2009 GMC Canyon Interior
This interior review was written when the 2009 GMC Canyon was new.
Substandard materials detract from the interior of the GMC Canyon, though reviewers like the simple dashboard layout. The front seats are comfortable, but some reviewers say that the rears seats are cramped, even in the crew cab.
- "The cabin looks like it's from another truck era, and that's because it is. The Canyon first launched for the 2004 model year, and it hasn't changed a lot on the inside since." -- PickupTrucks.com
- "The Canyon has a hint of cosmopolitan features inside, but the overall ambience suffers from a plastic hangover." -- Cars.com
- "Inside, the Canyon is strictly old GM, circa 2000. My truck's black interior was awash in unimpressive plastic on the dash and door panels." -- Dallas Morning News
Regular cab models seat three passengers on a bench seat. Extended cab models add two rear jump seats accessible through rear-hinged back doors, while crew cabs add a folding rear bench accessible through two conventional rear doors. Reviewer opinion is mixed and inconsistent regarding both comfort and aesthetics.
- The seats are adequately comfortable for long drives, though some testers complain of hard, flat seatbacks in entry-level versions. The middle position on the bench seat is for occasional use only. Extended cab's rear seat best suits preteens; adults lack leg room even if the front seats are pushed well forward. Crew Cabs are more spacious, but leg room is still no better than a subcompact sedan's." -- Consumer Guide
- Rear legroom is a bit pinched on extended-cab and crew-cab models, while ingress and egress for rear passengers can be a bit of a challenge due to the smallish rear door openings." -- Edmunds
- "Although the leather seats looked good, they didn't offer much support. And while the back seat had good legroom for a midsize pickup, the seat is upright and fairly uncomfortable." -- Dallas Morning News
- Wide, comfortable front seats fit nicely in the spacious cab, but the rear jump seats in the extended cab are for kids only." -- Cars.com
Reviewers generally like the layout of the Canyon's dash, but some complain that the straightforward design is dated and suffers from some subpar materials.
- "The truck's basic instrument panel with its flat-looking gauges looked pretty modest. It sat next to a very basic center stack framed in rental-car gray plastic." -- Dallas Morning News
- "All the gauges and controls are in the right place, as the truck shines in the utility and function categories." -- Cars.com
- "The Canyon does deserve high marks for the simple and straightforward layout of its controls and gauges." -- Edmunds
- "Some of the buttons - like the ones for the audio system - look a little crude compared with the newer interiors of GM's full-size trucks. There are also some shoddy trim pieces, like the panel covering the passenger-side front airbag. For the most part, however, the interior is a functional space that's easy to get used to, though I do wish the tilt steering wheel had more range than its few predetermined positions." -- PickupTrucks.com
- "Highly functional, with all the gauges and controls within clear sight and easy reach of the driver."-- Kelley Blue Book
- "rugged, with a simplicity that I found appealing." --The Arizona Republic
- "Three things bothered me about the Canyon's cabin. There were no lighted or covered vanity mirrors. Also, the old-style column-mounted shifter feels primitive and old-fashioned. And I found the heated seat switches hard to reach on the outsides of the seats." --Detroit News
The regular cab offers little interior space, but extended cabs and crew cabs offer significantly more room. In the extended cab, the rear jump seats fold up, extending the cargo area from floor to ceiling.