2009 GMC Canyon vs. Its Competition

2009 GMC Canyon

The Chevrolet Colorado is nearly identical to the Canyon in every way—except for different grilles and slight variations in badging and trim.

The Ford Ranger reigns as the strongest competitor to the Canyon and Colorado; the Ranger is an aging design, but at the four-cylinder level it’s more enjoyable to drive than the GM twins and gets decent fuel economy.

The Ranger also comes in a wide range of configurations, including strong V-6 versions, although it doesn’t compete with the new V-8.

The Toyota Tacoma is a step larger, but it gives the Canyon a run for the money, as its base price is more than $1,000 lower, with strong, smooth performance from its standard four-cylinder engine and hearty, competitive hauling power from its optional V-6.

The Tacoma also has especially solid resale value.

The Nissan Frontier feels larger, though it comes with a base four-cylinder engine or an exceptionally torquey and smooth 3.5-liter V-6.

The Dakota is another alternative, but in terms of size it’s just short of full-size trucks; it’s not as maneuverable and gets less-than-stellar fuel economy from its V-6 and V-8 engines.

2009 GMC Canyon2009 GMC Canyon
Browse Used Listings
2009 Chevrolet Colorado LT w/1LT2009 Chevrolet Colorado
Browse Used Listings
2008 Dodge Dakota 2WD Ext Cab ST Open Doors2008 Dodge Dakota
Browse Used Listings
2008 Ford Ranger 2WD 2-door SuperCab 126" Sport Angular Front Exterior View2008 Ford Ranger
Browse Used Listings
2008 Nissan Frontier XE2008 Nissan Frontier
Browse Used Listings
2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner2008 Toyota Tacoma
Browse Used Listings
Quick Specs
With the addition of the new V-8 option, the 2009 GMC Canyon goes from unappealing to quite competitive.
The new available V-8 engine is a long time coming and helps position the Colorado as a worthy rival to the most capable compacts and an alternative to full-size trucks.
Especially with the improved V-8, the 2008 Dodge Dakota can do most of what a full-size truck can while consuming fewer resources in the process.
The 2008 Ford Ranger’s best, highest use is as an inexpensive work truck or off-road play toy. Anything else exposes the flaws in its seating, its fuel economy, its available features and in its performance.
For those of us who don't live on a ranch, the 2008 Nissan Frontier is large enough to haul real people and cargo, but sized for the urban-congestion reality.
The 2008 Toyota Tacoma covers the basics, at a price that’s lower than full-size trucks.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas V6Gas I4Gas 4-cylGas I4
EPA Class     
Style Name     
2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck2WD Ext Cab ST2WD Reg Cab 112" XL2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE2WD Reg I4 MT (SE)
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Regular CabRegular CabExtended Cab 6'7" BedReg Cab 6' StylesideKing CabRegular Cab
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManualManualManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2009 GMC Canyon vs. 2009 Chevrolet Colorado2009 GMC Canyon vs. 2008 Dodge Dakota2009 GMC Canyon vs. 2008 Ford Ranger2009 GMC Canyon vs. 2008 Nissan Frontier2009 GMC Canyon vs. 2008 Toyota Tacoma