Trucks can make your life more fun, with GM producing two of the best entry-level pick-up trucks: the 2019 GMC Canyon and 2019 Chevrolet Colorado. These models ensure you’re enjoying constant adventures with every ride. Compact pick-up trucks such as these allow you to travel on and off-road while carrying and hauling cargo with power and panache. But which one best fits your needs?
Colorado vs. Canyon – Exterior Designs
Though they have similar stylings, the Chevrolet Colorado boasts a smaller black grille than the Canyon as well as slimmer headlights. The Canyon has a larger and bolder chrome grille with bigger headlights.
The Chevrolet Colorado has exterior features that make an instant impression. These include 20” low-gloss black wheels, black body side mouldings on RST Special Edition trim or black window trims and off-road assist steps on the Redline trim.
By contrast, the Canyon’s Denali trim comes with 20” ultra-bright machined aluminum wheels and five-inch chrome assist steps. The Canyon SLE/SLT trim has available spray-on bed liners and an Integrated CornerStep Rear Bumper for easier cargo bed access.
Both are Sizeable and Come With Steady Off-Road Options
The Chevrolet Colorado length ranges from 17’7” to 18’7” inches while the Canyon has a slightly shorter length, from 17’7” – 18’71”. It also weighs more than the Canyon, though additional features on the GMC Canyon makes it have a higher peak weight.
The Colorado and Canyon each have rugged off-road options to make for exhilarating trips along Canada’s toughest landscapes. The Canyon has the All-Terrain Trim with EZ-Lift and Lower Tailgate and available cargo accessories. The Colorado comes in Z71 or ZR2 trims to tackle off-road terrains, with the latter containing a CornerStep rear bumper and corner hand grips.
Which Entry-Level Pick-up Truck Has the Better Interior?
The interiors of these GM small pick-up trucks are very similar, with 41.4” (front) and 36.7” (rear) of headroom and 45” (front) 28.6” (rear) of legroom.
The Canyon focuses on luxury with its interior, particularly with the Denali trim which includes perforated leather upholstery, a Bose premium audio system, a spacious cabin that seats five comfortably, and contrast stitching.
Meanwhile, the Colorado also has a Bose sound system, leather-appointed heated front seats, and ample storage space, focusing more on comfort.
These Compact Pick-up Trucks Have Impressive Powertrains
Both the GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado offer three engine options. There’s the 2.5L four-cylinder engine with 200hp, 191 lb-ft of torque and 1,588kgs (3,500lbs) of towing capability. The 3.6L DOHC V6 engine produces twice the towing capability with 308hp and fuel consumption ratings of 13.4/9.6L (city/highway).
There’s also the available Duramax 2.8L Turbo-Diesel engine, featuring a best-in-class 369 lb-ft of torque and nearly 3,500kgs (7,716lbs) of towing capability. The engine is ideal for towing heavy cargo while also delivering high-fuel efficiency and paired with a standard six-speed automatic transmission.
How About Technology?
When it comes to the Chevy Colorado, a large touchscreen is built into the centre stack compatible with Apple CarPlay, as well as 4G LTE Wi-Fi and a backup camera. There is also Bluetooth connectivity and multiple USB ports/outlets, turning your Colorado into your personal assistant. The ZR2 trim has Multimatic DSSV dampers, using predictive and analytical tools honed in the racing world to ensure safer driving.
Like the Colorado (on LT models), the Canyon comes with driving assistance mechanisms, such as forward collision alerts and lane departure warning systems. They help you detect if front-end collisions are imminent and alert you of vehicles wandering from their lanes respectively.
Who Should Buy These Small Pick-up Trucks Canada-wide?
These are sibling vehicles in a way: they’re built on similar platforms and carry similar dimensions as well as features. If you’re looking for more off-road options, the Colorado may suit you more considering how strong the Z71 and ZR2 trims are. If you’re more of a traditional pick-up buyer who doesn’t care as much for luxury, this may be the more suitable vehicle for you. If you like your vehicle to have a bit more of a luxurious feel like the Canyon offers, then you might want to opt for that vehicle.
Head down to Humberview Chevrolet Buick GMC today and choose the best of these compact pick-up trucks that meet your needs in any and every scenario.