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2020 GMC Canyon Extended Cab Long Box 2-Wheel Drive SL - front view

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Top Features of Base Model

  • Updated infotainment system
  • High-resolution rearview camera
  • Updated power-adjusted driver seat on the SLE models and higher
  • Rear park assist
Pro Review

2019 GMC Canyon: Everything You Need to Know

About the GMC Canyon

The GMC Canyon midsize pickup packs the towing and hauling duties of a full-size truck a more maneuverable footprint. The truck sits alongside the larger Sierra 1500 and Sierra HD in GMC’s three-truck lineup.

Resurrecting the Canyon nameplate in 2015, GMC uses the same platform as the Chevrolet Colorado, but adds more luxury and tech.

The Canyon is a solid performer providing a wider range of features than its competitors. A turbodiesel version gets best-in-class towing at 7,700 pounds. If you are looking for a solid mid-size pickup, the GMC Canyon is a good choice.

What’s New in the Current 2019 GMC Canyon?

The 2019 GMC Canyon recent update includes:

  • Standard smartphone connectivity through ApplePlay and Android Auto on all models.
  • An updated infotainment interface.
  • An upgraded rearview camera on the SLE trim.
  • Six-way power-adjustable driver seat on all versions except the base model.
  • SLE models get a new 17-inch wheel design.

The 2019 GMC Canyon is available in six trims:

Canyon SL: The SL’s base trim runs on a 200-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with rear-wheel drive for 191 pound-feet of torque.

All models come with a 7-inch touch screen for GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system, as well Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, Bluetooth, voice command and a six-speaker audio system.

Canyon: The Canyon model upgrades the SL trim with LED projector-beam headlights and features 16-inch cast aluminum wheels.

SLE: The SLE features a 3.6-liter V6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission for 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. The SLE adds an EZ-Lift tailgate, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a built-in 4G Wi-Fit hotspot, four USB ports and an 8-inch touch screen.

All Terrain: The All Terrain trim adds off-road suspension and hill descent control. A cloth interior version comes with SLE standard features. The leather-upholstered model comes with SLT standard features.

SLT: The SLT trim includes heated leather front seats, 18-inch polished aluminum wheels and a center console wireless charging mat.

Denali: The top-tier Denali trim comes with navigation, a Bose Premium seven-speaker audio system, and 20-inch aluminum wheels.

An optional 2.8 liter, 181-horsepower turbodiesel engine delivers 369 pound-feet of torque and is available for all trim levels. The turbodiesel engine can tow a hefty 7,700 pounds. That’s 700 more than V6 models.

All 2019 GMC Canyon trims come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The SLE, SLT and Denali trims get a new high-resolution rearview camera. The new GMC Infotainment system includes navigation, enhanced voice recognition, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and over-the-air software updates.

A second hands-free microphone added to SLE and above versions improves speech recognition capabilities. Wireless charging and a heated steering wheel are optional for the 2019 model year. GMC replaced the Canyon’s standard analog camera with an HD Rear Vision Camera.

Exterior colors for the 2019 GMC Canyon now include Dark Sky Metallic, Smokey Quartz Metallic, Blue Emerald Metallic and Sedona Metallic.

What Does the 2019 GMC Canyon Compete With?

The 2019 GMC Canyon offers more features and technology than rivals. The compact pickup also boasts greater towing capability and strong fuel efficiency, especially for turbodiesel models.

Exterior Design of the 2019 GMC Canyon

The Canyon is available in two body styles: a crew cab with four full-size doors or an extended cab with two smaller back doors. The extended cab model offers a 6-foot, 2-inch bed. Crew cabs also come with a 5-foot 2-inch bed.

SLE models get a new 17-inch wheel design. The Canyon’s shiny, top-of-the-line Denali has a chrome grille and 20-inch aluminum wheels.

The back bumper has a cut-in step for easier access to the truck bed. An optional EZ Lift-and-Lower tailgate raises with just one hand if the driver’s arms are full.

A standard two-tier loading system divides the bed into top and bottom sections. The open upper section helps with hauling. The lower section stores and conceals tools or other items. All models come equipped with 13 tie-down locations throughout the bed that work with the optional, movable cargo tie-down rings.

Interior Style in the 2019 GMC Canyon

The 2019 GMC Canyon offers a fairly comfortable ride with ample head and legroom for occupants in the front seats. However, passengers in the back row may feel cramped.

GMC offers several upscale options not usually found in a pickup truck including leather upholstery and heated and ventilated seats.

The truck comes with two sets of LATCH connectors for car seats in the second row. The top anchors for the LATCH connectors can be challenging to find.

The center console features two cup holders and a deep center bin large enough for a purse or laptop. A center pull-down armrest in the back has an additional set of cup holders. Doors come with side pockets for more storage space.

What Technology Comes in the 2019 GMC Canyon?

The GMC Canyon is loaded with more standard technology features than rival trucks. Each model comes equipped with an infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

Upper trims models offer a Bose audio system, satellite radio, navigation, wireless phone charging and an 8-inch touch screen. The All Terrain, SLE, and Denali trims come with a remote start function.

What Kind of Safety Features are in the 2019 GMC Canyon?

The GMC Canyon comes with several standard safety features including:

  • Six airbags
  • Adjustable seatbelts
  • Rear vision camera
  • Teen Driver program to limit speed and audio volume for certain drivers

Higher trims are equipped with rear parking sensors, lane-departure warning, and forward collision warning.

What is the 2019 GMC Canyon Like to Drive?

The GMC Canyon’s responsive steering and braking help the truck achieve a sporty feel. Its suspension helps smooth bumps in the road. Adding a few hundred pounds of cargo helps steady the ride over rough terrain.

The compact pickup’s seats are comfortable for short rides but may not feel as supportive during longer stretches. Front row seats provide easy access to the truck’s touchscreen and controls. Adults may feel cramped in the back row.

The Canyon’s wide windows and thin pillars provide excellent visibility. The rear view mirrors and backup camera help driver’s navigate narrow roads and parking spaces with confidence.

Should I Buy a Current 2019 GMC Canyon?

Buyers looking for a sturdy compact or mid-size truck for towing and hauling should consider the 2019 GMC Canyon. Though it’s pricier than rivals, the Canyon offers unparalleled luxury and connectivity.

Should I buy a Used 2019 GMC Canyon? Are There Any I Should Avoid?

GMC discontinued the first-generation Canyon in 2012. GMC made minimal changes made to the truck’s exterior and interior design since launching the second generation three years later. Buyers can opt for a late model without losing most of the latest features.

How Much Does the New 2019 GMC Canyon Cost?

The 2019 GMC Canyon starts at $22,095. The Canyon and SLE trims begin at $28,195 and $31,395, respectively. SLT begins at $35,795 while the All-Terrain clocks in at $36,695 and the Denali at $40,595

Pros and Cons of the 2020 GMC Canyon


  • Upscale interior
  • Smaller footprint adds maneuverability
  • Fuel-efficient turbodiesel option
  • High towing capacity with diesel and V6 engines
  • Easy to use infotainment system


  • Seating may be uncomfortable
  • Limited room for passengers in the back row
  • Less in-cab storage than competitors
  • LATCH system was rated marginal due to difficulty of finding lower anchors
  • Fewer safety features than competitors
Model History

The History of 2019 GMC Canyon: 15 years of the GMC Canyon

GMC introduced the Canyon nameplate in 2004 to replace its Sonoma pickup. The Canyon’s first generation came with a 2.8-liter four-cylinder engine or a 3.5-liter five-cylinder engine. A 2007 refresh added larger, more powerful engines. GMC discontinued production in 2012 before reviving the nameplate in 2015.

The second-generation Canyon is the upscale counterpart to the Chevrolet Colorado.

Specs & Key Features of the 2020 GMC Canyon


Body Style
Extended Cab Pickup
2.5L I4
181 - 308 hp
6-speed automatic
Passenger Doors
Passenger Seating
Rear Wheel Drive
City MPG

Key Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Audio
  • Bluetooth

More Features

  • Engine, 2.5L I4, DI, DOHC, VVT (200 hp [149.0 kW] @ 6300 rpm, 191 lb-ft of torque [259 N-m] @ 4400 rpm)
  • Transmission, 6-speed automatic
  • Rear axle, 4.10 ratio
  • GVWR, 5400 lbs. (2449 kg)
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Pickup box
  • Frame, fully-boxed
  • Steering, electric power-assist
  • Brakes, 4-wheel antilock, 4-wheel disc
  • Capless Fuel Fill (Requires gas engine and (E63) pickup box.)
  • Wheels, 16" x 7" (40.6 cm x 17.8 cm) Ultra Silver Metallic cast aluminum
  • Tires, 265/70R16 all-season, blackwall
  • Tire, compact spare T175/90D18, blackwall
  • Wheel, compact spare, 18" x 4.5" (45.7 cm x 11.4 cm) Black cast aluminum
  • Bumper, rear Chrome
  • CornerStep, rear bumper
  • Moldings, Black beltline
  • Headlamps, halogen projector-type with LED signature
  • Lamps, cargo area, cab mounted with switch on center switch bank
  • Mirrors, outside manual-folding, Black
  • Glass, windshield shade band
  • Door handles, Black
  • Tailgate, locking
  • Tailgate handle, Black
  • Audio system, GMC Infotainment System with 7" diagonal color touch-screen AM/FM stereo with seek-and-scan and digital clock, includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones; featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability for compatible phones
  • Audio system feature, 6-speaker system
  • Seats, front bucket
  • Seat trim, Vinyl
  • Seat adjuster, driver 4-way power with manual recline
  • Seat adjuster, passenger 2-way manual, fore/aft with manual recline
  • Seat delete, rear
  • Console, floor, front compartment, custom
  • Floor covering, full-length Black vinyl
  • Steering wheel, urethane
  • Steering column, tilt, manual
  • Speedometer, miles/kilometers
  • Display, driver instrument information enhanced, one color
  • Door locks, power
  • Windows, power with driver Express-Up and Down
  • Theft-deterrent system, immobilization
  • USB data ports, 2 includes auxiliary input jack, located on the front console
  • Air conditioning, single-zone manual climate control
  • Handles, door release, front and rear, Jet Black
  • Mirror, inside rearview manual day/night
  • Visors, driver and front passenger with passenger vanity mirror
  • Lighting, interior, center dome
  • StabiliTrak, stability control system
  • Traction control, electronic
  • Daytime Running Lamps
  • Airbags, Dual-stage frontal airbags for driver and front passenger; Seat-mounted side-impact airbags for driver and front outboard passenger; Head-curtain airbags for front and rear outboard seating positions; Includes front outboard Passenger Sensing System for frontal passenger airbag (Always use seat belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner's Manual for more information.)
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Teen Driver a configurable feature that lets you activate customizable vehicle settings associated with a key fob, to help encourage safe driving behavior. It can limit certain available vehicle features, and it prevents certain safety systems from being turned off. It includes the Buckle-to-Drive feature which prevents the driver from shifting from Park for up to 20 seconds if the driver's seat belt is not buckled. An in-vehicle report card gives you information on driving habits and helps you to continue to coach your new driver
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System
  • Tire Fill Alert provides an audible and visual indication when tire pressure is added to a tire that is low. Aids to achieve optimal tire pressure

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Available Trims for the 2020 GMC Canyon (20)

Extended Cab Long Box 2-Wheel Drive SL
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Extended Cab Long Box 2-Wheel Drive
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Crew Cab Short Box 2-Wheel Drive
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Extended Cab Long Box 2-Wheel Drive SLE
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Crew Cab Short Box 2-Wheel Drive SLE
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Extended Cab Long Box 4-Wheel Drive
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Extended Cab Long Box 4-Wheel Drive SLE
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Crew Cab Short Box 2-Wheel Drive SLT
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Crew Cab Short Box 4-Wheel Drive SLE
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Extended Cab Long Box 4-Wheel Drive All Terrain w/Cloth
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Crew Cab Long Box 4-Wheel Drive SLE
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Crew Cab Short Box 4-Wheel Drive All Terrain w/Cloth
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Crew Cab Long Box 4-Wheel Drive All Terrain w/Cloth
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Crew Cab Short Box 4-Wheel Drive All Terrain w/Leather
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Crew Cab Short Box 2-Wheel Drive Denali
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Safety Ratings for the 2020 GMC Canyon

US NHTSA Crash Test Results

Results shown are for the 2020 GMC Canyon Extended Cab Long Box 2-Wheel Drive SL:

Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

Dynamic Test Result

No Tip

Risk of Rollover


Rollover Note

Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.


Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.