2016 GMC Canyon SLT Diesel

Along with the Chevrolet Colorado, the GMC Canyon is one of the better mid-size pickup trucks in the market that offers a bit more luxury and upscale interiors. But, reliability is a key factor when considering your next pickup truck for an easy ownership experience, so let’s get to the burning question, how long does a GMC Canyon last?. 

The latest generation of the GMC Canyon was launched back in 2014 with a higher base price and more options than the Chevrolet Colorado it’s based on. After several updates over the years, the Canyon remains a top choice for customers looking for a high-end pick-up truck with plenty of features. 

Thanks to modern technologies like fuel injection, driver assistance features, and more, the average age of vehicles currently stands at nearly 12 years and 200,000 miles. With the right maintenance and configurations, the GMC Canyon can also achieve similar numbers with ease.

Several owners have reported covering over 300,000 miles, which translates to over 15 years of typical usage. That being said, several factors can determine the longevity of a GMC Canyon.

How reliable is the GMC Canyon?

In general, GMC Canyons are fairly reliable compared to competitors, and with the latest model year, J.D. Power awarded a score of 3.5 out of 5 for the Canyon, a higher score than Colorado which scored 3 points. The higher reliability is one of the reasons why customers prefer the GMC Canyon over the Chevrolet Colorado. But, the predicted reliability rating has gone down in recent years to 3, especially for examples older than 2020. The latest models are also nosediving in terms of reliability, earning just 2 out of 5.

Several studies have also found that most owners are not satisfied with the GMC Canyon, and the current model gets a score of just 3 out of 5 for owner satisfaction. The biggest reason for this is the limited comfort on offer and the higher price tag. Several owners have complained about stiff seats, limited lumbar support, and a firm suspension that takes away overall comfort. Prices are also higher than what you’d expect with a starting price of $26,400, making it more expensive than most of its rivals.

How much do they depreciate?

Depreciation is another major concern for customers, and it might even determine how long they hold their trucks. Fortunately, the GMC Canyon holds its value better than the Chevrolet Colorado, losing an average of $6,000 for the first year. After 5 years, the Canyon will be worth 60% of its total price, which is above average for its class, and certainly higher than 50% of the Chevrolet Colorado.

What’s the most reliable engine on offer?

As of today, the GMC Canyon is still sold with three powertrains including a 2.5L Inline 4, an efficient turbodiesel, and a 3.6L V6 engine.

The most reliable option among these is the 2.5L Inline-4 engine, which is relatively simple compared to the bigger V6 option that gets some advanced features like cylinder deactivation, which can cause a lot of issues in the long run. The turbodiesel engine is also fairly reliable in comparison, but the higher costs usually push people towards the standard gasoline engines.

So far, the most common issue associated with the GMC Canyon is the overconsumption of oil. While it is a relatively simple fix at the dealer, ignoring the problem can cause the engine to seize due to oil starvation, causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.

Several transmission issues were also reported, specifically with the 2015 models, right after the new generation launched.

Which model year is the least reliable?

Over the two generations that went on sale, the second generation which launched in 2013 is the most problematic.

Although GM made several revisions to the powertrain and feature list over the years, the 2015 model year stands out as being the worst of the lot. 2015 MY has also been recalled 8 times so far

The most rampant issue reported is regarding the transmission which fails to shift in some situations. Another notable problem reported with this model year is the power steering which can fail while on the move.

So, 2015 is the year to avoid if you’re planning to buy a used GMC Canyon, and if you already own one, make sure you maintain the transmission properly and check the fluids every so often.

Other problematic model years include 2016, 2018, 2004, and 2005 in that order.

On the flip side, the most reliable model years for the GMC Canyon are 2013, 2014, 2020, and the new 2021 model.

The most common issues reported

  • Several owners reported transmission shifting issues, and even not shifting into drive with the 2015 and 2016 MY Canyon trucks.
  • Torque converter slipping was also reported on the newer models, specifically with the 2018 MY.
  • Power steering is also a cause for concern in the 2015 model year, and some owners reported it completely failing while on the move, which can lead to some dangerous situations.
  • On the earlier generation models from 2004, the chassis was also susceptible to rust.

In conclusion, the GMC Canyon is a very reliable pickup truck overall that can easily last over 200,000 miles and 15 years if taken care of. If you’re planning on buying one, avoiding the 2015 and 2018 is recommended, and also make sure you check out the common issues before finalizing one.

Tips to improve the longevity of the GMC Canyon

  • Keep up to date on oil changes. If you drive in unideal or stressful conditions, shorten the interval to keep the engine running reliably.
  • For trucks that haul a lot of cargo or go off-road, alignment is also important.
  • Top-up and check fluid levels every 1000 miles.
  • Take the truck for thorough inspections once in a while. Most dealerships offer multi-point checkups to find small issues before they snowball into something serious.