2005 GMC Canyon

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2005 GMC Canyon

Key specs

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The good:

  • Manageable dimensions
  • Fuel economy
  • Front-seat passenger space
  • Automatic-transmission operation

The bad:

  • Ride comfort in city
  • Rear-seat passenger space
  • Resale value of regular-cab 2WD models

2 trims

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Notable features

  • 175- or 220-hp engine
  • Three cab configurations
  • Two suspension choices
  • Optional side-curtain airbags
  • Available High-Stance Off-Road model

2005 GMC Canyon review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
GMC introduced the Canyon pickup truck for the 2004 model year. Designed from the ground up, the Canyon is similar to Chevrolet’s Colorado pickup. Both were larger than the previous compact models they replaced � the GMC Sonoma and Chevrolet S-10.

With the Canyon, GMC aimed to provide greater power, space and functionality than the Sonoma offered. Two inline engines are based on the Vortec 4.2-liter six-cylinder that was introduced in GMC’s Envoy sport utility vehicle. “Inline technology produces an engine with exceptional power, smoothness and world-class fuel efficiency,” said product manager Jerome Thiebaud.

For 2005, the CD player can have MP3 capability, and box side steps are available on regular- and extended-cab models. A sunroof is optional, and a leather package is offered on extended-cab trucks.

Available with rear- or four-wheel drive, Canyons come in regular-cab, extended-cab and Crew Cab body styles. Two suspension packages are available: heavy-duty and off-road.

A distinctive front end that features a prominent red GMC logo on the grille gives the Canyon a strong family resemblance to other GMC products. The grille has a chrome surround and dark smoke-gray crossbars. Overhangs are short, and GMC promotes the body’s “chiseled” appearance.

Built on a ladder-type frame, the Canyon uses rack-and-pinion steering. Rear-drive models have an independent front suspension and a live rear axle, while four-wheel-drive and High-Stance Off-Road models use a torsion bar front suspension. All Canyons have front stabilizer bars.

A 6-foot cargo box is standard, but crew-cab models get a 5-foot box. Aluminum wheels hold 15-inch tires, and fog lamps are optional.

Regular-cab pickups contain a standard 60/40-split bench seat upholstered in cloth or vinyl, but reclining bucket seats are available. Four-door extended-cab trucks have two forward-facing rear seats with under-seat storage. Crew Cab models contain front bucket seats upholstered in cloth or leather, along with a 60/40-split flat-folding backseat that holds three adults.

Options include heated leather front bucket seats, an in-dash six-CD changer, and an electrochromatic inside mirror with a compass and an outside temperature gauge. General Motors’ OnStar communication system and XM Satellite Radio are available.

Under the Hood
The Canyon can be equipped with a 2.8-liter Vortec four-cylinder that produces 175 horsepower and 185 pounds-feet of torque or a 3.5-liter inline-five-cylinder that generates 220 hp and 225 pounds-feet of torque. A five-speed-manual gearbox or a four-speed-automatic transmission is available. Both engines operate with electronic throttle control, variable valve timing and coil-on-plug ignition.

Canyons equipped with four-wheel drive offer electronic shift-on-the-fly capability via a dashboard-mounted switch. Traction control and a locking differential are available. Canyons come with a choice of three rear axle ratios.

Four-wheel antilock brakes and dual-stage front airbags are standard. Side curtain-type airbags are optional. All seating positions have three-point safety belts.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior design 3.9
  • Performance 3.9
  • Value for the money 4.1
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.1

Most recent consumer reviews


GMC canyon z71 off road

2005 canyon bought new has 191,000 only problem hub bearing,heater relay 3 x,just replace fuel pump check engine light been on a lot for sensers


Owned Since New

I've had this little truck since I ordered it new in April 2005 / I5 engine / Z71 option, automatic transmission and now with 147K miles. It has never failed me. The only repairs have been 2 water pumps - they don't seem to last long term - maybe 70K miles tops. As for everything else? the truck has been flawless. MPG is 19-20, no matter if city or highway. I've had mine always garaged and detailed every year or two. Have had people today ask me if this is some experimental 2021 or 2022 model - the body is flawless, and as such, some people think it's a new model, and love the size and looks of it. Evidently, not many flawless 2004-2012 Canyon/Colorados running around and a testament of the design. Overall, if I could advise GM how to design a true world-class small pickup in 2020-2030? I'd say - take this general body design, put some nicer seats in, give it a diesel option, and you're good to go. I love this truck.


Basic reliabale vehicle

I have around 200,000 miles on my truck. Very basic truck, not to econimic in fuel. The electric seat options quit working long ago. The electric lock is no good. But over all it's a nice reliable truck. The engine and drive train haven't given me any trouble at all.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by GMC
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 model years or newer/up to 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles bumper-to-bumper original warranty, then may continue to 6 years/100,000 miles limited (depending on variables)
6 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
172-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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