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2019 GMC Canyon Denali 4WD Crew Cab Review & Test Drive

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2019 GMC Canyon Denali 4WD

With the growing demand for trucks and SUVs, manufacturers are quickly warming up to the new demands of the masses. With such, GMC’s latest Canyon midsized pickup truck attempts to win over buyers with its Denali trim level that features many welcomed updates to find a better footing against its slim competition in such a unique segment.

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2019 GMC Canyon Denali 4WD side

The new 2019 GMC Canyon Denali, the highest trim level available for the Canyon, polishes some of its characteristics to better fit what is expected out of the coveted Denali trim line. Following its resurgence and redesign as a 2015 model, the GMC Canyon Denali continues to offer a respectable V6 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Apart from the new platforms welcomed traits, the 2019 model year gets an updated infotainment unit interface with new menu sets that improve upon the already user-friendliness that we’ve adorned in recent years from GMC and Chevrolet trucks. The infotainment unit, in addition to its update to use more simplistic views and menus, adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard features. Additionally, the new 2019 Canyon gets a high-resolution camera on the SLE and above trim levels as standard.

2019 GMC Canyon Denali 4WD rear

Driving the 2019 GMC Canyon Denali out on the road with the 4WD system put in its Auto setting provides a comfortable ride quality with an assuring footing. The Canyon behaves well on the road and is more car-like than ever before. Moreover, the V6 engine with its 8-speed automatic transmission tow up to a respectable 7,700 pounds, which leads the pack in its segment. Out in the lined bed you can expect to haul up to 1,620 pounds without issue.

2019 GMC Canyon Denali 4WD dashboard

See Also: 2017 GMC Canyon Denali 4WD Review & Test Drive

Fuel consumption is slightly better than full-sized trucks, which is what you expect from the midsized segment. Though, the GMC Canyon Denali 4WD does justice to be able to tow nearly as much as most mainstream full-sized trucks and still get a decent EPA figure of 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.

2019 GMC Canyon Denali 4WD front seats

In an attempt to gain some additional momentum with sales, the new 2019 GMC Canyon Denali was spruced up with improvements in the area of its front leather seats now having ventilation for both seats along with heating. There is plenty of connectivity provided through a wireless phone charger, USB ports, and the traditional Bluetooth connection.

2019 GMC Canyon Denali 4WD back seats

For a well-rounded package, the GMC Canyon Denali adds attractive darkened alloy wheels, which goes the distance in the looks department to better fit what is expected out of a GMC Denali trimmed vehicle. The minor differences in the GMC Canyon Denali adding the few additional luxury amenities and looks attempt to set it farther part from its closely matched Chevy Colorado sibling, which are very similar vehicles.

2019 GMC Canyon Denali 4WD bed

Carrying the GM branding as one of the few midsized truck offerings in a slim segment, the GMC Canyon Denali is a good choice for those who don’t want to foot the larger bill on a full-sized truck that’s equipped with the Denali trim’s added features. With such, the 2019 GMC Canyon Denali 4WD fully optioned out lands an as-tested price of $48,520.

>> Get the best price on the GMC Canyon from a network of local dealers now. <<


  • Price: Base Canyon SL $21,100 / As-Tested Canyon Denali 4WD V6 Crew Cab Short Box $48,520
  • >> Get the best price on the GMC Canyon from a network of local dealers now. <<
  • Engine: 3.6-liter V6 305 hp @ 6,800 rpm/ 269 ft-lbs torque @ 4,000 rpm
  • Transmission: 8-speed Automatic w/manual mode
  • Drive: 4WD w/automatic limited slip differential and selectable 2WD high, 4WD high, 4WD low-range, and Auto
  • Wheelbase: 123.3 in.
  • Total length: 212.4 in.
  • Total width: 74.3 in.
  • Total height: 70.6 in.
  • Ground clearance: 8.2 in.
  • Curb weight: 4,488 lbs.
  • Headroom: f/r-41.4/38.3 in.
  • Legroom: f/r-45/35.8 in.
  • Towing: Up to 7,700 lbs. (4WD) w/ Trailering package – standard on Denali trim
  • Fuel tank: 21.0 gallons
  • Turning circle: 41.3 ft.
  • EPA mileage: 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway

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