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.
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|2009 GMC CanyonBrowse Used Listings||2009 Chevrolet ColoradoBrowse Used Listings||2008 Dodge DakotaBrowse Used Listings||2008 Ford RangerBrowse Used Listings||2008 Nissan FrontierBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota TacomaBrowse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas 4-Cyl||Gas V6||Gas I4||Gas 4-cyl||Gas I4|
|2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck||2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck||2WD Ext Cab ST||2WD Reg Cab 112" XL||2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE||2WD Reg I4 MT (SE)|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Regular Cab||Regular Cab||Extended Cab 6'7" Bed||Reg Cab 6' Styleside||King Cab||Regular Cab|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual||Manual w/OD|
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|2009 GMC Canyon vs. 2009 Chevrolet Colorado||2009 GMC Canyon vs. 2008 Dodge Dakota||2009 GMC Canyon vs. 2008 Ford Ranger||2009 GMC Canyon vs. 2008 Nissan Frontier||2009 GMC Canyon vs. 2008 Toyota Tacoma|