2022 GMC Canyon Interior and Cargo

GMC Canyon Interior & Cargo Rating

2022 Canyon Interior

While free of gimmicks and generally easy to use, the GMC Canyon's cabin doesn't quite nail the more luxurious truck brief. Some of the materials, such as the plastic toggle switches, don't feel as upscale as they should. While comfort is good for the driver, rear-seat legroom is lacking, especially on Extended Cab variants. Although the base variant is rather sparsely equipped, it does at least come with a four-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a user-friendly infotainment system with a color touchscreen, and single-zone climate control. Further up in the range, the Canyon gets more luxurious upholstery, wireless charging, ventilated front seats, remote start, and a heated steering wheel.

In general, the Canyon's interior layout is solid but it's showing its age. One example: a good old-fashioned starter with a key instead of a push-button start. This works just fine in the AT4 and lower trims but not so much in the top-end Denali. Despite costing quite a bit more, the Canyon Denali's cabin doesn't cut it in the luxury department.

2022 Canyon Interior Photos

2022 GMC Canyon Dashboard GMC
2022 GMC Canyon Driver Area GMC
2022 GMC Canyon Seat Details GMC

Seating and Interior Space

In the Extended Cab models, the GMC Canyon pickup will seat four occupants, increasing to five for the GMC Canyon 4-door truck, known as the Crew Cab. The front seats are not the most supportive, although space isn't an issue. That's not the case at the back of Extended Cab variants, where headroom is fine but legroom is in short supply. Compared to the Extended Cab, the 4-door truck with its more conventional rear doors does a much better job of accommodating rear-seat passengers, even if the seats themselves are quite upright. Although the high ride height improves the driver's view out, it does mean that ingress and egress require some amount of effort, and older occupants may need help getting into the Canyon. An expansive windshield further aids the view out, although rear-quarter visibility isn't quite as stellar.

2022 GMC Canyon Interior Dimensions:

GMC Canyon TrimsElevation StandardElevationAT4 ClothAT4 LeatherDenali
Headroom Front Seat41.4 in.41.4 in.41.4 in.41.4 in.41.4 in.
Headroom Back Seat36.7 in.36.7 in.38.3 in.38.3 in.38.3 in.
Legroom Front Seat45 in.45 in.45 in.45 in.45 in.
Legroom Back Seat28.6 in.28.6 in.35.8 in.35.8 in.35.8 in.
Shoulder Room Front57.5 in.57.5 in.57.5 in.57.5 in.57.5 in.
Shoulder Room Rear56.2 in.56.2 in.56.2 in.56.2 in.56.2 in.
Hip Room, Front55 in.55 in.55 in.55 in.55 in.
Hip Room, Rear52.2 in.52.2 in.53.3 in.53.3 in.53.3 in.

Interior Colors and Materials

Basic cloth trim comes as standard on the entry-level Canyon, and it's only offered in a somber Jet Black/Dark Ash color combination. For no added cost, vinyl upholstery in the same color scheme can be equipped, which also adds rubberized vinyl floor coverings. Moving up to the Elevation restricts the color choice to only Jet Black, but the vinyl option is dropped and leather is optionally on offer at this level for the seats, but standard on the steering wheel. The AT4 is offered with either cloth or leather upholstery, but both use the same Jet Black/Kalahari color scheme. Moving up to the more luxurious Denali brings with it perforated leather seats in either Jet Black or a Cocoa/Dark Atmosphere. Chrome interior door handles give upper trim levels a bit of a lift. Further distinguishing the top-spec Denali is aluminum trim and decor, and bespoke stitching.

Our AT4's leather seats were sufficiently comfortable with six- and four-way driver and front passenger seats, respectively. They were also heated, a particularly nice winter feature to have, as was the heated steering wheel. Like other trims, the AT4's instrument panel mostly consists of soft-touch materials and we really like the added aluminum trim.

2022 Canyon Trunk and Cargo Space

For Crew Cab models equipped with the shorter 61.7-inch box, total cargo volume amounts to 41.3 cubic feet, whereas the longer Crew Cab box or the Extended Cab box increases this figure to 49.9 cubes thanks to an increased bed length of 74 inches. Both the floor and the bed sides are rather high, so this makes loading and unloading cargo quite a strenuous affair, although the integrated bumper steps do help out in this regard. An optional EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate is available on the Elevation Standard - and standard equipment on the other trims. Cargo-box LED lighting is standard on the Denali and optional on the other trims. That said, some rivals offer more features to make the most of the available space. Depending on the trim and configuration, the Canyon's payload capacity varies between 1,380 and 1,578 lbs.

In terms of in-cabin storage, all models feature a large center console along with twin cupholders for the driver and front-seat passenger. All versions besides the base trim get an overhead console providing additional storage space, while Crew Cabs receive a rear folding bench seat. However, the uneven floor makes it challenging to lay items flat when the rear seat is folded up. On the entry-level Extended Cab, the rear seat can be optionally removed entirely, freeing up a lot more storage space, but limiting seating capacity to just two.

2022 GMC Canyon Trunk and Cargo Space Photos

2022 GMC Canyon Rear View Driving GMC
2022 GMC Canyon Tailgate GMC
2022 GMC Canyon Rear Angle View GMC

2022 GMC Canyon Bed Size:

GMC Canyon TrimsElevation StandardElevationAT4 ClothAT4 LeatherDenali
Box Length (Floor)61.7 in.61.7 in.61.7 in.61.7 in.61.7 in.
Box Width (Floor)57.8 in.57.8 in.57.8 in.57.8 in.57.8 in.
Box Width (Wheelhousings)44.4 in.44.4 in.44.4 in.44.4 in.44.4 in.
Cargo Box Volume cu. ft. cu. ft. cu. ft. cu. ft. cu. ft.

2022 Canyon Infotainment and Features


As usual, the base Canyon pickup truck is a far more spartan affair than the feature-packed Denali at the top of the range. If all you need is the basic Extended Cab, it comes with a 3.5-inch monochromatic driver information center, a four-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a tilt-adjustable steering column, and single-zone climate control, along with basic safety equipment like a rearview camera, tire pressure monitoring, and six airbags. Higher up in the lineup, the Canyon offers a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, a six-way power driver's seat, heated and ventilated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-trimmed, heated, and tilt/telescoping steering wheel, remote keyless entry, remote start, and wireless charging. On the safety front, an HD backup camera, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning are available.

Our well-equipped Canyon AT4 featured the $995 GMC infotainment system with navigation consisting of an 8-inch touchscreen and a Bose Premium audio system.


The Canyon's infotainment system is simple to use thanks to large enough buttons, the responsiveness of the screen itself, and the logical menus. On the Elevation Standard trim, the screen is a seven-inch unit and can be used to control features like Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Further up in the range, the system comprises a larger eight-inch touchscreen, HD Radio, and SiriusXM satellite radio. Two front USB ports are standard, while select trims have an SD card reader, too. Navigation is equipped as standard on the top Denali trim, which also receives a seven-speaker Bose sound system. Lesser versions make do with a six-speaker sound system. From the Elevation trim and upwards, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot is equipped.

Unfortunately, we experienced some difficulty with our tester's infotainment system. Not only did it suffer from a few hiccups when connecting it to our Android device, but the SiriusXM satellite radio experienced some annoying reception problems. We lost reception in several parking lots and, in some cases, it didn't come back until we began driving elsewhere. Reception also went out for several seconds when we hit a few highway bumps. We've never had these problems before in other makes and models.

To Top