Compare 2012 GMC Canyon vs 2012 Nissan Frontier

2012 GMC Canyon
2012 Nissan Frontier
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2WD Reg Cab Work Truck
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Reg Cab Work Truck 18 25 $16,790 $17,490
2WD Reg Cab SLE1 18 25 $19,432 $20,455
2WD Ext Cab Work Truck 18 25 $20,006 $20,840
4WD Reg Cab Work Truck 18 24 $21,489 $22,385
2WD Ext Cab SLE1 18 25 $21,888 $23,040
4WD Ext Cab Work Truck 18 24 $23,457 $24,435
2WD Crew Cab SLE1 18 25 $23,450 $24,685
4WD Reg Cab SLE1 18 24 $24,039 $25,305
2WD Crew Cab SLE2 17 23 $25,146 $26,470
4WD Ext Cab SLE1 18 24 $25,160 $26,485
4WD Crew Cab SLE1 16 21 $27,179 $28,610
4WD Crew Cab SLE2 16 21 $27,668 $29,125
4WD Ext Cab SLE2 17 23 $27,687 $29,145
4WD Crew Cab SLT 16 21 $30,200 $31,790
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2WD King Cab I4 Manual S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD King Cab I4 Manual S 19 23 $18,264 $19,260
2WD King Cab I4 Automatic S 17 22 $19,258 $20,310
2WD King Cab I4 Manual SV 19 23 $21,376 $22,550
2WD King Cab V6 Manual SV 16 20 $21,934 $23,140
2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 16 20 $22,086 $23,300
2WD King Cab I4 Automatic SV 17 22 $22,369 $23,600
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic SV 15 20 $22,927 $24,190
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 15 20 $23,079 $24,350
2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 16 20 $23,116 $24,390
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 15 20 $24,109 $25,440
4WD King Cab Manual SV 15 20 $24,218 $25,840
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 15 20 $24,506 $25,860
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 15 20 $24,367 $26,000
4WD King Cab Automatic SV 14 19 $25,200 $26,890
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 14 19 $25,349 $27,050
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 15 20 $25,387 $27,090
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 14 19 $26,369 $28,140
4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 14 19 $26,761 $28,560
4WD King Cab Manual PRO-4X 15 20 $26,898 $29,030
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 15 20 $27,912 $29,790
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual PRO-4X 15 20 $27,720 $29,920
4WD King Cab Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $28,008 $30,230
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 15 20 $28,380 $30,290
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $28,691 $30,970
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 14 19 $30,051 $32,440
4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 14 19 $30,560 $32,990
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,790
$18,264
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,490
$19,260
Monthly Payment Estimate
$292 / month
$321 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.6
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
Crash test scores are a concern, but it you're shopping for a truly compact pickup truck, the 2012 GMC Canyon is probably a better pick than the Ranger or Dakota. You may not need to go full-size--the 2012 Nissan Frontier pickup truck can cover a lot of the same ground a bigger pickup can.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 23 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
44.0 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
53.3 55.8
Front Head Room (in)
39.6 39.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 58.3
Passenger Capacity
3 4
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 54.9
Second Leg Room (in)
- 25.4
Second Hip Room (in)
- 55.0
Second Head Room (in)
- 38.3
Exterior Dimensions
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
7.7 8.7
Cab to Axle (in)
34.2 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
67.6 72.8
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
33.0 - TBD -
Overhang, Front (in)
33.9 31.3
Frame Width, Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)
110.9 - TBD -
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in)
192.4 205.5
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
7.7 8.7
Cab to End of Frame (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
65.2 68.7
Ground to Top of Frame (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)
- TBD - 48.2
Wheelbase (in)
111.3 125.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
42.6 44.4
Tailgate Width (in)
52.4 58.8
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)
72.8 73.3
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³)
NA 30.9
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)
57.2 61.4
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
18.6 18.0
Cargo Volume (ft³)
44.0 33.5
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)
NA 61.4
Brakes
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 11.3 x 0.7
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
11.6 x 2.5 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.2 x 1.6 11.1 x 0.7
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19 21.1
Fuel Tank Location
- TBD - NA
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA NA
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
- TBD - 3.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
- TBD - 20.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.4 43.4
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & pinion
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
NA NA
Spare Tire Size
Compact P235/75R15
Front Tire Order Code
QRD NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
ZCY NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/70R16 P235/75R15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
NA NA
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Order Code
QRD NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P215/70R16 P235/75R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
360 350
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2400 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2400 3500
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
240 350
Weight Information
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
1478 1658
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
4850 4690
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
2633 2531
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
1888 2027
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
7000 7936
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
2896 2531
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6 15 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 15 x 7.0
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6 15 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 10.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
590 550
Maximum Alternator Watts
NA - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
125 110
Engine
Displacement
2.9L/177 2.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
185 @ 5600 152 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas 4-cyl
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Engine Oil Cooler
NA NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
190 @ 2800 171 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
LLV NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 21
Transmission
Trans Type
5 5
Trans PTO Access
NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.81
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.67 3.63
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.26 2.07
Trans Order Code
MA5 NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA NA
Trans Power Take Off
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Transfer Case Model
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.75 3.58
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.37 1.36
Summary
Vehicle Name
GMC Canyon Nissan Frontier
Body Code
E63 125.9 WB
Body Style
Regular Cab King Cab
Suspension
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.73 4.08
Axle Type - Front
Independent NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
30 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
2-Stage Multi-Leaf Multi-Leaf
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
30 - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear
Semi-Floating C200
Suspension Type - Front
Coil Springs Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.10 1.34
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder Ladder
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.9 8.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 4
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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