2020 Tacoma vs. Canyon Comparison

Trucks are valued for their utility, ruggedness, and reliability. The Tacoma and the Canyon make for two viable competitors in the mid-size truck segment. But how do they compare?

The Toyota Tacoma has a rich history. It started out as the legendary Toyota Hilux in 1969. In 1975, the truck was rebranded simply as Toyota Truck. Then in 1995, Toyota rebranded the truck once again as the Tacoma. The GMC Canyon, in contrast, debuted much more recently in 2004.

Both the Tacoma and the Canyon have trims with off-roading capabilities. The Tacoma offers two trims: the TRD Off-Road and the TRD Pro. The Canyon offers one: the All-Terrain trim.

The Canyon’s SL 2WD extended cab base trim starts at $23,395. The Tacoma’s SR 4x2 Access Cab 4-Cyl. 6-Speed Automatic base trim starts at an MSRP of $26,050.

While the Canyon has a starting MSRP advantage, the Tacoma offers more standard advanced active safety features than the Canyon at every trim level. Let’s review how these mid-size truck competitors stack up in the categories of performance, safety, and reliability.

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Performance

Trucks need to be able to handle whatever life throws at you. The Toyota Tacoma can help get you where you need to go safely and in style.

 

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Performance

  • Both the Tacoma and the Canyon have trims with off-roading capabilities.
  • 2020 GMC Canyon does not have an available manual transmission on any of its trims. The 2020 Tacoma offers a manual transmission on the TRD Sport, TRD Pro, and TRD Off-Road trims.
  • Tacoma offers front and engine/front suspension skid plates standard. The 2020 Canyon offers these features as options.
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Safety

Whether commuting to work or on the open road, the 2020 Toyota Tacoma helps keep you safe with a standard suite of advanced safety features.

 

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Safety

  • All 2020 Tacoma trims feature the Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) suite of advanced active safety features.
  • Comparable GMC safety features do not come standard across all Canyon trims.
  • The 2020 Toyota Tacoma crew cab pickup received the 2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick award when equipped with LED reflector headlights for the Off-Road, Sport, Limited, and Pro trims.
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Reliability

“Quality. Durability. Reliability”. That’s the Toyota promise and the 2020 Tacoma delivers.

 

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Reliability

  • Leases and purchases of new 2020 Tacoma trucks include ToyotaCare and 24-hour Roadside Assistance.
  • The 2019 Toyota Tacoma won three Kelley Blue Book® (KBB®) Awards and received a Consumer Reliability rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars.
  • The Tacoma has been America's best-selling midsize pickup for 15 years.
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Conclusion: Tacoma vs. Canyon

Finding the right mid-size truck for your lifestyle can be as easy as hooking up a trailer to the right hitch. The trick is knowing where to look. That’s why this Canyon vs. Tacoma head-to-head comparison looked at important features in performance, safety, and reliability.

 

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Conclusion: Tacoma vs. Canyon

  • The Tacoma debuted more than 30 years before the Canyon.
  • All Tacoma trims feature Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) while only certain Canyon trims include similar features.
  • Purchases and leases of 2020 Tacoma models include ToyotaCare standard. Comparable GMC plans cost extra and vary based on plan and dealer.
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