Now that the weather has gone instantly from winter to summer, I reflect on the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado I had in what seemed like the dead of winter during the first week of March. Maybe I was a little harsh on that test vehicle, so let’s give it another chance in GMC getup in the summer when our mood is up and the sun is shining.

Doing another Day-by-Day Review of nearly the same vehicle seemed odd, so we decided to change things up and take the 2015 GMC Canyon on a small highway trip to get a feel for it as a family-mobile and everyday driver.

This particular GMC Canyon was equipped nearly identically to the Colorado I drove in March as well. That is to say this Canyon was loaded – a 4WD Crew Cab model with the 3.6L V6. Perhaps some consumers are looking for a truck like this that isn’t too large, so that they can use as an everyday vehicle that is still good in the city. With enough room for your family while not being overly large and difficult to park, I can see why some choose this category of truck over a full-sized stable mate or competitor.

So where would a truck owner take their family on a road trip to? Well I would like to think they would load it up with bikes, maybe even gas-powered bikes (dirtbikes) and head out to the cottage, maybe two hours or so away from home to get away from the city. So that was the plan, head out to the cottage and pretend I was a hauling my family along with me – of course I did the trip by myself so I could avoid the screaming kids and “are we there yet?” questions and my cottage was Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (formerly Mosport) about three hours from my place – but hey, I drove through cottage country on the way… that’s close enough, right?

A three-hour drive on Highway 7 – The Lost Highway. The highway that used to be the main corridor from Ottawa to Toronto, which was replaced years before my time by highway 401. Like the famous Route 66 in the U.S., this highway is filled with the remains of old restaurants, gas stations and motels that have closed down due to the lack of traffic. There is still the odd motel that is in business and small chip trucks and vendors the closer you get to Peterborough, but the highway is fairly barren from Perth to Madoc.

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