Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted sources for reviewing, well, everything. There are specific criteria on which CR assesses its alternatives when it comes to pickup trucks. For the 2022 model, a single GMC truck is not recommended by Consumer Reports. What’s wrong with GMC’s medium and full size models, and why are they not good enough? We look at the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 and 2022 GMC Canyon reviews to find out.
Where do GMC trucks with Consumer Reports rank?
First, in 2022 the GMC Sierra 1500 is tied with its corporate sibling, the Chevy Silverado, in fifth place overall in the Consumer Reports ranking. We would think that the quality would be higher, given that it is such a popular model. Unfortunately, it falls under the Ram 1500, Ford F-150 and F-250, and Nissan Titan. Only the worst full-size truck, the Ram 1500 Classic, ranks lower than the GMC Sierra 1500.
Then, in the compact trucks category, GMC offers Canyon. The story remains the same for the smaller brother of the Sierra 1500. In 2022, Consumer Reports ranked GMC Canyon in seventh place, ahead of the Chevy Colorado. Only the Jeep Gladiator, which received an awful rating from CR, is lower than the Canyon. Models like the Toyota Tacoma, Ford Ranger and Honda Ridgeline are in the lead, and brand new models like the Ford Maverick have already swung off GMC’s range.
Consumer Reports GMC Truck Complaints
What’s so bad about the two GMC pickups? First, the Sierra 1500 received a total score of 46 out of 100, and the Canyon just one point less. Each failed to reach CR’s coveted “recommended” position. For both models, predicted reliability is a significant issue. Using previous year models, Consumer Reports evaluates the mechanical and cosmetic problems that the trucks have had. As both GMC models often have major problems, it is predicted that the latest versions will remain unreliable.
On the other hand, both GMC trucks also have poor fuel economy. Even compared to other pickups in their classes, these models have fallen behind. Most prominent is that the GMC Sierra 1500 gets 11 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Its little brother manages an unimpressive 13 city mpg and 26 highway mpg. For compact trucks, the class leaders are Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz, who get a total mpg of 23 and 24, respectively. Alternatively, the F-150 is the class leader in full size and gets only two combined mpg over the GMC truck.
2022 GMC Canyon has more problems
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For 2022, Consumer Reports has much more problems with the GMC Canyon than the Sierra 1500. A rigid and choppy ride makes the Canyon a much worse choice than other compact trucks. CR prides itself on the smooth driving presented in the Honda Ridgeline, which is ranked first overall. After that, the seats give the driver an awkward position and no adjustments. Finally, the optional 3.6-liter V6 engine has low torque, so it’s not worth all the extra money.
In the full-size segment, the GMC Sierra 1500 suffers from far fewer problems. CR only stated entry height and stopping distance in the diesel version as problems. The publication lists entry height as a problem for almost all full-size trucks, so we ignore it for the most part. However, the diesel version of the Sierra 1500 is popular, and buyers should know that it is a difficult model to stop.
No GMC truck is recommended by Consumer Reports
No matter what size pickup you want to buy, Consumer Reports does not recommend GMC offers. Classic, reliable, exclusive options such as the Ram 1500, Ford F-150 and even the Nissan Titan are better choices for full-size models. When it comes to the compact and medium-sized segment, CR loves the Honda Ridgeline, but the Ford Ranger, Ford Maverick, Hyundai Santa Cruz, Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma are not bad choices either. In summary, GMC trucks are unreliable gas guzzlers with more problems than many other pickup trucks.
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