Compare 2011 Dodge Dakota vs 2012 GMC Canyon

2011 Dodge Dakota
2012 GMC Canyon
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2WD Crew Cab Bighorn/Lonestar
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2WD Crew Cab SLE1
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Canyon 2WD Crew Cab SLE1 18 25 $23,450 $24,685
Canyon 2WD Crew Cab SLE2 17 23 $25,146 $26,470
Canyon 2WD Ext Cab SLE1 18 25 $21,888 $23,040
Canyon 2WD Ext Cab Work Truck 18 25 $20,006 $20,840
Canyon 2WD Reg Cab SLE1 18 25 $19,432 $20,455
Canyon 2WD Reg Cab Work Truck 18 25 $16,790 $17,490
Canyon 4WD Crew Cab SLE1 16 21 $27,179 $28,610
Canyon 4WD Crew Cab SLE2 16 21 $27,668 $29,125
Canyon 4WD Crew Cab SLT 16 21 $30,200 $31,790
Canyon 4WD Ext Cab SLE1 18 24 $25,160 $26,485
Canyon 4WD Ext Cab SLE2 17 23 $27,687 $29,145
Canyon 4WD Ext Cab Work Truck 18 24 $23,457 $24,435
Canyon 4WD Reg Cab SLE1 18 24 $24,039 $25,305
Canyon 4WD Reg Cab Work Truck 18 24 $21,489 $22,385
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,420
$23,450
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,780
$24,685
Monthly Payment Estimate
$446 / month
$411 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.8
6.6
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.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 25 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
54.9 53.3
Second Leg Room (in)
36.4 34.8
Front Head Room (in)
39.9 39.3
Second Hip Room (in)
56.0 52.9
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.7 57.1
Passenger Capacity
5 6
Second Head Room (in)
38.4 38.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.5 57.1
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 42.2
Exterior Dimensions
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)
48.8 - TBD -
Wheelbase (in)
131.3 126.0
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
7.9 7.7
Cab to Axle (in)
25.4 22.6
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.7 67.6
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
31.2 35.7
Overhang, Front (in)
38.4 33.9
Frame Width, Rear (in)
32.4 - TBD -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)
144.3 137.3
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in)
218.5 207.1
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
8.0 7.7
Cab to End of Frame (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
68.7 65.2
Ground to Top of Frame (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
45.2 42.6
Tailgate Width (in)
53.3 52.4
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)
64.9 61.4
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³)
37.1 - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)
59.6 57.2
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
17.6 18.6
Cargo Volume (ft³)
38.2 37.0
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)
59.6 NA
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA
Brake ABS System
Rear Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
11.6 x 2.3 11.6 x 2.5
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 x 1.1 11.2 x 1.6
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Location
Inboard LH Frame - TBD -
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.0 19
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
17.4 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
44.0 44.3
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
WF1 ZCY
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P265/65R17 P215/70R16
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Rear Tire Order Code
TXK QRD
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P265/65R17 P215/70R16
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- TBD - NA
Spare Tire Size
Full-Size Compact
Front Tire Order Code
TXK QRD
Trailering
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
4800 3000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
4800 3000
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
480 300
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
720 450
Weight Information
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
6010 5000
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
3100 2633
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2459 2048
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
9300 7000
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
3600 2896
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
1906 1680
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 16 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 16 x 6
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Watts
- TBD - NA
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
136 125
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 590
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Engine Oil Cooler
NA NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
235 @ 4000 190 @ 2800
Engine Order Code
EKG LLV
Displacement
3.7L/226 2.9L/177
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
210 @ 5200 185 @ 5600
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
17 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 25
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.29
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.57 1.63
Trans Order Code
DGV M30
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA NA
Trans Power Take Off
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.70
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Model
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84 3.06
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Type
4 4
Trans PTO Access
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ram Dakota GMC Canyon
Body Code
131.3" WB E63
Body Style
Crew Cab 5'4" Bed Crew Cab
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - 30
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
3100 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Live Axle 2-Stage Multi-Leaf
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
3850 - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - 30
Axle Type - Rear
- TBD - Semi-Floating
Suspension Type - Front
Upper/Lower "A" Arms Coil Springs
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.10
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
3850 - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
3100 - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.92 3.73
Axle Type - Front
- TBD - Independent
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder Ladder
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.0 8.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
2 4

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