I owned a 2005 Canyon four door SLE, with four cylinder and 5-speed manual. I put about 40,000 miles on it in about 2 years and was very pleased with the lack of problems and overall ability of the truck. I did want a bit more power and a nicer interior.
I really wanted a 4 cylinder engine and five speed manual. Its a good combo of economy and sporty feel. I like the ZQ8 package which makes my truck stand out. I needed the flexibility of the extended cab interior room. I also liked the 2-tone interior.
I thought the price was very competitive with other vehicles that offer the flexibility that an extended cab pickup (such as small SUVs).
Its not boring. Though it took some getting used to, I prefer it to all of the Japanese competiion trucks.