Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2018 Chevrolet COLORADO VS 2018 GMC Canyon In IA

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2018 Chevrolet COLORADO

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2018 Chevrolet COLORADO

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2018 GMC Canyon

Safety Comparison

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 and lane departure warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

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 Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Colorado second among midsize pickups in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The Canyon isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 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 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Chevrolet 9 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Colorado stops shorter than the Canyon:





60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Colorado Z71 Extended Cab 4x4 handles at .76 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 Z71 Extended Cab 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Canyon Long Box SLT Crew Cab 4x4 (28.5 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 29.3 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Colorado ZR2 Extended 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 Comparison

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Colorado will be $696 to $6248 less than for the GMC Canyon.

Recommendations Comparison

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Chevrolet Colorado, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

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.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. The Chevrolet Colorado is ranked first in the Standard Pickup category. The GMC Canyon is ranked below average. The Colorado received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.”

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 almost three to one during 2016.

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