If a mid-size pickup truck is on your radar, the 2019 GMC Canyon is worth a glance. A sibling of the popular Chevrolet Colorado, the Canyon is offered in six trims, and can be configured 25 different ways. Packed with technology and standard safety features, and available with three engine options, consumers will enjoy the flexibility that the Canyon offers.
What's New For 2019
For the new model year, the GMC Canyon received a mild reboot. Some of the top added features include a new infotainment center with cloud-connect navigation along with automatic software updates. GMC has also added an option for six-way power-adjustable driver seats, 17-inch stylized wheels, parking sensors, and several new premium exterior colors. The 2019 Canyon also adds a digital rearview camera on all but the base Canyon model, expanded availability of a heated steering wheel and wireless charging, and available rear park assist.
Choosing Your GMC Canyon
We’re not going to sugar coat this – choosing a 2019 GMC Canyon is complex. This mid-size truck comes in multiple trim levels, starting with the base Canyon SL and continuing with the Canyon, SLE, All Terrain, SLT, and Denali. The GMC Canyon is offered in a variety of sizes and cab/bed configurations, including an extended or crew cab body (which is a $1,600 difference), and short (5.2-feet) or long (6.2-feet) bed options. The long bed is only available with the extended cab variants.
Under the hood, consumers can opt one of three different powerplants. The base engine is a 2.5-liter, inline four-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. A 3.6-liter V6 engine is also available that returns 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. The final option is a 2.8-liter turbodiesel inline-four that produces 181 hp and an impressive 369 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder, with a six-speed automatic being offered for V6 and diesel engines. Consumers can opt for an upgraded eight-speed automatic with the V6 in either two- or four-wheel drive.
The Canyon returns an EPA-estimated 20 miles per gallon city, 26 mpg highway, and 22 combined when equipped with two-wheel drive and the 2.5-liter four-cylinder (with either the manual or automatic transmission). Moving to four-wheel drive drops these figures to 19/24/21 mpg (city/highway/combined). The turbodiesel increases fuel economy to 20/30/23 mpg.
If flexibility of trim levels is your bag, this is your mid-size pickup. The 2019 GMC Canyon offers a trim and configuration to fit any style, taste, and budget. If you’re looking for comfort, the SLE should be your starting point, as the entry-level Canyons are rather sparse on creature comforts. As with any pickup, consumers in cold-weather climates would benefit greatly from choosing a four-wheel-drive variant.