2012 GMC Canyon  RealSafeCars5Safety Rating

#11 of 2012 Pickups

#176 of all 2012 vehicles


The Canyon, a mainstay of GMC's lineup since 2004, is a large pickup with seating up to 5. Having better than average EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and pollution. The Canyon has offered Android Auto and Apple CarPlay since 2016. It handles mud, snow, and sand with ease with optional all-wheel drive (AWD). GMC offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2012 GMC Canyon is very unsafe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2012 GMC Canyon has a score of 4.7, implying a 0.14% chance of driver death (13% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2012 GMC Canyon has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.141% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 16.0985%, meaning the average driver has a 0.141% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 16.0985% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2012 GMC Canyon is 194% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other pickups, the 2012 GMC Canyon is 153% more likely to result in a fatal accident.


And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

992Chevrolet ColoradoGMC CanyonToyota TacomaSuzuki Grand VitaraSuzuki EquatorNissan FrontierMazda 6Volkswagen PassatSubaru ForesterDodge JourneyChrysler 200Dodge AvengerComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2012 GMC Canyon with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 2 to 99. The 2012 GMC Canyon is safer than the 2012 Chevrolet Colorado and less safe than the 2012 Toyota Tacoma, the 2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara, the 2012 Suzuki Equator, the 2012 Nissan Frontier, the 2012 Dodge Avenger, the 2012 Chrysler 200, the 2012 Dodge Journey, the 2012 Subaru Forester, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat, and the 2012 Mazda 6.

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