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2012 GMC Canyon Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2012 GMC Canyon was new.


Interior: 6.8

Although reviewers like the 2012 GMC Canyon’s straightforward dashboard layout, they all complain about the interior’s cheap plastic feel. The front seats are relatively comfortable, but even in the crew cab model, rear seats are cramped and hard.

  • "The Canyon has a hint of cosmopolitan features inside, but the overall ambience suffers from a plastic overload." -- PickupTrucks.com


The 2012 GMC Canyon can seat up to six people, depending on the configuration. Regular cab models seat three passengers across a standard bench seat. Extended cab models add two rear jump seats, which are accessible through rear-hinged back doors. This model seats five. Crew cabs add a folding rear bench that is accessible through two conventional rear doors, offer optional front bucket seats, and seat a maximum of six people. Reviewers say that while the front outboard seats are adequately comfortable, the rest of the seats won’t be tolerable for anything other than a short trip, and are best suited for children.

  • "Lots of headroom and legroom. The seats are adequately comfortable for long drives, though some testers complain of hard, flat seat backs in entry-level versions. The middle position on the bench seat is for occasional use only." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Rear-seat passengers in extended cab models will twist and bend to reach the back row, and once back there won't find a ton of elbow- or legroom." -- Edmunds
  • "Flimsy front seats, cramped rear seat in extended-cab models." -- Car and Driver

Interior Features

Reviewers generally like the layout of the 2012 Canyon's dash, but most complain that the design is dated and suffers from some subpar materials. Many reviewers also say that the interior’s high points are its functional layout and easy-to-use gauges and controls – even if the materials are cheap.

  • "Controls and instruments are arranged in logical fashion, however, with thick, chunky knobs designed to accommodate work-gloved fingers." -- Edmunds
  • "Canyon shares the same basic dashboard design with Colorado. The audio and climate controls are simple to use and clearly marked. Gauges are easy to read, but some digital readouts wash out in direct sunlight." -- Consumer Guide


The regular cab model offers little interior space. If you need more interior storage, go for the extended cabs and crew cabs because they offer significantly more room for passengers and cargo. In the extended cab, the rear jump seats fold up, extending the cargo area from floor to ceiling. 

  • "Interior storage is limited on regular cabs, but is good on extended and Crew Cabs with the rear seats folded." -- Consumer Guide

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