The 2019 GMC Canyon may not be the biggest truck on the lot, but it’s a highly capable and refined pickup that can tow up to 7,700 pounds (if properly equipped with the optional diesel engine; the maximum towing capacity on the gasoline V6 is 7,000 pounds). It’s offered in seven trim levels: SL, base Canyon, SLE, SLT, All Terrain w/Cloth, All Terrain w/Leather, and Denali. For this model year, the powertrain configurations consist of three choices. The base is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder (200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque) that is paired to a six-speed manual transmission; it comes standard on the SL. The upgraded gasoline engine is a 3.6-liter V6 delivering a more robust 308 hp and 275 lb.-ft. of torque that’s mated to an eight-speed automatic and is standard on the base Canyon (depending on the configuration), SLE, SLT, both All Terrain trims, and Denali. Last, there’s a turbocharged 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel (181 hp and 369 lb.-ft. of torque) coupled to a six-speed automatic that can be configured on the SLE, SLT, All Terrain, and Denali trims.
Comfort, Convenience, and Off-Road Tech
The no-nonsense SL starts you off with a four-way power driver’s seat with manual recline and a rearview camera. Note that this trim only comes with the extended cab, which lacks rear seats. The next step up, the base Canyon, is available in both extended cab or crew cab and provides fold-up rear jump seats for the extended models, along with some options packages unavailable with the SL. These include remote keyless entry, an EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate, and a trailering package. The SLE adds power side mirrors, upgraded interior trim materials, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a high-resolution rearview camera system as standard.
Like the base Canyon, the SLE can also be loaded with options packages, such as the Convenience Package, which includes automatic climate control, remote start, and a sliding rear window. The All Terrain X Package includes heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a four-way power passenger’s seat, and some off-road features: all-terrain tires, an off-road suspension, a rear locking differential, and hill descent control. With the SLT you can get everything from the SLE’s standard equipment suite plus the Convenience Package. It also comes with leather upholstery and the All Terrain’s front seating upgrades. With the range-topping Denali trim, you’ll get all the creature comforts from before, such as the amenities of the SLE plus ventilated front seats and cargo lamps.
The SL and base Canyon start you off with a 7-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, Bluetooth Hands-Free, voice command capability, and a six-speaker sound system. Most of the same tech is in the SLE, although you’ll get an upgraded 8-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, and OnStar connectivity with 4G LTE and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Moving along to the SLT will bring you wireless device charging along with everything from the SLE. Both the SLE and SLT trims can include active safety features through the Driver Alert Package, such as forward collision warning and lane departure warning. You can also opt for an upgraded seven-speaker Bose audio system for these trims, but only the SLE with the All Terrain X Package is eligible. The Denali is where all of these bells and whistles come together, with the addition of the contents from the Driver Alert Package, the Bose audio system, and navigation.