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.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

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 Cooling

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

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.

Engine Major

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

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Recalls
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FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
May 31 2018
A damaged fuel line can create a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2015-2018 GMC Canyon, 2016-2017 Buick Envision, 2016-2018 Chevrolet Colorado and Malibu, 2017-2018 GMC Acadia, 2018 Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac ATS, Chevrolet Equinox, and GMC Terrain vehicles. The high pressure fuel pump may detach from its mounting flange, possibly resulting in the pump damaging the high pressure fuel line.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the high pressure fuel pump, and high pressure fuel pipe, free of charge. The recall began July 2, 2018. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 18188.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V358000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 895
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
Oct 05 2017
An improperly inflated air bag increases the risk of injury in a crash.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2015-2016 GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado, and 2016 Chevrolet Volt vehicles. The driver's frontal air bag may improperly inflate during second-stage deployment in the event of a high speed crash.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver's frontal air bag module, free of charge. The recall began November 8, 2017. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 17387.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V621000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 16
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
Mar 02 2016
An improperly inflated air bag increases the risk of injury.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2016 Chevrolet Colorado vehicles manufactured January 19, 2016, to February 2, 2016, Chevrolet Malibu vehicles manufactured January 9, 2016, to January 26, 2016, and 2016 GMC Canyon vehicles manufactured January 21, 2016, to February 4, 2016. The driver frontal air bag may improperly inflate during second-stage deployment in the event of a high speed crash.
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver side frontal air bag module, free of charge. The recall began on April 14, 2016. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, and GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 28030.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16V125000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1579
LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES
Dec 01 2015
If the console compartment door does not remain closed in a crash, the contents stored in the console may strike the vehicle occupants, increasing their risk of injury.
Summary:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2016 Chevrolet Colorado trucks manufactured August 25, 2015 to September 24, 2015, and GMC Canyon trucks manufactured August 28, 2015 to September 24, 2015. The affected vehicles have a console compartment lid latch assembly that may fail to keep the compartment door closed in the event of a crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 201, "Occupant Protection in Interior Impact."
What should you do:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the console compartment door latch assembly, free of charge. The recall began on January 5, 2016. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 16370.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 15V807000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 8763
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