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2017 GMC Canyon Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 GMC Canyon was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.6

The 2017 GMC Canyon features an attractive interior, with mostly quality materials and good overall comfort. Seating space is ample, but there are mixed reviews on the front seats' support. An optional infotainment system is very easy to use, and other functions are intuitive. Interior storage space for small items is also good.

  • "The 2017 GMC Canyon's interior is a lot nicer than market expectations might have required, and it's a fine blend of modern style with truck practicality." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There's no mistaking the GMC Canyon as anything but a pickup from the outside, but in terms of comfort, it delivers the kind of pleasant accommodations that are normally reserved for SUVs. … Though there are some plastics that aren't exactly class-leading, the Canyon has a likable and well-organized cabin overall." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2016)

Seating

The standard GMC Canyon doesn't include a rear seat and can therefore only seat two. All other Extended Cab models seat four, while Crew Cab models can seat five. Vinyl upholstery and a four-way power-adjustable driver's seat are standard. Available upgrades include a four-way power-adjustable passenger seat, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a heated steering wheel. 

Opinions differ on the Canyon's front seats and their comfort. Some critics think they're sufficiently supportive, and others say they become uncomfortable on long drives. The rear seat offers plenty of space for adult passengers, especially in Crew Cab models. 

There are two complete LATCH connections in the Canyon's second row. The lower anchors are easy to access in the seat cushions, but the top tether anchors are hard to find, as they're on the seatbacks.

  • "The front seats are well-padded and supportive. They offer all-day livability, but larger-framed occupants could find them a bit confining. The crew cab's rear seats are well suited to adult passengers and offer adequate support." -- Edmunds
  • "There's ample center console storage, and the Crew Cab should handle four adults with decent comfort and five in a pinch." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "More importantly, we discovered the front seats could be a little more supportive after a long stint behind the wheel." -- Autotrader (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Canyon include a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, a rearview camera, a 4.2-inch display screen, and the Teen Driver management system. Optional features include cruise control, a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, multiple USB ports, voice command activation, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, satellite radio, a 4G Wi-Fi hot spot, a multicolor driver information display, automatic climate control, remote start, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, navigation, a seven-speaker Bose premium sound system, and wireless charging.

The optional IntelliLink infotainment system features large icons that make the system intuitive and easy to use. It responds quickly to commands and functions well overall. Physical buttons for other common controls are large and arranged in a logical layout on the dash. The IntelliLink system also allows for smartphone integration via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay.

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  • "Most of the functions are in a big center stack, with large knobs that should be easily operated by gloved hands." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The IntelliLink infotainment interface has quick responses and big, legible controls, and physical buttons are logically placed and easy to read." -- Edmunds
  • "The SLE and SLT also get an eight-inch center touchscreen with GMC's IntelliLink infotainment system. The 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)

Cargo

A 6-foot-2-inch bed is standard in the 2017 Canyon, with the basic Extended Cab or the optional Crew Cab. Crew Cab models can also have a shorter 5-foot-2-inch bed. An EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate is optional, making it easier to load heavy cargo. Interior storage space is also good.

  • "The Canyon manages a good balance of abundant small item storage and respectable rear-seat cargo space. Buyers looking to maximize hauling capability, though, should go for the long-bed configuration." -- Edmunds
  • "An available EZ Lift-and-Lower function uses built-in struts to allow the tailgate to be opened and closed with just one hand. For more practicality, the bed can be split into upper and lower sections thanks to a standard two-tier loading system." -- Left Lane News (2016)
  • "At the business end, both GM trucks offer a decidedly user-friendly cargo box. Not only are there four 'solid' tie-down hooks, there are also 13 ports that can hold additional hooks, and there are optional racks for such things as bikes and kayaks that can be purchased through the dealer. Also nice is a damped, easy-open (and lift) tailgate, along with a step built into the rear bumper." -- Consumer Guide (2015)

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