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If you’re the market for a new truck, there are many models to choose from. If you’re looking for one that’s on the smaller end and more focused on being an everyday truck than one you’ll use to haul loads, then a GMC Canyon might be the one for you. Changes are thought to be coming for the Canyon, but as that’s a few years off, the 2019 is still the best bet.

The GMC Canyon

There are six trims on the 2019 Canyon – the SL, Canyon, SLE, SLT, All Terrain, and Denali. The SL is the base model and starts at $21,500. Overall, the Canyon is a great small truck option and comes with some excellent standard features, but not at the base level. You can choose from three engine options, two cab styles, and two bed-lengths. Plus, there are several appearance packages available. Of course, some of this depends on which trim you choose and which cab style you end up with. 

Canyon SL

This base model option comes with an Extended Cab option only, and it doesn’t have a rear seat. This isn’t your family truck. More suitable as a work truck, it has a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed transmission, and rear-wheel drive. The standard towing capacity of this engine is 3,500 lbs. Standard on all models is the Teen Driver feature, which helps track your teen as well as provide extra safety features related to teens. There’s a rearview camera, a six-speaker audio system, two USB ports, and the GMC Infotainment system that features a 7-inch touch screen. It’s Bluetooth compatible, as well as with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Ultimately though, you’re not getting anything amazing at this level.

2019 GMC Canyon
2019 GMC Canyon | GMC


This is the next level up, and probably the lowest most drivers would want. It starts at $25,700, and you can get both cab types and bed lengths here. Everything from the base trim is standard, but this trim includes two rear seats. You can also opt for the V6 engine, automatic transmission, EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and locking rear differential. The V6 gets you double the towing capacity of 7,000 lbs. 

Canyon SLE

To start, this trim level is $29,000. It features both cab types and comes standard with many of the features you had to opt for with the previous trim, such as a locking rear differential, EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate, an upgraded infotainment system that has an 8-inch touch screen, additional USB ports, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. You’ll also get satellite and HD radio. Here, if you want power-adjustable passenger seats, heated front seats and steering wheel, automatic climate control, and a few other features, you’ll have to opt-in for them.

Canyon SLT

This trim level is only available as a Crew Cab and starts at $35,800. It does come standard with a V6 engine though and has leather upholstery and heated front seats. Think of it as the fancier of the first four GMC Canyon models. If you want extras, you can opt-in for extra safety features like forward collision alert and lane departure warning, as well as add in navigation and a seven-speaker Bose audio system.

Moving beyond the Canyon basics

If you want better in a truck, such as the ability to go off-road or a high-end truck you can look good driving in, then you need to consider the All-Terrain or the Denali. The Canyon, SL, SLE, and SLT are great trucks, but they’re more basic, and you’ll have to pay for the perks. With these, you get the perks mostly included.

All Terrain

Offered with both cab types, this trim level starts at $36,500. It has four-wheel drive, several cool off-road features such as hill descent control, off-road suspension, and a transfer case shield that are all standard. You can opt-in for even more features like a heated steering wheel, navigation, and that Bose audio system. And if you go for the All Terrain X package, you’ll get 31-inch all-terrain tires, off-road assist steps, all-weather floor liners, and a spray-on bedliner. Talk about rugged and fun!


Starting at $40,400, the GMC Canyon Denali is the top of the line. It’s only offered in Crew Cab, but it comes with all the best features standard. Navigation, the Bose audio system, a wireless phone charging ability, and some pretty unique styling elements. You’ll definitely stand out in this one.

Is the GMC Canyon right for you?

The GMC Canyon is a great option for small truck buyers across America. It’s got useful standard features once you get past the SL trim, and it allows for the addition of opt-in features to fit individual needs. It’s priced right, and the higher-end trims are worth a look.