2019 Toyota Tacoma vs 2019 GMC Canyon


When you need the utility of a pickup, but with a smaller footprint, the midsized pickup is the way to go. Two of this year’s models that consistently come to the front of the pack are the 2019 Toyota Tacoma and the 2019 GMC Canyon. Both land in the sweet spot between functionality and size. While the GMC Canyon has great functionality with a number of additional features, the slimmed-down configurations of the Toyota Tacoma make it the perfect workhorse, offering the most important standard equipment. Despite this difference, the Tacoma does offer certain features that the Canyon lacks.


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All That You Need

The ’19 Toyota Tacoma starts at a higher price point than the ’19 GMC Canyon, with its base SR beginning at $25,700 versus the Canyon SL’s $22,200. At this price point the Canyon does boast a stronger engine with its 200 horsepower 2.5L four-cylinder, while the Tacoma has a 159 horsepower 2.7L four-cylinder engine. Despite the difference on paper, the towing capability is the same in both pickups, at a maximum of 3,500 lb.

What you get with the Tacoma’s worthy higher price point is more safety technology, with the state-of-the-art crash-mitigating features that you cannot get at all on the Canyon. These are part of the wonderful Toyota Safety Sense suite, which includes the pre-collision system highlighted by automatic braking, a feature that the GMC Canyon doesn’t offer at any price point. Some other features on this standard Toyota package include lane departure warning, pedestrian detection, and hill-assist control, all of which the Canyon SL, Canyon, Canyon SLE, and Canyon SLT don’t offer as standard. The Canyon may offer more standard luxury features, such as a larger entertainment screen, but the Tacoma is set up as the perfect workhorse, giving you all that you need while keeping you and your occupants as safe as possible.

All Terrain

Both the Tacoma and the Canyon offer off-road equipped trim levels. While both perform well away from the pavement, the Tacoma starts at a lower price point than the Canyon while having a better overall setup. The GMC Canyon’s All Terrain trim starts at $36,500 and has a lot of good off-road features, including a specialized suspension, hill descent control, and advanced trailer control. It has a hefty engine, a 308 hp 3.6-liter V6 engine with maximum trailering at 7,000 lb. The Tacoma TRD Off-Road starts at $33,630 and has all of those features as well as an extra inch of ground clearance, 2.5-inch Fox shocks, and an available high-mounted, dust-filtering desert air intake as well as a more ruggedly designed exterior. With its 278 horsepower 3.5-liter V6, it can pull up to 6,400 pounds. Similar to the other trim levels, the Tacoma gives up some of the luxuries of the Canyon in order to keep the most important capabilities and features without losing its affordability.