The Canyon seemed promising when it replaced the Sonoma in 2003. Since then, a number of better competitors have come on the scene. The unrefined five-cylinder engine, which it shares with its Chevrolet Colorado twin, lacks punch and doesn't offer a fuel-economy advantage over competing V6s. It had to work hard to make power in our tested Colorado crew cab. Handling is sound but unexceptional.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
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0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
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Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
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CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
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Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
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Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
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Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
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Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
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Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
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Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS standard. Head protection air bags available from 2004, standard from 2010. ESC standard from 2009.
Model Summary
The Canyon seemed promising when it replaced the Sonoma in 2003. Since then, a number of better competitors have come on the scene. The unrefined five-cylinder engine, which it shares with its Chevrolet Colorado twin, lacks punch and doesn't offer a fuel-economy advantage over competing V6s. It had to work hard to make power in our tested Colorado crew cab. Handling is sound but unexceptional. The ride is unsettled and the body constantly quivers. The huge 48-foot turning circle makes parking a chore. Overall these GM trucks trail the current competition in just about all categories.
Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.8-liter 4 (175 hp)
  • 3.5-liter 5 (220 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 GMC Canyon owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

12V power plug

"The battery died"

Anonymous, WA (2005 GMC Canyon 2.8-L 4 Cyl)
Cruise control

"my cruise stopped working because of the brake light interlock switch that I found out had a recall but I was not notified in time to have it fixed before the recall deadline"

Larry S., IL (2005 GMC Canyon SL 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

"It stopped working. Have not asked yet about fixing it."

Dennis B., WI (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Gauges

"Emission light & we live an beach so no DEQ emission testing done for smog. Other is tthe eletric windows on drivers side quit working"

Anonymous, OR (2005 GMC Canyon SL)
Headlights

"replace 2 times in 3 years"

Kevin C., FL (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

"day light driving lights don't work. over 50% of Canyon and Colorado trucks have this problem. this is a safety devise on all trucks, BUT NO RECALL TODATE. NEED RECALL FROM GM"

Anonymous, AL (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Interior lights

"dash board lights don't turn on at times or come on then blink off, sometimes coming back on which makes driving at night difficult to see the speed which one is driving"

Anonymous, MD (2005 GMC Canyon)
Keyless entry

"After replacing the battery the keyless entry, power window would not function"

Anonymous, OR (2005 GMC Canyon SL 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Warning lights

"ABS fault"

Anonymous, MA (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"The problem was finally fixed by the dealer after others had been repeatedly unsuccessful."

Brian L., ME (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

"abs warning light. driver' side/front repaired at dealership @approx.$800.00"

Anonymous, OH (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

"ABS alarm comes and goes. Suspect faulty wheel sensor(s)"

Anonymous, ON (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Calipers

"Rotors, calipers, everything prematurely rusty and needed replaced TWICE in it's lifetime so far"

Anonymous, OH (2005 GMC Canyon 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Parking brake

"The parking brake stuck"

Ron S., PA (2005 GMC Canyon SL 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Rotors

"Rotors, calipers, everything prematurely rusty and needed replaced TWICE in it's lifetime so far"

Anonymous, OH (2005 GMC Canyon 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

"The front rotors needed replaced due to wear. The wheel bearings both needed to be replaced due to wear/rust"

Blaine J., MT (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

"The auto matic climate control with out causing the blower not to work."

Joel M., CA (2005 GMC Canyon 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

"once in a while it will blow hot air in place of cold air. Then will wok as it should Thi happens about 3 to 4 times a year."

Joel M., CA (2005 GMC Canyon 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

"Blower on two occasions just stopped working. Had to purchase a new control both times."

Joel M., CA (2005 GMC Canyon 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

"blower motor for heat/ac inop. replaced motor @ $750.00"

Anonymous, OH (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"No air conditioning because of a refrigerant leak"

Anonymous, ON (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"Sun roof leaks when it rains. I've tried some caulking but it needs a new weather seal."

Anonymous, KY (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

"Unable to find where the water is coming from. Driver side very wet"

Ivey F., ME (2005 GMC Canyon 2.8-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaks or rattles

"squeaks and rattles in body"

Ed B., NY (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Wind noise

"Shifter cable snapped at connection to transmission"

Ed B., NY (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Radio

"Radio won't work, CD player still works"

Anonymous, MS (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"The driver's side window was inoperable. The cruise control is inoperable."

Anonymous, TX (2005 GMC Canyon SL 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

"After recall work, I got only 20,000 mIles before total engine failure On recall GM would not explain what work they did"

Gilbert C., CA (2005 GMC Canyon 2.8-L 4 Cyl)
Head gasket

"was a recall replacement for the 5 cylinder motor"

Kevin C., FL (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"fuel system burps when filling"

Tracy P., SC (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)
Fuel cap

"The fuel cap did not seal. The tank would overflow when filling"

Brian L., MA (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"Alignment issues where not identified until tire wear revealed it GMC dealer aligns vehicle but tire wear remained the same, I take vehicle to another repair shop where I'm told that alignment can't be set to specs posted in shop manuals due to a factory part or issue which the dealer refused to address as did GMC in fact the problem still exist today"

E D., (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"wind sheld mold rolled up"

Robert M., NC (2005 GMC Canyon SLE 3.5-L 5 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

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