Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Jeep Wrangler VS 2017 GMC Canyon Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Jeep Wrangler

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2017 GMC Canyon

Safety Comparison

To allow off-road and deep snow capability, Four-Wheel Drive is standard on the Wrangler. But it costs extra on the Canyon.

Both the Wrangler and the Canyon have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height- adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, available front seat side-impact airbags and head airbags.

Warranty Comparison

The Wrangler’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Canyon’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 34 percent more Jeep dealers than there are GMC dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Wrangler’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Wrangler’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Canyon diesel’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Canyon diesel’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

The Wrangler has a solid front axle with a floating power axle for durability that the Canyon 4x4’s independent front suspension and exposed front driveshafts don’t offer.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Wrangler’s reliability will be 125% better than the Canyon.

Engine Comparison

The Wrangler’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 85 more horsepower (285 vs. 200) and 69 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 191) than the Canyon’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Wrangler Unlimited’s standard fuel tank has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Canyon (22.5 vs. 21 gallons).

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Wrangler has a standard full size spare so your trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare costs extra on the Canyon Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Wrangler has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Wrangler flat and controlled during cornering. The Canyon’s suspension doesn’t offer stabilizer bars.

The Wrangler Rubicon has an active front sway bar, which helps keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnects at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Canyon doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Wrangler uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Canyon, which uses leaf springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The Wrangler Sport 2dr executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Canyon Long Box SLT Crew Cab 4x4 (28.7 seconds @ .56 average G’s vs. 29.3 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Wrangler 2dr’s turning circle is 6.7 feet tighter than the Canyon Extended Cab’s (34.6 feet vs. 41.3 feet). The Wrangler Unlimited’s turning circle is 3.8 feet tighter than the Canyon Long Box Crew Cab’s (40.8 feet vs. 44.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Wrangler Sport Unlimited has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Canyon Long Box Crew Cab (8.2 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Wrangler to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Wrangler Rubicon 2dr’s minimum ground clearance is 1.7 inches higher than on the Canyon Extended Cab (10 vs. 8.3 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Wrangler 2dr is 4 feet shorter than the Canyon Extended Cab, making the Wrangler easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Wrangler 2dr has .6 inches more front hip room, 3.6 inches more rear headroom and 7 inches more rear legroom than the Canyon Extended Cab.

The Wrangler Unlimited has .6 inches more front hip room, 2.1 inches more rear headroom, 1.4 inches more rear legroom, 3.4 inches more rear hip room and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Canyon Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Wrangler 2dr has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Canyon Crew Cab with its long-bed bodystyle (61.2 vs. 49.9 cubic feet).

The Wrangler Unlimited has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Canyon with its long-bed bodystyle (70.6 vs. 49.9 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Wrangler easier. The Wrangler’s cargo hatch lift-over heights are: 27.8 and 31.4 inches. The Canyon’s bed lift-over heights are: 34.2 and 34.5 inches.

The Wrangler’s cargo area is larger than the Canyon’s in almost every dimension:


Wrangler 2dr

Wrangler Unlimited

Canyon Extended Cab

Canyon Crew Cab

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A standard locking glovebox and standard locking center console keeps your small valuables safer in the Wrangler. The Canyon doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Wrangler has a lever hand brake in the console, easy to use while keeping both feet free and not impeding entry and exit. The Canyon’s foot pedal parking brake is not handy to use as a hill holding device with a manual transmission.

The Wrangler’s available front power windows lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Canyon’s passenger windows don’t open automatically.

The Wrangler offers an optional locking fuel cap. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Canyon doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Wrangler offers an optional rear wiper. The Canyon doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The Wrangler offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Canyon doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Wrangler owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Wrangler will cost $520 less than the Canyon over a five-year period.

The Wrangler will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Wrangler will retain 66.73% to 77.65% of its original price after five years, while the Canyon only retains 48.05% to 57.33%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Wrangler is less expensive to operate than the Canyon because it costs $909 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Wrangler than the Canyon, including $128 less for a water pump, $543 less for an alternator, $71 less for front brake pads, $133 less for a starter, $32 less for fuel injection, $120 less for a fuel pump, $95 less for front struts, $11 less for a timing belt/chain and $331 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Jeep Wrangler will be $1251 to $5312 less than for the GMC Canyon.

Recommendations Comparison

IntelliChoice recognized the Jeep Wrangler as a “Best Value of the Year” for the 2015 model year.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. With a Total Quality Index of 869, Strategic Vision rated the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 25 points higher than the GMC Canyon for 2015. With a Total Quality Index of 856, the Wrangler 2dr is rated 12 points higher than the Canyon. The Wrangler Unlimited is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.”

The Wrangler was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2012 4x4 of the Year. The Canyon has never been chosen.

The Jeep Wrangler outsold the GMC Canyon by almost six to one during the 2016 model year.

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