2017 GMC Terrain

Starting MSRP: $24,070 - $36,025

Estimated MPG: 21 city / 31 hwy

2017 GMC Terrain Review

The 2017 GMC Terrain is a compact SUV that combines mainstream affordability and a dash of premium sophistication in a two-row package.

By Charles Krome
Last Updated 07/20/2017

GMC offers the Terrain in five trims: SL, SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT and Denali. All come with a standard four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. A V6 is available on SLE-2 and higher trims, and all-wheel drive is available on all models but the base SL.

The Terrain introduces a new exterior color for 2017 - Graphite Gray Metallic - along with a new Nightfall Edition package. Available for the Terrain SLE-2 and SLT, this upgrade provides dark-themed exterior accents, roof rails, aluminum wheels with gloss-black accents and heated exterior mirrors.

Exterior

Exterior

Exterior design highlights for the 2017 Terrain include distinctive chrome trim for its lower front fascia, a power-dome hood and sheer sides that are broken up by prominent, angular wheel arches. The look is crisp, modern and complemented by standard 18-inch wheels and halogen headlights.

Heated exterior mirrors, with chrome and body-color caps, are offered for the higher Terrain trims, as are LED daytime running lights, a power sunroof and a power-programmable rear liftgate. Further cargo assistance is provided by available roof-rack cross bars. Terrain Denali models have their own exclusive style cues, too, like specific 18- and 19-inch wheel designs and a unique grille treatment.

Interior

Interior

The 2017 Terrain can seat up to five in a cabin that shows many attractive design details, from its sculpted door panels to the broad, flowing shape of the dashboard. Premium cloth seats and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with integrated audio and cruise controls are standard. The list of available features includes leather upholstery, automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated eight-way power-adjustable front seats. The Terrain Denali has exclusive design elements in the cabin, such as contrast stitching and smoked mahogany steering-wheel accents.

All Terrain trims come with rear seats that have both a 60/40 split and the ability to slide back and forth with almost 8 inches of travel. Cargo capacity behind the second row is 31.6 cubic feet, and that increases to 63.9 cubic feet with the back seats folded.

Performance

Performance

The 2017 GMC Terrain's standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque, which is competitive for the segment. A 3.6-liter V6 is also available, and it generates 301 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque, while also helping the Terrain achieve a 3,500-pound tow rating. Both engines come with a standard six-speed automatic transmission and offer all-wheel drive.

The Terrain’s fuel economy ratings trail those of the segment’s leaders, especially in the city. The four-cylinder Terrain has EPA ratings of up to 21/31 mpg city/highway. In comparison, the standard Nissan Rogue is rated at 26/33 mpg. The V6-powered Terrain has EPA ratings of up to 17/24 mpg city/highway.

Technology

Technology

The Terrain’s wide assortment of driver-assistance technologies includes a standard rearview camera for all trim levels. Among the available features are blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, forward collision alert and lane departure warning. GMC also supplies a particularly high level of standard infotainment content for Terrain owners, starting with a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot with 4G LTE connectivity. A 7-inch color touch screen, Bluetooth hands-free calling, a six-speaker audio system, a USB port, OnStar telematics and satellite radio are standard as well.

Optional are infotainment enhancements like navigation, voice recognition, SMS text messaging, and integration with smartphone apps like Pandora.