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Old 01-30-2018, 02:06 PM   #1
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Canyon Duramax 4wd or 2wd ?

Iím about to purchase a GMC Canyon to tow my Escape 5.0. Which is best for towing; a
4wd or 2wd? Please explain why.

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Old 01-30-2018, 02:15 PM   #2
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A 4 wheel drive truck normally has a lower payload weight limit than a two wheel drive truck. This may or may not be an issue with a 5.0 TA towed by a Canyon
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Old 01-30-2018, 02:50 PM   #3
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i have only towed our trailer for a couple of years and have towed with both. I think a two wheel drive would work fine most of the time, but I think you might wish you had four wheel drive if stuck in mud or on wet grass though to say nothing about snow. I also think four wheel drive would have a higher resale value. We purchased a four wheel drive Tacoma and although the two wheel drive may get a slight bit better fuel economy and have a slight better towing capacity I feel better knowing that that four wheel drive switch is right there.
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A 2 wheel drive with a limited slip rear is right there in between the two....
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Old 01-30-2018, 03:39 PM   #5
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Initial cost won't be offset by resale value

The 4-wheel drive will cost more to purchase and maintain. I doubt these costs will be offset when selling the truck. The reason the payload is lower on the 4wd is because of its additional weight.

I've gotten by driving for 60 years without 4wd, but I seldom drive off-road and avoid snow as much as possible, especially when towing.
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Old 01-30-2018, 04:43 PM   #6
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I would think the answer depends on where and when you plan to tow your trailer, and your tolerance to deal with the uncertainty about weather and how it can affect your plans. If you plan to travel only during snow-free months, and never off road or on dirt roads, I'd say you'd be fine with 2WD. Personally, I wouldn't tow with a 2WD, but I live in Idaho and travel in the mountains of the western US and Canada. Snow is possible every month of the year, and I just don't want to have to worry about getting stuck. I was also involved in a non-snow situation where folks had pulled their trailers onto a flat spot just off a dirt road and parked them for an outdoor music event. Two days later, there was a big rainstorm, and people with 2WD trucks couldn't budge their trailers, they were totally stuck in the mud. Had to get a local rancher to bring his tractor to pull them out. While it is still possible to get stuck with a 4WD vehicle, it does narrow the range of conditions in which you can have a problem. Also if you're towing up a steep dirt road, 4WD can prevent your rear tires from spinning out and fish-tailing. Again, it depends on when and where you're planning to take your trailer, and whether you'll be boondocking off paved roads or staying in RV parks. Either way, if you go with a 2WD, I'd definitely carry tire chains and know how to use them. Hope this helps!
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Old 01-30-2018, 05:26 PM   #7
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For years I drove two wheel drive trucks. Always had to carry chains in the winter and even then it was iffy sometimes unless I had a bunch of weight in the back....which shot my gas mileage. Then I switched to an AWD vehicle for my every day driver and a 4WD truck for my TV. Won't go back. Snow? No problem. Bad road? No problem. Just don't get cocky when the road says 4WD only since it's likely REALLY terrible in bad weather. So I make my camping choices wisely given forecast conditions.
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Old 01-30-2018, 10:55 PM   #8
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The 4-wheel drive will cost more to purchase and maintain. I doubt these costs will be offset when selling the truck.
It will certainly cost more, but I would expect that trying to sell a two-wheel-drive Canyon or Colorado here would be frustrating... you would be begging anyone to take it. Only 5 of the 70 current-generation Colorados and Canyons listed in this area on AutoTrader.ca are 2WD, and half of them are base "work trucks". It depends on the local market.
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It will certainly cost more, but I would expect that trying to sell a two-wheel-drive Canyon or Colorado here would be frustrating... you would be begging anyone to take it. It depends on the local market.
Local market should change now that Suncor is deploying self-driving haul trucks in the oil ( tar ) sands.
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Local market should change now that Suncor is deploying self-driving haul trucks in the oil ( tar ) sands.

Many thousands lost their jobs here in the last few years... and still, no one buys 2WD pickups. Take a few former haul truck drivers out of the market and pickup owners will still insist on 4WD... and the most powerful engine they can get, and cabs big enough to carry a whole family while they commute to work solo, etc.

We did have a 2WD pickup, but that was a couple of decades ago. It was also a standard-cab short-box - try to find one of those now!
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