GMC Canyon Duramax 2.8L Turbo Diesel

GMC Canyon Duramax 2.8L Turbo Diesel

2016 GMC Canyon Diesel

2016 GMC Canyon Diesel

GMC Canyon was introduced late last year as a 2015 model. GM’s “twin” models in the mid-size pickup segment, GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado compete with the Toyota Tacoma. Due to better design, powerful engines and better fuel economy, this segment promises a better future with growth in the next few years.


For the 2016 model year, GM added a powerful Duramax, Turbo Diesel engine to Canyon’s lineup. This engine delivers 181 hore power and a torque of 369 lbft at just 2000 revolutions per minute. For an extra $4,390 (over the gasoline engine), you get a better fuel economy, more torque and a longer life span for the same truck. It is up to you to calculate and decide if and when this surcharge will be amortized.

During our one-week test drive we had an average consumption of 7,2 liters in a mixed mood.

Canadian regulations do not require standardized fuel consumption tests for heavy duty vehicles (a class to which Canyon also belongs). So, we do not know how much we deviated from the “standard”. with a tank of 79 liters, the theoretical range is north of 1000 kilometers.


Do not expect to see surprises inside the cabin. It is not as fancy and complicated as in an Escalade. But, the dashboard is well designed and executed, controls are easy to reach and use, there are no disturbing gaps as you could see in GM vehicles until about 10 years ago. Front-seats are very comfortable for a work horse, legroom is very good for long trips and the back seat is reasonable for the additional two. In the rear, the seatbacks fold down to create for additional cargo area.


With the added advantage of a diesel engine, this mid-size truck of “professional grade” is a good alternative for small business owners, who need less than a full-size truck but drive high mileage.

The Specifications

Type of vehicle: Mid-size pickup
Engine: Duramax 2.8L Turbo Diesel ($4,390 extra over 3.6L V6 gasoline engine)
Transmission: 6-speed, automatic
Price (base/as tested): $39,895 / $49,940
Destination charge: CAD 1,695
Natural Resources Canada fuel economy (L/100 km): 16 city; 11.2 highway;13.9 combined
Optional features: (Total: $8,250)

(Intellilink audio with 8″ colour touch navigation, 5″ asisst steps, Bose Premium speaker system, spray-on bedliner, emerald green metallic, driver alert pasckage, all-weather floor mats, engine block heater, P265/60R-18 all-season tires.)

Total Price as Tested: $49,940

Article: Varol McKars

Pictures: Varol McKars, Burak McKars

Test vehicle was provided by Ford Canada (via BHG Media Fleet)

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