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August 2012
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Vehicle Profile: 2012 GMC Canyon

Small truck, big ability.

Mid-size trucks are designed to deliver pickup capability in smaller, more economical packages. With an impressive payload, great fuel economy and multiple body and drivetrain configurations, the 2012 GMC Canyon is the little truck with big ability.
With Regular Cab, Extended Cab and Crew Cab body styles and two bed lengths, you can get the perfect GMC Canyon for your needs. Upping the customization factor, the Canyon has three available engines, three available suspensions, and is available in 2WD and 4WD configurations.
The base engine is a Vortec 2.9-liter four-cylinder with 185 hp and 190 lb/ft of torque, and it delivers an impressive 25 mpg on the highway. For those looking for a little more power, the available 3.7-liter five-cylinder engine offers up 242 hp and an equal amount of torque. When maximum performance is needed, a 300 hp 5.3-liter Vortec V8 engine is also available in Extended Cab and Crew Cab models. When equipped with the V8, the Canyon has a 1,422 pound payload capacity and a maximum tow rating of 6,000 pounds. That is enough to pull a GMC Sierra Denali 4WD with weight to spare.
For handling the way you want it, the Canyon offers your choice of the capable Z85 suspension, which is standard; the upgraded Z71 Off-Road Suspension Package, available in 2WD or 4WD configurations; and the ZQ8 Sport Suspension. A five-speed manual transmission comes standard on all four-cylinder models except Crew Cab. A Hydra-Matic four-speed automatic transmission is standard on all Crew Cab four-cylinder models, five-cylinder models and V8 equipped trucks. It is an available option for Regular and Extended Cab four-cylinder models. For 2012, the Canyon now includes an automatic locking rear differential as standard on all 4WD and Crew Cab models.
The Canyon is more than just power and ability. The rugged styling and optional chrome accents with the Chrome Accessory Package make the truck stand out in the crowd and provide great looks to go with the impressive performance. There are also 16-, 17-, and 18-inch wheels, including aluminum and chrome-clad, to help personalize the style of the truck to suit your tastes.
The 2012 Canyon features lots of equipment and technology designed to keep you safe. The cabin is lined with airbags including head-curtain side-impact airbags, and the truck features four-wheel anti-lock brakes. StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control is also standard on all Canyon pickups and is designed to also reduce the risk of rollover crashes.
All Canyon models come standard with OnStar, which features a long list of safety and convenience features. Highlights include hands-free personal calling, remote door unlock, remote vehicle diagnostics stolen vehicle tracking and remote slow-down, roadside assistance and, of course, automatic crash notification and emergency services.
With an MSRP starting at $17,490, extensive customization options and powerful performance, the Canyon is the best of midsize and full-size combined. Come in today to see just how the 2012 GMC Canyon helps you have your cake and eat it too.


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