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2020 GMC Canyon Overview

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2020 GMC Canyon
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Offering incredible capability, reliable performance, and supreme power in a smaller package than the Sierra, the GMC Canyon is the perfect midsize truck for those smaller, but still tough, jobs. The 2020 Canyon is back with a few new features that may set it apart from a competitor like the Ford Ranger.

The 2020 GMC Canyon is available at five trim levels — SL, SLE, All Terrain, SLT, and Denali — and two editions/packages: Elevation and All Terrain X.

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What’s new for the 2020 GMC Canyon?

Last year, the Canyon received new tech with its 7-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2020 Canyon received some exterior tech updates this time around, with a newly available remote-locking tailgate, a new standard tire-fill alert, newly available safety packages, and changes to some standard/optional equipment availability among the trims.


You won’t find many visual differences on the 2020 Canyon compared to the 2019 model. The SL, SLE, and SLT trims all feature a chrome rear bumper, Daytime Running Lamps, cab-mounted cargo area lamps, halogen projector-beam headlights, and a CornerStep bumper. The ultimate in luxury and style can be found on the signature Denali trim of the Canyon, which comes with 20-inch diamond cut machined aluminum wheels, 5-inch Denali chrome rectangular assist steps, cargo box LED lighting, chrome door handles, a Denali chrome grille, and a spray-on bedliner.

  • 2020 GMC Canyon exterior silver gray
  • 2020 GMC Canyon exterior black
  • 2020 GMC Canyon exterior grille


Comfort and convenience levels change drastically inside the 2020 Canyon. On the SL and SLE trims, you’ll get a two-way manual passenger’s seat, front bucket seats, and single-zone climate control. If you want features like power front seats, automatic climate control, leather-trimmed heated seating, a heated steering wheel, lumbar support, or remote start, you’ll have to choose the SLT trim or higher.

Technology is about the same, with the SL, SLE, and All Terrain trims receiving the minimum in terms of helpful systems. When you opt for the SLT trim, you’ll be treated to wireless charging. But the top-of-the-line tech was saved for the Canyon Denali, which is equipped with an 8-inch diagonal GMC infotainment system with Navigation and a Bose premium audio system.

  • 2020 GMC Canyon interior
  • 2020 GMC Canyon interior
  • 2020 GMC Canyon interior
  • 2020 GMC Canyon interior


A truck’s worth is almost always based on how powerful it is. The 2020 GMC Canyon provides varied amounts of power depending on which engine you choose. Three engines are available between the Crew Cab and Extended Cab options. The 2.5-liter four-cylinder paired with a six-speed automatic gets 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque, and has a GCWR payload of 8,500 pounds. The 3.6-liter V6 is paired with an eight-speed automatic, gets 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque, and has a GCWR payload of 12,000 pounds. The 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine gets an impressive 369 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to have a max payload of 12,700 pounds.

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Standard safety for the 2020 Canyon is present in the form of six airbags, electronic traction control, StabiliTrak, and Teen Driver. Moving up the trims, you get an HD rear vision camera (on SLE and above). The 2020 GMC Canyon Denali comes with standard Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning, making it a great option for those who are nervous behind the wheel of a truck.