Trucks & SUVs

Never Buy a GMC Canyon From This Model Year

The latest model year of the GMC Canyon is generally regarded as being a great work truck without many issues. However, just like any other car, the Canyon has a few issues in its older model years. Here’s why you should never buy a 2015 GMC Canyon

The 2015 GMC Canyon’s drivetrain and transmission issues

The GMC Canyon has a lot of options to offer buyers, but it doesn’t seem like these options matter when it comes to the Canyon’s drivetrain and transmission. No matter what it’s equipped with, a lot of owners complained that the drivetrain and transmission of the Canyon weren’t working properly.

Worst of all, it seems as if most of these complaints stemmed from folks who had bought a brand-new 2015 Canyon rather than a used one. The average mileage of these Canyons was very low, according to Car Complaints.

For the Canyon’s transmission issue, the average mileage was about 5,000 miles, and for the Canyon’s drivetrain issue, the average mileage was about 8,000 miles.

That said, these issues weren’t too severe and as such, they weren’t expensive to fix. For example, many owners complained that the Canyon’s transmission wasn’t shifting properly. The cost to fix this problem was just $150. However, Car Complaints doesn’t have any similar data for the Canyon’s drivetrain issues. 

The 2015 Canyon’s handling issues

The 2015 GMC Canyon is a very modern truck, but still, Car Complaints reported a large number of handling issues with the Canyon. By far the most common complaint had to do with the 2015 Canyon’s power steering.

Many owners complained that the power steering simply stopped working in the middle of the road. As a result of this, Car Complaints said that at least one crash happened as a result of the Canyon’s steering issues. Fortunately however, Car Complaints said that nobody was injured from this problem.

Additionally, unlike the Canyon’s transmission issues, the average mileage on the Canyons that were affected by this issue was higher, at about 44,000 miles. On top of that, most owners said that simply stopping their truck and then restarting it fixed the issue.

Similar to the Canyon’s power steering issue was the problem with the Canyon’s electronic stability control. Like the power steering simply not working anymore, the Canyon’s electronic stability control also stopped working suddenly.

The average mileage of the Canyons that were affected by this electronic stability control failure was also similar to the average mileage of the Canyons affected by the power steering failure. 

GMC has fixed these problems

While these issues plagued the 2015 and 2016 model years of the Canyon, the Canyon has otherwise been relatively problem-free in its other model years, including its older model years. In fact, as Car Complaints showed, from 2004 to 2014, the Canyon had a decade of very few complaints. 

But then suddenly, in the 2015 and 2016 model years, the Canyon became plagued by issues. The 2016 Canyon had similar issues as the 2015 Canyon did, so it’s very likely that the source of the problems are the same. Because of that though, GMC has been able to iron out the kinks that showed up in the 2015 and 2016 model years of the Canyon.

As a result, the latest model years of the Canyon are as problem-free as the earliest model years of the truck are. Of course, it’s not necessarily the best truck on the market, but the latest model years of the Canyon are certainly more reliable than the 2015 and 2016 model years are.