Auto Review – Tough and Rugged
From a fuel-efficient diesel to an off-road-ready SUV, City Life tests two more-than-capable vehicles at the top of their game for 2016.
GMC Canyon (Diesel)
When General Motors brought back the GMC Canyon (and its Chevrolet Colorado cousin) in 2015, it engineered the revitalized midsize truck to handle a diesel engine and its higher torque. So when the Canyon rolled into 2016 with a segment-exclusive Duramax 2.8-Litre turbodiesel, it was primed for the additional 100 lb-ft of torque it pumped out over the Canyon’s gasoline V-6. That extra brawn resulted in an increased towing capability of 7,700 lbs and improved fuel economy, with GM claiming the Duramax as its cleanest diesel engine yet. You can rest assured that’s legit, as it earned the U.S. EPA’s “Certificate of Conformity,” meaning it’s compliant with all emissions laws — unlike a certain German manufacturer.
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk
Traditionally, Jeep’s pedigree is all about off-roading. But it’s vehicles like the midsize Cherokee where Jeep departs for more mainstream waters. The 2016 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk, then, is a departure from that departure, equipping this family-friendly vehicle for some serious bushwhacking. Along with a one-inch ride lift, it’s fitted with tougher suspension, Firestone all-terrain rubber (and a full-size spare), red tow hooks (two up front, one in the rear), transmission and oil coolers, and hill ascent and descent control, which all helped it earn the “Trail Rated” badge. Its trim-specific “Mango Tango” paint gives added flavour to the black wheels and black hood detail, as well.