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STYLING | 6 out of 10
an athletic silhouette
looks mean and menacing, albeit in a classy GMC manner
A broad variety of body styles, wheelbase and cargo-bed lengths
Car and Driver
First introduced in 2004, the new Canyon essentially has the same rugged styling as it did back then. The 2010 GMC Canyon offers three new exterior colors (Merlot Jewel Metallic, Gray Green Metallic, and Pure Silver Metallic) but is otherwise unchanged from the 2009 model.
Most reviewers are quite happy with the exterior styling of the Canyon, but the very plain interior provides a stark contrast and is almost unanimously disappointing.
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com tend to appreciate the styling of the 2010 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 an "athletic silhouette" and "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 are very much disappointed in response to the interior. Even if the Canyon appeals from afar, Edmunds warns that "the attraction ends when you open the door." Car and Driver describes the interior as reminiscent of "rental-car interior decor," although Cars.com notes that the "Canyon's interior trim was revised to include chrome accents," and Kelley Blue Book points out that the 2010 GMC Canyon's "gauges and controls [are] within clear sight and easy reach of the driver."
The 2010 GMC Canyon has an attractive exterior, but step inside and it’s a painfully unappealing experience.