The compact truck segment has undergone a lot of changes in the past 5 years. Ford stepped out of the segment completely in 2012 (though the Nissan Frontier, long a rebadged Ranger, continues as does the Ranger in other markets). GM stopped production of the Colorado/Canyon platform after an 8 year run in 2012 (still produced for Brazil) though its predecessor the S-10 pick-up had a healthy run from 1982-2005. Also Dodge stepped away from the mid sized truck segment in 2011 after a 24 year production run of the Dakota. What we have now is a far reduced model market to what it was just a few years ago in North America.
After a brief hiatus GMC came back into the game with an all new Canyon/Colorado for 2015 but its small trucks have also undergone an array of names since the 70s when it rebadged the Isuzu Faster the Chevy Luv (not sure which of those names is better but it was the 70s), then to the S-10 platform and onwards to the Colorado/Canyon.
By the numbers:
As reference Crew Cab Dodge Ram 1500 5.5 box. Length 229in, width 79.4in, height 77.4in.
Canyon: Crew Cab length 224.6in, Wwidth 74.3in, height 70.7in
My day job is for a company with 4 GMC Canyons in the fleet. I drove one for 2 years as my work truck. I didn't like it. At 200,000K all of them have a host of warning lights on the dash and other electrical issues, most of the seats are crushed on the outside edge making them terribly uncomfortable. Needless to say I went into this review pretty jaded. This new truck is nothing like its predecessor either in ride quality, fit and finish inside and out and general comfort. The entire platform is much improved as is the smooth running V6 engine found in our tester. A very unique surprise is the option of a 2.8L I-4 Duramax diesel a first for this segment. The interior is just a "reduced size" version of the Sierra/Silverado dash lay out and that is not a bad thing.
Price As tested was in the $45,000.00 range and came with every option less leather seats. Ride quality was excellent and interior noise well controlled; fuel consumption of 12.2L/100K mixed driving was acceptable but not overwhelming. Headroom was very good and the power adjustable seat made it easy to find a good sitting position. A very impressive improvement over the last generation of this truck - good thing GM took a break. Lets hope the reliability came along with all these other improvements.
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