2020 Chevrolet Colorado vs. 2020 GMC Canyon

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Colorado and the Canyon have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

There are over 73 percent more Chevrolet dealers than there are GMC dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Colorado’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 46 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chevrolet 2 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Engine

The Colorado’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 108 more horsepower (308 vs. 200) and 84 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 191) than the Canyon’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Brakes and Stopping

The Colorado stops shorter than the Canyon:

Colorado

Canyon

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Colorado is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Canyon.

The Colorado Short Box Z71 Crew Cab 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the Canyon Long Box SLT Crew Cab 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Colorado Short Box Z71 Crew Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the Canyon Long Box SLT Crew Cab 4x4 (27.6 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 29.3 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Colorado Short Box ZR2 Crew Cab has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Canyon Extended Cab (8.9 vs. 8.3 inches), allowing the Colorado to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Colorado is less expensive to operate than the Canyon because typical repairs cost less on the Colorado than the Canyon, including $37 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its January 2016 issue and the Chevrolet Colorado Short Box LT Crew Cab won out over the GMC Canyon Long Box SLT Crew Cab 4x4.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Colorado third among midsize pickups in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Canyon isn’t in the top three.

Motor Trend selected the Colorado as their 2016 Truck of the Year. The Canyon has never been chosen.

The Chevrolet Colorado outsold the GMC Canyon by over four to one during 2018.

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