The market for mid-size pickups grew by 18% in 2018, because buyers appreciate the convenient size and affordability of a smaller truck. Mid-size trucks have also been gaining popularity because they can haul and tow more than ever before. Finally, when it comes to technology and ride quality, mid-size trucks are now competitive with their full-size cousins.
That popularity has led to two new pickups introduced this year. The 2019 Ford Ranger and the 2020 Jeep Gladiator have joined the 2019 GMC Canyon, the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado, the 2019 Nissan Frontier, the 2019 Honda Ridgeline, and the market-leading 2019 Toyota Tacoma. Of the five trucks on the American market in 2018, the Canyon was the fourth-most popular, beating only the Ridgeline in sales. That’s not a knock; GMC is a premium manufacturer, so a lower sales volume is to be expected. The substantially similar Colorado is the second-most-popular truck, after the Tacoma. The top-end GMC Canyon trim is the luxury Denali; keep reading to learn why you might find it worth the extra money.