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, Tekonsha P3 Brake Controller.