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7.5

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.5
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 5.8
Reliability:
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2011 GMC Canyon Review

The 2011 GMC Canyon has a cheap interior and poor safety score, and other compact trucks offer better all-around performance.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong available eight-cylinder engine
  • Low-rent interior
  • Low safety score for class

2011 GMC Canyon Overview

Reviewers thought the 2011 GMC Canyon is has a fairly comfortable ride and composed handling. Still, some said that it simply doesn’t feel as refined behind the wheel as some of its rivals. Reviewers had few gripes about the Canyon’s engines. The base four-cylinder engine was deemed adequate for day-to-day driving, but most reviewers preferred the available five- or eight-cylinder engines for those who will be towing or hauling or simply want more power. Two- and four-wheel drive were both available, and the four- and five-cylinder engines were available with either a manual or automatic transmission, while the V8 was automatic-only. A two-wheel drive Canyon with the four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission achieves 18/25 mpg city/highway, which is on par for the class. The Canyon can tow up to 6,000 pounds when equipped with the available V8.

The Canyon’s cab drew a mix of comments from critics. Most disliked the abundance of plastic and the overall low-quality feel of the cabin, though some also appreciated the straightforwardness of the controls and dash layout. A regular cab Canyon seats up to three people, while extended and crew cab models can seat up to five and six people, respectively. Reviewers gave the seats mixed reviews as well. Some found the front seats comfortable, while others wished they offered more support. Standard equipment on the Canyon when it was new included a basic stereo and Bluetooth phone connectivity. Available features included an upgraded stereo with satellite radio and an auxiliary input jack, front bucket seats, power windows, locks and mirrors and leather seats with front heated, power-adjustable seats.

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Other Trucks to Consider

The 2011 Nissan Frontier has good safety scores for the class. Reviewers also liked its comfortable ride and smooth, powerful engine choices.

The 2011 Toyota Tacoma was well-liked by reviewers for its refined ride, strong V6 and high-quality interior. Additionally, a V6-powered Tacoma can tow more than a V8-equipped Canyon.

Compare the Canyon to the Frontier and Tacoma »

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