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What Are the Differences Between the 2018 GMC Canyon and Sierra 1500?

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What are your pickup priorities? The answer to that question will determine whether the 2018 GMC Canyon or Sierra 1500 is right for you. Here’s a look at what distinguishes these two rugged, versatile trucks.

2018 GMC Canyon: Learn more about this small-but-powerful truck

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2018 GMC Sierra 1500

2018 GMC Sierra 1500


The Sierra 1500 is the larger and heavier of these two pickups, and as such, its interior is quite a bit roomier. The Canyon is a little shorter and not as wide, giving it a more maneuverable feel. The Sierra’s cargo volume ranges from 53.4 cubic feet for the short box to 76.3 cubic feet for the long box. Meanwhile, the Canyon’s cargo volume ranges from 41.3 cubic feet for the short box to 49.9 cubic feet for the long box.


The Sierra 1500 packs more power than the Canyon. Its standard 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6 engine puts out 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque, and its available engines include three V8 options. The Canyon’s standard engine is a 2.5-liter inline-four engine that delivers 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque, while its other engine options include a V6 and an inline-four turbodiesel.

With its more powerful engine options, the Sierra can tow up to 11,800 pounds when properly equipped, giving it the advantage over the Canyon’s 7,700-pound towing max. However, the Canyon’s smaller engines and lighter weight give it the edge when it comes to fuel efficiency: around 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway (and even better with the diesel engine) as compared to the Sierra’s typical 18/24 mpg.

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2018 GMC Canyon

2018 GMC Canyon



This is an area where both trucks are quite similar. Both offer standard features like a 7-inch GMC Infotainment System and CornerStep rear bumper. The Canyon offers a standard four-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, while the Sierra 1500 does not. Both trucks offer GMC’s luxurious, feature-loaded Denali trim.


The Canyon is the most affordable of the two trucks, with an MSRP starting at $22,095 for the base SL trim and topping out at 44,595 for a 4WD Denali. The Sierra’s MSRP starts at $30,495 for the base trim and goes up to $57,795 for a 4WD Denali.

Conclusion: For heavy hauling and towing, you’ll probably want the Sierra. If your needs aren’t quite so heavy-duty, the Canyon’s lower pricing and superior efficiency are worth a look.


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