Beware the Chevy Lean, surprising that neither Edmunds nor Consumer Reports has addressed this issue! I purchased a 2017 Canyon in October of 2017 after a painful buying experience with the local dealer. I was looking at the Colorados and Canyons based on their high ratings from Edmunds and Consumer reports and that they were US made. The following morning I noticed the truck leaned significantly to the left, almost 1" when I measured it in my garage. I took it to the dealer who put it on a rack and measured it at 3/8" and said it was within GM spec.s and it was purely cosmetic. I had the dealer take it out on the concrete at the showroom and we measured it at 3/4", dealer said slab could be sloped so turned truck around and put in same place and got 3/4" again. They contacted GM who said they were working on a fix and opened a case file and I was told to wait for a fix. A couple of weeks later I found out on the internet that this has been ongoing on Chevys and GMCs to the extent it even has a name, "The Chevy Lean". Given the years it has been going on, I am wary if GM is indeed actually working on a fix since they haven't fixed it after all these years. I called GM and a Senior Customer Service Adviser called me back. She said she didn't know automotive lingo or technology(Just my luck) but had talked to the dealer who said it was within spec. Case closed! My advice is to stand back 30' or so and check before you sign and drive it home because once you do it's yours and could affect your resale!
This is a base model Canyon, with no real features (we're talking manual side mirror adjustments here), aside from the 308-hp V6 and towing package, and very basic 'convenience' option, including cruise control, easy-left tailgate, and a few other basics. The only other option was the gray metallic paint... No navigation, no advanced sound system, no chrome, no leather - but the vehicle is absolutely gorgeous, and performs well as a daily driver that can also tow the boat or load up for a family outing, very pleased...
To clarify, we have a 2017 GMC Canyon that is an SLE All Terrain (Z71) 4x4 with the 2.8L Duramax Turbo Diesel engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Edmunds doesn't have that choice, so until they do, I'll leave this post here for someone looking into one of these. This is a great truck. We wanted something smaller than a 2500HD Silverado; don't really need all that much truck. But we wanted to be able to tow things when we need to, for the reasons that you need a truck in the first place. The wife's 2012 Jeep Liberty just didn't cut it there....When we found out they were putting a diesel in these trucks, we were set on getting one. Chose the Canyon over the Colorado because the Canyon just looks more full-size truck looking. The diesel does cost more, it adds $5,000 to the price vs the V6 gas engine. But it's worth it, especially if you tow any. Less downshifting while accelerating or going up hills with a load (or unloaded). And the truck gets up to 30+ mpg on the highway. Lifetime average on the trucks computer is 27.4 mpg. Would be higher, even with city driving, but when the truck goes into a regen mode burning of soot in the DPF, it kills your mpg's and you can tell while watching your instant MPG's. I have hand calculated tanks of fuel and it is usually within a 0.5 mpg. Acceleration is a bit doggy especially compared to a gas engine. Having all the emissions equipment on the truck causes the to hesitate on takeoff if you mash the pedal, you have to just drive it and find the right spot in the pedal and then it takes off alright and then you can mash it from there. If you haul much, you definitely want a long bed. Towing is great with the tow/ haul mode that uses transmission and exhaust braking to slow you down. Not a whole lot of storage on the inside like under/ behind the seats or seat spacing for passengers, but it is a mid-size truck; if you want more, you need a full-size truck or SUV. The ride is smooth and quiet inside the cab. I have no problems getting in and out of the cab as I have heard others who are cramped trying to get out of the seat, but I am only 5'5". It is a shorter truck, but there is still a little drop getting to the ground, especially being short so I added side steps to help. Seats are comfortable on long distance drives. SLE All-Terrain models (SLT and Denali's as well) come with heat seaters for driver and passenger which is nice when it's cold or if your back is sore. Driver and passenger seats are both power adjustable forward/ backward and up/ down. Being a diesel, you do have some additional costs like DEF, higher fuel cost usually, more expensive repairs/ parts, using anti-gel treatment in the winter for the fuel. But for the gains you get, it's worth it for me. I have heard of others who have had issues with the emissions system on these (DEF injection or DPF plugging up prematurely mainly) with their trucks. I have not had any issues with the truck in 23,000 miles. I know many others who have not had issues either. The trucks that do have the problems are still under warranty and GM is taking care of them. Overall, a great truck, definitely glad we went with it and would do it again.
Pros: nice ride, get lots of complements. Cons: for a mid size truck the height of the vehicle(getting in and out) is slightly difficult(I'm 5'11"). You have to raise your right foot 2 feet to get into the truck. The trucks rear end bumper is about 5 inches higher than the front. It sits at an angle. Level the truck off. Lower the back end about 4-5 inches. This would also lower getting in and out a couple of inches. The top of the back gate is shoulder level. Difficult getting things in and out of the back end. Had to buy a reacher like the old people use and a rake to get things out of the back end. Again, lowering the back about 4" would really help. Really disappointed, NO CD player. Everyone under the age of 30 probably has a CD collection which they can't use. I gotta think this was done to force people to buy Sirrius/XM with GM probably getting a cut. Also, the factory radio antenna adds 9 more inches. Couldn't get truck into garage. Bought after market antenna that works fine and lowered the overall height by 5-6 inches. Why not the shark fin antenna like the suburbans? If GMC would level off the truck and lower it by about 3-4 inches it would be perfect. And put the CD back in. Got a good deal. 6700 off and 0%.
1st: Headlamp Switch and 4wd Switch on lower-left dash. Visibility poor because of steering wheel. Really have to move head off windshield and under steering wheel to see setting. Getting In/Out of truck I seem to bump switches with knee, don't really feel it. Must check every time. Leased truck for 6 weeks right now. Feel 4wd dragging when first moving. Look down and moved to 4wd-low. Was set at Auto or 4wd High. Must stop completely and reset. Same thing with headlight lamp switch. Get out of truck and thought I was in auto, find out I was in headlamp full on. 2nd: Best gas mileage average is 16.6. Between 0-40 miles/hour your lucky to get 8-12 miles/gallon. Rated 17 City - 21 Highway. Highway 18-20 miles/gallon. Can get more if you like playing lightly on gas pedal. Slow acceleration and coasting when reaching top speed. Really have to play with gas pedal. 3rd: Transmission shifting from 0-20 miles/hour not smooth. Must really barely touch gas pedal to get smooth shift. Otherwise truck revs from 1500/2000rpm to 3500 and quickly drops back to 1000 rpm. Truck jerks during that shift. My old 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trak much smoother. 4th: Purchased bed extender and double fold tonneau cover. Cover hold downs poor design. Very tough to clamp on brackets. Have to have dead aligned. If you open cover and fold, hold downs fold in and slide out of position. Took nail polish to mark correct spot. Still sometimes miss. Can see this plastic and extended screw mechanism breaking. Then with the bed extender, hold downs are behind the side bars of the bed extender. Fun getting in there. Dealer had no samples on floor. Was sorry I purchased. Even the service manager didn't know how to use hold downs. Bed extender when extended is tethered into tailgate latches. Cheap, won't last long. Again my old Ford designs much better. Tried to give GMC site my review, but could not find a link at the site. Too bad Ford doesn't make a truck this size again. Ranger too small, F150 too big and not as smooth a ride as the Sport Trak or the Canyon. BRING BACK THE SPORT TRAK!!