The 2020 GMC Canyon and the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado are midsize pickups built on the same platform. Both vehicles offer many of the same features, including the infotainment systems. They even offer the same engines. Since the two models are so similar, Salinas GMC shoppers may wonder what the difference is between them. We’ll look at both trucks side by side and examine what makes each one unique.
At first glance, it would seem the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado wins on price. The Colorado has a starting Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $21,300, while the 2020 GMC Canyon starts at a slightly higher $22,200. But when you get to the top-line models, the Canyon is a lot less expensive. The range-topping Canyon Denali Crew Cab with four-wheel drive has an MSRP of $44,300 at a dealer like the GMC dealership near Salinas, while the Colorado’s ZR2 Bison Crew Cab with four-wheel drive checks in at about $48,000.
What’s more, the Chevrolet Colorado costs more to insure than the GMC Canyon. According to The Car Book by Gack Gilliss, the Canyon is rated a “3,” while the Colorado gets a higher “10” rating..
Buyers looking for the best fuel economy will choose the Canyon over the Colorado. Both trucks have a 2.8-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine that gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city/30 mpg highway.* When you look at the least fuel-efficient version of the two pickups, you’ll see that while the Canyon’s 3.6-liter V6 with four-wheel drive returns 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway, the Colorado’s ZR2 trim with the same engine only returns 16 mpg city/18 mpg highway.
Suspension and Handling
According to Motor Trend, the Canyon Long Box SLT Crew Cab 4x4 executed the Figure Eight maneuver in less time than the Colorado Short Box Z71 Crew Cab 4x4 (29.3 seconds vs. 29.7 seconds).
The GMC Canyon has a somewhat more sophisticated interior than the Chevrolet Colorado. Both trucks get standard vinyl seats, but buyers who move up to the Canyon Denali get amenities such as leather seats, woodgrain trim, and other high-quality materials. While you can get the Colorado with optional leather upholstery, this truck uses more hard plastics and feels more like a work-oriented pickup.
The Canyon Denali gets standard air-conditioned seats, which keep the driver and the front passenger cool and comfortable in hot weather. You can’t get air-conditioned seats in the Colorado.
Both vehicles have a maximum cargo volume of 49.9 cubic feet. But only the GMC Canyon features a standard CornerStep rear bumper, making it easier to access the cargo area.
In the J.D. Power study of predicted reliability, the 2020 GMC Canyon received a higher score than the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado. Both vehicles get a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
The 2020 GMC Canyon and 2020 Chevrolet Colorado are both exceptional pickups. Which one you prefer may be a matter of personal preference. But many buyers will choose the Canyon, thanks to its lower insurance cost, higher predicted reliability and more upscale interior amenities.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2020 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.