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2016 GMC Canyon Overview

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2016 GMC Canyon

2016 GMC Canyon SLE
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In 2015, GMC took the pickup truck by storm by reintroducing the Canyon mid-size truck. With a combination of power, efficiency, and luxury, the 2015 Canyon was a smash hit with new vehicle shoppers across the country and a hot-selling hit for the GMC brand. The Canyon returns for 2016 with a few new tricks up its already tricked-out sleeve.


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2016 GMC Canyon Duramax Diesel

2.8-liter Duramax diesel engine

What’s New for the 2016 GMC Canyon?

The biggest addition to the 2016 MY is the late-year inclusion of a 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel engine option. The 2016 Canyon also adds Apple CarPlay and a standard rear-sliding window for the SLT model. 

2016 GMC Canyon Duramax Photos:

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2016 GMC Canyon SLT

2016 GMC Canyon SLT

2016 GMC Canyon Exterior

The 2016 GMC Canyon returns the same exterior that made the 2015 model a hit. It’s smooth and elegant while simultaneously carrying an aggressive air. The Canyon is offered in three body styles: Extended Cab; Crew Cab, Short Box; and Crew Cab, Long Box. 

2016 GMC Canyon SLE Exterior Photos:

Exterior available on Canyon (base): 

  • 16-inch Ultra Silver Metallic cast aluminum wheels, 16-inch all-season blackwall tires, 16-inch compact spare tire, Rear chrome bumper, CornerStep rear bumper, Black beltine moldings, Projector-type headlamps with LED signature, Cargo box light, Black manual-folding outside mirrors, Black door handles, Locking tailgate, Black tailgate handle, Daytime running lamps

Exterior available on SL:

  • 16-inch Ultra Silver Metallic cast aluminum wheels, 16-inch all-season blackwall tires, 16-inch compact spare tire, Rear chrome bumper, CornerStep rear bumper, Black beltine moldings, Projector-type headlamps with LED signature, Cargo box light, Black manual-folding outside mirrors, Black door handles, Locking tailgate, Black tailgate handle, Daytime running lamps

Exterior available on SLE:

  • 17-inch Blade Silver Metallic cast aluminum wheels; 17-inch all-season blackwall tires; Chrome beltline moldings; Fog lamps; Power-adjustable, manual-folding, body-color outside mirrors with spotter mirror; Body-color door handles; EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate

Exterior available on SLT:

  • 17-inch Blade Silver Metallic cast aluminum wheels; 17-inch all-season blackwall tires; Chrome beltline moldings; Fog lamps; Power-adjustable, manual-folding, body-color outside mirrors with spotter mirror; Body-color door handles; EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate

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2016 GMC Canyon V6 VVT

2016 GMC Canyon Performance

The Canyon is offered with three different powertrain options: the 2.5-liter DOHC I-4, the 3.6-liter V6 VVT DI, and the 2.8-liter Duramax turbo diesel. The 2.5-liter generates 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque; the 3.6-liter generates 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque; and the Duramax will generate 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The Canyon offers a max trailering rating of up to 7,000 pounds when properly equipped.

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2016 GMC Canyon Efficiency

Fuel efficiency varies depending on powertrain, transmission, and drive configuration. With the 2.5-liter, the Canyon is rated at 19 mpg city/26 mpg highway in 2WD manual, 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway in 2WD automatic, and 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway in 4WD automatic. The 3.6-liter-equipped Canyon is only offered with an automatic transmission, and it returns 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway in 2WD and 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway in 4WD. EPA estimates for the Duramax diesel will be released closer to its fall rollout.

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2016 GMC Canyon Interior

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2016 GMC Canyon Crew Cab SLE interior

The Canyon’s interior emphasizes precision and comfort with standard front bucket seats, numerous connectivity technologies, and luxurious materials.

2016 GMC Canyon Interior Photos:

Interior available on Canyon (base): 

  • Dual rear seats with underseat storage, Floor carpeting, Carpeted front and rear floor mats, Front bucket seats, 4-way power driver’s seat, 2-way manual passenger seat, Full-length Black vinyl floor covering, Monocolor driver information display, Power door locks, Power windows, Single-zone manual air conditioning

Interior available on SL:

  • Front bucket seats, 4-way power driver’s seat, 2-way manual passenger seat, Full-length Black vinyl floor covering, Monocolor driver information display, Power door locks, Power windows, Single-zone manual air conditioning

Interior available on SLE:

  • Aluminum trim, 2 USB charging ports on rear center console, Leather-wrapped steering wheel, Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, Soft-touch instrument panel materials, Multi-color driver information display, Rear window defogger, Inside rearview mirror with auto-dimming, Overhead console, Dual reading interior lighting

Interior available on SLT:

  • 4-way power front passenger seat, Power driver seat with lumbar support, Heated driver and front passenger seats, Remote vehicle start, Single-zone automatic air conditioning

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2016 GMC Canyon Duralife Brake Rotors

2016 GMC Canyon Safety

The GMC Canyon is built on a strong, fully boxed perimeter frame that is durable and reliable. Four-wheel disc brakes with Duralife brake rotors are standard on Canyon and offer as much as double the braking life and performance. The 2016 Canyon also offers six standard airbags, rear-vision camera, and StabiliTrak electronic stability control in addition to an available Driver Alert Package that includes Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.

Standard Safety Features

  • StabiliTrak® stability control
  • Electronic traction control
  • Duralife™ 4-wheel antilock disc brakes
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Hill descent mode
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Daytime running lamps
  • Front air bags
  • Dual-stage air bags
  • Head curtain and seat-mounted side-impact air bags

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