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2012 GMC Canyon vs. 2009 GMC Sierra

To start off, 2012 GMC Canyon is newer by 3 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2009 GMC Sierra. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2009 GMC Sierra would be higher. At 5,999 cc (8 cylinders), 2009 GMC Sierra is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2009 GMC Sierra (353 HP @ 5400 RPM) has 168 more horse power than 2012 GMC Canyon. (185 HP @ 5600 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2009 GMC Sierra should accelerate faster than 2012 GMC Canyon. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2009 GMC Sierra weights approximately 186 kg more than 2012 GMC Canyon. So despite on having greater horse power, its additional weight may have an impact towards its acceleration in comparison.

Both vehicles are four wheel drive (4WD) - it offers better handling, traction, and control in all driving conditions compared with front wheel drive or rear wheel drive vehicles. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 2009 GMC Sierra (506 Nm @ 4400 RPM) has 247 more torque (in Nm) than 2012 GMC Canyon. (259 Nm @ 2800 RPM). This means 2009 GMC Sierra will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2012 GMC Canyon. 2009 GMC Sierra has automatic transmission and 2012 GMC Canyon has manual transmission. 2012 GMC Canyon will offer better control over acceleration and deceleration in addition to better fuel efficiency overall. 2009 GMC Sierra will be easier to drive especially in heavy traffic.

Compare all specifications:

2012 GMC Canyon 2009 GMC Sierra
Model Canyon Sierra
Year Released 2012 2009
Body Type Pickup Pickup
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2901 cc 5999 cc
Engine Cylinders 4 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 2 valves
Horse Power 185 HP 353 HP
Engine RPM 5600 RPM 5400 RPM
Torque 259 Nm 506 Nm
Torque RPM 2800 RPM 4400 RPM
Fuel Type Gasoline Gasoline
Drive Type 4WD 4WD
Transmission Type Manual Automatic
Number of Seats 3 seats 3 seats
Number of Doors 4 doors 2 doors
Vehicle Weight 2478 kg 2664 kg
Vehicle Length 4890 mm 5710 mm
Vehicle Width 1750 mm 2040 mm
Vehicle Height 1720 mm 1940 mm
Wheelbase Size 2830 mm 3380 mm
Fuel Consumption Overall 11.8 L/100km 13.1 L/100km
Fuel Tank Capacity 72 L 129 L


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