Canyon was launched in 2004 as a replacement for the GMC Sonoma. It was sold well during its few first years on the market. It definitely outpaced many rivals like the Frontier and Ranger. The Tacoma was more serious competition as it outsold the Canyon and its Chevy Colorado twin. This for sure created an interesting pull in the market fight. The Canyon scored poorly in crash tests, but offered a lot of capability for a low price. With its multiple configurations, Any truck buyer’s need or want was fulfilled. The truck had a rugged 4WD system and solid mechanicals. However, the interior was criticized for being cheaply finished with low-rent materials and with a lack of design. This made this a truck people would look for work, rather than luxury or image. Models available were Regular cab, extended and crew. Trims available were Work Truck, SLE, SLT. He differences basically on equipment and features. 5 foot 1 inch beds were available for the crew cab models. Powertrain had a 2.9 liter 4-Cylinder engine rated a185 hp and 190lb/ft torque. The available 3.7 Liter 5-Cylinder was good for 242 p and 242 lb/ft torque. The 5.3 Liter and V8 rated 300 hp and 320 lb/ft torque. The 4-Cylinder connected to a 5-Speed manual of a 4-Speed automatic. The 5-Cylinder and the V8 were limited to the 4-Speed automatic available only in the cre and extended cab models. It had fair towing and payload capacities despite the small engines and the mid-size positioning. Towing capabilities were determined in full on the engine selected. For example, the 4-Cylinder rated up to 3400lbs while the manuel capped at 2400lbs. The 5-Cylinder could tow up to 5500 lbs while the V8 was rated for 6000 lbs across the board. The sport version was also available, using the ZQ8 sport suspension which was available on he two-Wheel-drive extended and cre cabs models. By the end of 2012, minor changes were added to its standard offering like Bluetooth. Other small and trim adjustments also happened at this time.