2019 GMC Canyon

2019 MODEL
$27,600 - $44,200

6.1

Overall Rating

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2019 GMC Canyon Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

GMC Canyon was first introduced back in 2004 and was equipped with four, five or six cylinder engine units with a five speed manual or a four speed automatic transmission. In 2008 Canyon for the very first time had an option for a 5.3L V-8 which lasted till 2012. The GMC Canyon is the most affordable truck that GMC offers and has many configurations to choose from; there is one for every type of buyer.

The canyon is closely related to the Chevrolet Colorado but distinguished by the luxurious Denali trim level. The towing capacity is impressive at 6,200 lbs and is capable off-road as well but the Toyota Tacoma TRD is a better vehicle off-road. The 2019 Canyon Crew Cab model starts at $27,500 at base trim without any options.

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Pros

Both the Gas V-6 and In-Line 4 turbo diesel can tow like champs.

The size is not too big but not too timid which is perfect for city.

Great handling and maneuverability.

Comfortable ride

Cons

Lacks advanced driver safety features

Suffers off-road because of the low-hanging front

In-cab storage is lower than the competition

What's New?

The infotainment system is new with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard

The SLE trim and above now comes with a higher resolution rear-view camera


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$27600

bodystyle

4dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

150

horsepower

200 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

191 lbs.-ft @ 4400 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

62.4/62.4

dimensions

wheelbase

128.3 in.

length

212.4 in.

width

74.3 in.

height

70.7 in.

curb weight

3996 lbs.

ground clearance

8.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

49.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

7000 lbs.

payload capacity

1471 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/22/26 mpg

highway range

546 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60,000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 GMC Canyon in Dark Sky Metallic color  2019 GMC Canyon in Marine Blue Metallic color  2019 GMC Canyon in Quicksilver Metallic color  2019 GMC Canyon in Red Quartz Tintcoat color  2019 GMC Canyon in Summit White color
Dark Sky Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.3

Engine

6.0

Fuel Economy

4.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

2.0

6.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 GMC Canyon Base

Base

power
308 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$27,600 - $29,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Crew Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $29,200 MSRP (18/20/25) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
4dr Crew Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $27,600 MSRP (20/22/26) 200 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5

 2019 GMC Canyon SLE

SLE

power
308 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$30,900 - $36,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLE 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $36,000 MSRP (17/19/24) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5
SLE 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $36,300 MSRP (17/19/24) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5
SLE 4dr Crew Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $32,600 MSRP (18/20/25) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
SLE 4dr Crew Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $30,900 MSRP (20/22/26) 200 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5

 2019 GMC Canyon SLT

SLT

power
308 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$35,800 - $39,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SLT 4dr Crew Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $36,300 MSRP (18/20/25) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
SLT 4dr Crew Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $35,800 MSRP (18/20/25) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $39,300 MSRP (17/19/24) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5
SLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $39,600 MSRP (17/19/24) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5

 2019 GMC Canyon All Terrain

All Terrain

power
308 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
19 combined

$37,800 - $39,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
All Terrain w/Cloth 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $38,100 MSRP (17/19/24) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5
All Terrain w/Cloth 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $37,800 MSRP (17/19/24) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5
All Terrain w/Leather 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $39,500 MSRP (17/19/24) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5
All Terrain w/Leather 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $39,200 MSRP (17/19/24) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5

 2019 GMC Canyon Denali

Denali

power
308 hp @ 6800 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
20 combined

$40,400 - $44,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Denali 4dr Crew Cab SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $40,400 MSRP (18/20/25) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
Denali 4dr Crew Cab LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $40,900 MSRP (18/20/25) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
Denali 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $43,900 MSRP (17/19/24) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5
Denali 4dr Crew Cab 4WD LB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $44,200 MSRP (17/19/24) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
See Full Specs
8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial March 28, 2019

6.1

Overall Rating


The Canyon seems to be best at prowling in urban areas towing and hauling cargo. It is fun and enjoyable to drive. The updated infotainment system for 2019 model year comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which makes the already upscale interior of the Canyon even better. The handling, braking and maneuverability is quite remarkable for a pick-up. One of the very few downfalls of the Canyon is the low hanging front end which limits it off-road.


7.3/10
Features

 

6.0/10
Engine

 

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.0/10
Interior

 

7.0/10
Exterior

 

2.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2019 GMC Canyon Features

7.3/10

The Canyon seems to be best at prowling in urban areas towing and hauling cargo. It is fun and enjoyable to drive. The updated infotainment system for 2019 model year comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which makes the already upscale interior of the Canyon even better. The handling, braking and maneuverability is quite remarkable for a pick-up. One of the very few downfalls of the Canyon is the low hanging front end which limits it off-road.

The 2019 GMC Canyon Crew Cab can be configured with three engine options a 2.5L 4-cylinder, a 3.6L V-6 and the 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel 4-cylinder engine.

Trims

SLE & SLT

SLE with All-Terrain Package

Denali

MSRP

$27,500

$36,500

$40,500

Features

Available HD Rear Vision Camera

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Compatibility

Rear Park Assist

 

Power Driver Seat

Off-road suspension package

Leather-appointed, heated and ventilated front seats

 

Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi

17” Dark Argent Metallic cast-aluminum wheels

5” chrome assist steps

 

Projector-Beam headlamps with LED signature ligting

Available Spray-on bedliner

Spray-on bedliner with Denali logo

 

CornerStep rear bumper

Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi

20” Ulta-Bright machined aluminum wheels

 

Duralife Brake Rotors

3.6L V-6 engine with Active Fuel Management

 

We Recommend:-

There is one Canyon for each purpose; the SLE and SLT is your day to day prowler, the SLE with All-Terrain is the off-roader, and the Denali is the luxurious of the bunch loaded with featured. We recommend the SLE trim level because it offers the best value starting at $27,500 and it is available with the choice of all three available power-trains and loaded with sufficient features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a wide choice of options. The all-terrain package can only be had on the SLE trim.

2019 GMC Canyon Engine

6.0/10

"Our Denali tester had 3.6-liter V6, which provides solid thrust. Though bulky for a midsize truck, it steers and brakes more tidily than its competition. When it comes to overall performance for midsize pickups, the Canyon is near the top of the class". - Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The canyon comes with three engine options a 2.5L 4-cylinder, a 3.6L V-6 and the 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel 4-cylinder engine; you should avoid the puny 2.5L 4-cylinder because it lacks torque and feels like a mismatch for the Canyon. Both the other options are really good especially the Duramax diesel. For 2019 the transmission comes with two choices a standard 6-speed automatic and an optional 8-speed automatic.

Models

GMC Canyon

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

Nissan Frontier

MSRP

$27,500

$21,300

$27,325

$24,950

Engine

2.5L I4 DI DOHC engine

2.5L DI 4-cylinder engine

2.7L I4 DOHC

16-valve 4-cylinder engine

2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed automatic

5-speed manual

Power

200HP @6300 rpm

200 HP @ 6300 rpm

159HP @5200 rpm

152HP @ 5200 rpm

Torque

191 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

191 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

180 lb-ft 3800 rpm

171 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

The best power-train option for the Canyon is the 2.8L Duramax diesel which has impeccable torque of 369 lb-ft and can tow up to 7,700 lbs. equipped with either a 6-speed or a 8-speed automatic transmission. For outback 4WD with locking differential is also an option. However for off-road purposes the sibling Colorado ZR2 is a more extreme option.

Acceleration

"The Canyon's 3.6-liter V6 pulls with authority from low revs. And compared to the outgoing engine, it sounds and feels less coarse at high rpm. Our fully optioned Canyon Denali 4WD test truck did 0-60 mph in a quick 6.9 seconds. Acceleration from the diesel engine is slower, however. Expect a time of around 10 seconds". -Edmunds

The base 2.5L inline-4 takes around 9.0 seconds to reach 60 MPH while the V-6 takes only 6.3 seconds to reach 60 MPH which is very quick for what the vehicle really is and that too while providing acceptable MPGs.

Models

GMC Canyon

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

Nissan Frontier

0-60 MPH

9.0 sec

8.1 sec

9.8 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter Mile

17.1 sec @ 82.4 MPH

16.2 sec @ 84 mph

14.7 sec @ 91 mph

16.5 sec @ 90 mph

Engine

2.5L

2.5L

2.7L

2.5L

Emission Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr

8.1

8.1

8.4

8.4

Braking

"The brakes are easy to modulate and inspire confidence in routine driving conditions. This firm pedal becomes vague in moderately hard stops, though the truck remains composed during aggressive panic stops. In our testing, the Canyon needed 122 feet to stop from 60 mph, which is a good result". -Edmunds

Model

GMC Canyon

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

Nissan Frontier

Brake front (in.)

12.2

12.2

10.8

11.10

Brake rear (in.)

12.7

12.8

10.0

11.30

Curb weight (lbs)

3,943

3,986

4,425

3,785

60-0 MPH (ft.)

121

123

119

125

The Canyon comes with 12.2 inch brakes on the front and 12.7 inch at the rear. The brakes can stop the Tacoma from 60 MPH in just 121 feet. Canyon is only outperformed by the Tacoma by mere 2 feet at 119 feet.

Ride and Handling

The canyon drives smooth and the ride is sporty despite the near 4,000 pounds of weight. You won't notice the ladder frame chassis and the leaf spring suspension while driving the Canyon it does a good job hiding the unsophisticated components in the ride and handling department.

Towing Capacity

For towing the only power-train option relevant is the 2.8L Duramax 4-cyl diesel which can tow up to 7,700 pounds which is comparable to some full size trucks. The 369 lbs-ft of torque is enough and capable while hauling heavy loads.

Model

GMC Canyon

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

Nissan Frontier

Drive Train

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Power Train

2.8L

2.8L

3.5L

4.0L

Weight (lbs)

7,700

7,700

6,800

6,710

Payload Capacity

The Canyon Crew Cab for 2019 has a max payload of 1,605 lbs. when equipped with the long bed, the short bed has the maximum capacity of 1,383 lbs. the long bed is 74 inches long while the short bed is 61.7 inches long.

Model

GMC Canyon

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

Nissan Frontier

Capacity (lbs)

1,605

1,574

1,620

1,460

2019 GMC Canyon Fuel Economy

4.0/10

"This GMC pickup gets better fuel economy than some rivals, earning 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway with its base engine. For even better mileage, upgrade to the turbo diesel engine, which gets 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway". -cars.usnews.com

The Canyon is at the top of the charts in terms of mileage, the base engine will do 20 MPG in the city and 26 MPG in the highway. What's better is the turbo diesel Duramax which does 20 MPG in the city and 30 MPG in the highway however, GMC will charge you $4,965 for the luxury of having the turbo diesel in your Canyon.

Model

GMC Canyon

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

Nissan Frontier

MPG (city)

20

20

20

16

MPG (highway)

26

26

23

22

MPG (combine)

22

22

21

19

2019 GMC Canyon Interior

8.0/10

"The Canyon's interior is logically laid out and has simple control interfaces. This Denali has more creature comforts inside than most other midsize pickups". -Edmunds

"The Canyon seats anywhere from two to five people, depending on which cab and trim you select. The front seats are generally comfortable, though they may feel a little stiff by the end of a long drive. The rear seats in Extended Cab models are small and likely won't be suitable if you regularly carry rear-seat passengers. Crew Cabs have ample room for adults". -car.usnews.com

Seating and Comfort

Canyon's interior is more upscale than its sibling Colorado. The seats are well cushioned and can be opted in premium cloth or leather. The rear seats in the crew cab might feel a little too upright. The Canyon Crew Cab can seat up to five people with ample leg room for the passengers in the rear seat.

Models

GMC Canyon

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

Nissan Frontier

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

41.4/57.5/45.0

41.4/57.5/45.0

39.7/58.3/42.9

39.9/58.3/42.4

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.3/56.2/35.8

38.3/56.2/35.8

38.3/58.9/32.6

38.6/58.3/33.6

Infotainment

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard for 2019. The base configuration has a 7" touch screen while SLE and above configuration offers 8" touch screen with GMCs IntelliLink system on all the configurations. The top of the line Denali trim offers 3D GPS navigation system along with a seven speaker audio system by Bose.

2019 GMC Canyon Exterior

7.0/10

"The Canyon's boxy shape is emphasized by its tall grille and rectangular headlights and wheel arches, giving it a more business-like look than the curvier Colorado, though the two are almost indistinguishable from the side. The high, rising belt line gives the Canyon a slightly sportier look than other trucks" -The Car Connection

Design and Styling

The Canyon seems like a smaller version of the Sierra line-up with the same boxy shape and aggressive lines all around. The smaller dimensions however makes the canyon more capable in urban areas than the Sierras. The lighter weight also makes it more exciting.

Model

GMC Canyon

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

Nissan Frontier

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,997

4,225

4,095

4,225

Length (in.)

212.4

205.5

212.3

205.5

Width (in.)

74.3

72.8

74.4

72.8

Height (in.)

70.7

70.1

70.6

70.1

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.3

8.6

9.4

8.6

Wheel Base (in.)

128.3

125.9

127.4

125.9

Track Width (in.) F/R

62.4/62.4

62.4/62.4

63.0/63.2

61.8/61.8

2019 GMC Canyon Safety

2.0/10

For 2019 Canyon comes standard with basic safety features. Advanced safety features like lane - departure warning and forward collision assist can only be opted in the SLE or SLT trims and they are standard in the Denali. Some of the key safety features are:

  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
  • All-speed traction control
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • 6 airbags
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Teen Driver
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

NHTSA Safety Rating

2019 GMC Canyon scored 4-star rating in NHTSA Crash Testing which makes it just as similar as other trucks competing in this segment of mid-size trucks.

IIHS Safety Rating

For the IIHS the Canyon performed average in the crash testing and performed well enough.

2019 GMC Canyon Competition

2019 GMC Canyon Crew Cab vs. 2019 Chevrolet Colorado

Both of these vehicles are same in almost every aspect in mechanical terms like the same towing capabilities same power-train options and similar behavior on the road. The advantage that Canyon has over the Colorado is better interior materials and appointed leather. The disadvantage is that the all-terrain trim cannot even come close to what the Chevy offers in Colorado with the hardcore ZR-2 Trim.

2019 GMC Canyon Crew Cab vs. 2019 Toyota Tacoma

The Tacoma is famous for the off-road capabilities and the unshakable reliability it offers but lacks the nice interior of the Canyon and with less mileage and towing capacity the Tacoma it does not make sense to prefer the Toyota over GMC for day to day purposes. However, if you live in the countryside or outback Toyota"s Tacoma offers great reliability and capability off-road.

2019 GMC Canyon Crew Cab vs. 2019 Nissan Frontier

Calling the Nissan Frontier outdated would be an understatement. The bland and economical interior that provides an average comfort and low fuel economy, lands the Nissan at the very bottom of the list of mid-size trucks. Frontier is also the cheapest and offers great reliability but falls short in term of providing any attractive feature against the rivals.

2019 GMC Canyon Final Verdict

The Canyon offers you class leading interior with impeccable capabilities comparable to full size trucks like its towing capabilities and with great fuel economy as well. The exterior looks muscular and offers you more street-cred than some of the competition.

It does lack the hardcore off-road version that its corporate cousin offers as the Colorado ZR-2 but that does not mean that it lacks off-road capabilities, the All-Terrain package is enough for most enthusiasts but still has its limitations.

What impresses the most is the 2.8L Duramax Turbo Diesel that delivers unbelievable mileage with class leading torque and can tow like a full size truck. The benefit of smaller dimensions than a full-size truck but with nearly the same hauling capabilities makes the Canyon a choice that you won't regret.