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GMC seems to have sacrificed too much quality on the 2008 GMC Canyon in exchange for simplicity and supposed value.
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Gives the impression of being cheap

Highway wind rush is prominent around the doors
Consumer Guide

Rental-car interior décor
Car and Driver

Unlike many of GM's latest trucks, which feature vastly improved interior quality, the 2008 GMC Canyon is still mired in the GM tradition of old, which is to say it could use some touching up.

The 2008 GMC Canyon can theoretically carry up to six occupants, but reviews read by TheCarConnection.com show that comfort will be a serious problem if six are crammed inside the Canyon GMC. Seating capacity and style vary by model of GMC Canyon, and Cars.com reports that regular cabs offer "a standard 60/40-split bench seat" up front, though "reclining bucket seats are available," while "four-door extended cab trucks have two forward-facing rear seats" and "Crew Cab models contain front bucket seats." The front seats fare well, and ConsumerGuide finds that they deliver "lots of headroom and legroom" and are "adequately comfortable for long drives." The backseat, however, is a different story, as Edmunds claims that "rear legroom is tight in both extended cab and crew cab models," and Consumer Guide contends that rear "legroom is still no better than a subcompact sedan's," even on the GMC Canyon Crew Cab.

Interior build and materials quality doesn't do the Canyon GMC many favors either, as reviews read by TheCarConnection.com clearly show. Cars.com notes that the new 2008 "Canyon's interior trim was revised to include chrome accents." Unfortunately, reviews read by TheCarConnection.com are unanimous in deeming this simple addition inadequate. Quality gets a low grade from Car and Driver, which points out that the compact truck has "flimsy seats" and "no protective coating or tie-down rails in the bed." Edmunds concurs, going so far as to say that "the Dodge Dakota, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma are simply better trucks in almost every regard." Edmunds also points out the 2008 GMC Canyon "remains saddled with subpar materials" and "an abundance of hard plastic."

Gaps in build quality on the 2008 GMC Canyon are evident on the highway, where several reviewers mention intrusive wind noise. Edmunds reports that "wind noise around the doors picks up at highway speeds," and ConsumerGuide finds that "highway wind rush is prominent around the doors."

One area where the 2008 GMC Canyon surprises is ride quality. ConsumerGuide applauds the 2008 GMC Canyon, stating that the drive is "better than most compact pickups, provided you stick with the base suspension." Kelley Blue Book feels the "new body-on-frame chassis is much more rigid," making it the "greatest improvement over previous GMC compact trucks."


GMC seems to have sacrificed too much quality on the 2008 GMC Canyon in exchange for simplicity and supposed value.

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