A mid-sized pickup that replaced the Sonoma, the GMC Canyon debuted in 2004 as a choice for truck buyers who can suffice without the bulk of a half-ton pickup. Available in regular cab, extended cab and crew cab body styles, the 2004 Canyon was offered with a two-wheel as well as a four-wheel drivetrain layout. The 2004 GMC pickup truck also provided drivers with differing ride types. Better off-road performance is achieved with the Z71 suspension while the Z85 setup is more suited for regular on-road rides.
Engine power for the 2004 GMC Canyon was sourced from a 2.8-liter four-cylinder or a 220-horsepower 3.5-liter five-cylinder powerplant. A five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission choice was offered. Propulsion for the GMC Canyon received a refinement for 2007 with larger displacement four and five cylinder powerplants. A 2.9-liter four-cylinder generates 185 horsepower while a 3.7-liter five-cylinder engine produces 242 horsepower. For 2009, the eight-cylinder power was made available on the GMC Canyon.
On extended and crew cab models, a 5.3-liter V-8 engine generating 300 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque came the new premium powerplant for the truck. With the optional eight-cylinder powerplant, the 2009 Canyon had the capacity to tow a maximum weight of 6,000 pounds. The return of the ZQ8 sport suspension and an improved Z71 off-road package provided the mid-sized truck with more tailored handling manners for 2009. Electronic stability control was added standard to all Canyons as of the 2009 model year. After a nine-year run, the GMC Canyon was discontinued after the 2012 model year. A changing attitude inside General Motors for mid-sized trucks resulted in the return of the GMC Canyon for 2015.