The 2020 GMC Canyon is a midsize pickup that stands out from rivals in its class. The Canyon pleases Salinas GMC shoppers, thanks to its outstanding maneuverability and handling, comfortable ride and long list of standard features. The Canyon provides some of the best towing capability in its class, with a ride that feels more like a car than a pickup.
Prospective Canyon buyers may be considering the 2020 Toyota Tacoma, another midsize pickup. We’ll examine both models to discover which one is the best choice.
Most buyers are cost-conscious, so a vehicle’s price is an important consideration. The 2020 GMC Canyon costs less than the 2020 Toyota Tacoma. The Canyon has a starting Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $22,000, while the Tacoma starts at $26,050. That’s a savings of more than $4,000. Keep in mind that you won’t pay the MSRP when you visit a dealer like the GMC dealership near Salinas. We use this figure to compare the relative cost of these two pickups.
If you’re looking for a pickup with powerful performance, you’ll choose the 2020 GMC Canyon over the 2020 Toyota Tacoma. The Canyon’s standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine generates 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. The Tacoma gets a standard 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that only puts out 159 hp and 180 lb-ft of torque.
Move up to the upgraded powerplants, and the Canyon still comes out the winner. The Canyon has a 3.6-liter V6 engine that develops 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. The Tacoma gets a 3.5-liter V6 that only makes 278 hp and 265 lb-ft. What’s more, the Canyon’s V6 is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, while the Tacoma only offers a six-speed gearbox.
The Canyon also has a 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engine that’s good for 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. You can’t get a diesel powerplant in the Tacoma. While this engine doesn’t generate as much horsepower as the Tacoma’s V6, it makes a lot more torque, which means the Canyon’s diesel engine sends more power to the wheels than the Tacoma’s V6.
Buyers who want the best fuel economy should select the GMC Canyon, which gets up to 20 mpg city/26 mpg highway.* The highest numbers you’ll get from the Toyota Tacoma is 20 mpg city/23 mpg highway with the 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with two-wheel drive and the six-speed automatic transmission.
Towing and Hauling
If you’re looking to do some towing, the Canyon offers a higher towing capacity, with the ability to pull up to 7,700 pounds. The Tacoma has a maximum towing capacity of just 6,800 pounds. The Canyon Short Box Crew cab 4x4 has a 1,531-pound standard payload capacity. The Tacoma Short Bed Double Cab 4x4 can only haul 1,155 pounds.
The 2020 Toyota Tacoma is a nice pickup, but when you compare it with the 2020 GMC Canyon, it’s outclassed. The Canyon is less expensive, has more powerful engines, delivers better fuel economy and has a higher tow rating.
* 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.