The world needs more small trucks. They’re easier to park and maneuver and cost less to feed than full-sized behemoths, like the Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150, and Ram 1500. But then the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado twins came along with the first modern compact truck redesign in 11 years. GM had high hopes for this truck, and sales have been strong.
Alerts
There are 4 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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Reliability Trouble Spots
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.
Road Test

The world needs more small trucks. They’re easier to park and maneuver and cost less to feed than full-sized behemoths, like the Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150, and Ram 1500. But then the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado twins came along with the first modern compact truck redesign in 11 years.

GM had high hopes for this truck, and sales have been strong. Sure, this truck is far more refined than the rough-and-tumble Toyota Tacoma that perennially tops the sales charts in this class. But ultimately the Canyon/Colorado breaks little new ground, beyond offering an extremely efficient diesel engine, the only one in this segment.

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)
  • 2.8-liter 4 turbodiesel (181 hp)
  • 3.6-liter V6 (305 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 GMC Canyon owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"One of the body seams at the back of the cab was not sealed properly from the factory. This caused the floor to become soaking wet while raining. The truck was gone for over a week to fix this."

Anonymous, BC (2016 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"This vehicle has a number of significant squeaks and rattles that are well beyond anything we have experienced in a vehicle this young before. There are significant rattles from just in front of the driver behind the dashboard. There is another one in the passenger door. Mainly, the largest problem comes from the clunking related to the spring issue as indicated in my previous response."

Anonymous, TX (2016 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)

"The transmission thunks or makes noise. We are continuing to be told its normal but it is very noticeable and annoying (especially when my husband complains about it every time it happens!)"

Anonymous, TX (2016 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)

"tinny vibrating sound coming from underneath. Garage can never seem to find the problem"

Anonymous, WV (2016 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

"a lot of road noise"

M W., CA (2016 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

"Replaced steering shaft to stop squeaking"

Hank-Nancy J., MI (2016 GMC Canyon SLT 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Interior steering column rubber boot is incorrectly installed (according to service tech) and has the most annoying squeak when turning at low speeds (think of a whimpering dog or the TinMan's 'oil cannn')...they keep tweaking it and it keeps squeaking"

Anonymous, IL (2016 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

"One chirp from the back of the cabin when going over big bumps, doesn't matter what speed"

Douglas W., CO (2016 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)
Wind noise

"every time I take it in for service tell dealership about the wind noise. At first they tried to fix it , now they just say it is a problem with all models such as mine. Factory called me and was supposed to take care of it but never followed up"

M W., CA (2016 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

"A/C compressor failed and refrigerant leaked out After repairs heater didn't work"

Anonymous, OR (2016 GMC Canyon SLE 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"A/C compressor had body refrigerant leaks, had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OR (2016 GMC Canyon SLE 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Automatic climate control

"The system is not very accurate in maintaining a set temp"

Gary D., OR (2016 GMC Canyon SLE 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Heater system

"poorly designed heater blend door linkage caused the heat to stop working. This is a common problem that was fixed by the dealer putting a hose clamp in the door linkage. Kind of a Rube Goldberg fix."

Anonymous, NJ (2016 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

"Was a recall that I wast informed of until it went bad during a long dist. trip."

Anonymous, MI (2016 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

"Temp mix door stopped operating. Needed a new stepper motor"

Gary D., OR (2016 GMC Canyon SLE 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"The unit would not switch from AC to heater"

Anonymous, CA (2016 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)

"Temp air mix door linkage fell off"

Anonymous, OR (2016 GMC Canyon SLE 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)

"Did not get heat the first winter. It was repaired. However it did not work a month later. It was repaired. However it still does not work properly"

Donald B., NJ (2016 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

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 difficult to see

"on occasion the screen will go dark but come back on in a few minutes"

Anonymous, TX (2016 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"Screen has over printing from another function. Took it in to the GMC dealer and they couldn't fix it in two hours. Told me to bring it in after they contacted factory and leave it all day. It's not a horribly bad problem and I haven't taken it back in yet."

Charles W., CO (2016 GMC Canyon 3.6-L V6)

"Had to re-boot the computer and replaced the display screen for not working the icon functions as displayed"

Anonymous, FL (2016 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"repeated problems with the display screen that had to be re-programmed and replace multiple times."

Anonymous, FL (2016 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)

"display does not always work.Has been replace once."

Anonymous, FL (2016 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"Took the new vehicle in twice and they could not get their Bluetooth software to work with my new Samsung 6 Cell Phone. I still do not have this capability as they were unable to rectify the problem"

Anonymous, WI (2016 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)
Routine software updates

"Dealer called and recommended update."

Anonymous, AR (2016 GMC Canyon Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Steering wheel controls

"See related carplay issue"

Thom L., OH (2016 GMC Canyon SLE 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

"The dealer said the 2016 transmission was fixed in the 2017 model and the 2016 is operating as good as it can."

Anonymous, KY (2016 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

"Between 25 and 50 shifting must be forced in in some cases"

Roy H., GA (2016 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)

"Transmission extremely hesitant to down shift. In town, it hangs in a gear too high, causing the engine to nearly stall before downshifting. Extremely bad, even dangerous performance. Dealer has attempted repair 4 times, unsuccessfuly"

Anonymous, TN (2016 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)

"Several circumstances at different speeds. Described as chuggle and shutter at low speeds. Difficulty accelerating until engine revs and takes off. After taking foot off gas to slow, and then reapplying pressure transmission makes clunking sound"

Anonymous, OR (2016 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"Transmission will not shift properly between 20 and 40 miles an hour. Must make it down shift."

Anonymous, GA (2016 GMC Canyon 3.6-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Solenoid failure caused the ignition key to not be able to be removed (i.e. stuck) though the gear was in Park., which usually allows the key to be removed."

Anonymous, OH (2016 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

"not sure of right area for problem. the shifter would not lock in park properly. result was unable to remove key from ignition switch."

Michael H., CA (2016 GMC Canyon SLT 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Diesel Exhaust Fluid injector was plugged by manufacturing debris resulting in NOx level that triggered dashboard Malfunction Indicator Light. Dealer corrected problem under vehicle warranty coverage."

Arthur C., OR (2016 GMC Canyon SLT 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Fuel injection system

"The purge control valve malfunctioned. It was a $300.00 repair bill that was not covered by warranty. This seems to be a common problem."

Anonymous, BC (2016 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)
Fuel pump

"fuel pump modulater"

Greg C., OR (2016 GMC Canyon SLT 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"cut fuel mileage tremendously this has diesel engine"

Finley W., FL (2016 GMC Canyon SLT 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Accessory belts or pulleys

"Belt tensioner froze up,engine stopped charging"

Hank-Nancy J., MI (2016 GMC Canyon SLT 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)
Engine computer

"A leak in the air supply to the intake manifold which caused the computer to go into limp mode several times"

Anonymous, CA (2016 GMC Canyon)

"Needed a software update after check engine light came on"

Anonymous, FL (2016 GMC Canyon Base 2.5-L 4 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

Springs or torsion bars

"The leaf springs in the back of the vehicle need to be re-torqued, as per a 2017 TSB on the vehicle. GMC initially retorqued the leaf springs to alleviate a squeaking issue. Following that change, the clunking noise when you drive over any uneven surface began. GMC’s technicians indicate that the vehicle is currently operating “within specifications” and will not complete the TSB suggestions as GM will not pay the dealership to do so. After numerous conversations between GM customer service and the dealership, both are declining to do anything about the issues indicated and asked us to take the vehicle to either another dealership or an outside shop to have them look at the problem."

Anonymous, TX (2016 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"Steering wheel vibration was alarming at first but I was assured that there was no problem. Have to change hands and feel vibration in gas peddle on trips"

Roy H., GA (2016 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"Fuel door came off"

Anonymous, IL (2016 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"The hood has tiny rough spots in the paint when it was new. Now the they are chipping off. I reported this when it was new and now will work with the dealer to repair."

Anonymous, KY (2016 GMC Canyon SLT 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

"From 2 weeks after buying the Canyon new, we had a message that transmission needed service. It took GMC 2 weeks to fix--they had to pull the transmission and replace a module. For the next two years we got Transmission Service messages and repeatedly took it to be serviced. We also complained about having problems getting the truck into full neutral to tow behind our RV. In 2019 w/40,000 miles, the transmission got stuck in 4 wheel drive and had to be flatbed towed to the GMC dealer. We contacted GMC about California Lemon Law and our truck. GMC was great to work with and they ended up just last week buying back the car from us. It was an unexpectedly good experience!!"

Anonymous, CA (2016 GMC Canyon SLT 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)

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

Warning lights

"Check engine light would come on and stay on. Dealer replaced several parts and cure the problem by replacing the wiring. I had to take the truck back 3 times for the problem."

Anonymous, NC (2016 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

Brakes

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

Exhaust

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

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

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.

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.

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