Right off the bat, it’s important to remember that the 2019 GMC Canyon is a mid-size pickup, not a full-size or a heavy duty truck that can handle massive payloads and trailers full of steel. With that in mind, however, the Canyon still has some excellent power and performance for a mid-size truck, with three different engines available. It’s worth noting, however, that some of these options are only available in certain truck and bed configurations in either a two-wheel drive or four-wheel drive setup.
The standard engine, which should be ideal for most drivers, is a 3.6L V6 engine that provides up to 308hp and 275 lb.-ft. of torque. This is a direct fuel injection engine with variable valve timing for optimal power and efficiency that features dual overhead camshafts and can handle a wide range of tasks thrown at it. This engine is available in most of the configurations of the 2019 GMC Canyon, and is the only engine you can choose if you are interested in an extended cab with four-wheel drive.
If you want a two-wheel drive set up, with either an extended cab or a crew cab and short box, then there is a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine available that provides up to 200hp and 191 lb.-ft. of torque. As you can see, this is notably less horsepower and torque than the standard engine, which makes it ideal if you don’t plan on using your 2019 GMC Canyon for heavy workloads. If you do want to be able to get some work done with the Canyon, however, then this might not be the right choice.
Finally, there is a third engine available for certain two-wheel and four-wheel drive setups, which is a 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel 4-cylinder engine that offers up to 181hp and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. This is an interesting option that is ideal for certain needs but not necessarily everyone’s best choice. It has less horsepower than the standard engine, but substantially more torque. So if you know you’re going to be tackling steep uphill grades or want a bit more torque for hauling loads, but don’t need as much horsepower, then this is a great choice.