GMC Terrain

2017 GMC Terrain

Launched as a 2010 model, the GMC Terrain compact crossover SUV has not been redesigned since. Mechanically identical to the Chevrolet Equinox, 2017 GMC Terrain has adopted an even more masculine demeanor with the addition of a Nightfall edition.

Sharp body lines and creased features make the boldly square-jawed Terrain stand out. Not everyone favors the rough-and-ready look, but its brash design definitely makes an impression, whereas many crossovers blend into each other.

GMC Terrain offers a choice between a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine that makes 180 horsepower, or a throaty 301-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6. Both engines mate with an adroit-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission, and both can have either front-drive or optional all-wheel drive.

The direct-injected, 2.4-liter four-cylinder is a familiar GM workhorse of an engine, while the V6 is found in the far bigger GMC Acadia. With the abundant go-power of the V6, a Terrain can tow as much as 3,500 pounds, meaning light boats, snowmobiles, motorcycles.

Earning good marks in both ride and handling, GMC Terrain competes against a host of compact crossovers, including the top-ranked, strong-selling Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4. Apart from poor rearward visibility, the Terrain comes across as a viable contender, and the rearview camera that comes standard helps alleviate those obstacles to clear vision. Some blind spots are caused by the Terrains fixed back-seat headrests, which cannot be folded down or removed. We recommend opting for rear parking sensors.

On the safety front, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Terrain Good scores in all crash-tests, including the difficult frontal small-overlap collision. As a result, it was named a Top Safety Pick. Meanwhile, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Terrain a four-star overall crash-test rating, including four stars for frontal-impact protection and five stars for side-impact.

Terrains can be equipped with some of the latest safety technology, including blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning, and forward collision alert.

2016 GMC Terrain

The GMC Terrain is considered a compact crossover, but it doesnt look or feel very compact. And it gets fuel mileage rivaling that of a compact car when equipped with the standard four-cylinder engine. An optional V6 brings brisk acceleration. Its blocky styling has hints of Hummer, and cabin space strives to be Yukon.

Terrain is in the same class as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and the related Chevrolet Equinox.

For 2016, GMC Terrain gets a full update, its first since it was launched as a 2010. Nothing mechanical, just revisions to the exterior (grille, hood, front and rear fascia), interior, and new features such as LED daytime running lights.

The standard engine is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with direct injection making 180 horsepower and an EPA-estimated 22/32 mpg City/Highway with front-wheel drive, 1 mpg less with all-wheel drive. But theres an available 3.6-liter V6 that makes a whopping 301 horsepower, at the price of 5 city and 8 highway mpg, with its 17/24 mpg score. Both engines use a six-speed automatic transmission. The four-cylinder gets big 18-inch wheels, the V6 gets 19-inch whoppers.

The good news is that you can get the four-cylinder engine even with the upscale Denali model. Not many manufacturers combine their most economical powertrain with their most luxurious trim, but its something smart shoppers often want. Some folks dont see the need for all that power.

Safety ratings are good, with four stars from NHTSA and Top Safety Pick from IIHS. Curtain airbags and rearview camera are standard, on a long list with all the basic quality features, from power driver seat to USB port. Options (or standard on higher trim levels) include leather, wood trim, remote start, automatic climate control, Pioneer sound system, heated front seats, sunroof, IntelliLink infotainment with Bluetooth, headrest-mounted DVD system and a boatload of debatable driver warning systems with enough beepers to distract you. Theres enough available equipment to jack the price of your Terrain to more than $40k, from a base price of barely over $24k.

An Eco mode improves fuel mileage with the press of a button, by turning back the AC and slowing down the transmission and throttle response.

2014 GMC Terrain

GMC Terrain is a generously sized compact crossover sport-utility vehicle, best suited to young families or active couples. It seats five in a well-designed, nicely finished cabin, with state-of-the-art powertrains, advanced safety systems and convenience features, and class-leading fuel economy.

The 2014 Terrain represents its fifth year of production, having been introduced as a 2010 model. Except for one new color choice, little has changed for the 2014 model year, except for revised wheels. New 17-inch aluminum wheels are standard on SLE and SLT1 models. Chrome-clad 18-inch wheels are now standard on the SLT2, and available for the SLE2 and SLT1. Also new for 2014 are text message support and Siri Eyes Free connectivity.

Technically a compact SUV, the Terrain crossover is nearly large enough to be considered a mid-size sport-utility, with lots of space inside. Terrain competes against compacts such as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and Ford Escape, and midsize models such as the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano.

Terrains most obvious strength might be its spacious, well-equipped cabin. The interior is comfortable, quiet and well isolated from the noise and chop of the roadway. Design and workmanship are quite good.

The GMC Terrain shares its platform and mechanical components with the Chevrolet Equinox, but the two vehicles dont look much alike. Terrain is geared toward GMCs truck image, and its angular styling is polished and rugged at the same time.

Terrain comes standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available for improved all-weather capability, even with the standard four-cylinder engine. All models come with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

The base 182-horspower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine delivers good performance and great fuel economy, earning an EPA-estimated 22/32 mpg City/Highway with front-wheel drive (20/29 mpg with all-wheel drive). A 3.6-liter V6 is optional, rated at 301 horsepower and 272 pound-feet of torque, earning an estimate of 17/24 mpg with front-wheel drive (16/23 with AWD). The V6 increases towing capacity from 1,500 to 3,500 pounds, the latter sufficient to pull a light boat or a pair of personal watercraft or snowmobiles.

Terrain SLE comes well equipped, with a nice audio system, satellite radio hardware, GMs OnStar emergency and communications system, and a rearview camera. The standard rear seat ranks among the best in class. Terrains seatbacks recline, and both sections slide fore and aft up to eight inches to maximize either passenger or cargo space, according to personal preference.

Terrain SLT trim levels (SLT1 and SLT2) offer the widest range of available premium features, including navigation, streaming audio, heated seats and memory, but theyre still available with the four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. Buyers dont have to take the big engine or all-wheel drive to get the technology features.


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