2008 GMC Canyon

Overview

The GMC Canyon midsize pickup truck delivers impressive power, outstanding performance and surprisingly comfortable accommodations, all available in a wide variety of cab, suspension and trim configurations.

  • In 2008, Canyon will available in the following configurations:
  • Three cab styles Regular, Extended and Crew Cab.
  • Four trim levels WT, SL, SLE and SLT.
  • Two drivelines 2WD and 4WD.
  • Two suspensions Z85 Heavy Duty and Z71 Off-Road.

Top Ten Features

  • 1. Crew Cab NHTSA 5-star rating The 2008 Canyon Crew Cab has earned a 5-star rating for both the driver and right front passenger in the frontal-impact crash test conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as part of their New Car Assessment Program1. Among Canyon’s advanced safety features are standard dualstage front air bags.
  • 2. Locking 2-position tailgate Canyon’s locking 2-position tailgate has stops at 55 and 89 degrees for added cargo hauling versatility first in the midsize segment and a Canyon exclusive. (Locking feature on Crew Cab models only.)
  • 3. Available locking differential Automatically locks the rear wheels together when one wheel begins to lose traction at low speeds. Capable of transferring up to 100% of engine torque to the rear wheel with traction.
  • 4. ABS/Electronic Traction Control/Tire Pressure Monitoring Canyon has front disc/rear drum brakes with a standard Antilock Braking System (ABS) that helps the driver maintain steering control during hard braking conditions on most slippery surfaces. On 2WD models, the available traction control system uses the same ABS wheel sensors to detect when one or both of the rear wheels begin to slip, then automatically modulates braking and engine torque until normal traction is regained. A Tire Pressure Monitoring is standard on all models.
  • 5. Available head-curtain side air bags Mounted behind the roof rail immediately above the doors, the head-curtain side air bags provide increased protection for first and second row occupants in moderate to severe side impacts. Available on all models.
  • 6. Available OnStar OnStar is available on all models and includes one year of the Safe & Sound Plan. Buyers may upgrade the plan to Directions & Connections for only $100, which includes Turn-by-Turn Navigation. (Remote door unlock feature not available on SL and WT models.)
  • 7. XM Satellite Radio Available on all models, XM delivers coast-to-coast, digitalquality sound with over 170 channels of music, news, sports, talk, comedy, kids’ programming, traffic & weather and more, including XM Radio Online. Requires subscription after 3-month trial.
  • 8. Two powerful inline engines Canyon’s 2.9L I4 produces 185 hp and 190 lb.-ft. of torque. The 3.7L I5 produces 242 hp and 242 lb.-ft. of torque.
  • 9. Long-life features Both of Canyon’s engines feature a long-life roller-chaindriven camshaft, platinum-tip spark plugs that provide up to 100,000 miles of service, engine coolant with a service interval of up to 150,000 miles or 5 years, and an accessory drive belt designed to provide up to 150,000 trouble-free miles.
  • 10. Best coverage in America All 2008 Canyons feature the GM 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Power & Handling

  • Vortec 2.9L I4 engine Based on the advanced technology of the award-winning Vortec 4.2L I6, this is the most powerful standard 4-cylinder engine in the midsize pickup class. Standard on all SL models, all SLE/3SA Regular and Extended Cabs and 2WD SLE/3SA Crew Cabs. 185 hp @ 5600 rpm. 190 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2800 rpm.
  • Vortec 3.7L I5 engine Another of GM’s inline engine family, the Vortec 3.7L delivers the power of a 6-cylinder with the fuel economy of a 4-cylinder. In fact, it produces more horsepower and torque than any competitor’s standard V6. Standard on all SLE/3SB and SLT models and 4WD SLE/3SA Crew Cabs; available on all other SLE models. 242 hp @ 5600 rpm. 242 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4600 rpm.
  • Manual transmission An economical and fun-to-drive 5-speed manual with overdrive. Standard on Regular and Extended Cabs with the 2.9L I4 engine.
  • Automatic transmission A smooth-shifting, electronically controlled 4-speed automatic with overdrive. Standard on all models with the 3.7L I5 engine and 2WD SLE/3SA Crew Cabs.
  • Towing capacity Canyon can tow up to 5500 lbs. on models equipped with the Vortec 3.7L I5 engine, and up to 3400 lbs. on models equipped with the Vortec 2.9L I4.
  • Versatile and roomy cargo boxes Regular and Extended Cab models feature a 6'1" long cargo box with 44 cu. ft. of cargo capacity. Crew Cabs get a shorter 5'1" box with a 37 cu. ft. capacity. Both boxes include four tie downs and 2-tier loading capability. Canyon’s cargo boxes also feature a segment-exclusive 2-position tailgate with stops at 55 and 89 degrees for even more cargo hauling versatility. Crew Cab models have a standard locking tailgate.
  • Interior cargo capacity Canyon Regular Cabs have room for storage behind the seats. And Canyon has the only Extended Cab in the segment with a flat load floor and under-seat storage compartments. Canyon’s Crew Cabs feature a 60/40 split-folding rear seat with under-seat storage. The seat can be folded down completely for a wide, flat load floor, or folded in sections to allow a combination of cargo and passengers.
  • Canyon’s strong frame Welded construction and added cross members contribute to increased frame stiffness resulting in enhanced structural performance. Body mounts are strategically located and tuned triaxially for best road impact, and powertrain mounts provide maximum isolation for optimum engine idle quality.
  • Canyon suspension All Canyons feature an independent front suspension, with coil springs on the 2WD Z85 model and torsion bars on Z71 models and all 4WD models. The rear suspension on all models is a live axle design with semi-elliptical, 2-stage steel leaf springs. All models also have a front stabilizer bar.
  • Z85 Heavy Duty Suspension Standard on all models, the Z85 provides exceptional drivability with a smooth, quiet ride and precise handling.
  • Standard Z85 Heavy Duty Suspension On all models. Provides outstanding hauling capability.
  • Available Z71 High Stance Off-road Suspension On all models, the Z71 suspension features monotube shocks, front torsion bars and urethane jounce bumpers. Included in the Z71 package are 15" cast aluminum wheels with on-/off-road blackwall radial tires, automatic locking rear differential and a full-size spare.
  • Available locking differential Automatically locks the rear wheels together when slippage is detected. A midsize exclusive. Standard on Z71 models; available on all other models.
  • Available traction control Uses ABS sensors to detect when wheel slippage occurs, then automatically modulates brakeforce and engine torque to help regain normal traction. Available only on 2WD models with automatic transmission. Requires automatic locking differential.
  • Insta-Trac 4WD All 4WD models are equipped with this dependable, electronic shift-on-the-fly system with dashmounted controls.
  • Rack-and-pinion steering Coupled with a hydraulic power-assist system, delivers sharpened steering response, reduced static steering effort and more (on-center) feel.
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring This system electronically transmits pressure from each tire to the DIC so the driver can take action to ensure that all tires are properly inflated. Standard.
  • Wheels and tires. - 15" 5-spoke, cast aluminum wheels (PF3) are standard on all 2WD and 4WD models with the Z85 suspension. Specific 15" 5-spoke, cast aluminum wheels (N90) are standard on all models with the Z71 suspension. 15" 5-spoke, chrome finish styled aluminum wheels (N83) are available on all SLE and SLT models with the Z85 or Z71 suspensions. P235/75R15 all-season, blackwall radial tires are standard on models with the Z85 suspension and 4WD. P225/75R15 all-season, blackwall radial tires are included on all 2WD models with aluminum wheels. P265/75R15 on-/off-road, blackwall radial tires are standard on models with the Z71 suspension.

Comfort And Convenience

  • Canyon Regular Cab With two doors, can seat up to three passengers with storage room behind the seats. Available in WT, SL and SLE trim.
  • Canyon Extended Cab With two front doors and two rear-opening rear doors, can seat up to five passengers. Available in WT, SL and SLE and SLT trim.
  • Canyon Crew Cab With four front-hinged, forwardopening doors, can seat up to six passengers. Available in SLE and SLT trim.
  • Sun and Sound Plus Package XM Satellite Radio and power sunroof available on SLE-2, SLT EXT and Crew Cab.
  • Fog lamps Standard on all models except 1SA PEG and Chassis cab models.
  • Uplevel outside mirrors Power-adjustable and manual folding in Dark Smoke Gray. Standard on SLE/3SA Crew Cabs, SLE/3SB, SLE/3SC and SLT; available on SLE/3SA Regular and Extended Cabs and WT.
  • Interior colors Pewter in vinyl and SL Cloth, and Ebony and Light Tan in SLE Deluxe Cloth and SLT Deluxe Leather.
  • Glass Package Deep tinted glass and rear sliding window. Standard on SLE-2 and SLT trims. Available on SL and SLE-1 trims.
  • Base AM/FM stereo Includes seek-and-scan and digital clock with two speakers on Regular Cab and four speakers on Extended Cab. Standard on SL.
  • CD/MP3 player Includes AM/FM stereo with Radio Data System (RDS), auto-tone control, TheftLock and automatic volume with two speakers on SL Regular Cab; four speakers on SL Extended Cab and SLE Regular Cab; six speakers on SLE Extended Cab and all Crew Cabs. Standard on SLE and SLT; available on SL and WT.
  • 6-disc, in-dash CD changer Includes AM/FM stereo with RDS, auto-tone control, speed-compensated volume and TheftLock with four speakers on Regular Cab and six speakers on Extended and Crew Cab. Available on SLE and SLT. Does not include, and is not compatible with, MP3 player.
  • XM Satellite Radio Delivering coast-to-coast, digitalquality sound with over 170 crystal clear channels of music, news, sports, talk, comedy, kids’ programming, traffic & weather and more, including XM Radio Online. Available on all models with CD/MP3 player or 6-disc CD changer. Includes 3-month trial subscription. Requires paid subscription after trial expiration; contiguous 48 states only.
  • SLE front seats Front Deluxe Cloth reclining bucket seats with head restraint, manual recline, manual lumbar, center console and armrest. Standard on SLE/3SB and SLE/3SC.
  • SLT front seats Leather-appointed, heated front buckets with 8-way power driver seat with power lumbar and recliner and 6-way power passenger seat with power lumbar and manual recliner. Includes center console and armrest.
  • Front bench seats A 60/40 split-bench SL Cloth seat is standard on SL models. A 60/40 split-bench Deluxe Cloth seat, including armrest with integral storage and cup holders, is standard on SLE/3SA and available on SLE/3SB.
  • Extended Cab rear seats A pair of second row forward facing jump seats comfortably accommodate two passengers. The seats also fold up to reveal a flat load floor and rear-seat storage compartment. Standard on SLE and SLT; available on SL and WT.
  • Crew Cab rear seat All Crew Cabs are equipped with a second row 3-passenger, 60/40 split-bench seat. The seat backs fold forward to provide a flat load surface.
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel Standard on SL, SLE and SLT models.
  • Standard Driver Information Center Includes low fuel monitor with warning light and warning chime, trip odometer with LCD readout, parking brake reminder, diagnostic trouble codes and an oil life monitor.
  • Air conditioning Every Canyon is equipped with standard front manual air conditioning. Crew Cabs get a standard second row heater duct.
  • Power sunroof Available only in Sun and Sound Package on Extended and Crew Cab models.
  • Power Convenience Package Includes power windows, power programmable door locks, power outside mirrors, Remote Keyless Entry (RKE) and electrochromic inside mirror. Standard on SLT and SLE except available on SLE/3SA Regular and Extended Cabs.
    • comparison chart
    • Engine
      Horsepower @ rpm
      Torque (lb.-ft.) @ rpm
    • 3.7L DOHC I5, 242 @ 5600, 242 @ 4600
    • 3.7L SOHC V6, 210 @ 5200, 235 @ 4000
    • 4.0L DOHC V6, 261 @ 5600, 281 @ 4000
    • 4.0L DOHC V6 w/ VVT-i, 236 @ 5200, 266 @ 4000
    • Engine (A)
      Horsepower @ rpm
      Torque (lb.-ft.) @ rpm
    • -
    • 4.7L SOHC V8 FlexFuel, 290 @ 5200, 320 @ 3600
    • -
    • -
    • Transmission
    • 4-speed auto.
    • 6-speed manual (V6); 5-speed auto. (V8)
    • 5-speed auto.
    • 6-speed manual
    • Transmission (A)
    • -
    • 4-speed auto. (V6)
    • -
    • 5-speed auto. w/ ECT-i
    • Max. payload (lbs.)
    • 1222
    • 1320
    • 1365
    • 1385 (manual); 1360 (auto.)
    • Max. towing (lbs.)
    • 5500
    • 6750
    • 6100
    • 6500
    • Cargo box length (in.)
    • 61.0
    • 63.2
    • 59.5
    • 60.3
    • Cargo box capacity (cu. ft.)
    • 37.0
    • 40.2
    • 33.5
    • Not listed
    • 2-position tailgate
    • S
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • Wheelbase/length (in.)
    • 126.0/207.1
    • 131.3/218.8
    • 125.9/205.5
    • 127.8/208.1
    • 4WD system
    • Insta-Trac shift-on-the-fly 4WD
    • Part-time shift-on-the-fly 4WD; Full-time shift-on-the-fly 4WD (A)
    • Shift-on-the-fly 4WD
    • 4WDemand shift-on-the fly 4WD
    • Front suspension
    • Independent torsion bar type
    • Independent double-wishbone
    • Independent w/stabilizer bar
    • Independent double-wishbone
    • Rear suspension
    • Semi-floating axle w/ leaf springs
    • Live axle w/leaf springs
    • Rear overslung multi-leaf
    • Leaf spring rigid
    • Automatic locking rear differential
    • S
    • A
    • A
    • S
    • Vehicle stability control
    • -
    • -
    • A
    • A
    • Roll avoidance system
    • -
    • -
    • A
    • -
    • Traction control
    • -
    • -
    • A
    • A
    • Hill Start Assist
    • -
    • -
    • A
    • A
    • Downhill Assist Control
    • -
    • -
    • A
    • A
    • Steering
    • Rack-and-pinion
    • Rack-and-pinion
    • Rack-and-pinion
    • Rack-and-pinion
    • Brakes, front/rear
    • Disc/drum w/ ABS
    • Disc/drum w/2-wheel ABS; 4-wheel ABS (A)
    • Disc/disc w/ABS, EBD
    • Disc/drum w/ABS, EBD, BA
    • Wheels
    • 15" chrome styled aluminum
    • 16" cast aluminum
    • 17" aluminum alloy
    • 16" alloy
    • Wheels (A)
    • -
    • 18" chrome clad aluminum
    • -
    • 17" alloy
    • Max. seating capacity
    • 5
    • 5; 6 (A)
    • 5
    • 5
    • Seat adjustment, driver/front passenger
    • 8/6
    • 8 (power)/4 (manual)
    • 8/4 (A)
    • 4 (manual)/4 (manual)
    • Leather-appointed seats
    • S
    • S
    • A
    • -
    • Heated front seats
    • S
    • A
    • A
    • -
    • Front bench seat
    • -
    • A
    • -
    • -
    • Center console w/ storage
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Second row bench seat
    • S (60/40 split)
    • S (60/40 split)
    • S (60/40 split)
    • S (60/40 split)
    • Second row under-seat storage
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Steering wheel controls
    • -
    • S
    • A
    • A
    • Steering column
    • Tilt
    • Tilt
    • Tilt
    • Tilt/Telescoping
    • Driver Information Center
    • S
    • Trip computer
    • Trip computer
    • Trip computer
    • Power windows
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Power door locks
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Cruise control
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Auto-dimming ISRV mirror
    • S (w/ compass and outside temp.)
    • S (w/ hands-free UConnect communication system)
    • S (w/ compass)
    • A
    • Power-adjustable OSRV mirrors
    • S
    • S
    • S; Heat (A)
    • S
    • Remote Keyless Entry
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Remote start
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • Universal Home Remote
    • -
    • S
    • S
    • -
    • Power sunroof
    • A
    • A
    • A
    • -
    • Air conditioning, manual
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • CD player
    • S (w/ MP3)
    • S (w/ MP3)
    • S; MP3 (A)
    • S
    • 6-disc CD changer
    • A
    • A
    • A
    • A
    • Speakers
    • 6
    • 6
    • 6; 10 (A)
    • 6
    • Satellite radio
    • A (XM)
    • S (SIRIUS)
    • A (XM or SIRIUS)
    • -
    • Hands-free telephone
    • A
    • A
    • -
    • -
    • Navigation system
    • -
    • A
    • -
    • -
    • -
    • Head room, 1st/2nd (in.)
    • 39.6/38.3
    • 39.9/38.4
    • 40.0/38.7
    • 40.1/38.5
    • Leg room, 1st/2nd (in.)
    • 42.2/34.8
    • 41.9/36.4
    • 42.4/33.6
    • 41.7/32.6
    • Shoulder room, 1st/2nd (in.)
    • 57.1/57.1
    • 57.7/57.5
    • 58.3/58.3
    • 57.7/59.3
    • Hip room, 1st/2nd (in.)
    • 53.3/52.9
    • 54.9/56.0
    • 55.6/58.0
    • 53.6/55.2
    • Bumper-to-bumper warranty
    • 3/36,000
    • 3/36,000
    • 3/36,000
    • 3/36,000
    • Powertrain warranty
    • 5/100,000
    • Lifetime Limited
    • 5/60,000
    • 5/60,000
    • Roadside assistance and courtesy transportation
    • 5/100,000
    • 3/36,000
    • 3/36,000
    • -
    • Corrosion warranty
    • 6/100,000
    • 5/100,000
    • 5/unlimited
    • 5/unlimited
    • Dual-stage frontal air bags
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Front passenger sensing system
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • Seat-mounted side-impact air bags
    • -
    • S
    • -
    • A
    • Head-curtain side-impact air bags
    • A
    • S
    • A
    • A
    • Automatic headlamps
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • -
    • Fog lamps
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • A
    • Daytime Running Lamps
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • A
    • Tire pressure monitor
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • S
    • OnStar
    • S
    • -
    • -
    • -

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