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QUALITY | 6 out of 10
Gives the impression of being cheap
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Car and Driver
Highway wind rush is prominent around the doors
There is general agreement among reviews of the 2010 GMC Canyon that the interior is certainly not something you would try to impress a date with—despite this, ride quality for the truck is better than most pickups can offer.
As for the interior, Automobile Magazine puts it nicely: “The top-shelf Colorado and Canyon interior trim doesn't wander far from pure molded plastic. Stuff you touch--such as the leather-wrapped steering wheel, the console top, and the armrests--are thoughtfully finished in resilient materials.” Car and Driver 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 notices the 2010 GMC Canyon "remains saddled with sub par materials" and "an abundance of hard plastic."
In theory, the 2010 GMC Canyon Crew Cab can seat up to six passengers, but reviews read by TheCarConnection.com reveal that comfort will be a serious problem if six are crammed inside the GMC Canyon. 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 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 ConsumerGuide contends that rear "legroom is still no better than a subcompact sedan's," even on the GMC Canyon Crew Cab. TheCarConnection.com’s editors consider the Crew Cab just adequate for four adults.
On the highway, wind noise intrudes, leading reviewers to question the build quality of the 2010 GMC Canyon. Edmunds reports that "wind noise around the doors picks up at highway speeds," and ConsumerGuide notes that "highway wind rush is prominent around the doors," suggesting that the Canyon isn't the most relaxing tool for long highway journeys.
The 2010 GMC Canyon gets top marks from almost everyone in ride quality, however. ConsumerGuide applauds the 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."
The 2010 GMC Canyon sacrifices a lot of interior comfort and build quality could certainly be improved, but a good ride helps improve its standing.