TFLtruck loves numbers and performance tests. Naturally, we must find out how quick the 2015 GMC Canyon is and compare it to other midsize trucks we tested. Keep in mind that we do all of our truck acceleration tests at about one mile above sea level. Naturally aspirated engines lose about 17% of power at this elevation. If you want to compare these times to those at sea level, then subtract two seconds from the results you see here.
The 2015 GMC Canyon (and cousin – Chevy Colorado) come with a choice of two engines, but this one is the 3.6L V6 that makes 305 hp @ 6,800 rpm and 269 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm. This particular truck has all the bells and whistles and is the long bed crew cab with the 4×4 AllTerrain package. Basically, this is the heaviest Canyon configuration you can find. The rear axle ratio on this truck is 3.42. All TFLtruck 0-60 performance tests are done in two-wheel-drive mode.
The 3.6L in the Canyon starts to rev a little slowly, this is not a sports car engine. However, the revs build up quicker when you get closer to the redline. This is where you would think you are in a sporty sedan. The tachometer needle crosses the 6,500 rpm redline mark to pick up maximum power at 6,800 rpm.
The best time for the Canyon was 9.25 seconds with an overall average of 9.42 seconds. Compare this to the 2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro and 2014 Nissan Frontier PRO-4X. Tacoma’s best was 9.91 seconds, and the Frontier acceleration test was performance with a 5,740 lbs trailer. Another Frontier 0-60 MPH with two people yielded a 10.75 seconds 0-60 MPG run. We will redo the 0-60 MPH on the Frontier very soon for a better comparison.
Get all four 0-60 MPH runs to see all the times and the average.
Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been a contributor at TFL since 2011.