Diesel-powered firetruck served department since 1982…
October 08, 2018 | The Drive
Equipped with the 308-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6, the GMC Canyon can tow 7,000 pounds. That was more than adequate to handle that 12-foot-long U-Haul trailer loaded up with my grandparents' old furniture, which included some rather dense crates of my grandfather's tools. I'm not sure how much it actually weighed, but the truck's highway performance under all that load was fine. A torquey 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel that churns out 369 pound-feet at only 2,000 rpm is available, and can tow 550 pounds more (in 4WD trim) while delivering markedly better fuel economy. The V-6 isn't terrible, though, and I saw close to 20 mpg on the highway even while towing. I got an average of 24 mpg in the diesel version of this truck, and considering the fact that the gas and diesel options aren't that far apart in price when you opt for the Denali trim, the diesel is a good option. Less money spent on fuel means more lettuce for junior's college education, right?