The interior of the GMC Canyon is a clear step up from what has gone before and it's now a high-tech environment, with all trims getting a digital gauge cluster and a big infotainment touchscreen. Interior color schemes and materials differ from trim to trim, with pleasing textures used on the center dashboard panel and plenty of stylish design flourishes such as vent surrounds in contrasting colors. Material quality is better than before, but there are still quite a lot of hard plastics in evidence inside that don't feel pleasing to the touch. At least everything is well assembled and the top models' smart trim pieces do elevate the atmosphere to something more luxurious. Space is not a strong point though and only just average.
There is little to complain about when it comes to seating comfort and the front bucket seats of the GMC Canyon are well-designed and supportive, although some people find the cushioning a bit stiff. We take issue with the interior space, however, which isn't great for this class, and no improvement on the old Canyon. The rear legroom of 34.7 inches is similar to that of the old truck - and just sufficient for adults - but headroom is actually slightly less, making it feel more hemmed in. It's not the worst in this class - the Ranger and Frontier have even less space - but it's not nearly as roomy in the second row as a Ridgeline or Gladiator. The Elevation makes do with manually adjustable front seats, the AT4 gets heated front seats and a power driver's seat, and the Denali and AT4X have power adjustment for both front seats. The view out is commanding thanks to all trims' elevated ride height, but there are a few over-the-shoulder blind spots typical of a truck, so keep an eye on the backup camera, because only the Denali gets standard rear parking sensors.
|GMC Canyon Trims||Elevation||AT4||Denali||AT4X|
|Headroom Front Seat||40.3 in.||40.3 in.||40.3 in.||40.3 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||38.3 in.||38.3 in.||38.3 in.||38.3 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||45.2 in.||45.2 in.||45.2 in.||45.2 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||34.7 in.||34.7 in.||34.7 in.||34.7 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||57.4 in.||57.4 in.||57.4 in.||57.4 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||56.1 in.||56.1 in.||56.1 in.||56.1 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||54.7 in.||54.7 in.||54.7 in.||54.7 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||53.1 in.||53.1 in.||53.1 in.||53.1 in.|
There are only a few interior colors for the GMC Canyon and at the baseline, the Elevation comes in black only, with cloth upholstery being standard. You can upgrade to CoreTec leatherette upholstery, but this requires you to opt in additional extras for a total of over $4k. The AT4 comes with a Jet Black/Timber color scheme only in a combination of cloth and CoreTec, with an option to upgrade to leather upholstery, but this also adds seat ventilation, a heated steering wheel, and a bunch of other extras for a total of $1,840. The Denali gets a Jet Black/Teak color scheme with laser-etched wood and bronze vent trim, along with standard perforated leather. The AT4X has a fetching Obsidian Rush/Ceramic White color scheme with red accents and vent trim. In all cases, the accent colors are only applied to the dashboard and door panels, and the seats and the rest of the interior are black.
The Canyon only comes with a crew-cab body and short box, the latter measuring five feet and two inches (or 61.7 inches) long, giving the GMC Canyon a total cargo-space volume of 41.9 cu-ft. Payload capacity varies from 1,010 to 1,640 lbs, depending on the trim level. The MultiStow tailgate is standard from AT4 level and up and comes with a lidded storage compartment that is 45 inches wide and has a drainage hole, so you can use it as a cooler box. A 120V bed-mounted power outlet is also standard on all trims above Elevation. The Denali and AT4X get a spray-in bedliner, but it's optional on the other trims. As part of the AT4X's optional Edition 1 package, the bed gets re-configurable bed rails.
Inside, storage space is good, with a lidded center-console storage compartment, a glovebox, a dedicated spot to put your phone, front and rear door pockets, and two front cupholders. A center rear armrest with two cupholders is standard on the top two trims only, as is a driver's seatback pocket. The rear seat can split and fold in a 60/40 ratio to increase in-cabin trunk volume and create a more uniform space to store luggage in the cabin.
|GMC Canyon Trims||Elevation||AT4||Denali||AT4X|
|Box Length (Floor)||61.7 in.||61.7 in.||61.7 in.||61.7 in.|
|Box Width (Floor)||58.1 in.||58.1 in.||58.1 in.||58.1 in.|
|Box Width (Wheelhousings)||45.5 in.||45.5 in.||45.5 in.||45.5 in.|
|Cargo Box Volume||cu. ft.||cu. ft.||cu. ft.||cu. ft.|
The manually adjustable seats and cloth upholstery on the Elevation might be a bit basic, but there is otherwise a good number of standard features for a base model, including keyless entry, push-button start, single-zone climate control, an eight-inch digital gauge cluster, cruise control, and a tilting steering column. The tally of standard driver aids is decent too, with forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian and cyclist detection, automatic high beams, and a following-distance indicator all being standard as part of the Canyon Pro Safety assistance suite. Higher trims get improved materials, upgraded upholstery, remote start, dual-zone climate control, heated and powered front seats, a wireless charger, a bigger digital gauge cluster, and more, while plenty of extra-cost options are available, such as a sunroof, cosmetic upgrades, and a host of packages.
All trims get the same basic infotainment system with an 11.3-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, three years of OnStar Connected Services, SiriusXM, two front and one rear USB port, and a six-speaker audio system all being standard on the Elevation. The AT4 gets an additional rear USB port and the Denali gets a full-size 11-inch digital gauge cluster and a seven-speaker Bose audio system.
The load bed is five feet and two inches (61.7 inches) long, has a volume of 41.9 cu-ft, and can accept a payload of between 1,010 to 1,640 lbs, depending on the trim.
The Canyon has space for a maximum of five occupants.