The world needs more small trucks. They're easier to park and maneuver and cost less to feed than full-sized behemoths. For years though, the problem had been that there are only moribund and dated compact models available.
Alerts
There are 7 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
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.
NA
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.
Road Test

The world needs more small trucks. They're easier to park and maneuver and cost less to feed than full-sized behemoths. For years though, the problem had been that there are only moribund and dated compact models available. While this version of the GMC Canyon was the first redesign in this category in 11 years when it debuted, the fact that it topped the class was due more to its newness, than it being inherently groundbreaking.

How to put this nicely? We really wanted to like this truck. We just can't.

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.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2.5-liter 4 (200 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (305 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 GMC Canyon owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Display screen freezes up

"The problem required updating the software at the dealership."

Anonymous, NC (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Display touchscreen changes randomly as if being touched by an unseen hand. Also becomes unresponsive to actual touch. Dealer could not reproduce or identify problem. Local mechanic updated all software for the vehicle including infotainment/navigation system, but with no change in problem."

Anonymous, TX (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"Sometimes when I start up the display screens are blank. If they display on starting, they may go blank while driving. they may come back on, but on occasion they haven't."

Anonymous, SD (2015 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The Intellink system randomly put phone calls on hold, changed radio stations and unpaired bluetooth devices."

Dale M., IL (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

"works erratically"

Anonymous, LA (2015 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The maps in this 2015 truck do not appear to have been updated since the early 2000's. System does not provide a mechanism to update maps."

Anonymous, OK (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Phone pairing is poor, dropping the connection making calls hard to manage"

Anonymous, SC (2015 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)
Radio

"Would occasionally stop working until turning on/off the car.. Blue tooth connected phone would start playing music through the entertainment system despite stopping playback. Over and over and over."

Patrick F., TX (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

"Radio failed... went dead and had to be replaced at the dealer"

Anonymous, MI (2015 GMC Canyon Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Intermittently changes stations. Satellite radio locks up"

Thomas V., TX (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

"screen goes blank, radio stops working, going around corners in the vehicle radio stations change to a different station, radio continues playing even after the door is opened and the key is removed from the ignition,"

Anonymous, TX (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)
Speakers

"The front door speakers in the Bose system did not last long past warranty and began rattling. They had to be replaced."

Dale M., IL (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"GMC stated that they could not duplicate the problem. But slowing down when making a turn and accelerating it's like it is stuck in lower gear."

Anonymous, NJ (2015 GMC Canyon SLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"The transmission does not shift properly. In stop and go traffic the transmission shifts a lot which causes a lot of herky-jerky movements of the truck. When going up a slight incline in slow moving or stop and go traffic the truck will hesitate, stutter, or gear hunt. The transmission shifts make this truck feel very uncomfortable and unpredictable to drive. Selecting the tow/haul mode seems to help a little, but when you are coming to a complete stop it shifts hard and you have to apply more brake force than usual to stop the truck. Often times in tow/haul mode when you come to a complete stop it feels as if you are being pushed in the rear by another vehicle."

Eugene A., MD (2015 GMC Canyon Base 3.6-L V6)

"Does fine starting from complete stop. When slowing down because of turning or slowing cars the truck does not gear down properly. It does not gain speed very well and seems to have a slight vibration. Once it decides to shift to a lower speed it"

Steve S., TN (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

"problem with slowing down and then trying to speed up"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 GMC Canyon SLE 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Transmission computer

"Transmission shifting problems gmc has stated they have a lot of complaints"

Marc D., MA (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"This was a recall and I really didn't notice anything wrong with the vehicle."

Anonymous, MO (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"I took my vehicle to two dealers and 12 several visits to get the proper diagnostic and for them to get the compressor replaced"

Anonymous, TX (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"Temp. Control dial not accurate + or - 4 degrees and inconsistant."

Anonymous, NY (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

"Climate control systems makes a lot of noises when running but unrelated to the fan"

Marc D., MA (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)
Electrical failure

"Torque sensor bad caused power steering to stop working while driving. Very dangerous"

Anonymous, NC (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)
Heater system

"The heater system malfunctioned and would not heat. There was a recall for this issue"

Anonymous, TX (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Steering column lower shaft bushing"

Anonymous, NY (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

"Rattle in steering wheel"

Lewis W., CA (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

"Squeak in steering column. Dealer said couldn't duplicate in an approximate 1/2 mile ride. Just accepted it again as part of poor GM quality. See ya, GM!"

Marianne M., CA (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

"rear door power window nut came loose and rattled. rattles and squeaks from rough roads"

Anonymous, CA (2015 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)
Wind noise

"Wind and whinnying noise from transmission"

Anonymous, NC (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Constantly get old weather warnings over and over each time I start the vehicle. sometimes getting four or five alerts one after another about a flash flood or thunderstorm warning from months ago"

John T., AR (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

"on star did not work module had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NY (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

"My truck had a "bad" onstar module-was replaced under warranty. Wasn't a big deal--I understand there was a run of bad modules in several GM products from that timeframe"

Anonymous, MI (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)
Pipes

"Broken bolt between two exhaust pipes"

Ronald R., NJ (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

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

What Owners Say

Electronic ignition

"A direct injection fuel injector stuck open and the engine stopped running."

Wanda T., FL (2015 GMC Canyon Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Starter

"Starter shorted out and would not start."

Anonymous, VT (2015 GMC Canyon Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"In extreme cold starter froze. Said there was water in it. Starter needed to be replaced."

Michael M., WI (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"took my vehicle to two dealers and none of them wants to take a look and find the problem, have the problem since i bought it with 5 K miles"

Anonymous, TX (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)
Oil leaks

"Oil Cooler Lines failed. Complete loss of Oil. Alert from Computer to shut Vehicle down. Towed to Dealer. Lines replaced, no known Engine damage. Told Aluminium Lines OEM, issue with crimping of Fittings"

Anonymous, NS (2015 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)

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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"A seloniod failed which allowed raw gas vapors to be detected."

Anonymous, TX (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

"A sensor had to be replaced at about 40,000 miles"

Todd T., TX (2015 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"First front "chrome" bumper did not last 1 year. Finish severely wrinkled. Middle section of front hood is very rough paint. Dealer replaced bumper but did not want to do anything about paint - said something I used on paint! That is implausible, as I only used expensive wax on all paint surfaces. Internet search revealed this problem is not uncommon. Brought concern to regional office, no reply!"

Marianne M., CA (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)
Rust

"Chrome trim on front grill and around windows developed rust spots"

Anonymous, TX (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

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.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

"Back window was leaking rain water. Had to take it in 3 times until it was fixed"

Jody A., LA (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"In 2015 it was recalled to replace the calipers"

Bruce F., AZ (2015 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)

Drive System

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

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"4WD Actuator needs replacement. 4WD Service Light came on at 1,200Kms. Took to Dealership and was diagnosed. Waiting on Parts"

Anonymous, NS (2015 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)

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

Steering wheel vibration

"Canyon was a certified pre-owned vehicle. After purchase I noted a clunking in the steering wheel. Having it checked I was told 3 bolts were backing out I the steering column. they tightened them and put some loc-tite or similar to keep them in place."

Michael M., WI (2015 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

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.

Engine Major

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

Engine Cooling

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

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