2016 GMC Canyon vs Nissan Frontier: Which is Right for You?


Searching for a used truck that is reliable and powerful? The GMC Canyon and Nissan Frontier are two solid choices. The team at Patterson Truck Stop has taken a closer look at the 2016 models of these two popular trucks to help buyers see the similarities and differences. Whether you are looking for a used or pre-owned truck that can haul heavy loads, gets high fuel efficiency ratings, provides ample legroom, or whatever else may be a priority on your list, the GMC Canyon and Nissan Frontier were designed to meet those needs.

Browse the features of both to help you decide which is right for you. 

2016 GMC Canyon vs. 2016 Nissan Frontier

These two mid-size trucks have a lot in common, but there are also some differences that could sway buyers to prefer one over the other. 

When introduced, the trucks were very close in price but the Canyon held its value a little better. You’ll find 2016 Frontiers starting at about $12,000 and Canyons starting at $14,000.

Both trucks had a 2.5 liter, 4 cylinder engine. The Frontier offered a 4.0 liter V6 while the Canyon offered a 3.6 liter V6. The biggest difference is that the Canyon was available as a 2.8 liter 4-cylinder diesel while the Frontier had no diesel option.

Towing Capacity
A big part of the buying process when looking for a used truck can largely have to do with the truck’s ability to tow heavy loads. If you want max towing capabilities, the 2016 GMC Canyon will be a better choice as it tows up to 7,500 pounds vs. the Frontier which tows up to 6,500. 

Fuel Economy
Fuel efficiency at the top of your list? Surprisingly, the difference in fuel economy is significant. The Nissan offers 17 mpg city and 22 highway while the GMC offers 22 city and 31 highway. 

Cargo space is an important factor when it comes to buying a new or used truck.  The 2016 GMC Canyon has nearly ten more cubic feet of cargo space than the Nissan Frontier’s 33.5 cu. ft. That’s a significant difference that could tip the scales in your purchasing decision.

Most of the interior dimensions are very similar when comparing the GMC Canyon vs. Nissan Frontier, but the Canyon does offer nearly three more inches of legroom. For that reason, tall drivers may want to lean towards the Canyon. 

Nissan sold 86,926 2016 Frontiers while GMC sold 146,174 Canyons. What does this mean to you? It means you may have an easier time finding a used or pre-owned Canyon than a Frontier. 

No matter which truck you think is right for you, Patterson Truck Stop is a great place to start your search. We maintain a large selection of quality pre-owned vehicles, so we should always be your first stop when you’re in the market for a new truck. Stop by today to see what we have in stock, and drive away with a great deal!


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