GMC Terrain Reviews

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The GMC Terrain is a compact crossover SUV that was introduced in 2010. This five-passenger model offers standard front-wheel drive and available all-wheel drive. It is a twin to the Chevrolet Equinox.

GMC Terrain Overview

General Motors’ truck division sells two crossovers with the GMC Terrain as its smallest model, which is followed by the midsize GMC Acadia. This brand is also known for the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL as well as for a pair of pickup trucks, the midsize GMC Canyon and the full-size GMC Sierra.

The GMC Terrain features a boxy design on a car-like platform, and is one of the larger models in the compact SUV segment. This crossover is marked by a pronounced horizontal grille, a distinctive stacked light assembly and scalloped fog lamp indentations. An upright hood, pronounced wheel wells, rocker panel character lines and a linear roof line are additional defining characteristics. The rear liftgate features chrome embellishments, an integrated spoiler and dual exhaust tips.

GMC offers two engine choices with the Terrain, which is available in SLE, SLT and Denali trim levels. Standard equipment is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine making 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. Optional for all models except for the base edition is a 3.6-liter V6 engine making 301 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. 2010 to 2012 models offered a 3.0-liter V6 making 264 horsepower as the larger of the two engines provided.

The four-cylinder Terrain is EPA-rated as high as 22/32 mpg city/highway. Models with the 3.6-liter V6 get up to 17/24 mpg. Both models take regular grade gasoline.

A roomy interior makes the GMC Terrain comfortable for five, and there’s 31.6 cubic feet of storage capacity behind the rear seat. Fold the second row seat and the storage area doubles.

All GMC Terrain models come with painted aluminum or alloy wheels, all-season tires and intermittent wipers. You also get keyless entry, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, a 6-speaker audio system, GM’s OnStar telematics system, Bluetooth and a USB port. Newer models come with a touch-screen infotainment system and a rearview camera.

Upper trim level models bring in leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, an upgraded infotainment system and a power-operated liftgate.

Changes to the Terrain lineup through the years have included the addition of a Denali trim level with special shocks to provide a cushier ride. The cabin is quiet, handling is confident and braking is firm.

Among the Terrain’s chief competitors is the segment leading Honda CR-V. Other models to consider include the Ford Escape, Toyota RAV4, Nissan Rogue, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Volkswagen Tiguan, Mazda CX-5, Dodge Journey¬†and Subaru Outback.