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Old 03-13-2015, 04:43 AM   #1
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I had a opportunity this week to try towing with one of the new GMC Canyon mid size pick-ups. This truck is much larger than the old GMC Canyon a good way to describe it is 3/4's of a half ton in size.

I liked that it was much lower than most of the new 1/2 tons and the suspension was firmer with a better tire size 255/60 x 18 so handling was actually more stable. It could definitely use real shock absorbers but that is common with a lot of trucks.

The tow rating is 7000 pounds which makes little sense as it will be limited by wind drag long before weight. The 30 International we towed with it was very easy for it to handle weight wise. On my test 16% grade it actually upshifted to second gear while climbing. It runs in 5th gear at 2750 RPM at 65 MPH and tows the Airstream fine. It would have dismal performance with a square trailer however even if it weighed 1000 pounds.

The 3.6 litre direct injection engine is one we have a great deal of experience with in Buick Enclaves, Chev Traverses and a few Cadillac CTS sedans. It is a wonderful motor with a nice wide power band a excellent fuel efficiency. In the truck it definitely works harder than the other vehicles. The Enclave tows 300 RPM lower speed with a little more performance and the Cadillac 300 less than the Enclave.

Rumor is that a 2.8 Litre diesel will soon be available for it and that should be an ideal powertrain for this truck with an Airstream.

The hitch receiver is far too weak for the 7000 pound rating it was already twisting severely after our short 40 mile test run and we were careful to stay out of dips etc. The hitch is rated for 7500 pounds with 900 hitch weight it should be 4000 pounds with 400 pounds hitch weight and tell people that want to tow to the max to reinforce it or replace it.

All in all it is nice to see a new truck you don't need a step ladder to get into with some controlled shocks and if it was mine better tires it would be very stable but I think I would wait for the diesel.

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Nice looking rig. Those smaller trucks have come a long way in the last 5 to 10 years.
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That's a really nice looking truck. I sure hopr that it does appear with the little diesel engine.

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I think GM did a great job with these. We owned a Chevy Trailblazer, which we modified into our first expedition rig and drove all over the country, and is one of a small handful of Trailblazers on 35 inch tires with 6 inches of lift.



I tell ya, if we didn't have kids, we where going to get a Bambi and tow with the Trailblazer, but when the Colorado came out in this new form, I really started to picture how fun it'd be to turn into an expo rig.

I know a lot of guys run the Tacoma's as expo Rigs and I think the new Colorado is going to give Toyota a serious run for the money.

I sat in one and I'd seriously considered buying one. But plans and lifestyle have changed. Still, I think GM has a winner.

A diesel would be even better.

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The diesel is NOT a rumor. It will be available in the 2016 calendar year...maybe a bit earlier.
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Thanks for sharing Andy. I'm sure it will be a good tow vehicle, especially with the li'l Dmax.
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Hi, I guess Motor Trend thinks this is a great truck; I saw one in my neighborhood and it looks nice. [for a GM truck] But I was surprised at how big this little truck actually is. I guess if Ford was to come out with the rumored F-100, it would be about the same size. I don't doubt you about the weakness of the factory receiver, but could you explain how you noticed the severe twisting?
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Thanks for the review! I think that the reason for the difference in RPM while cruising is more likely due to the different axle ratios between the Canyon/Colorado and the Enclave/Acadia/Traverse. The pickups get a 3.42 gear set while the SUVs come with the 3.16. Driving at the same speed I would expect the pickups to be at slightly higher RPMs even totally unloaded.
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The diesel is NOT a rumor. It will be available in the 2016 calendar year...maybe a bit earlier.
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Any idea what the tow capacity will be with the 2.8L Duramax?


I read on the internet (must be true, right) that the 2.8L Duramax was developed/designed by VM Motori when GM was part owner. Part of the deal when GM sold their interest in VM was that GM could produce the engine under license. Truth?
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I do like the looks and size of the new Colorado - something to consider for the future. I swear that it's as big as full size pickups used to be - they are behemoths now.
There's a lot you can do with a small diesel (like the 2.7 in my Sprinter)
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Any idea what the tow capacity will be with the 2.8L Duramax?


I read on the internet (must be true, right) that the 2.8L Duramax was developed/designed by VM Motori when GM was part owner. Part of the deal when GM sold their interest in VM was that GM could produce the engine under license. Truth?
Don't know on either question. It's too early for my training, but maybe I can find out.
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