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.
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.
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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.

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
  • 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 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)
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)
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)

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)
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)

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

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)

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)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

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)

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.

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 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

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.

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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