52yo (53 in a few weeks) white male (upper?)-middle class guy. Wife, two kids (15 and 10). I work in the technical/software industry for a company that manufactures meters for electric, gas, and water utilities worldwide. I'm also a US Navy vet (6 years in the 1980's). I'm moving off a full sized Tundra to the Canyon CCSB dMax. Prior trucks have been Toyota Tacoma (1990 - 1996), Dodge Dakota (1996 - 2007), and Toyota Tundra (2007 - 2016). The Tundra was a wonderful vehicle but at 9.5 years old and 175K miles it was time to consider something different. Even thought the Tundra was going strong, it was an ongoing PITA to park in tight spots and on narrow roads I was always competing for space with other vehicles not to mention the dismal MPG from the 5.8L V8.
I shopped the Tacoma, the Colorado, and the Canyon and went back and forth between the Colorado and the Canyon. In the end, I settled on the styling of the Canyon although there were things that I liked and disliked about both models. I'm still sort of 'getting used to' the truck, but I was really focused on moving to a smaller vehicle since we seem to have less of a need these days for the full sized variant. I will miss the bed capacity for hauling mulch, dirt, etc, but the Canyon bed is reasonable, and I have scoped out dual axle trailer rentals (U-haul) for those times when I need to pick up larger or heavier amounts of material. I'm thinking of this as 'the truck I need' rather than maybe 'the truck I want' and am working to grow into it. After 1.5 weeks of ownership, I'm getting happier with it. The dMax engine is a perk to me. I have not had a diesel before, but thought this would be a differentiator and make my truck different from those other twins in the area (although there is at least 1 other truck identical to mine in the Raleigh area!). I expect to use the truck mainly for daily commute, with the occasional need to haul mulch/dirt/plants/lumber. I don't really expect to be doing much or any towing with it, but nice to know that the ability is there should my needs change.
In the end, I could have bought any truck that I wanted, but really wanted a mid sized truck for this stage in life. There are limited options, and I researched these vehicles for quite some time, probably over-analyzing things which is how I generally roll. I'm looking forward to what I hope are years of enjoyment for this vehicle. I'm already enjoying the massive MPG upgrade over the avg 13.9MPG from my Tundra!
2016 GMC Canyon SLT: CCSB 4x4, 2.8L Duramax, Summit White, Bull Ring side wall anchors, AMP Research Powerstep
Tonneau (brand/style TBD)
Mud Flaps (Weathertech?)
Last edited by RandyNC; 01-07-2017 at 12:03 PM.