Battle of the Pickups

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In a market saturated with crossover vehicles and full-size pickup trucks, it can be tough to find a solid competitor in the “small” truck segment. Of course, these pickups are larger than your standard compact car or midsize sedan, but they’re not quite as filled out as some of their larger lineup family members. Great for carrying small loads while still staying more nimble and efficient than their bulkier brothers, small trucks are starting to make a comeback.   At Anthony Buick GMC, it’s no surprise that we’re big fans of the GMC Canyon. This pickup starts out just over $20,000, and it still gets 22 mpg in the city and up to 30 mpg on the highway, all while towing anywhere from 3,500 pounds to 7,000 pounds and offering a bed length of 62.4 inches or 74.4 inches, depending on which model you buy.

2017 GMC Canyon v. 2017 Honda Ridgeline

Turns out we’re not the only fans of the Canyon—drivers and reviewers alike can’t get enough of the utility and dependability this truck offers, all for a very affordable price tag. Writers at Business Insider recently pitted this nimble pickup against the Honda Ridgeline, a mostly comparable vehicle.   To put these vehicles to the test, Business Insider writer Matthew DeBord compared a 2017 GMC Canyon Denali, a top end model costing just over $44,000, against a top end 2017 Ridgeline, costing just over $41,000. The base price for the Ridgeline, however, starts around $30,000, a noticeable difference from the Canyon.   In the home corner, the Canyon Denali is outfitted with a 3.6-liter V6 and eight speed automatic transmission that cranks out over 300 horsepower and is rated to tow up to 7,000 pounds. For the Ridgeline, a 3.5-liter V6 with a six speed automatic transmission produces 280 horsepower and only tows up to 5,000 pounds. However, the Honda edges ahead in efficiency.  

Outside v. Inside

Both trucks are four-door crew cabs with comparable bed sizes, but the Canyon provides that sharp, aggressive styling we’re used to seeing in other GMC and Chevrolet trucks, while the Honda Ridgeline’s body type (particularly its front end) looks more like a crossover.   “There’s no debating it: the General Motors truck buyership, just like Ford’s and Ram’s, want their pickups to look like trucks,” writes DeBord. “For them, the aesthetics of the Ridgeline are a non-starter, Honda knows this, and furthermore understands that it really isn’t selling its truck to a true pickup loyalist.”   In the back, the Canyon provides a deeper truck bed than the Ridgeline, but both are solid trucks when it comes to picking up and hauling things—a truck’s true calling in life. DeBord notes that the Honda’s truck bed is very versatile, but that the Canyon’s bed is “more like what you’d see in a full-size pickup.”   Going to the top end on either of these pickups will get you comfortable leather seats, an infotainment system and plenty of room, but DeBord comments that GMC’s infotainment system is hard to beat, especially when compared to Honda’s somewhat dated system.  

A winner is announced

The conclusion? Business Insider went with the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali, and those of us here at Anthony Buick GMC can’t say we’re surprised. “What truly tips the balance, beyond the sheer trickiness of the Canyon Denali, is the combination of GMC’s superb infotainment system, OnStar and 4G-LTE WiFi connectivity,” wraps DeBord. “The Canyon Denali is a great choice if you’re looking for a premium small pickup.”  

See us today!

If you’d like to get your hands on one of these small, versatile pickups yourself, come visit your friends at your GMC dealer in Gurnee, Il., the next time you’re in the area. We’re starting to get these 2017 GMC Canyons in on the lot, and we’d love to help you find the vehicle of your dreams!

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