Shoppers in the market for compact SUVs want choices with roomy cabins, but they also want vehicles with footprints that are small enough to facilitate nimble travels on city streets. Redesigned for 2018, the GMC Terrain delivers in both these areas, and it also provides strong fuel economy and agreeable ride quality.
The 2018 GMC Terrain is a compact SUV that seats five passengers, and it’s sold in SL, SLE, SLT and Denali trims. Both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available, and the Terrain is offered with gas and diesel engines.
The all-new GMC Terrain gains features such as an available diesel engine, two new nine-speed automatic transmissions and an expanded range of driver-assistive technologies.
The Terrain’s exterior looks solid and assertive, and the SUV’s lines are beefy and muscular. A yawning three-slat grille adorns the front fascia, and it’s bordered by boomerang-shaped headlights. In profile, the Terrain has attractively sculpted side panels and a beltline that rises as it approaches the SUV’s haunches. Like the headlights, the Terrain’s taillights have a curving, boomerang-like shape.
Base models come with standard features such as daytime running lights, automatic HID headlights, LED taillights, heated power-adjustable side mirrors, a capless fuel-fill system and 17-inch wheels. The list of available features includes 18- or 19-inch wheels, side mirrors with integrated turn signals and auto-dimming capability, a power sunroof, a roof-mounted luggage rack, a power liftgate, fog lights and LED headlights.
Spaciousness is key feature of the 2018 GMC Terrain’s cabin, and there is good headroom and legroom in both rows. The interior looks reasonably upscale and nicely crafted, and the materials used are agreeable. With the rear seat in place, the Terrain provides 29.6 cubic feet of cargo capacity. With the rear seat folded, this figure increases to 63.3 cubic feet.
The Terrain’s lineup of standard interior features includes air conditioning, front seats with four-way manual adjustability, a 60/40-split folding rear seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. You can dress up your Terrain with heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear outboard seats, ventilated front seats, a driver’s seat with eight-way power adjustability, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and dual-zone automatic climate control.
The Terrain delivers handling that feels stable and composed, even when cornering. Two nine-speed transmissions are available, along with a six-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is offered to improve handling in rain and snow.
Base models come with a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine that doles out 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque, and there’s also an optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder power plant that generates 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The final engine choice is a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel good for 137 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque.
The Terrain offers fuel economy of 24/28 mpg city/highway with all-wheel drive and the standard 1.5-liter engine. When properly equipped, this SUV can tow up to 3,500 pounds.
The 2018 GMC Terrain comes with an appealing range of technology features. Base models are equipped with Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, a six-speaker stereo, USB ports, keyless entry and ignition, OnStar telematics, a rearview camera and a Wi-Fi hot spot with 4G LTE internet connectivity. There’s also a standard Teen Driver feature that allows you to customize settings to encourage safe driving when the vehicle is piloted by secondary drivers.
The list of available technology amenities includes wireless device charging, a surround-view camera, an automatic parking system, rear parking sensors, rear cross-traffic alert, navigation, blind spot warning, lane keeping assist, collision mitigation with automatic braking, satellite radio, an SD card reader, an 8-inch touch screen, HD radio and a premium Bose seven-speaker sound system.