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2016 GMC Canyon Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 GMC Canyon was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.5

Critics praise the 2016 GMC Canyon for the high-quality materials throughout the interior and call it one of the most upscale cabins in the class. They say that the cabin is quiet and offers plenty of room, particularly in crew cab models, which have enough rear-seat legroom for adults to sit comfortably. They note that the Canyon’s infotainment system is state-of-the-art and easy to use.

  • "It's also a big step above the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma in terms of gadgets, interior quality and -- in our opinion, anyway -- style, given its brand-new design compared to rivals' aging looks." -- AutoTrader
  • "Interior design, as reflected in the Colorado and Canyon's functionality, material quality and space, is another area where GM's trucks have it all over the competition." -- Forbes (2015)
  • "As I alluded to above, the interior of this all-boxes-ticked GMC is a pretty excellent place to drive in." -- Autoblog (2015)
  • "The end result of all of these changes is that the interior is more like a crossover than a traditional pickup, yet the materials are durable for those who will use the truck for work." -- Kelley Blue Book (2015)
  • "The GMC Canyon can be optioned with the most luxurious interior available in the midsize pickup segment." -- Truck Trend (2015)

Seating

The base GMC Canyon comes with a four-seat extended cab, and a five-seat crew cab is available. Vinyl upholstery and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are standard. Cloth and leather upholstery are available, as is a power-adjustable passenger seat and heated front seats. Test drivers report that the cabin is quiet and the seats are mostly supportive, although some think they offer inadequate support on longer drives. Reviewers say the rear seats in the extended cab are cramped, but adults can fit comfortably in the rear seats of crew cab models.

  • "Features like triple-sealed doors help give the Canyon a quiet, comfortable ride." -- Left Lane News
  • "More importantly, we discovered the front seats could be a little more supportive after a long stint behind the wheel." -- AutoTrader
  • "The attractive bucket seats offer good support, and they certainly take the edge off coarser road inputs." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Interior space is great and doesn't by any means feel cramped. That is, of course, unless you're a fullsize adult attempting to sit in the back of the extended cab, then things get a bit tight." -- Truck Trend (2015)
  • "With three inches of additional legroom versus the competition, along with flexible seating that allows for flip-up and fold-flat rear seats, the crew cab models offer realistic and comfortable space for four adults." -- Forbes (2015)

Interior Features

The 2016 Canyon’s standard features include a rearview camera, a six-speaker audio system, a USB port and a 4.2-inch display screen. Available features include automatic climate control, remote start, Bluetooth, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, satellite radio, cruise control, forward collision alert, lane departure warning and GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Siri Eyes Free and Apple CarPlay. OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot is also available.

Critics appreciate that the controls for climate and audio are easily reachable and clearly labeled. Most agree that IntelliLink is more modern than the infotainment systems in class rivals, although some feel that too many steps are required to perform some audio functions.

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  • "The [Intellilink] screen has large icons that drivers tap to choose the navigation, audio, and communication functions. It also provides access to apps, such as Pandora internet radio, through owner's smartphones. IntelliLink is much more modern than the systems offered by Toyota and Nissan, and the large icons make it fairly easy to use." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • The audio system is mounted high within easy reach; volume and tuning are by separate knobs, with band and station selection done through the screen. Like many such systems, some operations that used to be 'one touch' simple now require multiple steps. Climate controls are likewise easy to reach, but are even easier to use." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "GMC's 8-inch IntelliLink screen occupies a prominent and easy-to-reach spot in the middle of the dash, and the buttons and knobs that control it are clearly separated from the climate control array that sits a respectful distance below." -- Edmunds (2015)

Cargo

The 2016 GMC Canyon features a 6-foot-2-inch bed with either cab configuration. Crew cab models can be outfitted with a shorter, 5-foot-2-inch bed as well. The Canyon also features an optional EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate designed to be easily raised and lowered with just one hand. Reviewers praise the versatility of the bed and add that, with the tailgate down, 8-foot items can be carried without hanging off the back of the truck. They note that the cabin features good storage space as well.

  • "For more practicality, the bed can be split into upper and lower sections thanks to a standard two-tier loading system." -- Left Lane News
  • "Interior storage space is quite good." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "The bed looks good, primarily because it's so deep: 2 more inches, according to GM. A long tailgate makes for a longer platform length when it's folded down, which is how 8-foot lumber can fit in the 6-foot 2-inch bed without hanging over." -- Edmunds (2015)

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