All "trucks" ride better with a few hundred pounds in the back. I don't remember doing that with my S-10 Blazer, but my GMC Safari minivan built on a truck style chassis, my C1500 full size Chevy, my 2001 Tahoe, and yes, even my 2015 Canyon.
What always surprised me was how much better the S-10 Blazer and Tahoe performed with just the added weight associated with having a covered rear end versus an open bed. They were much better in the snow than my pickups.
If you had seen how smooth that Safari road when I loaded 1600 pounds of shingles, it was amazing.
2015 Canyon SLT, Copper Red, 2WD, CC, SB, V6, Tow, blk leather, factory spray liner, safety pkg, generic roll up bed cover.