.

Overall, however, Canyon looks balanced, whether in Regular Cab, Extended Cab, or Crew Cab body styles. All Crew Cab and Extended Cab models share a 126-inch wheelbase, while Regular Cab models ride on a 111-inch wheelbase. Overall length is 207 inches for all but Regular Cabs, which are 192 inches.

Regular and Extended Cabs have 6-foot, 1-inch beds. The Crew Cab has a 5-foot, 1-inch bed in exchange for its larger cabin. Regular and Extended Cab models have steps in the rear fender ahead of the rear wheels, making it easier to reach and load things in the front of the bed. The tailgate can be opened fully (89 degrees) or dropped 55 degrees to provide support (level with the tops of the wheel wells) for a 4x8-foot sheet of plywood. Extended Cabs use rear-hinged back doors with door handles inside the door jam. Crew Cabs have conventional front-hinged rear doors with door handles that are easy to grip and pull open.

Ride height varies by model. The ZQ8 sport models look slammed with their lower ride height. In fact, they ride about an inch lower in front than the standard 2WD Canyon, with a minimum ground clearance of just 6.2-6.5 inches at the front axle. The standard Canyon has 7.3-7.9 inches of ground clearance, depending on cab style and the number of driven wheels. The Z71 off-road suspension raises the ground clearance to 8.7-9.0 inches, depending on model.

Ford Crown Victoria may be the most traditional domestic automobile available today. Or, depending on how you look at it, it could be one of most unconventional, given how far the market has migrated from this car's basic recipe. In the Crown Victoria, you have the classic ingredients of the American automobile: size, V8 power, rear-wheel drive, four doors, all packaged in the once ubiquitous three-box sedan configuration.

With room for up to six occupants, a huge trunk, safety features aplenty, a well-cushioned ride and a silence-is-golden acoustic experience, the Crown Vic has plenty to offer big families or older drivers for whom driving thrills are moments preferably avoided.

Yet with technical upgrades including rack-and-pinion steering, a revamped suspension, and a stiffer chassis, the Crown Victoria's driving experience is far from lackluster. Its character is fluid and relaxed, its performance surprisingly competent. Sprinkle-in a pinch of new-for-2003 visual enhancements, and you have a Crown Victoria that's a traditional, but evergreen choice.

. The Ford Escape is one of the best of the small, on-road SUVs. The available V6 engine provides the Escape with the most power in its class. A four-wheel independent suspension and unit-body construction make it handle almost as well as a car. A car-like ride makes it easy to live with. It isn't designed for serious off-road driving, nor are its direct competitors. Overall, we feel the Escape is the best SUV in its class. The all-new 2003 Ford Expedition sacrifices none of its large truck-like capabilities but adds more car-like ride and handling along with some very convenient and clever features. A rigid new chassis and a new independent rear suspension dramatically improve ride and handling. A sophisticated four-wheel-drive system was developed to help the Expedition tackle all types of surfaces. New safety technogies are available, including the electronic stability program, Brake Assist, and Safety Canopy side air curtain. The disappearing third row is well engineered. The second row offers great flexibility with three independently moving seats. And all rows fold down for a flat load floor. Overall, the 2003 Expedition is greatly improved, yet the concept hasn't changed. The GMC Canyon is ideal for people who need a real pickup but don't need or want the size and cost of a full-size truck. The Canyon is easy to park and is driver-friendly. The Crew Cab can haul home a load of horse manure for the garden, then take the family out for dinner and a movie (after hosing out the bed, that is). In short, the Canyon is an all-around performer, putting GMC in the groove for mid-size pickup performance. GMC's packaging and styling are distinct from those of the mechanically identical Chevrolet Colorado.

John Matras filed the original report from rural Pennsylvania; with editor Mitch McCullough reporting from Southern California; and John Katz reporting from Pennsylvania.

What reviewers liked most:

The five-speed automatic transmission...not only adapts its shift patterns to your style of driving, it can be shifted manually.


The five-speed automatic transmission... not only adapts its shift patterns to your style of driving, it can be shifted manally.


The inline-five, with 225 lb-ft of torque, handled even the steepest of hills and got us over some substantial boulders.

- AutoWeek

GMC's Canyon and its Chevy Colorado companion focus on the light-duty non-commercial user -- assuming heavy haulers will move up to the full-size Sierra and Silverado.

- Consumer Guide

On the highway, the Canyon feels solid and stable. The optional five-cylinder engine gives it good power, better than competing V6 engines.

- New Car Test Drive

Although the truck is marginally shorter than its predecessor, the Sonoma, its about four inches wider inside.

- New Car Test Drive


What reviewers liked least:

Less impressive is the overall design and quality of the interior, as it still wears the drab gray plastic panels of its predecessors.


Perhaps the cheapest interior around, flimsy front seats, cramped rear seat in extended-cab models, thrashy base engine

- Car and Driver

Perhaps the cheapest interior around, flimsy front seats, cramped rear seat in extended-cab models, thrashy base engine

- Car and Driver

Less impressive is the overall design and quality of the interior, as it still wears the drab gray plastic panels of its predecessors.


The GMC Canyon is a handsome light-duty pickup that looks good on paper. But out on the road or trail, where passenger comfort and refinement really count, it doesn't quite measure up.




With 220 hp, the optional 3.5-liter engine gives the Colorado and Canyon the highest horsepower rating in the class, but like its six-cylinder cousin, the power is situated higher in the power band than on most truck engines.


The base Canyon has a no-fault interior right down to its rubber floor mats so you can get in with muddy work boots and not feel guilty. The SLE, however, has more comfort-minded interior with carpeting and more luxurious fabric on its seats.

- New Car Test Drive

With 220 hp, the optional 3.5-liter engine gives the Colorado and Canyon the highest horsepower rating in the class, but like its six-cylinder cousin, the power is situated higher in the power band than on most truck engines.


The base Canyon has a no-fault interior right down to its rubber floor mats so you can get in with muddy work boots and not feel guilty. The SLE, however, has more comfort-minded interior with carpeting and more luxurious fabric on its seats.

- New Car Test Drive


Best one-liners:

With 220 hp, the optional 3.5-liter engine gives the Colorado and Canyon the highest horsepower rating in the class, but like its six-cylinder cousin, the power is situated higher in the power band than on most truck engines.


The base Canyon has a no-fault interior right down to its rubber floor mats so you can get in with muddy work boots and not feel guilty. The SLE, however, has more comfort-minded interior with carpeting and more luxurious fabric on its seats.

- New Car Test Drive

With 220 hp, the optional 3.5-liter engine gives the Colorado and Canyon the highest horsepower rating in the class, but like its six-cylinder cousin, the power is situated higher in the power band than on most truck engines.


The base Canyon has a no-fault interior right down to its rubber floor mats so you can get in with muddy work boots and not feel guilty. The SLE, however, has more comfort-minded interior with carpeting and more luxurious fabric on its seats.

- New Car Test Drive


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