This is a review of the regular cab WT trim with 3.7L I5 with 4-spd automatic. This truck has served as a daily commuter and work truck hauling anything from construction debris to loads of gravel. The 242hp 5cyl. engine has plenty of power compared to competitors' V6s. The 4-spd auto is very smooth at all times. Now at 90k miles, I've had absolutely no trouble from either. The skinny tires that come standard on the WT trim offer very poor grip overall. Poor wet/snow traction. Poor roadholding ability. The WT trim should have received the wider tires standard on upper trims. The interior is spacious and relatively comfortable, but horribly cheap in quality. Everything is hard plastic. There are terrible panel gaps. There's been a random, but persistent chirping/squeaking noise that seems to be coming either from the driver's door or driver's seat. Thankfully it's not a daily occurrence because it's incredibly annoying. The nuts holding part of the driver's door hinge to the body routinely loosened themselves. The dealer finally tightened them with some glue about 50k miles ago and they haven't loosened since. The only other issues have been: an emissions control module failed at about 45k miles, causing the "check engine" light to illuminate. It was taken care of under the 80k mile emissions warranty. The rotors were noticeably warped at 10k miles, replaced under warranty, and feel warped again (pulsating brake pedal) currently. The center mount brake light seal has been leaking rain water into the cabin since early days. It's a stupid design with a cheap foam gasket that provides NO water-tight seal. The most recent issue was the ignition switch failing. I'd turn the key and nothing would happen. Although far from flawless, I don't consider this degree of reliability too terrible for 90k miles worth of driving. I plan on keep this truck to the wheels fall off, so we shall see how very long-term reliability is with this truck.
I have used this basically for business use the past 2 years. Towing a trailer and snowplowing with a BOSS plow. 4 wheeling is great because of the locking rear dif. It is quiet on the highway. I upgraded the wheels to 18" purchased from GM Parts.
Reliability. Locking diff. I have had no service issues. Quick "bump" key starting is great and the GM auto lights are also above and beyond the slow to catch up imported brands.
Towing rating was increased in 2009. And larger wheels are also needed for the 2007. Mileage could be better. It needs factory remote starting option.
So far this has been a wonderful truck. The ride is smooth, acceleration is smooth, shifts are firm, lights at night on the outside are excellent. Gas mileage isn't horrible either, first tank, I averaged 20.13 mpg with rural/city driving [45 mph-55 mph] and the occasional passing gear stomp.
Smooth ride, strong engine [3.7 L], the MP3 stereo isn't bad either.
More angle to the back of the rear seat, mirror mounted map lights. How about a 6' standard bed with all cabs. Or perhaps an aluminum bed extender system as a standard.
Edmunds and several other experts rate the GMC Canyon lower than its competitors. They overlook one important aspect. It is towable flat. You cannot tow a Toyota, Honda, Dodge or Mazda automatic flat. This is important when you want to tow a 4wd/auto truck behind a motor home. Only the GMC or its companion, the Chevy Colorado in a midsized pickup has the advantage of a neutral switch. Drop the tranny into neutral and away you go.
Although its been reliable, this is the most uselessly designed truck I've ever had. The bed is ok for firewood, mulch, etc (but the bed is too thin and girly). The mandatory 6 foot bed is annoying. You can't even lay down a six foot ladder flat. It's a real loser to load with construction materials. The tailgate lowers to accommodate 8 foot materials. However 4' wide drywall, plywood doesn't fit between or on top of the wheel wells. Very annoying. Poor design. There's also a large blind spot when turning left or going around sharp left curves.
It rides well, the 4 cylinder vortec engine gives ample power when loaded down with 1/2 ton. The plastic fender flares are a good idea.
Offer an 8 foot bed. Storage space in middle console between seats should be standard. Reduce the blind spot.