2020 GMC Canyon Denali Exterior
2020 GMC Canyon Denali Exterior – 2020 GMC Canyon Denali
The activation of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon has been a benefaction to GM auto barter sales, abacus aggregate and barter to the barter ancillary of the exhibit as gasoline charcoal bargain and plentiful. Now entering its third archetypal year, the Canyon assets two things: a Denali top trim akin and a new eight-speed automated transmission.
Afore the Denali showed up, the fanciest Canyon you could get was the SLT model, which I collection in agent anatomy in the summer of 2016 to cull a 22-foot Airstream trailer. An SLE archetypal won our 2016 Midsize Auto Challenge, besting every added mid-size auto in the category, including the new Honda Ridgeline. So how does the new top affluence archetypal assemblage up to the field?
The changes that accomplish the Canyon into a Denali are subtle, maybe too subtle. The abstraction abaft the full-size GMC Yukon Denali SUV consistently has been to accommodate Cadillac Escalade levels of affluence afterwards the boastful administration and absonant price. That aesthetics carries over here, with the GMC Canyon Denali accepting a chrome grille and tubular ancillary steps, altered auto and a accepted spray-in bedliner. If you aren’t advantageous abutting absorption to the grille, you wouldn’t apperceive that this is annihilation added than a nice Canyon; the Denali chrome additions aren’t all that extraordinary. It’s still a actual adequate attractive truck, but it alone looks a little altered from the SLT trim, not added adequate or expensive.
The 3.6-liter V-6 agent powering the 2017 GMC Canyon is absolutely altered from the 3.6-liter beneath the awning of the 2016, admitting it has the aforementioned displacement and agnate achievement and ammunition economy. The agent is a adaptation of the one that debuted in the new Camaro. Suffice it to say that it behaves like the old one, with accuracy and adeptness that’s welcome, and missing from some competitors such as the V-6 in the Toyota Tacoma. The agent assets 3 application over the 2016 model, bringing it to 308 hp, and ups torque by 6 pounds-feet for 275 pounds-feet. It additionally adds capricious valve timing, butt deactivation and a few added refinements that you’ll adequate never notice. Clashing the Camaro, it does not affection a stop-start function.
Added notable is the accession of the new eight-speed automatic, which is geared abnormally from the old six-speed and brings a newfound activity to the Canyon’s performance. The GMC Canyon feels quicker off the line, added acquisitive to canyon on the artery and aloof added acknowledging in general. On the highway, those two added apparatus accredit the Canyon to cruise added quietly, with the agent active over at aloof about 1,200-1,300 rpm, enabling a calm and almost noise-free canoeing speed. There’s added wind babble than agent babble at speed, and the aforementioned civilized, well-damped, adequate ride that we bethink from added models remains.
Ammunition abridgement is the big catechism with this new 3.6-liter motor and eight-speed automatic, and axis to the EPA for answers isn’t activity to help: The bureau afflicted the analysis alignment from 2016 to 2017, so it appears as if the Canyon absent 1 mpg in its accumulated ratings. GM additionally says that it’s retuned the all-embracing powertrain aggregate for bigger drivability, which can sometimes affect on all-embracing ammunition abridgement (It’s a balance, afterwards all). Thankfully, we did real-world ammunition abridgement testing with the ’16 aback in our 2016 Midsize Auto Challenge, area the ’16 GMC Canyon SLE angry in a 22.0-mpg boilerplate over a 165-mile bend of alloyed burghal and artery driving. That aforementioned bend run with the ’17 Canyon Denali in about identical altitude angry in an empiric 20.5-mpg performance.
This worse achievement may be due to the added weight the GMC Canyon Denali carries over the SLE — the ’16 SLE aggregation cab 4×4 abbreviate bed advised an empiric 4,440 pounds, while the ’17 Denali angled the bounded scales at 4,620 pounds. It could be due to a altered final gearing or the altered agent affability that makes the 2017 Canyon added fun and acknowledging to drive. Still, with the powertrain changes, I accepted the GMC Canyon Denali to about-face in a bigger fuel-economy achievement than it did. If ammunition abridgement is important to you, conceivably the 2.8-liter Duramax agent agent would be a bigger advantage — I recorded an empiric 28.8 mpg in that agreement in 2016.
The Denali band is declared to be the top affluence trim for the GMC brand, but the Canyon adaptation doesn’t feel any added adequate than the SLT I activated a few months above-mentioned or all that altered from the SLE I collection not continued afore that. This could be because there isn’t all that abundant that’s altered central — GMC has added a covering autogenous in Jet Black with acrimonious and aerial seats (exclusive to the Denali trim), some altered dashboard trim, and Denali logo axle plates and floormats. The blow of the Denali aliment appear in the anatomy of accessories that can be had as options on bottom trims but are accepted at this level, such as a acrimonious council wheel, a aeronautics arrangement with an 8-inch touchscreen, automated altitude control, Bose audio arrangement and more. It’s nice, but it’s not special.
Like the blow of the Canyon range, the GMC Canyon Denali is adequate and well-appointed, with appropriate autogenous abstracts affection and accomplished apparent visibility. The avant-garde seats are admiring and appropriately adjustable, but legroom is still a bit bound in the backseat. This isn’t a full-size pickup, admitting it actuality aural a few inches of full-size pickups from the 1990s. Headroom is plentiful, clashing in the Tacoma, and there’s affluence of amplitude in the cabin, clashing in the Nissan Frontier. You could use a Canyon as a circadian disciplinarian afterwards any accommodation in comfort, authoritative it somewhat of a added alive best than the beyond Sierra for a weekend-warrior auto buyer.
The Denali trim comes accepted with the 8-inch touchscreen and GMC’s IntelliLink multimedia system. Aeronautics is additionally allotment of the package. It’s an intuitive, easy-to-use arrangement that works bound and appearance articulation controls that are additionally afterwards fault. If you adopt a added connected system, the awning can instead apply Apple CarPlay or Android Auto for admirers of those systems. The accepted IntelliLink arrangement is appreciably added convenient than the Toyota Entune system, and at atomic two ancestors newer than the age-old arrangement Nissan employs in the appropriately age-old Frontier.
The gauges in avant-garde of the disciplinarian are clear, ablaze and calmly legible, while an cyberbanking advice awning resides amid them that offers all kinds of added info, controlled by two five-way switches on the council wheel. The Denali trim comes appealing abundant loaded with aggregate you could possibly specify on the Canyon options sheet, including a acrimonious council caster and two USB ports up avant-garde for claimed accessory connectivity. Onboard 4G LTE Wi-Fi is additionally accepted on the Denali trim.
I didn’t do any towing with this adaptation of the new Canyon, so we’ll acquire to delay for a after address on how the new eight-speed automated does with a amount abaft the bumper. The new V-6 and eight-speed keeps the tow appraisement of the old model, however, enabling the Canyon Denali to annoyance a bivouac of up to 7,000 pounds (if you appetite more, opt for the 2.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder Duramax diesel, which will get you 7,700 pounds). In agreement of cargo, you’re presented with two abeyant bed lengths for the Canyon (5-foot or 6-foot), and the Denali trim can be had with either of them.
In the cabin, there are affluence of accumulator cubbies and places to backing electronics, knickknacks, tissue boxes or burger wrappers. The rear seats additionally bend up to acquiesce for added beefy items to be placed abaft the avant-garde seats if you’re accustomed article that you don’t appetite to leave apparent to the elements.
Auto trucks can be ambiguous back it comes to blast safety. The Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance has rated the Canyon aggregation cab as adequate (out of a accessible good, acceptable, fair or poor) in the abstinent avant-garde overlap test, and ante its avant-garde blast blockage as basal (out of a accessible not available, basic, avant-garde or superior) acknowledgment to its accessible advanced blow admonishing arrangement (standard on Denali) but no automated emergency braking. But article the IIHS has acclaimed is the headlight achievement rating, which it says is poor — absolutely some of the affliction headlights on the bazaar in agreement of beam and distance. Note that all models in the IIHS’ baby pickups chic backpack poor headlight ratings and analogously haven’t been subjected to the abounding apartment of blast tests. The Ridgeline, which IIHS classifies as a full-size truck, boasts the best ratings beyond the lath in this assiduously activated class.
The National Artery Assurance Administration gives the Canyon four stars overall, with four stars in aboveboard blast performance, bristles stars for ancillary appulse and alone three stars in rollover testing. The Colorado 4×2 and 4×4 forth with the Frontier 4×2 amount three stars for rollovers, while the Frontier 4×4 ante four stars, as do the Tacoma and Ridgeline.
Clashing added acceptable mid-size pickups, the Canyon has a few alternative cyberbanking assurance systems that set it apart. The Canyon Denali comes with class-exclusive advanced blow admonishing and lane abandonment warning, but it still lacks a dark atom adviser or parking sensors, appearance accessible on the Ridgeline.
The Denali adaptation of the GMC Canyon appealing abundant comes loaded, starting at $43,815 (all prices accommodate destination) for my short-box 4×4 model. My distinct advantage was slate gray brownish acrylic for $395, bringing the admirable absolute to $44,210. You can specify added configurations for the Denali, such as the continued box or agent engine, or skip the four-wheel drive and stick with rear-wheel drive. Add it all up, and you can calmly top fifty admirable for one if you alpha abacus accessories such as bed extenders and tonneau covers.
The aggressive mid-size pickups additionally acquire adequate trim levels, with the Ridgeline’s top Black Edition starting at a commensurable $43,910 and advancing aloof as loaded as a Denali. It appearance full-time all-wheel drive with a front-wheel bias, based as it is on a adapted Honda Pilot SUV platform. It doesn’t acquire absolutely the accustomed accommodation or off-road adeptness of the added true-to-form pickup, but it does appear with some atypical appearance such as a bed that turns into a huge beating apostle and a lockable bed “trunk.” The Tacoma additionally has a luxury-minded Limited archetypal starting at $39,955 for a bifold cab 4×4 model, but the Tacoma’s bloodless V-6 and awkward autogenous are what kept it from actuality added aggressive in our aftermost big Challenge. Compare all four models here.
At the end of the day, GMC has created addition adaptation of the Canyon, but not one that’s appreciably bigger than the SLT or SLE trims. With the new powertrain accessible beyond the range, the alone acumen to opt for the Canyon Denali is for the accessory administration or all-embracing advantage packaging.
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