GMC Canyon Diesel to Tow a Mule – What Truck Do You Use To Haul Your Off-Road Toys? (Video)

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GMC Canyon Diesel and a Kawasaki Mule

Why go full-size or heavy-duty when a midsize GMC Canyon Diesel will more than do the trick? Towing a Kawasaki Mule Pro-FXR with a 2018 GMC Canyon with a Diesel engine is, according to our man Stephen, an ideal setup. The Kawasaki Mule Pro-FXR (which Stephen just tested – click [here] to see the strap-down video) weighs about 1,800-lbs. The two-axle trailer weighs about 1,700-lbs making the load roughly 3,500-lbs in total.

The rear-drive GMC Canyon Diesel can tow up to 7,700-lbs when properly equipped. That’s a great deal more than any midsize competitor. It’s even more than some full-size trucks – so 3,500-lbs os no big deal. We’ve had first-hand experience loading the GMC Canyon Diesel up with a sizable weight to pull and it proved to be impressive.

The 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel 4-cylinder engine makes 181-horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm. Just like many of the big-boy diesels, it comes with an exhaust brake and a factory installed brake controller. When unladen, the GMC Canyon Diesel is capable of getting from the high 20s to the low 30s mpg (according to our testing which you can click [here] to see).

In this video, TFL Canadian bureau-chief Stephen Elmer takes us along for the ride as he tests the GMC Canyon Diesel. Enjoy!

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.