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 is 1 recall 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.
    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.
    Fuel Economy & Emissions
    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.
    Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
    Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

    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.
    Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
    Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
    Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
    Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
    Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
    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 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.

    Seating
    2 front, 3 rear
    Drive Wheels
    4WD, Rear
    Warranty
    Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

    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
    • 8-speed Automatic
    • 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 (308 hp)

    Owner Reported Trouble Spots

    The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 GMC Canyon owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

    Transmission Major

    Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

    What Owners Say

    Clutch replacement

    "GMC replaced a value in the transmission which solved 90% of the shifting problems but still shift rough at 20 mph either shifting down or up. I will be taking it back to the dealer."

    Anonymous, IA (2017 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)
    Torque converter

    "Torque converter would shudder as if on a washboard road or rumble strips."

    Anonymous, GA (2017 GMC Canyon Denali 3.6-L V6)

    "Transmission developed shudder maintaining interstate speeds (55+). Found technical service bulletin for issue. Torque converter had to be replaced. Vehicle was at dealership for over two weeks -- very disappointing."

    Joey M., IN (2017 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)

    "Rough and surprising clunking shifts. Slow shifting. Hesitation. Tranny banged down a shift harder than felt proper. Clunks down a gear with pronounced thud. Apparently there is a GM fix in USA but in Canada have heard nothing. Switching to Mobile 1 LV ATF HP (Part # 122210) should solve problem ref GM Service Bulletin. Very annoying."

    Brian R., AB (2017 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

    "First time completed flushing of system and used different fluid, second time replaced torque converter, all within first 10,000 - 12000 miles. Now at 23,000 mile problem has returned."

    Anonymous, NY (2017 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

    "Experienced vibration at about 55 to 60 mph."

    Anonymous, TX (2017 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)

    "Loud thumping noise after 20,000. Relaced under warranty."

    Anonymous, NC (2017 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

    "noisy"

    Anonymous, TX (2017 GMC Canyon 3.6-L V6)

    "This item was replaced by the dealer to eliminate the jerkiness when changing gears. However, this did not eliminate the problem."

    Anonymous, FL (2017 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

    "Transmission shudder, torque converter replaced in 2019"

    Anonymous, VA (2017 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)

    "Trans got really loud, but it happened gradually so I didn't notice at first (thought it might be tire noise)"

    Anonymous, AZ (2017 GMC Canyon SLT 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)

    "The dealership replaced the torque converter"

    Anonymous, (2017 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

    "Problem has resulted in three repairs. First visit in 2018 resulted in flush and new fluid. Second repair in 2019 resulted in replacement of torque converter. Third visit resulted in a second new torque converter in 2019. So far no recurrence of problem. While frustrating, I must commend the dealership for standing by their product and providing a good loaner vehicle."

    Anonymous, NY (2017 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

    "Torque Converter replaced 4 times. The newest one lasted 19000 miles, but it is showing signs of the same issue."

    Anonymous, AL (2017 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

    "I was pulling my trailer and collector car to a car show. It was noticed for a couple of days but I thought it was road noise. When I was towing from St Louis to Columbus. OHIO It really got noisy. It was as if I was driving on the roadside wakeup bar. I took it into the dealer the next morning and the monitored the truck with a computer OBD computer. He could see the torque converter cutting in and out,causing the vibration. He said the torque converter needs to be replaced, but the could not get to the repair for three weeks! I had no choice I traded for a different truck so I could get home."

    Anonymous, IL (2017 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

    "Vehicle started making noise similar to rear tire issues. GMC dealership repaired with new torque converter at no cost."

    Anonymous, NC (2017 GMC Canyon Denali 3.6-L V6)
    Transmission rebuild or replacement

    "Truck abruptly and uncomfortably lurches forward when stopping as the truck downshifts to first gear. Service manager and assistant service manager on test drives agreed there was a problem. On three different service occasions, (having the truck in the shop for a total of six weeks) they first changed the shift valve - got the truck back with no improvement. Second attempt, they changed out the torque converter - got the truck back with no improvement. Third attempt, they replaced the transmission with a rebuilt unit. Got the truck back with no improvement. Then I was told GM was coming out with a fix for the problem (which also, by the way, afflicted many GM vehicles) in the way of a special transmission fluid. Because this fluid was in such demand, they told me they call me when it came in which might take a while. EIGHT MONTHS LATER, after hearing nothing from the dealer, I went to see the owner of the dealership, who said to me, Wait here while I talk to the service manager. When he returned, He told me he was informed by the service manager that the new fluid would NOT fix the problem and they had no intention of trying it because, THE TRANSMISSION IN YOUR VEHICLE IS WITHIN SPECS AND RUNNING AS DESIGNED. He also admitted the service director lied to me but 'Don't Worry - He was reprimanded. They refused any further fixes, and I'm stuck with being jolted in this truck till the lease is up on 8/20. Will never consider a GM vehicle ever again"

    Anonymous, FL (2017 GMC Canyon Denali 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

    Gear selector or linkage

    "Shift selector cable broke when shifting truck into park. Truck was stuck in neutral and I could not get key out of ignition or start truck. Truck had to be towed to dealership for repair."

    Joey M., IN (2017 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)
    Rough shifting

    "Rough shifts below 1500 RPM. Transmission is reluctant to downshift and bumps into gear."

    Anonymous, GA (2017 GMC Canyon Denali 3.6-L V6)

    "bangs hard on down shift"

    Richard K., CA (2017 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)

    "The transmission fluid was replaced to try to correct rough and at times hard shifts . The replacement fluid did correct most of the problem but there are still hard shifts when the transmission is cikd."

    Anonymous, FL (2017 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

    "The vehicle feels like it is missing when you get up to cruise speed (55-65 MPH). The dealer replaced the torque converter. This fix has not totally repaired the problem."

    Anonymous, FL (2017 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

    "would shift hard at 20, 40 and 60 mph and sometimes would hold before shifting, other times it would have a very hard knock shift."

    Anonymous, IA (2017 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

    "This was the well-documented "transmission shudder" found in the 6L50 transmissions. The GM solution was a complete transmission fluid flush and refill with a new synthetic based fluid. No issues since this service was performed at the dealership."

    Anonymous, VA (2017 GMC Canyon Denali 3.6-L V6)

    "Rough shifting and vibrations due to bad transmission fluid from factory. Issue was resolved by dealer under warranty."

    Anonymous, IL (2017 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)

    "When you put it into passing gear it shifts very hard when it gets to the top speed"

    Anonymous, (2017 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)
    Slipping transmission

    "There was a shudder/shake at 1500 rpm. The dealer knew about the problem, fixed it under warranty, and provided me a free loan car when it was being worked on. Problem solved."

    L R., TX (2017 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)

    "Transmission still hunts for the right gears when traveling at a steady speed. Feels annoying and at times feel that the six gear would be better then the 8 gear transmission"

    Anonymous, FL (2017 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

    "See reply about previous issue."

    Anonymous, VA (2017 GMC Canyon Denali 3.6-L V6)
    Transmission sensor or solenoid

    "It at times tells me to Service the Transmission. But the service people find nothing. Est it is a software glitch"

    Thomas R., MI (2017 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

    "The AC compressor was just replaced for the 2nd time for excessive noise. It is still making noise."

    Anonymous, VA (2017 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)

    "The AC compressor was authorized to be replace by GM in an attempt to solve an interior noise issue while the compressor is running. It did not solve the problem and the concern is ongoing."

    Bruce C., VA (2017 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)
    Automatic climate control

    "Does not maintain a consistent temperature. Gets too cold then too hot on the same setting. I have to constantly adjust the temperature setting."

    Anonymous, IL (2017 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)

    "The compressor noises seem to be more pronounces when in auto mode. Also, temperature control doesn't seem particularly precise."

    Anonymous, VA (2017 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

    "When I took the truck into the dealer for routine service, they discovered that one of the transfer case solenoids that shifted the transfer case into 4 wheel drive was not working properly. They replaced it under warranty the same day they serviced the truck."

    Anonymous, CA (2017 GMC Canyon SLT 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)
    Transfer case

    "Gm Dealer in Red Deer Alberta Canada finally diagnosed and replaced transfer case front output seal for being noisy and squeeking. However, less than 1 year later, it's back again ! Will arrange once again to take to GMC/Buick Dealer. Very annoying. Actually a game changer."

    Brian R., AB (2017 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

    "There was a squeaking noise while driving and they had to replace a gasket on the transfer case. The vehicle was still operating normally and there were no indicator lights on."

    Anonymous, MI (2017 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

    Emission control devices (includes EGR)

    "actually had a check engine light. Contacted the dealer and it was an emission issue."

    Anonymous, TX (2017 GMC Canyon SLT 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)
    Fuel injection system

    "One of the injectors stopped working, placing additional stress on the transmission while pulling a load. Injector replaced. Problem resolved."

    Anonymous, (2017 GMC Canyon Denali 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)
    Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

    "There was an actual recall on the sensor."

    Anonymous, TX (2017 GMC Canyon SLT 2.8-L 4 Cyl diesel)

    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

    "Water on floorboard driver side, last fixed was seal around emergency brake cable, first time adjusted door alignment, second time boot around wiring to drivers door. Waiting t see if problem comes back, just fixed a few days ago."

    Anonymous, IN (2017 GMC Canyon SLE 3.6-L V6)
    Squeaks or rattles

    "Several rattles and squeaks comminfrom rear seat area and rear door area and instrument panel cluck from under center of vehicle on when shifting into drive"

    Anonymous, MI (2017 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 freezes up

    "Since May, the touch screen works when it wants to. Sometimes it works and sometimes it don't. I have reverted back to my Garmin Nuvi for navigation. And rely solely on the radio's manual controls."

    Michael W., TX (2017 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)
    Radio

    "The local radio part of the truck works perfectly. The issue is one dead spot in the touch screen and Sirius. If you have a Sirius subscription the radio acts wacky. It is always changing screens, pushing other Sirius channels on you, reminding your of other Sirius channels, losing touch screen ability, randomly changing channels with no input from the operator etc."

    Anonymous, AL (2017 GMC Canyon SLT 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)

    "Faulty paint spot on rear quarter panel"

    Rick D., KY (2017 GMC Canyon Base 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

    Engine Minor

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

    What Owners Say

    Engine computer

    "Had to return the vehicle 5 times to the dealer for faulty sensors before the problem was fixed. With three of these repair attempts, the vehicle was kept for several days. The problem started within 2 months of taking ownership."

    Anonymous, IL (2017 GMC Canyon SLE 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.

    What Owners Say

    Interior lights

    "The lights on the dash indicating the fan/ac/etc. goes off and on. When off, it cannot be seen at night."

    Anonymous, NV (2017 GMC Canyon SLT 3.6-L V6)

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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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