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2015 GMC Canyon Boasts Multiple Segment Firsts, Segment Bests

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2015 GMC Canyon

The 2015 GMC Canyon

The 2015 GMC Canyon began shipping to dealers last week, and there are plenty of reasons to be excited about it. The all-new midsize truck boasts a fair amount of segment firsts and segment bests, even now in its first year.

For example, the 2015 GMC Canyon achieves best-in-class horsepower—200 hp from the 2.5-liter I-4 and a whopping 305 hp from the 3.6-liter V6. Despite its intense power, the 2015 Canyon also boasts class-leading fuel economy numbers. The EPA has estimated the 3.6-liter two-wheel-drive models at an impressive 26 mpg on the highway. Oh, and did I mention that the Canyon also gets the segment’s best trailering rating at 7,000 lbs?

2015 GMC Canyon

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The Canyon is also the first—and only—truck in its class available with AutoTrac automatic four-wheel drive. AutoTrac actually allows drivers to select between manual four-wheel-drive engagement and automatic engagement.

2015 GMC Canyon

“The all-new Canyon is the segment’s first premium midsize truck, delivering class-leading capabilities with the brand’s signature refinement,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “It’s an efficiently sized, maneuverable package for customers who want the cargo-hauling and trailering versatility of a truck without the size of a full-size pickup.”

2015 GMC Canyon

The Canyon also boasts several segment-first driver alert safety features, like lane departure warning, forward collision alert, and, of course, a rear-vision camera. Other segment-exclusive features include standard projector-beam headlamps, active aero grille shutters, CornerStep rear bumper design, and EZ Lift-and-Lower locking tailgate.

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Finally, the Canyon features the first Duralife™ brake rotors and the first electric power steering system in its class. Not bad for a newcomer, eh?

  • Rod ShelffoContributor

    After four years in The Marine Corp, Rod formed a career at Hatfield Buick GMC that has spanned more than 25 years. He is married to Lori, has one daughter, Staci, and two grandkids, Kimberlyn and Kaden. He's an avid golfer and past president and active member of the Redlands Optimist Club.