2015 GMC Canyon Long-Term Review: Wear and Tear

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Welcome back to our 2015 GMC Canyon long-term test. To read previous updates in the series, click here.

You can expect wear and tear on any vehicle, but pickup trucks tend to take a beating pretty quickly.

While loading my snowmobile into the bed of our long-term Canyon last month, the studs in my track did a number on the edge of the tailgate. I was hoping the snow might protect the truck, but I was sadly mistaken.

GMC-Canyon-DamageSmart pickup truck designs plan ahead for inevitable damage by having replaceable parts in high-risk areas. The very end of your tailgate is a natural place for damage to occur, whether it happens while loading machines or backing into loading ramps. So having the plastic molding right on the edge is a perfect sacrificial lamb to save the damage from getting through to the steel.

That’s exactly the reason why Toyota installs a three-piece bumper on the new Tundra, so if you only damage one corner, you only have to replace one corner.

So as an owner, is it going to break the bank to fix up the Canyon’s tailgate? I e-mailed a Michigan GMC dealership to find out exactly how much the repair would cost. The answer? $58.55 + tax. You could take the part and run, but if you wanted the whole job done by this particular dealer, it’ll cost you another $30. So you’re looking at just over $90 for the replacement.

It’s true, smarter loading could have avoided this headache entirely, but it’s good to know that it’s not going to be prohibitively expensive to replace a piece of the truck that will definitely take a beating throughout its life.

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  • david37037 .

    I love all your articles except this one. I have been following both the colarodo and canyon post and this one is really not necessary. A truck is supposed to take a beating. At least you could mention the mpg you got while having it loaded

  • Stephen Elmer

    I just thought it would be an interesting tidbit to share.

    Don’t worry, there are lots more updates coming. I will discuss fuel economy in depth in an upcoming post.

  • david37037 .

    IS the small truck worth it Stephen. Does it handle the snow like a real truck. And if you don’t need all the room of a full size is it a smart buy?

    -thanks for your response i still read this article 2 times

  • Stephen Elmer

    So far, it has handled in the snow very well. I find the “Auto” setting is a bit slow when re-routing power, but besides that, it’s been solid.

    If you don’t need the space, then yes, I would recommend this truck. It has a great drive, a nice interior and decent power. All for a competitive price, especially when compared to the Tacoma.

    Now, resale value and long-term reliability remain to be seen, and should definitely factor into the decision.

  • gyrfalcon

    Apparently these days a “long-term” review is actually using the truck to haul something, instead of taking it on a test drive on a sunny day… this article is pathetic.

  • DoubleCoppers

    This series of articles is informative, and they cover many aspects of ownership–something it’s hard to get from the typical review. This article in particular shows something almost never seen: a real-life situation that many will face, plus the result and the cost to deal with it. This is excellent work by the author, and certainly beats the sunny day test drive.