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STYLING | 6 out of 10
Distinctively rugged styling
Interior layout is highly functional
Kelley Blue Book
A broad variety of body styles, wheelbase and cargo-bed lengths
Car and Driver
A large part of any pickup truck's appeal is its macho exterior styling. With the 2008 GMC Canyon, it seems like GM tried to give its smallest pickup offering a dose of that macho look—with mixed results.
The 2008 GMC Canyon is a small pickup that comes in "a broad variety of body styles, wheelbase and cargo-bed lengths," according to Car and Driver. Edmunds reports that the Canyon GMC comes in "three body style configurations: regular cab, extended cab (with short reverse-opening doors) or crew cab with four regular forward-swinging doors." Furthermore, Edmunds adds that "crew cabs come with a 5-foot cargo box while other Canyons feature a 6-footer." Drivers pleased with the visual appeal of GMC's previous vehicles will not find any unwelcome surprises in the GMC Canyon, as Cars.com observes that the Canyon GMC has "a distinctive front end...that gives the Canyon a strong family resemblance to other GMC products." Kelley Blue Book remarks that the GMC Canyon is "the mirror image of its sister vehicle, the Chevrolet Colorado," and features "bulging fender flares and bright alloy wheels [that] punctuate tall slab sides." Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com tend to appreciate the styling of the 2008 GMC Canyon, which Edmunds calls "distinctively rugged," though you certainly won't stand out much from some other GM light pickups on the road.
Unfortunately, while the exterior scores somewhat above average with reviewers, the interior of the GMC Canyon is a different story. Even if you like the view from afar, Edmunds warns that "the attraction ends when you open the door." Cars.com observes that the "Canyon's interior trim was revised to include chrome accents," but reviewers still lament what Car and Driver calls the "rental-car interior décor." On the positive side, Kelley Blue Book does point out that the 2008 GMC Canyon's "gauges and controls [are] within clear sight and easy reach of the driver."
The 2008 GMC Canyon's exterior is tried-and-true, but it looks decidedly chintzy inside.