The 2019 GMC Canyon is the Chevy Colorado closest sibling. The difference is that the Canyon receives several optional high-end features, a grille that looks better, and better wheels. Unlike the new Ford Ranger, the Canyon offers a choice of engine options including a 3.6-liter V6 and 2.8-liter turbodiesel, the former offering more horsepower, while the latter has more torque. Offered in Extended Cab or Crew Cab configurations, the Canyon can be anything from simple work truck to luxurious workhorse.
NEW FOR 2019
- New GMC Infotainment systems, with more personalized, intuitive user interface. Features include available navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto5 phone projection capability, enhanced voice recognition, access to catalog of apps through embedded Collection/Shop features, 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot and automatic software updates that don’t require a dealership visit
- HD Rear Vision Camera camera replaces previous analog camera (standard on all models except base Canyon trim)
- Rear Park Assist available
- Second hands-free microphone added to SLE, All Terrain, SLT and Denali models to enhance speech recognition performance
- Expanded availability of wireless charging and heated steering wheel features
- Six-way power-adjustable driver seat on SLE, All Terrain, SLT and Denali models
- New 17-inch wheel design on SLE models
- Exterior colors: Dark Sky Metallic, Smokey Quartz Metallic, Blue Emerald Metallic and Sedona Metallic
- MSRP: SL: $23,790; Canyon: $27,290; SLE: $30,590; All Terrain: $37,090; SLT: $37,390; Denali: $45,490
TRIM LEVELS & FEATURES
The 2019 GMC Canyon is a midsize pickup available in two- and four-seat extended-cab and five-seat crew-cab body styles. There are two bed lengths and five trim levels: SL, base Canyon, SLE, SLT and Denali.
The SL is available only with the four-seat extended cab. It comes standard with 16-inch wheels, air conditioning, a four-way power driver’s seat with manual recline, a tilt-only steering wheel, power windows, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, voice commands, a USB port and a six-speaker sound system.
The base Canyon available in both body styles and adds fold-up rear jump seats. Significantly, the base Canyon can be ordered with optional packages that aren’t available on the SL. Notable features to look out for include remote keyless entry, an EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate, cruise control and a trailering package.
The SLE trim gets you most of the above as standard, plus 17-inch wheels, power side mirrors, upgraded interior trim materials, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an 8-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, OnStar connectivity with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot, a high-resolution rearview camera, and three extra USB ports. The SLE gets most of its options in packages. The optional SLE Convenience package adds automatic climate control, remote start and a sliding rear window. The All Terrain package bundles 17-inch dark-tinted alloy wheels and all-terrain tires, an off-road-oriented suspension, a rear locking differential, hill descent control, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a four-way power passenger seat, and distinctive cloth upholstery.
The Canyon SLT trim gets all the SLE’s standard equipment plus the contents of the SLE Convenience package. It also comes standard with 18-inch wheels, leather upholstery, wireless charging for compatible cellphones, and the All Terrain package’s front seating upgrades.
Both the SLE and the SLT can be equipped with the optional Driver Alert package which adds forward collision warning and lane departure warning. Other optional features include the turbocharged 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engine. An upgraded seven-speaker Bose audio system is also available for the SLT and the All Terrain-equipped SLE.
The 2019 GMC Canyon Denali gets the SLT equipment plus the contents of the Driver Alert package, the upgraded Bose audio system, navigation, chrome-clad 20-inch wheels, cargo lamps, heated and ventilated front seats, and a spray-in bedliner.
Demonstrating solid build quality throughout, the 2019 GMC Canyon has a welcoming, largely carlike interior rather than a strictly workaday setup. The wide seats are big-body friendly and most of the functions are in a big center stack, with large knobs that should be easily operated by gloved hands. Most controls sit high on the curvy dashboard, well within the driver’s reach. Upholstery materials include vinyl, cloth and leather, and the available infotainment upgrade with the larger 8-inch touch screen is worth the additional cost. The system is simple to operate, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible and it offers on-board Wi-Fi.
Front occupants get ample space, but those in back are likely to feel somewhat squeezed. Especially in extended-cab models, the back seat works best as an auxiliary storage area. Crew Cabs offer greater interior space.
The lower-level Canyons are aiming at utility, aren’t likely to impress anyone for their features or flashy trim. Stepping up toward Denali level, the poshness factor slips into the picture. At the very top, the Denali edition adds simulated wood along with leather upholstery, which can also be found in the SLT version. Despite the Denali’s rich look and enviable reputation, it’s actually more of an appearance package than an amalgamation of high-end features.
The most basic 2019 GMC Canyon will be powered by a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine making 200 horsepower and paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Most buyers will want the more powerful 3.6-liter V6 for its 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. This engine is hooked to an 8-speed automatic transmission and has a maximum tow rating of 7,000 pounds. For those with big towing needs, there’s an available 2.8-liter turbodiesel with 369 lb-ft of torque and a maximum tow rating of 7,700 pounds. At a nearly $4,000 premium over the V6, it’s tough to justify the diesel’s 30-mpg highway fuel economy over the V6’s 25 mpg as a reason for the added cost.
200 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
191 lb-ft of torque @ 4,400 rpm
Zero to 60 mph: 9.2 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 17.1 sec @ 82 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 99 mph
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/26 mpg (2WD), 19/24 mpg (4WD)
308 horsepower @ 6,800 rpm
275 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
Zero to 60 mph: 6.3 sec
Zero to 90 mph: 13.5 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 14.9 sec @ 94 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 99 mph
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg (2WD), 17/24 mpg (4WD)
2.8-liter turbodiesel inline-4
181 horsepower @ 3,400 rpm
369 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000 rpm
Zero to 60 mph: 9.4 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 38.5 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 17.0 sec @ 79 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 100 mph
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/30 mpg (2WD), 19/28 mpg (4WD)
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Overall Height (in.)
Ground Clearance (in.)
Shoulder Room (in.)
Hip Room (in.)
CURB WEIGHT, CAPACITIES & TRAILERING
Base curb weight (lb.)
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Max trailering – 2WD
Max trailering – 4WD (lb.)