2019 GMC Canyon Extended Cab

2019 MODEL
$22,200 - $37,900

7.9

Overall Rating

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2019 GMC Canyon Extended Cab 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 Extended Cab model starts at $21,400 at base trim without any options.

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Pros

High towing capacity with diesel power-train

Upscale cabin

Comfortable ride

Cons

In-Cab storage is low

Lacks advanced safety features

Low front end

What's New?

New infotainment interface

High-resolution rear view camera

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto now standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$21400

bodystyle

4dr Extended Cab

passenger capacity

2

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

150 cu. in.

horsepower

200 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

191 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

independent suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle leaf suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

four wheel solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

128.3 in.

length

212.4 in.

width

74.3 in.

height

70.4 in.

curb weight

3945 lbs.

ground clearance

8.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

39.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

39.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1424 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/22/26 mpg

highway range

546 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/36000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

6 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

no



Ratings

Features

7.5

Interior

8.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 GMC Canyon Extended Cab SL

SL

power
200 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$22,200


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SL 4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6M) w/Prod. End 12/18 Starting at $22,200 MSRP (20/22/26) 200 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed manual rear wheel drive 2   Marine Blue Metallic
  Summit White
  Quicksilver Metallic
  Onyx Black
  Dark Sky Metallic
  Satin Steel Metallic

 2019 GMC Canyon Extended Cab Base

Base

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

$25,700 - $31,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $25,700 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 4
4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $31,100 MSRP (17/21/24) 308 hp @ 6800 rpm, 3.6 L, V-6, regular unleaded
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8-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 4

 2019 GMC Canyon Extended Cab SLE

SLE

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

$29,000 - $34,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Extended Cab SB (2.5L 4cyl 6M) w/Prod. End 12/18 Starting at $29,000 MSRP (20/22/26) 200 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed manual rear wheel drive 4
SLE 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $34,400 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 4

 2019 GMC Canyon Extended Cab All Terrain

All Terrain

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

$36,500 - $37,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
All Terrain w/Leather 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $37,900 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 4
All Terrain w/Cloth 4dr Extended Cab 4WD SB (3.6L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $36,500 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 4

Top GMC Cars

2019 GMC Canyon
6.1/10

Engine: 200 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L I-4

MPG: 22 combined

2019 GMC Sierra 1500
6.3/10

Engine: 285 hp @ 5300 rpm, 4.3 L V-6

MPG: 17 combined

2019 GMC Terrain
6.9/10

Engine: 170 hp @ 5600 rpm, 1.5 L I-4

MPG: 28 combined

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Crew Cab
N/A

Engine: 285 hp @ 5300 rpm, 4.3 L V-6

MPG: 17 combined

2019 GMC Yukon
8.0/10

Engine: 355 hp @ 5600 rpm, 5.3 L V-8

MPG: 18 combined

2019 GMC Terrain diesel SUV
6.5/10

Engine: 137 hp @ 3750 rpm, 1.6 L I-4

MPG: 32 combined

2019 GMC Acadia
7.8/10

Engine: 193 hp @ 6300 rpm, 2.5 L I-4

MPG: 23 combined

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial March 28, 2019

7.9

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. The 2019 GMC Canyon Extended 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.


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Features

 
 
 

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Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 GMC Canyon Extended Cab Features

7.5/10

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 Extended 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

Canyon SL

Canyon

SLE

SLT

All Terrain Cloth

All Terrain Leather Appointed

Denali

MSRP

$23,295

$26,795

$30,095

$36,895

$37,595

$38,995

$41,495

Features

Rear vision Camera

Rear vision Camera

8" diagonal GMC Infotainment system

Heated leather-appointed front seats

All-Terrain-exclusive contrasting red stitching

All-Terrain-exclusive contrasting red stitching

Polished exhaust tip (V6 engine only)

 

Four-way power driver's seat

Four-way power driver's seat

Automatic locking rear differential (4WD models)

Center console with wireless charging mat

Off-road suspension

Off-road suspension

20" ultra-bright machined aluminum wheels

 

Duralife Brake rotors

Duralife brake rotor

Leather-wrapped steering wheels

18" polished aluminum wheels

Hill Descent Control

Hill Descent Control

8" diagonal GMC Infotainment System with Navigation

 

Corner step rear bumper

16" cast aluminum wheels

Aluminum interior trim

Remote vehicle starter system

Transfer case shield

Transfer case shield

Bose premium seven-speaker audio system

 

Vinyl floor covering

Projector-beam headlamps with LED signature

Tilt/telescoping steering column

Power passenger seat

Unique 17" Dark Argent Metallic cast-aluminum wheels with painted accents

Unique 17" Dark Argent Metallic cast-aluminum wheels with painted accents

5" chrome assist steps

 

Rear seat delete

Corner step rear bumper

Steering wheel controls

Heated, power exterior mirrors

Body-color bumpers and grille surround

Body-color bumpers and grille surround

Spray-on bedliner with Denali logo

 

 

7" diagonal GMC Infotainment system

EZ-Lift and Lower locking tailgate

308-hp 3.6L V-6 with Direct Injection

Carbon-fiber-inspired interior accents

Carbon-fiber-inspired interior accents

Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel

 

 

 

17" cast aluminum wheels

8-speed automatic transmission

 

 

Chrome fog lamp bezels

 

 

 

Four USB Ports

Sliding rear window

 

 

 

 

 

 

Available 4G LTE Wi-Fi

Single-zone automatic climate control

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six-way power driver's seat

Chrome door handles and mirror caps

 

 

 

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 Extended Cab Engine

"For daily driving, the Canyon's 200-horsepower four-cylinder base engine does just fine. However, it's noticeably less energetic - not to mention worse for towing - than the available 308-horsepower V6 and the 181-horsepower turbodiesel (which puts out nearly 370 pound-feet of torque). For many buyers, the V6 is the best option". -car.usnews.com

Models

GMC Canyon

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

Nissan Frontier

MSRP

$22,395

$21,495

$26,645

$20,035

Engine

2.5L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

2.7L Inline-4

2.5L Inline-4

Transmission

6 speed manual

6 speed manual

6 speed automatic

5 speed manual

Power

200 HP @ 6300 RPM

200 HP @ 6300 RPM

159 HP @ 5200 RPM

152 HP @ 5200 RPM

Torque

191 ft-lbs @4400 RPM

191 ft-lbs @4400 RPM

180 ft-lbs @ 3800 RPM

171 ft-lbs @ 4400 RPM

GMC's Canyon along with its sibling Colorado makes the best in class power figures. The base engine is ideal and efficient enough for a utilitarian vehicle. The bigger 3.6L V-6 makes 308 Horsepower coupled with an 8-speed automatic and the 2.8 L Duramax turbodiesel delivers 369 ft-lbs of torque which can tow up to 7,700 pounds making it as capable as a full-size truck.

The $4000 premium for the Duramax also places it in the category of full-size trucks in terms of pricing. The benefit of choosing the Duramax is that - you earn the capabilities of a full- size truck in a comparatively smaller package.

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 engine is good enough but lacks punch and takes around 9 seconds to reach 60 MPH and is also slower than the Colorado. The V-6 is much quicker and does not sacrifice fuel efficiency while doing so.

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

2.5 L

2.5 L

2.7 L

2.5 L

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

8.1

8.1

8.4

8.4

Braking

In the braking department the Canyon is better than the Colorado but loses to Tacoma but only by mere two feet. Canyon has impressive stopping power when you consider the fact that it weighs around 4,000 pounds.

Model

GMC Canyon

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

Nissan Frontier

Brake - Front (in)

12.2

12.2

10.8

11.10

Brake \u2013 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

Ride and Handling

Canyon feel sporty despite the how much it weighs. It inspires confident even when configured with the leaf spring suspension.

The Canyon does a good job in masking the ladder frame chassis design and is highly compliant while driving.

Towing Capacity

The 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel option is comparable to full-size trucks in terms of hauling. It produces 369 ft-lbs of torque which is the sweet spot between hauling capability and fuel efficiency.

Models

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 Short Bed configuration is not available for the Extended Cab version. 74 inches is the only bed size available for the Canyon Extended Cab with maximum payload capacity of 1,605 lbs.

Model

GMC Canyon

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

Nissan Frontier

Capacity (lbs)

1,605

1,574

1,620

1,460

2019 GMC Canyon Extended Cab Fuel Economy

GMC Canyon has the best in class mileage and the mileage figures go even higher when coupled with the 2.8L Duramax - 20 MPG on the city and 28 MPG on the highway, now that's incredible.

Model

GMC Canyon

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

Nissan Frontier

MPG (city)

20

20

20

17

MPG (highway)

26

26

23

22

MPG (combined)

22

22

21

19

2019 GMC Canyon Extended Cab Interior

8.0/10

"This GMC has a nicer interior than most rivals. The cabin looks good, and there are plenty of high-quality materials throughout".-cars.usnews.com

"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

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 extended cab are cramped and uncomfortable. The Canyon Extended Cab can be configured with rear seat delete which gives you more in-cab storage which is the right choice for a work/utility truck.

Model

GMC Canyon

Chevrolet Colorado

Toyota Tacoma

Nissan Frontier

Passenger Capacity

4

4

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

41.4/57.5/45.0

41.4/57.5/45.0

39.7/58.3/42.9

39.7/58.3/42.4

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

38.3/56.2/35.8

38.3/56.2/35.8

34.9/56.5/24.6

38.3/54.9/25.4

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 Extended Cab Exterior

"GMC calls the Canyon the only premium-midsize pickup. Marking mumbo jumbo maybe, but the Canyon certainly looks the part. Up front is a large, squared-off, big-rig-style grille that looks just right and makes an unmistakable linkage to the full-size GMC Sierra trucks. LED running lights and projector-beam headlights give a look of class and its largely flared fenders add purpose and muscle tone. Each end of the rear bumper includes what GMC calls the CornerStep, providing an easy way to step up and reach into the cargo bed. The SLT and Denali models get chrome door handles and mirrors". - KellyBlueBook

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)

3,945

3,781

3,945

3,781

Length (in.)

212.4

205.5

212.4

205.5

Width (in.)

74.3

72.8

74.4

72.8

Height (in.)

70.4

68.7

70.4

68.7

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.4

7.6

8.4

7.6

Wheel Base (in.)

128.3

125.9

128.3

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 Extended Cab Safety

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 Extended Cab Competition

2019 GMC Canyon Crew Cab vs. 2019 Chevrolet Colorado

The noticeable difference in these two trucks is how the exterior looks other than that there are very subtle changes that one has to look for. 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 Extended Cab 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.