Most reviewers are quite happy with the exterior styling of the Canyon, but the very plain interior is almost unanimously disappointing.
The Canyon retains its rugged profile, and its styling remains essentially the same as for 2004, when it was introduced. The 2009 GMC Canyon offers two new exterior colors (Navy Blue and Aqua Blue Metallic), some new wheel designs, and slight trim changes but is otherwise unchanged from the 2008 model.
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com tend to appreciate the styling of the 2009 GMC Canyon, which Edmunds calls "distinctively rugged," though it certainly doesn't stand out much from some other GM light pickups on the road. 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 describes the GMC Canyon as "the mirror image of its sister vehicle, the Chevrolet Colorado," and features "bulging fender flares and bright alloy wheels [that] punctuate tall slab sides." MyRide.com adds, “The Canyon is aggressively styled with angular wheel arches. Its front end is bright and bold in the GMC tradition and looks mean and menacing, albeit in a classy GMC manner."
Though reviewers might be pleased with the rugged exterior, they very much give thumbs-down to the interior. Even if you like the view from afar, Edmunds warns "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 2009 GMC Canyon's "gauges and controls [are] within clear sight and easy reach of the driver."