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2022 GMC Sierra Denali

My test drive began in Toronto, which involved flying into Pearson Airport. Normally in any other year its busy but manageable. This year its like trying to exit a subway car in Manhattan during rush hour. Luckily, I carried my bag with me and the drive up north made all the travel woes go away. Beautiful countryside past Owen sound and up to Tobermory which was the destination for the day. The village lies next to Fathom Five National Marine Park which is home 19th century lighthouse and multiple shipwreck dive sites. The next morning, I woke up early to catch the ferry to Manitoulin Island which is the largest freshwater island in the world. Driving around Manitoulin Island was a real treat. I experience incredible views of Lake Huron and beautiful Cottages all along the route. Its quite strange to drive past large lakes withing the island that is in an even bigger lake. I stopped at a large quarry that GM set up an off-road course to take the AT4X through including steep hills and side angles that test the limits of what the truck can do. Our host Garry led us through some twisty areas that showcased the suspension travel and how with a little correction here and there can manage quite easily. 

GMC Sierra - trailer
GMC Sierra - Beach

The on-board clinometer gauge that can show you what angle you are on. Back on the road again under sunny skies heading toward Killarney Mountain Lodge, nestled on the north shore of Georgian Bay. The drive was great, lush green trees on a 2-way road for many Kilometers until some ominous clouds started rolling in and day turned into night at 4pm. Clouds became heavier and a tornado warning began to flash on my phone. Trees began falling on each side of the road and the wipers were on the highest speed. It felt like I was a storm chaser but as quickly as it appeared it dissipated just as fast and the rain began to subside. Perfect timing as I entered the lodge. Time to relax.

GMC Sierra - interior
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New Vader inspired grille; 22-inch low gloss black with machined accent wheels. Body color front and rear bumpers and new LED lighting with animated lighting sequences that activate when approaching,
starting or walking away.

GM has always done a good job with the interiors but they have defiantly out done them selves with ultimate series. Let’s start with the luxurious Alpine umber leather seats with the complementary plaited stitching. The seats are heated and cooling along with message option and 16-way adjustability. The 13.4” infotainment system has Google built right in. AM/FM/ SiriusXM radio capable with Bluetooth streaming audio, wireless Appl CarPlay, wireless Android Auto and voice activated technology. 12- Bose high performance Speakers with a Richbass Sub-woofer. large center console with an optional safe. Real wood grain door inserts and dash add a touch of class.

GMC Sierra - Shocks
GMC Sierra - Nav

Models:

Sierra Denali Ultimate


Standard 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 that puts out 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque with an optional 3.0L inline six-
cylinder diesel engine that makes 277 hp and 460 ib-ft of torque. Both engines connect to a 10-speed
automatic transmission. First in class trailering capable Super Cruise. The system allows for hands free
steering while on compatible roads across North America.

Sierra AT4X 

Standard 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 with 10 speed automatic transmission. 2-speed transfer case with selectable modes for the various off-road conditions. Front and rear e-locking differentials. 18-inch black wheels with LT265/70R18 Goodyear Wrangler Dura Trac Mud Terrains

GMC Pro safety includes forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assistance,
forward distance indicator and trailer side blind zone alert which accounts for the length of the trailer
when changing lanes.

Fuel economy
6.2L Gas
17.0 L/100 KM City / 12.7 L/100 KM highway
3.0L Diesel
10.5 L/100 KM / 9.1 L/100 KM highway

Price
Denali Ultimate, Gas
Starting at $94,683 inc shipping
Denali Ultimate, Diesel
Starting at $89,393 inc shipping 

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2019 Chevrolet Silverado – LT Trail Boss – Review

2019 Chevrolet Silverado – LT Trail Boss – Review

The Trail Boss is a definite eye catcher driving down the highway and an eye opener driving off-road.

GM has added an all-new look to their Silverado line up, a much beefier body with a bold new front bumper,  grille and fluid body lines that flow from the back to the front wrapping around the front end. It looks like it is straight out of the Transformers movie franchise. Led headlights are thin and tucked up high into the upper corners. The bulging hood matches perfectly, and the side mirrors are mounted to the body panel to increase visibility.

Overview

I felt very comfortable in this truck, and I liked the extra height with the larger tires.  The gas mileage wasn’t too bad, and the transition from on the road too off-road was seamless thanks to the Rancho shocks that firmed up nicely when it was required. Large potholes did force the suspension into the bump stops, and for a second I thought I might have broken something. I like the positioning of the side mirrors from the pillar to the body side. Mounting the side mirror to the front post was always an area that created a blind spot, and the move was a significant improvement.

Driving

The 5.3L engine delivers more than enough power to traverse the backcountry and get you to your favorite fishing hole with ease.  The two speed transfer case gives you the ability to rock climb although the length of the truck does have a tendency to get hung up on the cutbacks we find common on the BC logging roads and like most full-size pickups the wheel hop is something we are used to, after all, that is part of four wheeling. The new redesign makes the truck longer and wider than previous generations, but Chevy was still able to make the Silverado almost 400lbs. lighter than the last model.

The Silverado Trail Boss comes with a 2-inch factory suspension lift with Z71 off-road package which includes Rancho shocks,  an autotrac 2-speed case, 8-speed automatic transmission and a 5.3L Eco Tec3 V8 engine producing 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. The tranny has a tow/haul mode that raises the upshift points to provide more power to accelerate with a trailer and utilizes engine compression to help slow the truck down. E-lock differential with 3.42 gears, Low enough for four wheeling while high enough not to scream down the highway. The tires are 275/65R18C Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac mud terrain tires with 18” high gloss black aluminum wheels.

Styling

The front seats are very similar to the previous year truck with a few changes. 40/20/40 split bench with a rear bench that seats 3. Center stack infotainment system that features an 8” color touchscreen with Apple car play, Bluetooth audio streaming, and Android auto. 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capable and SiriusXM radio availability. An all-new, available power tailgate that can be raised or lowered with the push of a button, and bed-mounted 120-volt power outlet, with led lighting. Another interesting feature was the rear-seatback storage compartments, helping provide extra space and organization in the cabin.

Safety

Six standard airbags including; dual-stage front driver and passenger, seat-mounted side impact, and a head curtain. An available colour Head-up Display can project information like your vehicle’s speed, navigation and active safety information directly on the road in front of you. While help comes from assisted driving features like, Forward collision alert, front pedestrian braking, lane change alert with side blind zone alert, and lane keep assist. OnStar connected services

Fuel Efficiency

  • 15.3L/100 km city
  • 11.8L/100 km highway

Warranty

  • 3 year/60,000 km limited warranty
  • 5 year/100,000 km powertrain warranty
  • 5 year/100,000 km roadside assistance

** LT Trail Boss: adds off-road equipment to the LT, including a 2-inch suspension lift from the factory and the Z71 Off Road Package, including locking rear differential, skid plates, Rancho shocks, 18-inch wheels and Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires. MSRP from $54,800 CAD

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Colorado vs Canyon

2017 GMC Canyon and the Chevy Colorado

Colorado vs Canyon

2017 GMC Canyon and the Chevy Colorado

Highly coveted as the pillars of mid-sized trucks, the 2017 Colorado and the 2017 Canyon are cut from the same cloth. Both developed by General Motors, the two are virtually identical

Both developed by General Motors, the two are virtually identical in specifications. However I am going to break them both down to give my opinion on which does pull out ahead. Now, this is going to be similar to deciding which one is better Pepsi or Coke, but it’s ultimately going to boil down to preferability.

Both offer a 2.8-litre four-cylinder diesel engine giving effective drivability and tow rating. Both have the capability of hauling 7700 pounds which is impressive for a mid-sized truck. This is ideal for buyers looking for a capable vehicle that is more practical to maneuver around. With a gracious amount of torque (369-lbs) and upgraded 8-speed transmission, there is no usually lag off the line when driving. The Duramax turbo-diesel and turbo-diesel featured in the Chevy Colorado both are surprisingly quiet. I was anticipating that there would be a louder than usual hum from the engine. However, both trucks feature an extra layer of paneling to lower the sound.

Edge: Tie

The offered diesel engine capability makes the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon the most fuel-efficient trucks on the market. The Chevy Colorado offers a 13.6L/100km city and a 9.9L/100km highway. The Canyon edges out over Colorado. The GMC Canyon sports a 10.8L/100km city and 7.7L/100km highway capability. This may be only a slight improvement, but this could be costly since gas prices are sky-high at the moment.

Edge: GMC Canyon

Safety-wise General Motors has supplied both trucks with 6 standard airbags, lane departure warning, collision alert, traction control and StabiliTrak® stability control system. StabiliTrak® seamlessly detects unrecognizable or un-foreseeable road conditions like ice or hydroplaning. Both also offer a 5 years/160 000 km powertrain limited warranty.

Edge: Tie

The interior of both trucks is simple and lacks flare. It’s preferred for most people that don’t want too many complicated nobs and switches, but the lack of push start and keyless entry is a miss. There is seating for five, and is spacious for being mid-sized trucks. The display screen and technology are Apple car play compatible as well as a featured Wi-Fi hotspot. The seats are made of a higher quality material in the GMC Canyon which takes the edge in the category. Not to mention the GMC Canyon features the Denali® upgrade possibility.

Edge: GMC Canyon

The exterior is more of personal judgment and opinion. They both have similar features, both look nice but this comes down to the small features. Similar to the attraction of a person, you may find things that look nice in one, but the nose is a little off, compared to the bad eyebrows on another. This is where people will have to choose for themselves. The Chevy Colorado has a rugged look to the hood in the Zr2 class, giving it a meaner look. However, the GMC Canyon has additions of chrome in the grille and door handles. Now, personally feel the GMC Canyon grille is more appealing than the Colorado. 

Edge: GMC Canyon

Being two identical mid-sized trucks, it’s apparent upon dissecting that the GMC Canyon is suited more for the executive, business class while the Chevy Colorado is for the everyday blue collar worker. Styling wise is important to some, but functionality and performance are what it comes down to. Both mid-sized trucks will get the job done. However one surprisingly comes at a lower price. This brings me to my verdict being the Chevy Colorado is the better truck out of the two.  The Price of the GMC Canyon is starting at $23 160, while the Chevy Colorado starts at $22 130. Regardless, it’s all about priorities. Some people are willing to shackle up more money for the slight increase in luxury. However, I am not. I am as cheap as they come.

Verdict: Chevy Colorado   

Key Points:

GMC Canyon            

  • Starting at: $23 160      
  • 8L/100km City and 7.7L/100km Highway
  • 8-litre 4 cylinder Duramax® Eco-Diesel

Chevy Colorado

  • Starting at: $22 130
  • 6L/100km City and 9.9L/100km Highway
  • 8-litre 4 cylinder turbo-diesel
 
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