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2011 GMC Canyon Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 GMC Canyon was new.


Interior: 7.0

Although reviewers like the straightforward dashboard layout, they all complain of the cheap plastic feel of the interior.  The front seats are relatively comfortable, but even in the crew cab, the rear seats are cramped and hard.

  • " All the gauges and controls are in the right place, and the truck shines in the utility and functionality categories." -- PickupTrucks.com
  • "The Canyon has a hint of cosmopolitan features inside, but the overall ambience suffers from a plastic overload." -- Cars.com


Regular cab models seat three passengers on a bench seat. Extended cab models add two rear jump seats, which are accessible through rear-hinged back doors. This model seats five. The crew cabs adds a folding rear bench that is accessible through two conventional rear doors, and can seat a total of six people. Reviewer opinion is mixed and inconsistent regarding both comfort and interior space.  However, all agree that the smaller seats (the middle spot in the bench seats, rear jump seats and rear bench seats) are uncomfortable for adults. While the rear row is tight, many reviewers say the front seats are comfortable.

  • "The seats are adequately comfortable for long drives, though some testers complain of hard, flat seatbacks in entry-level versions. The middle position on the bench seat is for occasional use only. Extended Cab's rear seat best suits preteens; adults lack leg room even if the front seats are pushed well forward. Crew Cabs are more spacious, but leg room is still no better than a subcompact sedan's." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Rear legroom is a bit pinched on extended-cab and crew-cab models, while ingress and egress for rear passengers can be a bit of a challenge due to the smallish rear door openings." -- Edmunds
  • "Wide, comfortable front seats fit nicely in the spacious cab, but the rear jump seats in the Extended Cab are for kids only." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

Reviewers generally like the layout of the Canyon's dash, but most complain that the design is dated and features too many subpar materials.  Many reviewers also say that the high points of the interior are its functional layout and easy-to-use gauges and controls – even if the materials are cheap.

  • "The Canyon does deserve high marks for the simple and straightforward layout of its controls and gauges." -- Edmunds
  • "Some of the buttons - like the ones for the audio system - look a little crude compared with the newer interiors of GM's full-size trucks. There are also some shoddy trim pieces, like the panel covering the passenger-side front airbag. For the most part, however, the interior is a functional space that's easy to get used to, though I do wish the tilt steering wheel had more range than its few predetermined positions." -- PickupTrucks.com


The Regular cab offers little interior space. If you need more interior storage, go for the extended and crew cabs, which offer more space. In the extended cab, the rear jump seats fold up, extending the cargo area from floor to ceiling.  Also, a few reviewers like the adjustable tailgate, which makes carrying bulky loads easier.

  • "Out back, the Canyon's cargo boxes feature two-tier loading, and the dual-position removable tailgate can be secured partly open to support the placement of 4x8 sheets atop its wheelwells." -- Edmunds

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